In his autobiography, Scar Tissue
, Anthony Kiedis explained how a combination of the breakup and Jimi Hendrix inspired the song: "I was shattered. It had gone overnight from 'Can't wait to see you again' to 'Don't call and don't come by.' I didn't know who to turn to, so I called up John [Frusciante, RHCP's guitarist]. He was irate that she could treat me like that, and he suggested that I write about it and we'd get together later that night and create a song. It had been raining for two days straight when I sat down at my dining room table, put Jimi Hendrix's version of 'All Along the Watchtower' on continual rotation for inspiration, and started writing some lyrics about what had just happened to me."
Bertrand - Paris, France