"A Song From Under The Floorboards" as written by and David/devoto Tomlinson....
I am angry, I am ill and I'm as ugly as sin
I don't know what keeps me alive and kicking
I know the meaning of life it doesn't help me a bit
I know beauty and I know a good thing when I speak it

This is a song from under the floorboards
Here is a song from where the wall is cracked
My force of habit?
I am an insect
And I must confess I'm very proud of that

I have known the highest and I've known the best
I accord death all of its due respect
But the brightest jewel inside of me
Glows with pleasure at my own stupidity

This is a song from under the floorboards
Here is a song from where the wall is cracked
My force of habit?
I am an insect
And I must confess I'm very proud of that

I used to make phantoms I could later chase
Images of all that could be desired
Then I got tired of counting all of these so called blessings
And then I just got tired

This is a song from under the floorboards
Here is a song from where the wall is cracked
My force of habit?
I am an insect
And I must confess I'm very proud of that
This is a song from under the floorboards
Here is a song from where the wall is cracked
My force of habit?
I am an insect
And I must confess I'm very proud of that
Habit, habit, habit
Habit, habit


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"A Song from Under the Floorboards" as written by Howard Devoto Barry Adamson

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    General CommentThis song is a Magazine cover. There are a few lyric changes, for example "I'm very proud of that" was originally "I'm proud as hell of that fact" and Devoto sings "my irritability keeps me alive and kicking".
    Shadeson June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about Notes From Undergorund by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Wonder if Moz knows that. Probably
    Yer_Maon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentApparently HD wrote it in Manchester, whilst living in a real s**t hole with insects under the floorboards... When Moz snag it at the Apollo he told his home audience that it was about 'Newton Street'(???) and they all cheered, so maybe the houses down there haven't changed that much...

    At first I was a bit put out that Moz changed some of HD's lyrics... But then I thought how with him, even his own songs aren't sacred, so I guess it's just second nature to him to amend lyrics until they fit him!
    LadyStardust74on September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe changes don't alter the meaning much. Then again, the irritability is quite important in NFU, so yeah, wtf Morrissey
    artsluton August 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI sure we can all agree that Moz reads alot.
    Throughout his lyrics, he has constantly dropped sublte references & sometimes blatant knowledge of some great books he's read.
    I am however, going to politely disagree with "Yer Ma". I will agree about the use of the word "underground" in both the book and song title. I'm sorry, but I have read "Notes From the Underground"(I am an avid Dostoevsky reader)& find no more obvious similarities.
    I found the lyrics above (especially when Moz mentions being an insect) more akin to Kafka's "Metamorphosis". When Kafka wrote the story, it was rumored that he was gay. Back then buggery was a crime, and when he wrote "Metamorphosis", turning into an insect and being ostrasized by his family, was a metaphor. The metaphor is obvious. He most likely was writing about the horrible abuse, dishonor, often confinement in prison, & isolation many Gays (Like O. Wilde) endured.
    Now, back to Mr. Morrissey. His affirmation, and joyous proclamation of being proud of his insect self is something Franz Kafka didn't really do. That theory aside, the lyrics are much more than just a pplay on words/writers. I think the song is about growth/acceptance/rebellion, after enduring self-loathing for being born gay, uh, I mean an insect. I think Morrissey is chanting, "I'm Queer, I'm I'm Here, I'm Proud...Get used to it!"
    frankenchristieon January 21, 2010   Link

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