Underneath the Radar
Underworld Lyrics


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Unknown
Unseen
We live underneath the radar
No sign - on screen
We dance underneath the radar

Between the walls - well hey
We're just too small to make a fuss about it
Did something fall? well hey
What is the point in losin' sleep about it?

See ya later - see ya later
Hip-a-no-no-no-no
Hip-a-no-no-no-no
See ya later - call me

We dance underneath the radar
We live underneath the bomb
When you live underneath the radar
There's no way that you're ever gonna get far
(So get hip!)

We speak
Unheard
Like ants we dance between the towers
We sleep
They move
Come sailin' over the horizon

Between the walls - well hey
We're just too small to make a fuss about it
Did something fall? well hey
What is the point in losin' sleep about it?

See ya later - see ya later
Hip-a-no-no-no-no
Hip-a-no-no-no-no
See ya later - call me

We dance underneath the radar
We live underneath the bomb
When you live underneath the radar
There's no way that you're ever gonna get far
(So get hip!)

He says I am the doctor -
In a be -52
I come across the horizon -
Drop my love on you
I'm gonna W-O-O-O-O-O ya all - Watch out!
I'm gonna W-O-O-O-O-O ya all
See ya later!

See ya later - see ya later
Hip-a-no-no-no-no
Hip-a-no-no-no-no
See ya later - call me

Between the walls - well hey
We're just too small to make a fuss about it
Did something fall? well hey
What is the point in losin' sleep about it?

We dance underneath the radar
We live underneath the bomb
When you live underneath the radar
There's no way that you're ever gonna get far
So get hip!





(All the best)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Underworld's song "Underneath the Radar" describes the feeling of being unnoticed, the art of staying low-key and avoiding attention from the masses. The first verse mentions that the people in the song are "unknown", "unseen", and they live "underneath the radar." The second verse speaks of ants dancing between the towers, always unnoticed and unheard. The chorus describes the constant danger of living "underneath the bomb" and the lack of opportunity for success when you live "underneath the radar."


The song seems to be a commentary on the struggles of staying true to oneself and avoiding the pressures to conform and chase recognition. It suggests that those who are content with living modestly and dancing underneath the radar will never be able to climb the ladder of success like those who live life loudly and garner attention. The repeated "See ya later - call me" line seems to imply that it's better to quietly exit the stage than to make a big scene.


Line by Line Meaning

Unknown
We are not known or recognized by others


Unseen
We are not seen by others


We live underneath the radar
We exist in obscurity, staying unnoticed and unnoticed by society


No sign - on screen
We do not show up on any public record, registry or database.


We dance underneath the radar
We celebrate our hidden existence


Between the walls - well hey
We are trapped, but we do not complain


We're just too small to make a fuss about it
We are not significant enough to warrant attention or intervention


Did something fall? well hey
We are accustomed to minor incidents and disruptions


What is the point in losin' sleep about it?
There is no benefit in worrying about such things


See ya later - see ya later
Goodbye for now


Hip-a-no-no-no-no
Vocal expression of joy and enthusiasm


See ya later - call me
We'll talk soon


We live underneath the bomb
We live in a precarious situation, under the constant threat of danger and instability


When you live underneath the radar
When you are invisible and untraceable to others


There's no way that you're ever gonna get far
We face significant obstacles in achieving success and recognition


(So get hip!)
Advisory to become more sharp and insightful in navigating our situation


We speak
We communicate our thoughts and feelings


Unheard
Our voices are not listened to by others


Like ants we dance between the towers
We continue on with our lives, even though we are at the mercy of external forces


We sleep
We rest and rejuvenate


They move
Those in power and control take action and make decisions


Come sailin' over the horizon
Those people come into view as they approach and we have no way of escaping them


He says I am the doctor -
An unidentified speaker introduces themselves as an influential figure


In a be-52
Assumedly referring to an aircraft model, possibly regarding an impending military intervention or disaster


I come across the horizon -
The aforementioned speaker approaches our location


Drop my love on you
The singer will exert power and control over us


I'm gonna W-O-O-O-O-O ya all - Watch out!
The singer warns that they will manipulate and dominate us


All the best
A friendly well-wishing sentiment




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: KARL HYDE, RICHARD SMITH, ALFRED THOMAS

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@ClanMacGregor

It's 2023 and I crank this so loud still

@fletcherbowman5456

Loved this song ever since 1988! Was a huge hit in Australia and was popular in the US where it was featured in an episode of "Miami Vice." My understanding is Karl Hyde & Rick Smith regard this Underworld as a separate entity to the one who emerged with 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman' which possibly makes them one of the only groups with two debut albums..

@kajafreur527

For me this is still their Freur era. This is actually the third album they released, the first two under the name "Freur" (so in a way they had 3 debut albums lol). I just think they changed their name prematurely.

@carlcordova2332

Yes mate, I was watching Top 40, Channel 10 Australia, Saturday and Sunday mornings. YESSSSSSS

@brentoneckersley3749

Wait, what @kajafreur527 ??? The UTR LP was (and still is) one of my favourite LPs ever... There are albums before this one?? @@kajafreur527 Can you please help me with links? I need to hear that sh!t. 🙏🙏🙏

@axidhaus

Dub no bass is one of my favorite albums

@lucasm3879

@@axidhaus
It’s actually a great story that I only really learned about in the last 10 years. I was into Underworld since ‘94 but I only read about their 80’s career in magazines, there was no internet back then.
Karl was working as a session musician at Prince’s studio in Minneapolis. Rick came back to Essex and realised the new dance scene was blowing up and he wanted to make that music. They were both well into their 30’s and teamed up with younger Darren Emerson, watching him DJ at Milk Bar. The rest is history!

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@ashleymarkmills6413

1988 wants their song back

@kathowed

This became an instant fave when I first heard it. The energy, the pace, that driving rhythm… and the brilliantly choreographed clip! What's not to like!?

@danielward7008

It's pleasant enough but it's nothing special. There's a reason why Underworld's best of compilation starts in 1992...

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