Tear Jerker: Red Hot Chili Peppers

This alternative funk-rock band has a few tear-triggering songs.

  • The most emotional song on One Hot Minute is appropriately titled "Tearjerker". It's a eulogy song to Kurt Cobain, who Anthony Kiedis held a lot of respect for. It's beautiful. You would not suspect it to be a Red Hot Chili Peppers song at first, but Anthony's distinct voice gives it away. Dave Navarro's playing is superb — and can serve to make you sad, or provide an uplifting sense of serenity to the listener.
  • "My Lovely Man", Anthony Kiedis' tribute to the bands original guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose.
    "Just in case you never knew
    I miss you, Slim, I love you too
    See my heart, it's black and blue
    When I die I will find you..."
  • "Wet Sand". Especially the beginning.
  • "Death of a Martian", a tribute to Flea's dog, who died while they were recording Stadium Arcadium.
  • Then there are "Under the Bridge", "Dani California", and "My Friends".
  • "Brendan's Death Song" was written in the first jam session for I'm With You, which took place immediately after the band had found out that the man who had not only helped get them famous but had also been a lifelong friend—Brendan Mullen—had passed. Thus started a somber jam session which became Brendan's Death Song, one of their most poignant requiems yet (and given their tendency towards requiems, this says a lot).
  • The band sometimes take breaks from the dick-waving fun of Blood Sugar Sex Magik to provide moments of this, like "Breaking the Girl", the aforementioned "My Lovely Man" (which comes purely from the lyrics, musically speaking it's another high-energy funk-rock song) or the more famous "Under the Bridge"note . Another example would be the Epic Rocking of "Sir Psycho Sexy", which after two whole sections of funk and a more spacey interlude, launches into a long, emotional, Hey Jude-ish fade-out based around the combination of Frusciante's melancholic playing and Brendan O'Brien's mellotron.
  • "Venice Queen", a sweet eulogy to Kiedis' deceased drug rehabilitation therapist. It starts with a melancholic melody and when the second half begins, becomes a full-fledged tearjerker:
    "We all want to tell her
    tell her that we love her
    We all want to kiss her
    tell her that we miss her
    Venice gets a queen
    best I've ever seen..."
  • From the same album, "Don't Forget Me". The chorus and solo are heartwrenching.
  • "Scar Tissue". Doesn't help knowing that the song's lyrics are about the struggles addicts go through to achieve sobriety.
    "With the birds I'll share this lonely vieeewwwww..."
  • Also on Californication, the title track. The sounds and lyrics of the song paint a brooding, moody picture.