"Out From Under" as written by Robert Douglas Graves, Richard Marx and Jasen Rauch....
Knocked off my feet
The earth moved beneath
The edge of a dream and a nightmare

Open the door
Fell through the floor
Slipped through the cracks into nowhere

So tell me where were you
When everything fell down like thunder
I begged you to pull me through
I couldn't get out from under

I took the fall
I took it all
Last night was just an illusion

Cut me, I bleed
Feel me in need
I finally broke in the pressure

So tell me where were you
When everything fell down like thunder
I begged you to pull me through
I couldn't get out from under

Left me for dead inside my head
Couldn't you see that I was still breathing?
Screaming, I reached for you
I couldn't get out from under

Where were you?
I reached for you
The pressure broke me down

Where were you?
I reached for you
The pressure broke me

Where were you?
The pressure broke me
Where were you?
The pressure broke me
Where were you?
I reached for you

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"Out from Under" as written by Rob Graves Jasen Rauch

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  • +2
    General CommentWhile technically this could be about a romantic relationship, I seriously doubt that it is. Clearly, it seems to be someone's cry out to God. They are going through a hard time in their life, and they want to know why God didn't step in. As Christians, we know that God is strengthening us through our sufferings, but sometimes it is still hard to understand why we would go through it. We may find ourselves questioning God, asking why he would put us through it. This song is clearly about just that.
    PhantomOf3on March 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite from the new album..
    great song.
    the great thing about this song is that it can be taken from a christian and non-christian perspective
    Plums72on February 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song is amazing. One of Red's best. I especially like what they song they make at the beginning andend of this song. Its kinda their signiture for this album just but to the max. Its just amazing.
    HTDon October 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPerhaps "Out from Under" is merely a call to act. The song is about a life wasted and lost, longing for hope, longing for help, but to no avail. The person portrayed in this song is your neighbor, your friend, your sibling, your co-worker or schoolmate, a complete stranger. The song is a call to love and give hope to these people. They NEED it. Without Christ's redemption, they will finally break in the pressure. A sad song portraying a sad reality..
    ChristianMusicObsessionon July 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow
    everytime I listen to this song I imagine a scarey cut scene
    though who didn't let down from a friend/family member/lover?
    ah well, Red is always amaze me.
    halffadeon May 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like he was going through an extremely tough time in his life and the person he expected to be there for him (gf/family member) wasn't there to help him
    espn829on January 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment Hmm I really don't know what to think of this song. I really love Red, but this song is different. To me if I had any idea of what I thought it was saying it would be this.

    I think it might be talking about us living our lives. Before we know Christ we live in a world of sin, without anyway of being forgiven. If Christ didn't do what he does, our only place to go would be the devil. What I think is its him without Christ. living a life of sin and finally once everything hits the fan hes asking what happened. He thought everything would be okay, he was believing the devils lies.

    The part that gets me is "Cut me I bleed, reveal me I need - I finally broke in the pressure" Hes saying I bleed meaning he is human. He is wanted to be reviled, he wants to stop trying to run from God. He thought his life was great and he didn't need God, but he finally broke.

    Anyway that's what I get from this song. God bless everyone.
    Tenraion May 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust like another song by Red, this song doesn't seem like it's about God at all. I feel like it's about either a lover/sibling/friend;

    "So tell me, where were you
    When everything fell down like thunder"

    Or about an inner demon of his (again, and yet still different than the last couple of songs dealing with inner demons) that he had listened to and hadn't realized that it was tearing him down until he was almost "spiritually dead";

    "Left me for dead, inside my head
    Couldn't you see that I was still breathing?"

    It also sounds like the singer was so depressed and angry that he was driven to cutting himself;

    "Cut me I bleed, reveal me I need
    I finally broke in the pressure"

    The pressure being his problems. And yet, this part still bothers me;

    "Screaming, I reached for you
    I couldn't get out from under"

    I'm not sure if he's reaching out to a lover/friend/family member or to God, but it doesn't sound like it.

    Or maybe it's about something completely different.

    Like the comments above me were saying, it could also be about life before God and how people will break under pressure at one point (pressure being their problems) and, despite peoples problems, they don't realize that their dying spiritually each day without God.
    ShadowLove97on January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaninghey dudes! You're may all hate me for having an indepth Christian view of this song :P but I don't mind.

    "Out From Under" seems to be written concerning the crucifixion of Jesus. This song is arguably the darkest song on the album; if it is written on the crucifixion of Jesus, it is written from Jesus' perspective. Now, I'll pile up the evidence :P

    "Now tell me where were you when everything fell down like thunder... I begged you to pull me through, I gotta get Out from Under."

    This chorus is focused on abandonment. Jesus cried out on the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" which symbolises a similar thing.

    Now, where it gets interesting :P

    "Cut me I bleed, feel me in need, I finally broke in the pressure."

    Jesus was flogged before being crucified, which requires a lot of bleeding and scarring. The "pressure," that the song keeps coming back to seems to suggests the Spiritual pain that Jesus felt on the cross, which led to his death. This seems likely, because in the end, the song doesn't get any better, and the singer keeps screaming, "Pressure!" as if the singer really has died.

    "I took the fall, I took it all, last night was just an illusion."

    The night before Jesus was crucified he begged God to take away the suffering he was about to endure. The "illusion" was that God would take the suffering away; Jesus knew that he would have to bear it to the end: "Yet not as I will, but as you will." Christian doctrine believes that Jesus took all sin, and this requires a "fall" away from God.

    The title itself, "Out from Under," seems to be a desire for escaping death, or, resurrecting.
    ABoughtLemonon January 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing. it brings me to tears, its powerful
    Chaos97yelon February 17, 2013   Link

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