"Underwear" as written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Branson Cocker, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey and Russell Senior....
Why don't you shut the door
And close the curtains?
'Cause you're not going anywhere
He's coming up the stairs
And in a moment he'll want to see your underwear

I couldn't stop it now
There's no way to get out
He's standing far too near
And how the hell did you get in here
Semi-naked in somebody else's room?
I'd give my whole life to see it
Just you
Stood there
Only in your underwear

If fashion is your trade
Then when you're naked
I guess you must be unemployed yeah
But 'cause once it's underway
There's no escaping
The fact that you're a girl and he's a boy

I couldn't stop it now
There's no way to get out
He's standing far too near
And how the hell did you get in here
Semi-naked in somebody else's room?
I'd give my whole life to see it
Just you
Stood there
Only in your underwear

If you close your eyes and just remember
That this is what you wanted last night
So why is it so hard for you to touch him
For you to go and give yourself to him, oh, Jesus

I couldn't stop it now
There's no way to get out
He's standing far too near
And how the hell did you get in here
Semi-naked in somebody else's room?
I'd give my whole life to see it
Just you
Stood there
Only in your underwear, come on, come on, come on now

Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo, doo, doo, doo
Oh yeah
I want to see you
Want to see you standing in your underwear, oh


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"Underwear" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Candida Doyle

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  • +6
    General CommentI've always thought that this song describes the feelings a girl faces before losing her virginity. The narrator is just expressing the feelings she has but is not an actual character in the situation. For this girl, she knows that she has to lose her virginity eventually, and even if she doesn't feel ready, she feels pressured to give herself to someone. Hence the line, "So why is it so hard for you to touch him/For you to go and give yourself to him (or Jesus)." I noticed the lyrics given here stop at "give yourself to him" when the version I have of this song says "give yourself to him or Jesus," which backs up my interpretation of the song.
    This song marks the progression of the relationship this girl has with a guy from something innocent to something sexual. They may have been dating, and she knows that eventually they will have to have sex. When they start taking off their clothes is when she sees their differences and when everything becomes real: "Cos once it's underway/There's no escaping/The fact that you're a girl and he's a boy."
    As things go further and further, she wants to stop it but knows she can't because they've gone too far. She then begins to question how she got there in the first place. She feels this conflict of whether she really wants this to happen or if she just feels as if she should have sex with him (or anyone). She tries to convince herself that it's what she wanted ("If you close your eyes and just remember/That this is what you wanted last night"), but it does nothing to get rid of the bad feelings she still has when she wakes up.
    This is how I've always interpreted the song. I think it's amazing that we can all listen to the same words and music and find such different meanings.
    Rose4Richeyon November 23, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhile the situation described by the other posts are accurate about the girl. I personaly see this song in a more personal light. The narrator is a bloke who is in love with the girl, but it has been largely unrequited. He believes that she should be with him, and this is just my personal interpretation(meaning it is related to my life), that she is an innocent sweet girl, possibly a virgin and she gets off with a bloke. While he watches and knows whats going to happen to her, it is torture that she is sleeping, or going to sleep with a bloke, when he would love to be with her. This to me, hits home hard, as i dated a girl and this happend to her, when she should of lost her virginity to me not some random bloke on a drunken night out
    Foreverdelayedon November 30, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt´s about a girl who suddnely gets really scared about what she knows she is supposed to do (get naked). The narrator of this story is not the guy who is about to "be" with the girl, he is in a semigod position, but he also expresses his opinion, though by some reason he knows the girl is far out of his reach.
    Sandinoon May 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have been the girl in the song.

    It's about being slightly too drunk to make a rational decision, and then realising rather too late that you really don't want to go through with this. Standing semi - conscious in his room thinking of how the **** you're going to get out of this one, cause you're really not ready, but being too drunk to do anything rational and sitting down on the bed in a blind panic.
    amy darlingon March 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song, to me, seems to be about a girl who got drunk and picked up a guy and slept with him. She then wakes up in the morning and thinks 'What the Hell have I done?' and knows he'll probably want to have sex again, but is finding it hard to touch him even. The speaker in the song is mocking her and saying he'd love to see her in this mess.
    Prisoner.I.Wason June 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about a girl, who has told her male friend about a siuation she was in with a man she only just met - how she was really attracted to him 'last night' but couldnt bring herself to look at him in the morning..

    her friend is deeply inlove with her, and want to look afterher, but feels she will never see him in that way. he thinks this is how she will learn? he says how 'i couldnt stop it now'

    maybe itas about a guy who has finaly slep with someone he wanted - but knows that she regrets it in the morning. but he doesnt care cos he'd do anything to see her
    xheyohxon October 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI dont think the emphisis is so much on the girl as himself. He cannot understand why she would waste her time with some looser when he has so much desire for her. Lots of teenage longing in this song, I wonder if Jarvis is writing about the same girl as in Babies.
    aurkwiton August 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe was not drunk, this wasn´t a mistake, she planned this, she tought she wanted to do this "And just remember that this is what you wanted last night". She tought she was prepared but she is not, that is less idiotic than a drunken mistake.
    Sandinoon December 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can relate to this whole damn song. I was going out with some guy, purely for physical attraction to be honest, and a big group of us went out, got wasted, and i ended up with him in my friend's sister's room. Thought I wanted it, but half way through I realised I didnt.. too late.
    I think the chorus 'how the hell did you get here? semi naked in somebody else's room' is the morning after, like 'what was i thinking?'. and 'i'd give my whole life to see it...' reminds me alot of a spiteful ex-boyfriend who wouldve loved the thought that i regretted it.. but would sort of be jealous at the same time.
    idonthavetobeyourbabyon May 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's someone addressing a girl they have a massive crush on but who is about to sleep with someone else, basically saying "you're going to have sex with this guy and I can't really stop that but, you know, I think you and I would work out better". It's a lovely song, actually, amazingly sweet and lacking in bitterness (which would probably be the overall tone were this scenario to happen in real life).
    Zagreboon October 07, 2010   Link

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