"The Underground America" as written by and Vincent Paul/anselmo Abbott....
Put in position to wage teenage mayhem
A common affair for the ones who are juiced
If it is weakness that grants us the power
We thrive on what's stronger than most of the world

Glass breaks/the dimming lights/sweat, heat and profane debate/
the smart ones stay on the outside/while drunken heads and
arms erupt/centered man swings a punch, spits a tooth, postures
odd/a punk rock escapade/five bucks a head to be king dick in the crowd

We are the ones who must sport the position
cheap beer/trendy clicks/lesbian love is accepted and right/
shaved heads meet hair in the mix/blending the 80's and 90's
with hate

Shows on/dates canceled/kicked out for reasons that seem so
unfair/skin crusts against the cops/a foregone conclusion that's
tired and beat
Ringworm,crabs and lice/V.D. ecstasy, speed and horse/a
heaven/of unmatched importance/an honor of sex to be stuck by the
punk
Rich homes/with money and food/abandoned for the bums on the
street/a lifestyle that's unexplainable/don't try and save what is
all meant to be

If it is free/from (a) family that's seen/you can just keep it
if you must beg/it's better instead/you must follow the etiquette
You know when it rains you're in your bed at home
You act so real when you are alone
You better not let the mohawked crowd see
Give it five years, you'll retire your piercings
You must admit that you mimic the weaklings




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"The Underground in America" as written by Philip Anselmo Darrell Lance Abbott

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  • +2
    General CommentYeah, about fake people indeed.

    Man, this song is probably my favorite off The Great Southern Trendkill. The drumming and riffing is beyond fucking bad-ass. Shame it's often overlooked.
    Eliminationon May 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about fake punker kids that try to be all cool by pretending they live on the streets and acting as if they are all hard core. Like this line: You act so real when you are alone You better not let the mohawked crowd see. Its just saying they are fake and act different in front of the other punkers.
    infect1001on December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSelf explanitory...its about the touring life...living on the streets being real etc etc
    Therion_1973on December 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I agree. I love Vinnie's drumming on this song, it's wicked!
    Shadowbitchon May 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about kids from rich families trying to blend in with street kids to be "cool".
    Ddaduttaon February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah ..song seems pretty self explanitory ..its of the underground in america..what life is like..and a part of that is posers...a PART not the hole damn thing...
    poopytheclownon October 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat u think just cuz ur from Texas doesn't mean u cant be "real" I'm from Texas bitch and I know i'm more hardcore than most of them fcukers in california n shit
    lostinmetalon February 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...wtf is this guy talking about?!^
    poopytheclownon April 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is hands down all about bands that pose. just a statement by pantera that everything they stand for is true and not marketed.

    its funny because pre-1990 the band were amongst the cliche....but they learned from it...got better, joined the genre that i like the taste of....and then wrote a song like this to explain it
    nlegrandon June 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSooooo, Phil's singing about god aweful bands like Trivium? I thought he was singing about a mosh or something. "Shaved heads meet hair in the mix
    Blending the 80's and 90's with hate!"
    Biff22on December 16, 2007   Link

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