"Through the Roof 'n' Underground" as written by Eliot Ferguson, Eugene Hutz, Oren Kaplan, Yuri Lemeshev and Sergey Ryabstev....
When there's a trap set up for you
In every corner of this town
And so you learn the only way to go is underground
When there's a trap set up for you
In every corner of your room
And so you learn the only way to go is through the roof

Ooohoohoooh through the roof, underground

And as we're crossing border after border
We realize that difference is none
It's underdogs who, and if you want it
You always have to make your own fun

And as the upperdog leisurely sighing
The local cultures are dying and dying
The programmed robots are buying and buying
And a psycho load of freaks they are still trying trying

Ooohoohoooh through the roof, underground

And as the boy scouts learn to read between the lines
The silver rabbits hop between their fathers' lies
And boy scouts ask "Where? Where do they go?"
They go to the country that they only know

Just like their meanings they lay between the lines
Between the borders their real countries hide
The strategigo's saw their advertise
Their strategy of being is one of in-your-face disguise

Ooohoohoooh through the roof, underground!

And when their own walls they will a-crumble,
And all the systems will be discumbumbled,
Around the stump of bigotry, our own [Ukrainian].

Ooohoohoooh through the roof, underground
Ooohoohoooh through the roof, and underground
Ooohoohoooh through the roof, underground
Ooohoohoooh through the roof! Underground!

[Ukrainian]

Through the roof! And underground!
Through the roof! Underground!






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"Through the Roof 'n' Underground" as written by Eugene Hutz Eliot Ferguson

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  • +2
    General CommentI fell in love with it on the Wristcutters Soundtrack. [:
    wanna jajajamon April 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is about the decline of individual cultures under the homogenizing force of globalization and corporate-driven consumerism (mostly emanating from the worst corners of the United States but it is by no means the only culprit in this atrocity).

    Wal-Mart (under that name or any other) or Starbucks on every corner, every country. It's a depressing thing, when you think about it, that something could be the same everywhere like that.

    The whole thing reminds me strongly of what David Bowie mentioned in an interview once about his song "I'm Afraid of Americans":

    "I was traveling in Java when [its] first McDonald’s went up: it was like, “for f*ck’s sake.” The invasion by any homogenized culture is so depressing, the erection of another Disney World in, say, Umbria, Italy, more so. It strangles the indigenous culture and narrows expression of life."

    Gogol Bordello is all about global exchange & sharing of cultures, not just one manufactured commercial culture degrading, dominating or eradicating everything around it. This song is about escaping that stultifying, soul-sucking force, by going "through the roof and underground" if necessary.
    telegramsam17on July 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAnd as the upperdog leisurely sighing,
    The local cultures are dying and dying.
    The programmed robots are buying and buying,
    Secluded freaks they are still trying trying.

    that is my favorite part. i think he's talking about capitalism and gentrification working hand in hand.
    i live in a neighborhood which is predominantly Polish, and we used to have all these polish delis lining the streets, and all the houses were family owned. and now these past couple of years we've had all these hipsters move in, condos be built, and even a starbucks to top it off. some of the original residents are still sticking it out, hopign teh neighborhood doesnt lose its ethnic charm, i think theyre the 'secluded freaks still trying trying'...
    JaimeChienson January 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentawww, same here. been playing it over and over after watching wristcutters. and it keeps making me laugh my heart out. such a fun fun song.
    dlyanon May 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah wristcutters is where i first heard this as well. Great stuff.
    voltafan101on June 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwristcutters as well great movie great soundtrack
    Llij27on June 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI also heard this song for the first time in Wristcutters, it always gives me an optimistic feeling and can pretty much improve any day.

    my favorite part is

    It's underdogs who, and if you want it
    You always have to make your own fun



    Lam3on November 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love it when he sings disconbumbled
    =D
    i didnt realise he was in the movie everything is illuminated until i watched wristcutters. he's a pretty good actor
    luey_babyon April 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. This is where I first heard of Gogol Bordello. I feel like no matter what mood I'm in, I never really feel hesitant to listen to it. When I've had a bad day, I listen to it over and over again. And when I've had a great day, I listen to it over and over. Haa
    vintagebeautyon April 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis has got to be my favourite song,
    everytime I listen to it I freeze and mumble along,
    And I'm glad I finally Understand the Rusian part,
    These guys are great.
    CancerousWonderlandon May 13, 2009   Link

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