Soul to Squeeze

Album: Coneheads Soundtrack (1993)
Charted: 22
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  • Lead singer Anthony Kiedis wrote this about his personal struggles with addiction, something that he has battled from a very early age. >>
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    Mark - Johnstown, CO
  • This was used in the 1993 movie Coneheads, a comedy based on a Saturday Night Live skit about a family with conical heads. It was a very heavy song for a very light movie, and for a while the soundtrack was the only album containing the song.
  • The music video was directed by Kevin Kerslake, who had previously helmed many of Nirvana's videos. Chris Farley, who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live at the time, appears in the clip.
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Comments: 26

  • Natalie from GeorgiaThis song is about his drug addiction. We can dissect this song by most of the lyrics. “I’ve got a bad disease, from my head is where I bleed. Insanity it seems has got me by my soul to squeeze.” Addiction is referred to both as a disease and a form of insanity. (Insanity because typically relapses can be defined as doing something over and over again, while expecting different results each time.) “The angels in my dreams have turned to demons of greed, that’s me.” This line is chilling because in Kiedis’ autobiography Scar Tissue, he explains that he used to have nightmares of demonic figures that looked exactly like himself trying to control him and convince him that he would never get better from his addiction. The way he describes these nightmares sounds haunting, and he says that they symbolize the evil and the greed that manifests in him when he is not sober. “When I find my peace of mind, I’m gonna give you some of my good time.” This line references the fact that his using has caused him to be extremely insensitive to the people around him. An example of this would be his ex girlfriend Ione Skye, who tried so hard to take care of him during his times of hard addiction, but he would often ditch her and disappear for days on a drug binge, unable to give any effort to their relationship. The lines from “It’s bitter baby, and it’s very sweet” to “I be coming back baby, I be coming back for more” is him describing what the addiction is like. It’s not good for him, but the high makes him feel so good, and he’s always coming back for it. “Where I go I just don’t know, I might end up somewhere in Mexico” is a very straight forward lyric. Anthony used to stay in Mexico to detox and kick heroin when he wanted to quit using. I believe Ione’s parents had a place there that they would allow her and Anthony to stay whenever they wanted, but I also think he still continued to go to Mexico even after they broke up when he needed to get away from L.A. to try and sober up.
  • Matt from South AustraliaThis song uses the four chords (F, C, Dm, A#), and literally hundreds of songs use this, I think Snow does as well as Under Bridge. As for Scar Tissue, that uses F, C, Dm, and By the Way uses F, C, Am. There are some similarities but they disguise them so well that it doesn't even sound like the same form.
  • Ian from Manchester, United KingdomMy theory for why this song was left off the album, which is it's similarity to Under the Bridge. The song's chord progress is F, C, Dm, A# and F, C, Dm, Am, A# - which is the same chord progression as Under the Bridge but the key is a semi-tone up. I figure the decision by Rick Rubin must have been that there didn't need to be 2 so similar ballads on the album.

    Furthermore, I'd also like to mention that Scar Tissue and By the Way also used similar chord progressions and I've also spotted it in Waterloo Sunset by the kinks.
  • Ian from Manchester, United KingdomMy theory for why this song was left off the album, which is it's similarity to Under the Bridge. The song's chord progress is F, C, Dm, A# and F, C, Dm, Am, A# - which is the same chord progression as Under the Bridge but the key is a semi-tone up. I figure the decision by Rick Rubin must have been that there didn't need to be 2 so similar ballads on the album.

