"When I'm Small" as written by and Sarah Bartchel Caleb Shreve....
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
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 now
Showin' love
You've got your hand on the button now

Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Lucy's underground,
She's never comin' 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 flame

So, show me love
You've got your hands on the button now
Showin' love
You've got your hand on the button now

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

Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
(than to be with you)
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
(I'd rather die)
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh


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"When I'm Small" as written by Joshua Carter Caleb Shreve

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  • +7
    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
  • +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.

    youtube.com/…
    JennaLacyon May 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
  • +2
    My InterpretationI'm currently an inpatient in a mental unit for teenagers, and I've recently come across this song. This is how I interpret it:

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

    In the unit I'm in, there is a girl called Lucy, who I'm guessing is Schizophrenic. I've never accepted that there's something wrong with me mentally, but Lucy has. I interpret the underground bit as being mentally ill. Am I underground? (Am I mentally ill?) Or am I in between?

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

    This bit I interpret as, am I actually mentally ill, and the reason why I haven't accepted it is because I'm 'in too deep'? As in I'm too busy living in my head and I've been living like this for so long that I don't see what it looks like from the outside, and how it isn't normal for other people.

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

    I'm allowed home every weekend on 'leave', and when I have to go back Sunday night, my Mum walks me to the door and presses a button, which basically rings a bell, and then one of the nurses comes to let me in. I interpret this part as how even though I don't see it this way, my Mum is doing what she thinks is best for me by bringing me back there. She is 'showin' love'.

    Oh, oh, oh, oh,
    Oh, oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh, oh

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

    This bit I interpret as Lucy will maybe be this way for her whole life, because if she does have Schizophrenia (I've never really asked her, but I think she has), then I may be wrong, but I think it's one of those things you have for life. This bit I see as can I ever be 'cured', or am I too far gone to come back? Is the old me still alive, or is she dead, and this is just how I am now?

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

    Pretty much all the time I feel very suicidal, so I interpret this part as wanting to die. Not trying to help yourself or anything, but just going along with suicidal thoughts, because its the easier thing to do, and I don't really want to stick around any longer anyway.


    So, show me love
    You've got your hands on the button now
    Showin' love
    You've got your hand on the button now

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

    I interpret this bit as I'd rather die than be with myself. My head is an extremely dark place, and I'd rather die, than have to be with me anymore.


    Oh, oh, oh, oh,
    Oh, oh, oh, oh,
    (than to be with you)
    Oh, oh, oh, oh,
    Oh, oh, oh, oh,
    (I'd rather die)
    Oh, oh, oh, oh,
    Oh, oh, oh, oh,
    Oh, oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh, oh

    I know that when Phantogram wrote this song, they definitely didn't write it about me, but this is just my interpretation.
    LoudSilenceson March 22, 2015   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

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