Red Hot Chili Peppers → Tearjerker
❞ One day we were working and got a call from Lindy, who informed us that Kurt Cobain had killed himself. The news sucked the air out of the entire house, I didn’t feel like I felt when Hillel died; it was more like “Jesus Christ, the world just suffered a great loss.” Kurt’s death was unexpected, because even if I see somebody who’s on a mission to hurt himself, I always hold our hope that he can recover. Some of the worst junkies I’ve ever known in my life have gotten sober. It was an emotional blow, and we all felt it. I don’t know why everyone on earth felt so close to that guy; he was beloved and endearing and inoffensive in some weird way. For all of his screaming and all of his darkness, he was just lovable. So his death hit us hard, and it changed our whole experience out there. It did wake up a thing inside of me that wanted to express my love for him, in a particular way, without having it be an obvious “ode to.” That day, I retreated to a back house on the property and started writing the lyrics to “Tearjerker" — Anthony Kiedis.