Locked in the basement I'm so paranoid
I'm all encased in and I can't escape
And when I look up Mother's looking down
And when I wake up Mother's not around

'Cause if you want you can have everything that I've got
If you want you can take it all away from me
Away from me Away from me Away from me

Nobody's perfect but you just can't see
My life's a circus that you don't believe
You're saying something but not coming clean
And when I look up Mother's living
She's living in a dream

'Cause if you want you can have everything that I've got
If you want you can take it all away from me
And if you're unsatisfied well I'll watch you wave goodbye
If you want you can take it all away from me

Please don't come down and see me this way
Please don't come down I'm too afraid
Please don't come down and see me this way
Please don't come down I'm too afraid
I'm too afraid I'm too afraid
Please don't come down I'm too afraid
Please don't come down I'm too afraid
Please don't come down I'm too afraid
I'm too afraid I'm too afraid
I'm too afraid I'm too afraid

'Cause if you want you can have everything that I've got
If you want you can take it all away from me
'Cause if you want you can have everything that I've got
If you want you can take it all away from me
And if you're unsatisfied well I'll watch you wave goodbye
If you want you can take it all away from me
Away from me Away from me Away from me


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Basement Lyrics as written by Wesley Reid Scantlin Wesley Scantlin

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    this is about a sophisticaed businessman zebra. Someone threw a jar of jam, which everyone knows no sophisticated zebra can resist, down into the basement. then cruely shut the damn door and didnt ock it but held it in place by means of a big metal bar.

    This song means a lot to me beacause i once knew a sophisticaed businessman zebra who liked jam. HE ate a peanut and that peanut was the president of the united states of America! A-Men!!!

    escapingzebraon July 06, 2002   Link
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    ignore this guy, there is too much excess glue around his house. neway by far the best song on this album. i won't say what it means because i really don't what he had going through his head, but for all you rocket scientist, check out my songs and tell me your interpretation. i won't be mad. also check mudvaine4eva

    nhchristianon July 22, 2002   Link
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    Seems to me that it's about some kid being locked in the basement by his mom for punishment.

    PuppetStringWorldon August 14, 2002   Link
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    You people take it too literaly, the basement isnt an acctual structure but most likely a prison he mentaly build for himself. Mother probibly signifies a domeneering female figure like a controling girlfriend or something. The whole "cause if you want you can take it all away from me" is something that shows up in alot of the songs and that probibly means exactly what it says, he just doesnt care anymore. Dunno if Im right, thats just what it seems like to me.

    DarkGoddesson July 06, 2003   Link
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    what an awesome song, i love the interlude. if anyone just happens to need a drum tab for it...ask me heh (tab sites have been shutdown)

    James.W.on January 05, 2006   Link
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    this is probably the crappiest band ever, next to nickelback

    winwinon April 24, 2006   Link
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    too bad darkgoddess posted almost 3 years ago on this song, but mother is actually talking about his mother. i believe she passed away when he was young...

    Lawn_Gnomeon July 10, 2006   Link
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    Am I the only one picking up some strange sexual subtext in the lyrics

    ToastyFoxon June 24, 2014   Link
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    I always thought that he was on drugs and got paranoid from the drugs so he locked himself in the basement, but it very well be a metaphor for his mental state, possibly after he did the drugs, but there doesn't have to be drugs involved. I never thought that it was symbolic though, because POM are almost always very straight forward with their lyrics.

    no1careshuiamon March 12, 2018   Link

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