"Otherside" is my favorite RHCP song. I originally liked it without having the faintest idea as to what it was about, and I love the fact that nobody agrees; everyone's got a different interpretation of the lyrics.
I like to think of it as a song about addiction, and therefore about a part of oneself.
I have a fascination with the idea of addiction. This is mostly because I think addiction goes much deeper than its typical depiction, that is, addiction to something material (drugs, alcohol, etc.) You can take this as you like, but I think that there's a lot, in a more emotional-spiritual sense, that we are addicted to. And some of the things we are addicted to are good for us and some destroy us, but it's always a fight to undo them or to resist temptation, as it were. Because they're so much a part of us and we want them so much and we're fighting ourselves, not something outside ourselves.
"How long, how long will I slide..."
It's the images that really capture my attention, though. "I heard your voice through a photograph" coupled with the sequence in the music video is just fantastic. And so is "pour my life into a papercup/ the ashtray's full and I'm spilling my guts."
Or better yet, the "I don't believe it's bad" lines and "I yell and tell it that/ It’s not my friend/ I tear it down/ I tear it down/ And then it’s born again."
I love those lines. There's nothing I can tear down that will stay dead, you see; it always comes back to life. Nothing ever ends; it only continues on in an everlasting kind of dance. Sometimes you win and sometimes you fall and sometimes you're just too tired to care.
We're all addicted to something, aren't we?