You live out where the street ends
in a basement apt. with one of your friends
and the tap drips all night
water torture in the sink
The furnace is burning
but it's still cold i think

I can smell the bleach
that they use in the hall
but it can't clean the dirt off of me
It's seeping under the door
in across the floor
it's starting to hurt

Everytime I breathe
Everytime I try to leave
Everytime I breathe

Now the toaster sticks
and the empties are piled
I haven't been up the stairs in awhile now
I gotta wash the sheets on my bed
gotta watch the things that go unsaid
God I wish we'd leave it at this

And every evening you open the door
You come down
There's nothing like watching tv all night underground
and no one is watching me slide
below street level
barely alive

Now we live out where the street ends
in a basement apt. just like our friends
We always said that we were different
but you know now that we weren't
'cause there's holes in all the bottles
and my lungs hurt

Lyrics submitted by glytter_girl

Basement Apartment song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is simply about the first time she move out on her own, and she lived in a shitty apartment.
    spindalxon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's not really about her apartment, the apartment isn't all that important. it's about being older, out on your own, in the real world and that point where you realise what you wanted isn't at all what you have. the heights that you were so sure you'd acheive haven't been. instead you slide below street level. and you have no idea how to fix it or change it. instead you stay where you are with aching lungs and holes in bottles.
    louderthanbombson June 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOr maybe, not only a song about the physical setting, but about the one she's living with? Wanting to leave, watching the things that go unsaid, etc? The restrictive, constricting feeling of being with someone that you aren't sure if you should be around anymore?
    minze08on January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is basically about looking down on people and thinking your better then them...and then finally realizing that everyone is born equal and that maybe your not better than other people
    halfcrazyon August 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI can relate to this song all too well. To me, this song is about complaining just for the sake of being heard. All through the song, she is complaining about how terrible her apartment is, but deep down she doesn't want to be anywhere else or else she would get up and leave.
    ncaroppion July 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti don't know, dudes. living in a basement is completely surreal. you feel suffocated by the floors of people weighing down on you. never seeing a substantial amount of daylight makes going outside more difficult and painful--and it comes to a point where you stop wanting to leave. she's captured exactly what it feels like to live in a basement apartment: barely alive.
    amnesiafakeron October 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAn amazing song and now I know how my bro must feel living in the basement for like over six years, lol. I think this song is about living on your own and the sacrafices that have to be made, you have to settle with what you have, even if its living in a basement where you feel trapped with the people living up above you. You can complain all you want, but what you get is what you have to settle with, for at least some time.
    KillMeFasteron December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti have to say, i never thought this song was that negative. i mean, on the surface the conditions dont seem that great, but i always got a feeling of the freedom you feel living on your own for the first time and the sense of community you feel with your friends when you're young. but maybe that's just because i had my own apartment for the first time this year! no matter what, its a great song, and i always get warm feeling of youth from it.
    ...and i melton June 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDid yall know this song also refers to meth? holes in all the bottles(thats a way you can smoke it) and her lungs hurt...
    snowinthedark44on January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm fairly certain the lyric "there's holes in all the bottles
    and my lungs hurt" refers to smoking pot (using a bottle as a bong) not meth,as someone earlier said.
    luminolon April 23, 2006   Link

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