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"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, released on August 17, 2002.[1] 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.

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

"By the Way"
"The Zephyr Song"
"Can't Stop"
Music video
"The Zephyr Song" on YouTube

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".



The song is about nature's healing power and human connection.[1] In April 2017, it was revealed that John Frusciante unintentionally interpolated the song "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The song's opening three guitar notes are the same as the first three sung notes from "Pure Imagination."[2]

Music videoEdit

The music video on December 1, 2002, was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The couple has collaborated with the band on 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.

Live performancesEdit

"The Zephyr Song" was performed over 120 times from 2002-2004. However, it remained absent from the band's setlists for twelve years until finally returning in 2016.

Track listingEdit

CD single 1
1."The Zephyr Song"3:52
2."Body of Water" (Previously Unreleased)4:41
3."Someone" (Previously Unreleased)3:24
CD single 2
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
1."The Zephyr Song"3:52
2."Out of Range" (Previously Unreleased)3:58
7" vinyl
1."The Zephyr Song"3:52
2."Out of Range" (Previously Unreleased)3:58


Red Hot Chili PeppersEdit

  • Anthony Kiedis – lead vocals, double-tracked lead vocals (chorus)
  • John Frusciante – guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Flea – bass
  • Chad Smith – drums, drum machine


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 21
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 11
France (SNEP)[6] 90
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 65
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 22
Italy (FIMI)[9] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 72
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 100
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 49
US Billboard US Modern Rock 6
US Billboard US Mainstream Rock 14
US Billboard US Adult Pop Songs 17