"Undercover Martyn" as written by Alexander James Trimble, Samuel Matthew Halliday and Kevin Stephen Baird....
And she spoke words that would melt in your hands
And she spoke words of wisdom
To the basement people, to the basement
Many surprises await you
In the basement people, in the basement

You hid there last time, you know we're gunna find you
Sick in the car, sick 'cause you're not up to going
Out on the main streets, completing your mission
You hid there last time, you know we're gunna find you
Sick in the car, sick 'cause you're not up to going
Out on the main streets, completing your mission

And she spoke words that would melt in your hands
And she spoke words of wisdom
To the basement people, to the basement
Many surprises await you
In the basement people, in the basement

You hid there last time, you know we're gunna find you
Sick in the car, sick 'cause you're not up to going
Out on the main streets, completing your mission
You hid there last time, you know we're gunna find you
Sick in the car sick, sick 'cause you're not up to going
Out on the main streets, completing your mission

You hid there last time, you know we're gunna find you
Sick in the car, sick 'cause you're not up to going
Out on the main streets, completing your mission
You hid there last time, you know we're gunna find you
Sick in the car, sick 'cause you're not up to going
Out on the main streets, completing your mission


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"Under Cover Martyn" as written by Alexander James Trimble, Samuel Matthew Halliday, Kevin Stephen Baird

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    General Commentyoutube.com/…

    Go to 1 min 25 secs... tells you the meaning of this song. Guess we were all wrong :P
    Chlodeon November 15, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningShe spoke words that would melt in your hands
    She spoke words of wisdom
    - Music world is full of promises, hopes, dreams, and success and those selling it speak such words of wisdom.

    To the basement people, to the basement
    Many surprises await you
    In the basement people, in the basement
    - Lets get to work to make those dreams come true, "To the basement" - Northern Band ; P - We have basements that are great for writing and playing music. "Many surprises await you" Could be the music they create or the lack of success or the realized success. All surprises good n bad.

    You hid there last time, you know we're gonna find you
    - If your good they will find you... Even in your hidden lil basement.

    Sick in the car seat, 'cause you're not up to going
    - Nerves!! You are making it now but your not in the privacy of the basement. Your public, playing in front of others. Anxiety before a gig.

    Out on the main streets, completing your mission
    - The goal was to be popular to be famous to be known and appreciated for what you do. So your out there. Nerves or not Your doing what you set out to do.


    SilverNovaon April 29, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about Alex Trimbles' sisters boyfriend, Martyn
    miKon May 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe line "she spoke words that would melt in your hands" made me think of a little kid. Every once in a while they'll say something that just makes you melt, and it's unusual how wise it is. The kid is playing a game where she's on a mission, and she's hiding from her parents because she doesn't want to go out. And I'm not really sure they say car seat... But if they do, that just strengthens my theory.
    Natiqueon May 22, 2010   Link
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      Thats actually weird Cuz i got the same vibe about it being about a little kid but "words that would melt in your hands" and "words of wisdom" were Harsh words from the kids mother and so the kid goes and hides in the basement. Really Really good song though. The Band kinda reminds me of Minus the Bear and Death Cab For Cutie
      Flag ModestBearon October 06, 2010  
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      @Hyperslasher1 lyric meanings are personal to you, it doesent even really matter what it was written about, its your interpretation of it
      Flag Jreece7on January 30, 2011  
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      Agreed on the: lyric meanings are up to those who interpret it. Thats the beauty of art. It can mean one thing to the Artist and yet others find other meanings.

      However No worries Hyperslasher1 The childlikeness you are getting from the song is just that feeling any of us get when we have dreams, and or when we are about to face something we feel is bigger then us.

      Thats why I love this song - They wrote it for themselves and we can take it and make application to those things we face. Those dreams and challenges we want but are unsure about.
      Flag SilverNovaon April 29, 2011  
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    General CommentThis song is about one of the band mates girlfriend. She said they were going to make it big, hence the lyric "she spoke words that would melt in your hands, she spoke words of wisdom." But the lyric i don't get is "to the basement people, to the basement. many suprises await you." any thoughts?
    chelsbels105on October 10, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIt probably does have to do with the sister's boyfriend, I think it's about some guys who have a friend (say, Martyn) who likes a girl whose, "words... will melt in your hand," and, "spoke words of wisdom." These guys try to get Martyn to talk to her/make a move, which is his mission. Unfortunately, he always wimps out, opting to hide in the basement, making, "many surprises await you," sarcastic.

    My two cents.
    speccy94on December 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti actually adore this song, and this band.
    suckmychodeon February 27, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSo this is just completely my own interpretation. I just got back from a mission trip and in lots of countries you cannot have open religious views and this song seemed to fit so perfectly.
    "She spoke words that would melt in your hand, she spoke words of wisdom" Makes me think of a missionary sharing the gospel to people who have never heard it before.
    "To the basement people to the basement, many surprises await you" You have to be secretive when sharing the gospel, it can be dangerous so they would meet in basements so when the police came they wouldn't find them. In the first stance it sounds exciting. New stories and ideas of God await you in the basement.
    "You hid there last time you know we are going to find you"
    The police know they are in the basement. They know about their hiding place
    "sick in the car sick cause your not up for going out on the main streets completing your mission" The missionary knows the risk involved. They are risking their lives and the lives of their friends or family
    In the next verse when it repeats "to the basement people to the basement, many surprises await you" I picture the police coming and they know they are caught "you hid there last time you know we're going to find you"
    I know it's a song about Undercover Martyn but I picture Undercover Martyr.
    Completely my own thoughts-not influenced by the band
    todayismondayon July 25, 2013   Link
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    General Commentit's fab :D
    deltasunlighton February 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLove it, such a cheery song ... can't help but smile every time I listen to it.


    Just makes me wanna get up and dance.
    SamKimishon March 22, 2010   Link
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