Higher Ground

Album: Mother's Milk (1989)
Charted: 54

Songfacts®:

  • Originally written by Stevie Wonder, The Red Hot Chili Peppers covered this song and re-worked the music to fit a smaller band than Stevie Wonder worked with. The keyboard part was replaced with Flea's powerful slap bass, and John Frusciante has a different guitar medley than played in the original.
  • This song, and "Knock Me Down" were The Red Hot Chili Peppers first two hits, and helped them achieve more mainstream success.
  • The Chilis version of this song is a favorite among bass players because of its prominent slap bass line.
  • Lead singer Anthony Kiedis joked that the reason they covered this song was because it was between this song, and covering the New Kids on the Block's "Hangin' Tough."
  • This was featured in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bert - Pueblo, NM, for all above
  • This is used in the "Rockin' Space Mountain" attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It is also a playable song in the Playstation 2 game Guitar Hero. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 5

  • Megan from Stevenson, AlHA! This reminds me of when I was little! It was on my FAVORITE PowerRangers Movie! :)
  • Peter from Penistown, Ili thought stevie asked them to cover this song
  • Yos from Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicAnd imagine that they begged Stevie for permission to do this song, until he got tired of them. And the first second he heard the remake he became a big fan and the rest is history.
  • Bert from Pueblo, Nmbest bassline ever
  • Alex from Yorkton , CanadaThis will be a good song to listen to on the map "High Ground" in Halo 3 for the Xbox 360!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Frankie Valli

Frankie ValliSong Writing

An interview with Frankie Valli, who talks about why his songs - both solo and with The Four Seasons - have endured, and reflects on his time as Rusty Millio on The Sopranos.

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go'sSongwriter Interviews

Charlotte was established in the LA punk scene when a freaky girl named Belinda approached her wearing a garbage bag.

Strange Magnetics

Strange MagneticsSong Writing

How Bing Crosby, Les Paul, a US Army Signal Corps Officer, and the Nazis helped shape rock and Roll.

U2

U2Fact or Fiction

How did The Edge get his name? Did they name a song after a Tolkien book? And who is "Angel of Harlem" about?

Trans Soul Rebels: Songs About Transgenderism

Trans Soul Rebels: Songs About TransgenderismSong Writing

A history of songs dealing with transgender issues, featuring Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Morrissey and Green Day.

Art Alexakis of Everclear

Art Alexakis of EverclearSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer of Everclear, Art is also their primary songwriter.