"Underground" as written by Vincenzo Consiglio and Antonio Rossi....
I was never cool in school
I'm sure you don't remember me
And now it's been 10 years
I'm still wondering who to be
But I'd love to mix in circles, cliques, and social coteries, that's me
Hand me my nose ring (Can we be happy?)
Show me the mosh pit (Can we be happy?)
We can be happy underground

Who's got the looks
Who's got the brains
Who's got everything
I got this pain in my heart, that's all
Hey you with the long and lonely face
There's got to be something else
Let me tell ya something else
There was a girl who passed me by
She gave a smile but I was shy
I looked down, so down
Don't look there no no, go go underground
But now there's a place to go
It's the morning now, it's the evening
It's everything
I click my heels and I'm there

Underground, underground
Everything's happy underground
(Underground) You been kicked around
(Underground) Did life bring you down here
Everything's heavy underground

We'll be decked in all black
Slamming the pit fantastic
Officer Friendly's little boy's got a Mohawk
And he knows just where we're coming from
It's industrial, work it underground
Get down, get down, get down

Underground, underground
Everything's happy underground
(Underground) You been kicked around
(Underground) Did life bring you down here
Everything's heavy underground

We can be happy, we can be happy, we can be happy

We can, we can, we can be
Everything's Heavy
(Underground) You been kicked around
(Underground) Did life bring you down here
Everything's heavy underground

We can, we can, we can be
(Everything's happy underground)

Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Underground" as written by Ben Folds

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  • +2
    General CommentI love the way the guy says, "Hand me my nosering!" Like he's talking to his harem of concubines while they're hand-feeding him grapes. Anybody know who that guy is, at the beginning? Is that just Ben talking in a funny voice?
    Archaia Sophiaon May 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is happiness.

    not many songs make me want to dance. in fact, i think it's just this one.

    ben folds five kick ass!
    greenplasticon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI must say the best part of the song is the "It's industrial..." then the chink of hitting steel. I laugh so hard whenever i hear that
    skaBillon April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey kick major ass. ;)

    I love the live version of this song.. It's hysterical, when Ben sings, "I'm sure you dont remember me..". and some guy in the crowd goes, "Who the fuck are you?!"

    Too funny.
    anna118kon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's the only version i have. and yes, hilarious.
    greenplasticon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes! this song is one of my favorites. just the way he says everything makes me laugh.. all his songs make me happy in a weird sort of way.. i love it
    motionpicturesndtrckon October 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great. what cd is it on
    mt5uton March 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's on the Naked Baby Photos album. (live version on this one-- it's the better one too).
    And the studio version is on their first self entitled album.
    anna118kon March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've been totally rocking out to this song anytime I've been in my car in the past couple weeks. It didn't hit me until recently how completely excellent it is. As a friend of mine understated, "this song has such a good groove!"
    goodmorningmisterbenon March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is basically about how if you don't fit in, you just need to slap on some combat boots, heavy eyeliner, and a nose ring and now you're apart of the underground where you are accepted.

    The song is very musical-esque. I just picture these little Hot Topic shoppers bursting into song. :)
    TheModNymphon April 14, 2003   Link

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