This song is about lead singer Anthony Kiedis and how happy he is with his girlfriend, Heather. There is a reference to Heather in the line, "Beneath the heather lies the meadowlark."
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When Kiedis sings about being "Serenaded by the terror bird," he's referring to a band called The Terrors, who Heather took him to see.
This is the opening track on Mars - disc 2 of Stadium Arcadium, the band's ninth studio album. It's also the album's fourth single.
RHCP fans first heard this at The Bridge School Benefit - an annual charity concert held by Neil Young and his wife, Pegi Young - in 2004. That rendition, however, had a different chorus compared to the album version.
Their producer, Rick Rubin, was at the benefit and thought the song was incredible - noting that even Paul McCartney was nodding his head along to it in the crowd - but said the chorus was weak compared to the verses. Guitarist John Frusciante came back with the new chorus which, Frusciante said, "had a really major-key feel and then [went] back into the dark verse."
While this was inspired by Kiedis' own relationship with his girlfriend, he told Rolling Stone the songs reflected their collective experiences with love during the making of the album. "Love and women, pregnancies and marriages, relationship struggles - those are real and profound influences on this record," he explained. "And it's great, because it wasn't just me writing about the fact that I'm in love. It was everybody in the band. We were brimming with energy based on falling in love."
For the music video, the band reunited with "Under the Bridge
" director Gus Van Sant. The simple clip, shot in one take, features the group huddled together while singing the tune. An alternate take incorporates clips of each member jamming against an ocean backdrop.
Emily Kokal of the indie-rock band Warpaint contributed backing vocals on the chorus. At the time, Kokal was dating John Frusciante.