they never tell you truth is subjective
they only tell you not to lie
they never tell you there's strength in vulnerability
they only tell you not to cry

but I've been living underground
sleeping on the way
and finding something else to say
is like walking on the freeway

they never tell you you don't need to be ashamed
they only tell you to deny
so is it true that only good girls go to heaven?
they only sell you what you buy

and I've been living underground
sleeping on the way
and finding something else to say
is like walking on the freeway

I've been living underground
trying not to burn
and finding something else to learn
at hollywood and western


Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by bkabbott, Kow

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    General CommentI never thought of it that way...but I can see it. What it seems to be about to me though, is someone trying to stay strong and carry on through life's hardships. They seem to be doing it, and aren't losing hope yet, but deep down (underground) is all the turmoil...guilt about feeling weak when on the outside they have to show strength...sleeping on the way...on auto pilot on the outside, not being able to show how they feel, knowing that no one is really interested in seeing your true emotions. Walking on the freeway...I'm not sure...but I've done it a couple of times and it's lonely...even though all these cars are streaming past you...
    Bigwig.1975on January 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love it on scrubs S05E21 - My Fallen Idol
    d7ooome505on September 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe first line - truth is subjective but they tell you don't lie. I think he's talking about truth as in meaning (basically what the song is about searching for meaning in life). Lying implies another interpretation of truth as in making something up as opposed to saying what actually happened.

    The line afraid is supposed to be ashamed. I think he's talking about girl's tendency to paint themselves as not sluts because of societal expectations.

    Finding something to say he's searching for meaning but he's not finding it just walking on freeway (metaphor).

    Great acoustic guitar solo love it when they play the melody. I guess I'm old.

    Underground is implying societal expectations perhaps. Or counterculture psycadelic drugs, dropping acid and thinking you are meditating and on to something.

    Trying not to burn the word is slang for smoking marijuana. I interpret it as meaning crash like crash and burn.

    Gary lives in California and the ending makes me think the lyrics are personal for him.
    bkabbotton February 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. I don't think it was intended, but I think many of the lines can be applied to a person struggling with their sexuality.
    jamshidon October 13, 2004   Link

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