LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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As I mentioned above in "Under the Bridge II", the lyrics are describing Los Angeles, California. It's rarely windy in Los Angeles. ( The Indian name for the area was "Yana", as I recall, meaning "Valley of Smoke". Had the area been windy often, I doubt that such a name would have been chosen.) The one time of the year that it is windy in LA is around the first of December when "Santa Ana winds" hit the city, sometimes hard enough to knock down trees. I'm not saying that there is only wind in December and all winds are strong, but the presence of wind in or near downtown suggests a winter month.
Is the song telling a story or is it just something to sell to listeners. If it's telling a story, it's an odd story. The words suggests that the composer knifed someone under a bridge in downtown. Why? What happened? And what was the composer doing under the bridge? Under bridges is where homeless people sleep. The composer, however had a car. Was he buying drugs? I doubt it. There are safer plaes to go than a downtown bridge. Was he homeless? I dounbt it. He had a car, remember?
The mention of hills is interesting. Since he has a car, I assume he was walking for exercise, because he was bored, etc. In other words, he was probably walking near his home. There a lots of hills north and west of downtown. (The nearest hills would be in the Highland Park, Elysian Park, and Silver Lake areas.) The neighborhoods range from poor to semi-affluent. Significantly west of dowtown (from Hollywood to the ocean) are miles of hills that are found in semi-affluent to very affluent areas.
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