    Furthermore, I'd also like to mention that Scar Tissue and By the Way also used similar chord progressions and I've also spotted it in Waterloo Sunset by the kinks.
  • Michael from Deridder, LaI remember when i was on a camping trip....my friend jacob was screwing around with my radio and woke me...didn't move at all.....said nothing.....then this song came on and i started singing and humming along to it....my favorite part was when Kiedis starts speeding up his words and i just sang along subconciously...and perfectly....(it surprised jacob, too, he's like: "Michael? You awake?" lololol)
  • Caitlyn from Royersford, Pai love this song so much that i even tear up hearing it sometimes. It's like anthony kiedis is singing right to you, and it's from the heart too. And its honest too like under the bridge
  • Brad from Lexington, KyThis is far and away my favorite RHCP. I think it's pretty funny that it was originally not considered good enough for the album and released as a b-side instead, before charting on the Billboard Top 40 and becoming the number one rock track.
  • Cristina from Camarillo, Ca, OrI love this song. My friend went through a really bad depression and actually got the lyrics to this tattooed on her back, she said that it was a very therapeutic experience for her...I have dealt with depression. I fortunately have never been an addict but i could see how it could relate to that. This song is poetry.
  • Alex from Boucherville (montreal), QcAdam, I may agree with you on the "I've Got a Feeling" opening chords, but the rest is kinda silly: let it be or peace of mind aren't really rare expressions...
  • Adam from Philadelphia, PaThis song is a good one from the Peppers. "Soul to Squeeze" seems to have a lot of Beatles references. The opening riff is reminiscent of that of "I've Got a Feeling." "When I find my peace of mind" is close to the lyric in "I'm So Tired" in which John sings "I'll give you everything I've got for little peace of mind." "You gotta let it be" sounds like "Let it Be" The rollercoaster line could reference "Helter Skelter". I am not saying RHCP jipped The Beatles, they just threw in some allusions to them thats all. Good song.
  • Jj from Los Angeles, Cait can also be found on a special 3 disk package called Live, Rare, Remix....just thought i'd share with other fans....peace...jj
  • Ryan from Morgan Hill, CaI feel many of the lyrics are pulled from views commonly passed along in recovery based groups such as A.A. I actually see references to specific steps in the 12 step process and there effects.
    "I've got a bad disease, from my brain is where I bleed."
    Addiction is a progressive chronic often fatal disease which centers in the mind.
    "Insanity it seems."
    Additive behavior is often described as insane... a common definition in recovery circles as being "Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results."
    "The angels in my dreams (yeah)
    Have turned to demons of greed that's mean."
    Early drug use for an addict can be exceptionally positive. Once it truly takes hold the addict's main characteristic is selfishness and self-centeredness. (Greed)
    "Where I go I just don't know"
    The emphasis on "I" ...you controlling things...you thinking you know it all must be set aside.
    "I got to got to gotta take it slow."
    Similiar to "Keep it simple" an AA slogan.
    "When I find my peace of mind
    I'm gonna give you some of my good time."
    At the completion a the 12 steps a spiritual awakening will take place relieving the afflicted from "insanity," now you can be a use to others which is the 12th step.
    "Today love smiled on me.
    It took away my pain say please"
    Once again these appear to be clear references to particular steps and the effect of completing them to his spiritual wellness.
    If you are familiar with recovery you will continue to see the connection throughout pretty much all of the lyrics. This is my favorite song of all time...my favorite band of all time, and biggest influence on the guitar.





  • Tom from Orange, AustraliaOh and one molre thing, if anyone here was a true fafn they would know that Soul To Squeeze was released on a compilation album far before the Coneheads soundtrack, it was released on the shortly released Red Hot Chili Peppers Plasma Shaft, which you cannot (unfortunantely) buy commercially anymore.
  • Tom from Orange, AustraliaThis is actually one of the Hardest bass lines Flea has ever written, its not that hard through the first 2 verses and the first 2 chourus' but when it get to the solo, the bridge and the 3rd verse it is insanily hard. FLEA MASTER OF HIS INSTRUMENT!
  • George from Jackson, Njthe song is about addiction rehab and going back to drugs because addiction makes you insane enough to do something that stupid. thanks
  • Isaac from Pittsburgh, Pathis song is a great song. the red hot chili peppers did an awesome job making it.
  • Isaac from Pittsburgh, Pathis song i a great song. The red hot chili peppers did an awesome job making it.
  • Michael from Guayaquil, South AmericaUna espectacular cancion, triste pero profunda, el melodioso solo de jhon. Up from my brain is where I bleed.
  • Laura from Gulf Shores, Althis song is dank.
    take me to the river lay me on your shore?
    thats pretty tight.
  • Nikie from Stockholm, SwedenThis song makes me feel sad :(
    The lyrics are great though..
  • Mario from Paulsboro, Nji think this is another chillie peppers song about drugs. well what do ya know more diseases and addiction. but undenieably a heavey song.
  • Rohit from Mumbai, Indiacheck the bass line of this song.is so rhythmic u ll fall for it......again flea rocksssssss
  • Latina from Sofia, BulgariaThe video clip was made a little while after John left the band. The song was recorded with him, but they had to film it without him. It's a great song and a great video, but it would have been greater with him.
  • Mark from Fort Worth, TxYou might notice that this song is one the greatest hits album. but not on any normal chili peppers albums which is a shame it is such an awsome song. the only other album it is on is the coneheads sound track.
  • Jeremy from Seymour, Ctthat line actually refers to him going to mexico to recover and rehab after a drug binge. he went there about 7 diferent times
  • Stephanie from Ellicott City, Mdthe "Where I go I just don't know, I might end up somewhere in Mexico.", might refer to the fact that right after Hillel died, Anthony went to Mexico with Ione Skye, because he was too much of a mess on drugs to be able to even think about going to the funeral ... just a thought.
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