Lucy's underground
She's got a mouth to feed
Am I underground
Or am I in between

Lucy's underground
She's got a mouse to feed
Am I underground
Or I am in too deep


Show me love
You've got your hand on the button now
Sure enough
You've got your hand on the button now


Lucy's underground
She's never coming back
Am I still alive
Or has the light gone black

Take me underground
Take me all the way
Bring me to the fire
Throw me in the flames


So show me love
You've got your hands on the button now
Sure enough
You've got your hands on the button now


I'd rather die
I'd rather die
Than to be with you


Lyrics submitted by davidbernie, edited by kamikazi137, 0scarA1berto

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  • +6
    General Commentllamaperson those are the correct lyrics. If you watch her sing it acoustic version you can easily tell what they lyrics are.

    I think everyone has their own interpretation of a song, this is mine:
    It is about raw intense pain that someone has given you. She feels as if she is dead or dying from it. She is asking show me love, show enough. I need to feel something, because she feels like she is dying or that she is dead and "underground". Also going along with the underground...the pain that she feels is almost unbearable, she asks take me underground, take me all the way, bring me to the fire, throw me in the flames...In other words if this is the way She has to feel just kill her, because then she wouldn't have to feel this desperation. You can tell the intensity and desperation in her voice when she says "I'd rather die, I'd rather die, Than to be with you. This person has really broken her down and hurt her.

    I am thinking that you've got your hand on the button now, is like knowing what buttons to push to get someone to do what you want or to get under their skin. As far as the having a mouth to feed...I am not sure about this part...but I am hoping some other people have an opinion on this song.

    Phantogram said most of their songs came from dreams they had, partly. I did a little research. Absolutely love this song! My favorite on the album.
    Link below to watch the acoustic version.

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    JennaLacyon May 10, 2011   Link
  • +6
    Lyric Correctionthese are the lyrics in the CD cover:

    Lucy's underground
    she's got a mouth to feed
    Am I underground
    or am I in between
    Lucy's underground
    she's got a mouse to feed
    Am I underground
    or am I in too deep

    Show me love
    you've got your hand on
    the button now
    sure enough
    you've got your hand on
    the button now

    Lucy's underground
    she's never coming back
    Am I still alive
    or has the light gone black
    Take me underground
    take me all the way
    bring me to the fire
    throw me in the flames

    So show me love
    you've got your hands
    on the button now
    sure enough
    you've got your hands on
    the button now

    I'd rather die
    I'd rather die
    than to be with you
    danceyrselfcleanon August 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is what I believe the lyrics are (they make more sense too):
    Lucy's underground
    She's got a mouth to feed
    Am I underground
    Or am I in between

    Lucy's underground
    She's got a mouth to feed
    Am I underground
    Or am I in too deep


    Show me love
    You've got your hand on the button of
    Showing love
    You've got your hand on the button now


    Lucy's underground
    She's never coming back
    Am I still alive
    Or has the light gone black


    Take me underground
    Take me all the way
    And bring me to the fire
    Throw me in the flames


    So show me love
    You've got your hand on the button of
    Showing love
    You've got your hand on the button now


    I would rather die
    I would rather die
    Than to be with you
    tabbyfapon February 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti like to imagine this song is about rise and fall of lucy, who was once in the sky with diamonds.
    perquisiteon February 19, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOh...possibly the meaning of she got a mouth to feed is that she is doing what she has to do to survive this hell that she is in and the song title when I'm small...is like she feels meaningless to this person. Just an idea.
    JennaLacyon May 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis is a break up song.
    The character Lucy is a name given to her heart/emotional afflictions prevalent during the relationship. Lucy has given herself completely to her partner, but, inferred, her partner hasn't reciprocated. In other words, she (the singer) has given her hearts complete love (Lucy), but her love hasn't. When Lucy goes underground, this is saying her heart is broken. The first verse is questioning weather she is distraught by it, and the second is confirming and also wishing to be let go of the pain. Her afflictions will cease given the expression of love ("you've got your hand on the button now") from the chorus. Finally at the end she can't take it anymore (I'd rather die).
    adamdquion September 02, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese are the lyrics as I interpreted them:

    Lucy's underground
    She's got a mouth to feed
    Am I underground
    Or am I in between

    Lucy's underground
    She's got a mouth to feed
    Am I underground
    Or am I in too deep


    Show me love
    Who's got your hand on the button of
    Showin' love
    You've got your hand on the button of


    Lucy's underground
    She's never coming back
    Am I still alive
    Or has the life gone bad

    Take me underground
    Take me all the way
    And bring me to the fire
    Throw me into the flames


    So show me love
    Who's got your hand on the button of
    Showin' love
    You've got your hand on the button of


    I would rather die
    I would rather die
    Than to be with you
    spaceroseon January 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionIt's not "show enough" not "showin love" aaaaand, it's "on the button now" not "on the button of".
    delitebriteon December 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI swear I hear "Am I still alive, Or has my mind gone mad" instead of the other responses. I have listened to this song over and over well one because I am madly in love with her voice but also because I am trying to figure out if that is really what she is saying!!?? Am I the only one who hears this?? Ive even listened to the acoustic version and hear the same thing!
    ttugrl0303on April 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI'm 100% sure these are the correct lyrics and I've seen them perform live as well:

    Lucy's underground
    She's got a mouth to
    Feed
    Am I underground
    Or am I in between
    Lucy's underground
    She's got a mouse to
    Feed
    Am I underground
    Or am I in too deep

    Show me love
    You've got your hand on
    The button now
    Sure enough
    You've got your hand on
    The button now

    Lucy's underground
    She's never coming back
    Am I still alive
    Or has the light gone
    Black
    Take me underground
    Take me all the way
    Bring me to the fire
    Throw me in the flames

    So show me love
    You've got your hands
    On the button now
    Sure enough
    You've got your hand on
    The button now

    I'd rather die
    I'd rather die
    Than to be with you
    led4756on June 10, 2011   Link

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