"Underneath" as written by Alanis Morissette and Guy Sigsworth....
Look at us break our bonds in this kitchen
Look at us rallying all our defenses
Look at us waging war in our bedroom
Look at us jumping ship in our dialogues

There is no difference in what we're doing in here
That doesn't show up as bigger symptoms out there
So why spend all our time in dressing our bandages
When we've the ultimate key to the cause right here, our underneath

Look at us form our cliques in our sandbox
Look at us micro kids with both our hearts blocked
Look at us turn away from all the rough spots
Look at dictatorship on my own block


How I've spun my wheels with carts before my horse
When shine on the outside springs from the root
Spotlight on these seeds of simpler reasons
This core, born into form, starts in our living room


Lyrics submitted by Khonnor

"Underneath" as written by Guy Sigsworth Alanis Morissette

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Underneath song meanings
Add your thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +1
    General Commenti think that she's saying that we are quick to note all the negative that's occurring throughout the world, yet we aren't addressing our own problems at home, whatever they may be. once we choose to better ourselves and the people around us, then we, as a world community, can work towards a greater common good globally. one of my professors once said, "no one can live forever, it simply isn't possible. but what you can do is influence others. and that will live on eternally." i think this is so true. it's the whole pay it forward theory/movement. karma is so real, and how you treat and influence others will come right back to you. instead of complaining about how bad the world is, make it better by fixing broken relationships, thinking before speaking, and following your heart. i know i went off on a major tangent here, but i think that if everyone bettered themselves individually, the world would be a better place.
    agxxon June 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentafter watching her music video for this song, my idea about what the lyric "we've the ultimate key to the cause right here right underneath" changed. Throughout the video it constantly shows how everytime she tries to get someone to take one of her "save the earth" flyers, everyone kind of blows her off like saving the earth is a big bother... and then at the end she takes down all of her save the earth stuff and kind of changes her approach to "Save the Heart", which i think is brilliant... So, what guess i'm trying to say is that i feel as if the lyric kind of sends a message that we must save our hearts before we can save the earth.... our hearts being the ultimate cause of why we now have to worry about saving the earth... if we would just kind of heal our hearts in a way where we would care about everything a little more, then saving the world would become a lot less of a bother...
    Increase_The_Peaceon July 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFix ourselves...and with that, we'll fix bigger things. It's as simple as that...and what you've all posted I agree with more or less. She's so fantastic. Alanis never lets me down
    Shmeemeron July 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst off i love this woman!!!!! she has changed my life!!!! so i think this song is about how all these things we do.... inside our homes... inside ourselves, everything.. manifests itself as bigger problems in the world. so we all want to change the world but we really need to change ourselves and our homes. "There is no difference in what we're doing in here" inside our home/ourselves "That doesn't show up as big as it does out there" self explanitory. "So why spend all our time undressing our bandages" why try to heal when we keep doing the same thing. and also in larger terms, try to fix the world. "when we've the ultimate key to the cause right here right underneath" when the way to fix it all is right here. in ourselves/our homes. fix the root fix the rest. thats what i think anyways.
    ubervamp5on August 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone else love the video to this song?
    Definitely one of the best I've seen recently.
    seamoraineon December 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is saying forget about the past because what's important is what's ahead: "So why spend all our time undressing our bandages
    When we've the ultimate key to the cause
    right here all underneath." Instead of thinking about the more painful memories, look at the things that matter now.


    regardless, this song is amazing.
    mersixcoreon January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey, guys. I love this song on alot of levels. I love Alanis, too. Thanks for posting it Khonner.

    Alanis has often stated her "micro is macro" philosophy. What is on the inside will manifest itself "as bigger symptoms out there (the correct lyric)." If you've seen the Feast DVD you know what I'm talking about. Now I don't know if she was thinking along the lines that I'm about to discuss, but I figure I would express the thought in Christian terms. And when I say Christian I'm speaking of Jesus' words and not necessarily the general philosophies of the religion. Here goes:

    "Keys" to the Kingdom-

    The "key to the cause" is always underneath. We must take responsibility for what is and "be the change which we want to see in the world" (Alanis, Gandhi, Michael Jackson, etc.) When we all jump on this train, cooperation is inevitable because we have common goals and unity of will, even in our diversity of personality. How is this possible? How can we achieve unity of will to bring about a more perfect world? In part by looking upon both our inner and outer realms as provinces of The Kingdom of Heaven.
    The Kingdom of Heaven is a current reality in that it potentially (already) resides in the personal experience of man, but its outer realization (The Kingdom on Earth) is consequent upon both the spiritualization of the soul and the yielding of its fruits in the lives of other men. This is the concept of fellowship and brotherhood - we are all sons of the One Father on Paradise.
    Alanis often talks about the "inner spirit," and it is the striving for the enthronement of this Divine Spirit that brings these 2 possible kingdoms about. See, the Divine Spirit is Our Father himself, whom we worship and emulate. We want to do his will; He is the King. Doing the Father's will will naturally bring about peace on earth because all our actions will be tempered by the true love of our fellows, who are on the same train as our selves. We are all going to the same place , we just have to decide our destination.
    So do Alanis proud. Strive for Self-realization and the perfection of your spirit. No more "clique-forming" or "heart-blocking". Let's stop "waging war" and "jumping ship". Why don't we just steer the ship to a better place?
    3EBfan23on April 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"This song speaks to my belief that instead of my focusing on systematic stuff that shows up out there (wars between nations, what's happening in the government, the governmental structure itself, what's happening out there) that I'd much prefer to put my energy into shifting what's going on in here. Trusting that the shifts that happen here will inevitably show up as a mirror out there. So while there are some really generous people who are focusing on shifting so some of the symptoms help human beings, my general focus usually turns towards taking as much responsibility for my own humanness so that I can be more loving frankly and I trust that that shows up out there and collectively as we are all shifting, the planet shifts as we do."
    Alanis - Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music
    cbovikingson May 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just heard this song on VH1. Me likes!
    Cam-winon May 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis sounds like a political song to me. I think she's directing it to humanity itself about how we can change the world ourselves by doing our part. And I, for one, totally agree. =]
    simdaneson June 11, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top