"Going Under" as written by Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale...
Left home with a friend of mine
Gone two years and I don't know why
Now I'm happy all the time
I can't think and I'm feelin' fine
Girl put me in a situation

Going through soft core mutation
Think you heard this all before
Now you're gonna hear some more
I know a place where dreams get crushed
Hopes are smashed but that ain't much
Voluntary experimentation
Going through soft core mutation
I'm going under

Down under where the lights are low
To a place where all the mutants go
Doing things I never did before
Inside out and coming back for more
Little girls with the four red lips
Never knew it could be like this
You put me in a situation
Goin' through soft core mutation


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"Goin' Under" as written by Mark Mothersbaugh Gerald V. Casale

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    General CommentThis song is a retooling of "All of Us."

    I'm concerned that the "girls with the four red lips" who "never knew it could be like this" are suddenly getting a lot of sex, hence the red labial lips.
    Dubious Meriton March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA more specific kind of Sex...I interpret this as a song about oral sex, "going Down" going under...cunnilingus...gotta love it.
    regbon November 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first four lines (and the monotone in which they're sung) always made me think of someone who had joined a cult -- lured in by the "girl with the four red lips".
    stoneo68on November 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationCult, probably not. College experience, maybe more likely.
    Going Under, sex is not the primary essence but obviously inferred. I feel its very possible They mean society and the shockingly dangerous pitfalls therein. Being observed in , relations, clubs, school and the mutation of one's soul when strafed by the ugly normalcy of it all.
    I love this song and have since I heard it circa '80.
    The song goes to both extremes as it ventures into the world. With sexified lyrics and devastating compromises people 'feel' forced to make.
    Cheers all,
    Kelly C.
    kelly10152on June 06, 2015   Link

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