violent skies
10 am
falling on my knees again

outside in the underground
proud in the rain

I'm walking a straight line
stepped on all of the cracks this time
I don't care I'm not moving aside
for anyone

outside in the underground
proud in the rain
outside in the underground
there's no way out of here today

I raise my head up to the sky again
and make my way alone
I'm never home
but I've stopped searching
cause the city told me so
it all comes down
down to me

oh I've got a hundred lives
oh I've got to get it right
oh who knows someday I might
outside in the underground

underground
proud in the rain
outside in the underground
there's no way out of here today

I raise my head up to the sky again
and make my way alone
I'm never home but I stopped searching
cause the city told me so
it all comes down
down to me

oh I've got a hundred lives
oh I got to get it right
oh who knows someday I might
oh I've got to get it right


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    General CommentThis song is so amazing... i get a positive outlook on life when i hear this song... "proud in the rain" a line full of hope, although it seems that many things may be going wrong in life, a positive mindset is maintained, "Oh i got a hundred lives, oh i got to get it right, oh who knows someday i might". Great music, great lyrics, typical John Mayer material.
    musiqluvaon August 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti LOVE this song the lyrics r great "I'm walking a straight line
    stepped on all of the cracks this time I don't care I'm not moving aside for anyone" is a really cool part, i love john i saw him in july he was awesome, i wish he would've played this song!
    DrAdon September 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentis this a cover? ive been wondering.... the copy i have has sounds of trains/subways at the beginning...
    catalinamarron September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI doubt that this is a cover. It's one of those songs where John refers to Atlanta and Georgia. The Underground is actually Underground Atlanta, which is an attraction here. It's pretty much an underground shopping center mini-mall. It's also where they hold the New Years peach drop. It's a really popular place to walk about, and that subway would be some type of reference to the MARTA (Atlanta subway) station located next to Underground, (which is linked by a tunnel,) most probably.

    This is one of the songs that I love so much because I know the places Mayer refers to. I can imagine walking through Underground with the crowd shoving me for being in their way, stepping outside and looking to the sky, seeing only darkness and feeling rain on my face. I think this song may refer to trying to get an audition to play at Underground and messing up, then coming back and not making the cut again... But then again, I'm not sure what it's about.
    jiodekon September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits not a cover. he wrote it right after turning in his withdrawl papers at berkley.
    brynski15on November 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is more or less what John says during his intro to Outside in the Underground from his show at Eddies Attic in Atlanta on 6-15-99. It's not quite exact, cause I can't type fast enough, but it's really close.

    "So I'm flying up to boston in July which is great, I have quite a kinship with that city. I wrote most of these songs, well about half of them, up in boston. This song is, uh, If you have the five song demo, this song is called 'Outside in the Underground'. I hardly ever play it, but I'm starting to feel like it means something more; it's not a pop hit, but sometimes, when you go out in the rain, most of the time, we run, because you don't want to get hit by the rain, but other times you walk through the rain, and you just walk. You don't react to the rain, you let it happen, you don't back down. I think I wrote this song after i filled out my withdrawl form at berkley. And I had the idea for this song, it's raining, it's laid out in the city, and you have to walk a couple blocks to get around, and I didn't feel running, like opening up the umbrella or putting up the hood, and I just looked up and accepted it. This songs called 'Outside in the Underground'."

    It always helps to see the artists explanation of a song.
    skipon January 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's on the LoFi Masters Demo along with a few other versions of tracks he's since released on his own.
    xwaitinthefirexon July 01, 2007   Link

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