Song info

"Otherside" was released on Peppers' album Californication (1999) and it's also included on RHCP Greadest Hits (2003). The song length is 4min 15s. Otherside video (directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) is one of the darkest (if not THE darkest) RHCP video ever. It's scary and a bit strange, but it was well directed.

A mightty ballad...
What's so special about this deep (or, as some like to call it: strange) ballade? First of all, there's some sort of mystery behind the song's meaning. Lyrics sure leave people puzzled.

Second, many people agree that this is one of the best songs from Californication (and possible one of the best RHCP ever). In fact, it's not so hard to find fans who claim that Otherside is their favourite Peppers' song (including the webmaster of this site :) ) In any case, Otherside has its place in RHCP history.

Song meaning?

There are a few theories about possible meaning of the song, however, the most popular is the drug theory. But even the people who vote for this disagree about the actual meaning: does Otherside represent Anthony's endless fight with drugs and horror of being junkie, OR his strong desire for drugs and belief that drugs are not that bad after all ("I don't believe it's bad slit my throat it's all I ever") ? Who cares? It's a wonderful song and that's all what matters.

Video

Lyrics

Otherside (Californication, 1999)

Chorus:
How long how long will I slide
Separate my side I donít
I donít believe itís bad
Slit my throat
Itís all I ever

I heard your voice through a photograph
I thought it up it brought up the past
Once you know you can never go back
Iíve got to take it on the otherside

Centuries are what it meant to me
A cemetery where I marry the sea
Stranger things could never change my mind
Iíve got to take it on the otherside
Take it on the otherside
Take it on
Take it on

Chorus

Pour my life into a paper cup
The ashtrayís full and Iím spilliní my guts
She wants to know am I still a slut
Iíve got to take it on the otherside

Scarlet starlet and sheís in my bed
A candidate for my soul mate bled
Push the trigger and pull the thread
Iíve got to take it on the otherside
Take it on the otherside
Take it on
Take it on

Chorus

Turn me on take me for a hard ride
Burn me out leave me on the otherside
I yell and tell it that
It's not my friend
I tear it down I tear it down
And then itís born again

Chorus

How long I donít believe itís bad
Slit my throat
It's all I ever

Links

The Official site
Invisible-Movement, John Frusciante fansite
Songmeanings: Otherside