"I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement" as written by Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Tommy Ramone....
Hey, daddy-o
I don't want to go down to the basement
There's somethin' down there
I don't want to go
Hey, Romeo
There's somethin' down there
I don't want to go down to the basement

Hey, daddy-o
I don't want to go down to the basement
There's somethin' down there
I don't want to go
Hey, Romeo
There's somethin' down there
I don't want to go down to the basement

Hey, daddy-o
I don't want to go down to the basement
There's somethin' down there
I don't want to go
Hey, Romeo
There's somethin' down there
I don't want to go down to the basement


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"I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" as written by Douglas Colvin Dee Dee Ramone

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    General Comment--ok, i hate to use this to disagree with the person above me, but i'm gonna.
    who is persuading? disco blows dogs is just telling ramones fans interesting facts about the band that they might not know. you don''t have to flip out about it. its not like they were saying to like them or else... they said "more reasons to love the ramones" for people who already do love them... so you can just shut up with your Usher nonsence.
    .brick.on May 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think they don't wanna go down to the basement. After all, something's down there, they don't wanna go.
    rrpostalon November 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok listen to this.
    MORE REASONS TO LOVE THE RAMONES:
    1) Back in their prime before they wrere rockstars, Dee dee would bounce a basketball steadily for 1/2 an hour and Joey would record and listen to it all day. Fun.

    2) When Richard Hell (woop) was interviewing (aww) them back in the day, he asked them for the lyrics to this song and it took them 10 minuits for them to agree on the order, despte having played it every night for like the past 6 months.

    3) While filming "Rock & Roll High School", the boys were awoken at 2:00AM to be ready and on the set by 10:00AM. There is somehtng abosolutley ridiculous about that. Wait, no there is everything absolutley ridiculous about that.

    4) Once again, filming. Those of you who've seen the movie, have you noticed that dee dee has no lines? Why? because he had one line involving something with pizza and it took him 30 takes and he coulnnt get it. (SIGH) so my hero. so they just cut the line out.

    THE END. RIP DEE DEE AND JOEY RAMONE

    *dee dee ramone is so wonderfull...*
    disco_blows_dogs_on March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand johnny
    CADEN MOOREon December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about the origin of the band. They used to have band practices in the basement, and their mother (or, more acuratley, Joey's mother) wouldn't ever go down there, as they made too much noise (a very good thing) when they practised.

    By the way, this site wasn't designed to perswade other people to like bands. If they like the band, then they'd go and post something on their favorite artist (The Ramones), and would therefore not need to be perswaded to like the artist more.

    If you want to get more Ramones fans, go and post it on some part about some bastard like Usher, or something.

    See you at the show
    lucky_guess_roxon December 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah man. if i didnt like the ramones, why would i be in this page? but thanks Disco Blows Dogs (for quarters) if you've ever seen detroit rock city. but thats so funny about dee dee's line in rock n roll high school. But i've seen the movie and after the first concert, dee dee does say a line. and i know it consists of "pizza" haha, but its so funny, he just makes the most disgusted face when Riff puts the pizza in the envelope. hahahaha. I LOVE DEE DEE! GABBA GABBA HEY!
    Floydian42on December 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" was written by Dee Dee and Johnny celebrating their love of horror films. The "I don't wanna" theme continues as the opposite of "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," inspired by the Stooges. The descending bass line was inspired by "Hang On To Yourself" by David Bowie.
    Shocktreatment77on November 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the way he says basement
    punani_unitedon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe simplicity of the ramones is simply amazing. when i was younger, i didn't like the ramones, but they're one of my favorite bands now. love this song cuz i'm still of afraid of going in my basement =(
    dazedandconfused91on February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love how this song opens - BAM!

    Great bass line!
    Father O Blivionon October 10, 2008   Link

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