The Zephyr Song

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"The Zephyr Song"
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album By the Way
B-side "Body of Water"
"Someone"
"Out of Range"
"Rivers of Avalon"
Released August 17, 2002
Format CD, 7" vinyl
Recorded February 2002
Genre Alternative rock, psychedelic rock
Length 3:53
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"By the Way"
(2002)
"The Zephyr Song"
(2002)
"Can't Stop"
(2003)
Music video
"The Zephyr Song" on YouTube

"The Zephyr Song" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the second single released from the band's eighth studio album, By the Way. The song, as a single, was released in two parts. Both editions held two previously unheard-of B-sides, making it, collectively, hold four non-LP tracks. This is the largest number of accumulated unreleased studio recorded B-sides any solitary single the Red Hot Chili Peppers have ever released.

The single peaked at number 6 on the Modern Rock chart, breaking the band's streak of three straight number-one hits.

The working title for the song during the recording sessions was "Coltraine". During the By the Way World Tour, the song was played extensively at most live concerts; however, it has not been played in full since 2004.

Glitch[edit]

The song features an audible glitch in the final chorus. The sixth line of "all the world can pass me by” has a wobble in the word “all” caused by a production error. This is present in all releases of the song’s studio version, and has never been corrected.

Music video[edit]

The music video on December 1, 2002, was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The couple has collaborated with the band on numerous other CDs. It is generally suggestive and reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, by utilizing the same circular and intertwining figures in order to illustrate the psychedelic feel the band was aiming for.

Track listing[edit]

CD single 1
No. Title Length
1. "The Zephyr Song"   3:52
2. "Body of Water" (Previously Unreleased) 4:41
3. "Someone" (Previously Unreleased) 3:24
CD single 2
No. Title Length
1. "The Zephyr Song"   3:52
2. "Out of Range" (Previously Unreleased) 3:58
3. "Rivers of Avalon" (Previously Unreleased) 3:39
CD single 3
No. Title Length
1. "The Zephyr Song"   3:52
2. "Out of Range" (Previously Unreleased) 3:58
7" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "The Zephyr Song"   3:52
2. "Out of Range" (Previously Unreleased) 3:58

Pressing error[edit]

There is a pressing error on the UK versions of "The Zephyr Song" CD1 and CD2 singles. The CDs and inlays have matching catalogue numbers but the B-sides listed on the inlay are on the opposite disc to the one included with the inlay. Retailers began to switch the CDs in the cases to correct the problem but the catalogue numbers on the CDs were then mismatched with the inlay numbers.

Charts[edit]

Charts Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 11
ARIA Charts 21
Canadian Singles Chart 11
US Billboard Hot 100 49
US Modern Rock 6
US Mainstream Rock 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony Kiedis — The Making Of; The Zephyr Song. Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits