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Sound of the Underground
Girls Aloud Lyrics


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Disco dancing with the lights down low
Beats are pumping on my stereo
Neighbor's banging on the bathroom wall
You're saying crank the bass
I gotta get some more

Water's running in the wrong direction
Got a feeling it's a mixed up sign
I can see it in my own reflection
Something funny's going on inside my mind
Don't know what is pushing me higher
It's the static from the floor below
And then it drops and catches like fire
It's a sound I, it's a sound I know

It's the sound of the underground
The beat of the drum goes 'round and 'round
Into to the overflow
Where the girls get down to the sound of the radio
Out to the electric night
Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
The beat goes around and 'round
It's the sound of the under, sound of the underground

Chain reaction running through my veins
Pumps the bass line up into my brain
Screws my mind until I lose control
And when the building rocks I know it's got my soul

Water's running in the wrong direction
Got a feeling it's a mixed up sign
I can see it in my own reflection
Something funny's going on inside my mind
Don't know what is pushing me higher
It's the static from the floor below
And then it drops and catches like fire
It's a sound I, it's a sound I know

It's the sound of the underground
The beat of the drum goes 'round and 'round
Into to the overflow
Where the girls get down to the sound of the radio
Out to the electric night
Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
The beat goes around and 'round
It's the sound of the under, sound of the underground

I don't know what is pushing me higher
It's the static from the floor below
And then it drops and catches like fire
It's a sound I, it's a sound I
It's a sound I, it's a sound I know

It's the sound of the underground
The beat of the drum goes 'round and 'round
Into to the overflow
Where the girls get down to the sound of the radio
Out to the electric night
Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
The beat goes around and 'round
It's the sound of the under, sound of the underground

Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
It's the sound of the under, sound of the underground
Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
It's the sound of the under, sound of the underground

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Girls Aloud's song Sound of the Underground are an ode to the pulsating and hypnotic effect of music, as well as a commentary on the societal pressures of conformity. The song starts with a scene of disco dancing with the lights down low, and the beats pumping on the stereo. However, the neighbor banging on the bathroom wall shows that not everyone is appreciative of this music. The reference to "water's running in the wrong direction" and "something funny's going on inside my mind" creates a sense of disorientation in the listener, as if the music is tapping into something primal and uncontrollable.


The chorus "It's the sound of the underground, the beat of the drum goes round and round" captures the energy and excitement of the song, while the line "Where the girls get down to the sound of the radio" speaks to the unifying power of music across different groups. The second verse talks about a "chain reaction running through my veins, pumps the bass line up into my brains", emphasizing the physical and emotional effect of music. The final chorus repeats the refrain, driving home the message that this sound is powerful and undeniable.


Line by Line Meaning

Disco dancing with the lights down low
I am dancing to disco beats in a low-lit place


Beats are pumping on my stereo
The music playing on my speakers is energetic and rhythmic


Neighbor's banging on the bathroom wall
My neighbor is disturbed by the loud music coming from my bathroom


He's saying 'Crank the bass, I gotta get some more'
My neighbor wants me to increase the bass of the music


Water's running in the wrong direction
Things seem to be disorienting and confusing


Got a feeling it's a mixed up sign,
I feel like there is a sign or signal that I am misinterpreting


I can see it in my own reflection
I can sense that something is off by looking at my own reflection


Something funny's going on inside my mind.
My thoughts are not coherent and there is a sense of confusion


Don't know what is pushing me higher
I don't know what is causing me to feel more energized and excited


It's the static from the floor below
The vibrations from the floor below are adding to the excitement


And then it drops
The music suddenly changes or intensifies


And catches like fire
The music ignites a strong emotional response


And it's a sound I, it's a sound I know
I recognize and am familiar with this type of music


It's the sound of the underground,
The music I am listening to is not mainstream


The beat of the drum goes round and round
The rhythm is consistent and continuous


Into to the overflow
The excitement is overflowing and intense


Where the girls get down to the sound of the radio
The music is so good that girls dance to it spontaneously


Out to the 'lectric night
The music takes me out into the electric, energetic nightlife


Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
The bass tone in the music reverberates throughout the backstreets with flashing lights


The beat goes around and round
The rhythm continues to inspire and excite


It's the sound of the under, sound of the underground
The music I am listening to is not mainstream, and is a unique sound


Chain reaction running through my veins
The rhythm is causing a physical reaction in me


Pumps the bassline up into my brains
The music is intensifying and affecting me strongly


Screws my mind until I lose control
The music is so good that I am losing myself in it


And when the building rocks I know it's got my soul
The music is so good that it feels like it is taking ownership of my very being




Lyrics Β© Peermusic Publishing, WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Brian Thomas Higgins, Miranda Eleanor De Fonbrune Cooper, Niara Scarlett

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Disco dancing with the lights down low
Beats are pumping on the stereo
Neighbours banging on the bathroom wall
Your sayin' crank the bass
I gotta get some more

Waters runnin' in the wrong direction
Got a feelin' it's a mixed up sign
I can see it in my own reflection
Summit funnies goin' on inside my mind
Don't know what it's pushin' me higher
It's the static from the floor below
Then its drops and catches like a fire
It's a sound I, it's a sound I know

It's the sound of the underground
The beat of the drum goes round and round
In to the overflow
Where the girls get down to the sound of the radio
Out to the electric night
Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
The beat goes around and round
It's the sound of the under
Sound of the underground

Chain reaction running through my veins
Pumps the bass line up into my brain
Screws my mind until I lose control
And when the building rocks I know it's got my soul

Waters runnin' in the wrong direction
Got a feelin' it's a mixed up sign
I can see it in my own reflection
Summit funnies goin' on inside my mind
Don't know what it's pushin' me higher
It's the static from the floor below
Then its drops and catches like a fire
It's a sound I, it's a sound I know

It's the sound of the underground
The beat of the drum goes round and round
In to the overflow
Where the girls get down to the sound of the radio
Out to the electric night
Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
The beat goes around and round
It's the sound of the under
Sound of the underground

I don't know what it's pushin' me higher
It's the static from the floor below
And then it drops and catches like fire
It's a sound I, it's a sound I
It's a sound I, it's a sound I know

It's the sound of the underground
The beat of the drum goes round and round
In to the overflow
Where the girls get down to the sound of the radio
Out to the electric night
Where the bass line jumps in the backstreet lights
The beat goes around and round
It's the sound of the under
Sound of the underground

The bass line jumps in the backstreet light
It's the sound of the under
Sound of the underground
The bass line jumps in the backstreet light
It's the sound of the under
Sound of the underground



All comments from YouTube:

Mark Turner

Sarah was so vibrant and full of life during the auditions, I'm glad she got into the group and had her time in the limelight. Rest in peace Sarah.

Diego Xx

we will always love Sarah!!

Nature Clips

FACT: Sarah Harding sang the first and last vocals in the history of the G.A. Catalogue.The only one who could sing

Nature Clips

@Diego Xx I compare her to Dusty Springfield her talent was completely wasted by X factor

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rip

GeorgeSmith1066

R.I.P Sarah Harding - an Angel returning home.

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Emmanuel Dato

Wow! A 4K remastered video. Love it! This song is way too ahead of its time.

Roger Day

Sound of the underground was probably there darkest album.

Raphael

It looks amazing. If only all music videos from the 2000s could possibly be remastered this way.. I would be so happy. Even Britney Spears videos don't look like this at all "remastered". This team is doing such a good job at taking care of the group's legacy, I love the look of the new customized thumbnails too.

xa 71

This song and the music video haven't aged at all !!!
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