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The first song written for I'm With You was penned for a late friend of the band, Brendan Muller, founder of The Masque, an important part of early LA punk history. It has been described by Klinghoffer as "one part acoustic mourning, part galloping hard-rock send-off."
And he's most accurate, in all righteous meanings. A wondrous track, propelled by Smith's artful tom work and Flea's percolating bass, it contains some of Kiedis' best lyrics ("Like I said, you know I'm almost dead/ you know I'm almost gone/ when drummer drums, he's gonna play my song/ you I'm almost gone").
And yet, it's another showcase for the new guy, who, in the middle section of the song, summons up a veritable exorcism by guitar.