Underground

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"Underground"
Underground cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Yeastmaster Pt. 2
Recorded 1991
Length 2:28
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 103
Status Demo Circulating
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Crazy rock and rollers"
(RC# 101)
"Underground"
(RC# 103)
"Oh Geez!"
(RC# 104)

"Underground" (also known as "Sing to Me Slow" and "The Hermit Song") is a song written by Rivers Cuomo in 1991.

Appearances

Overview

Cuomo recorded a song fragment titled "Sing to Me Slow" to his 8-track while living at 2914 Urban Avenue in West Los Angeles during the summer of 1991, and demoed it again under the title "Underground" in late summer or fall of that same year. In the Weezer Recording History, Karl Koch described this demo as such: "Rivers reacts to the advent of "grunge" music. Song is deemed too.... something... for 60WS.".

The band that would be named Weezer formed on February 14, 1992. During the band's third practice, the song was rehearsed as a band. Koch added, in the Recording History, that the song was never quite a Sixty Wrong Sausages track, and "never settled in" as a Weezer track.

The song is known to have been performed live once, acoustically, at the band's third show on April 7, 1992 at 8121 Club in Los Angeles.

Though the song wouldn't be heard by fans until 2021, when it was a part of a group of demos that leaked, the lyrics to the song have been known since the early 2000's. This is because Cuomo uploaded a scan of the lyrics to his his personal website at that time.

Live performances

Lyrics

Lyrics for "Underground"

Once upon a time, in rock and roll history

Hold me like the water
And throw me like the sun
Run from me as the wind blows
And take me underground
I want to be with you
I want to be with you
I want to hide with you
Deep inside the earth

I've got all the food to eat
And I've got all the air to breathe
You've got everything else I need
So take me underground with you

See also