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Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album By the Way
ReleasedMay 19, 2003
FormatPromo CD, radio
GenreAlternative rock
Length5:11 (album version)
4:35 (single edit)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Can't Stop"
"Universally Speaking"

"Dosed" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 2002 album, By the Way. It was released as the album's fourth single in the US and Canada only, whilst "Universally Speaking" was released in the UK. It peaked at number 13 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2003. No music video was made for the single.


The song features four guitars all playing completely different riffs. It is a ballad that clocks in at 5:11, making it the third-longest track on the album. It runs through stages, each time repeating the original verse until the song's completion. In between the verses, guitar solos can be heard from the four guitars that play. The chorus is sung by John Frusciante and Anthony Kiedis together in harmony.

Live performances[edit]

While the song was a single and a popular song, "Dosed" was never performed live with Frusciante due to the fact that song needed at least two guitars playing simultaneously to be recognisable. "Dosed" was teased by Frusciante in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2006, and by Josh Klinghoffer in Athens, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey, both 2012, and in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in 2013. On May 28, 2017 in Edmonton, "Dosed" was performed for the first time ever in its entirety during the band's The Getaway World Tour with opening act IRONTOM's Zach Irons, son of founding Chili Peppers' drummer Jack Irons, providing a second guitar to the song to honor a 17 year old terminally ill fan, Maggie Schmidt[1].[2]


Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Anthony Kiedis - lead vocals
  • John Frusciante - guitar, vocals, electric piano
  • Flea - bass, additional guitar[3]
  • Chad Smith - drums


Chart (2003) Peak
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[4] 13


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  2. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Setlist at Rogers Place, Edmonton". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
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  4. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2017.