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"The Ugly Underneath" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1992 album Nonsuch.

The demo appeared on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 4 in 2003.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “You must be prepared to take off the mask. You must see the ugly to be beautiful. The sugar sweet can become ugly too, like in marriage or politics. Hopefully we captured the psychotic nature of the song.”

Andy: “The late Gus Dudgeon told me as we were recording this song for Nonsuch, that he thought it contained the most ludicrous vocal harmony he'd ever heard in his life?? A nice mess of a tune on politics/marriage/life, the whole bloody lot. I remember doing the tremolo effect on this demo by rubbing the fader up and down in time. You had to make your own fun in those days.”

LyricsEdit

First there's the handshake

It's so warm that you could bake by it

Designed to take attention from their

Ugly Underneath


Then there's the wedding

The co-ordinated bedding

And the fairy tale shredding

Boy it's Ugly Underneath


After the pretty

There's a gluttony of pity

On a cake called nitty gritty

And it's Ugly Underneath


Did you ever try to prise away the mask

Go ahead, take a spoon and try

I can tell you it's a herculean task

Go ahead, it's okay to cry

What you're chewing on's the truth

And that's the hardest thing

To wash down with a glass of lemonade

The Ugly Underneath


The thing with politicians is

I wouldn't have suspicions

If I saw their worst positions

And their Ugly Underneath


But after all the voting

Suck away the sugar coating

Now they've had you and they're gloating

Boy it's Ugly Underneath


Did you ever try to take away the wheel

Go ahead, take a fork and try

See the unattractive things that make us real

Go ahead, it's okay to cry

What you've trodden in's the truth

And that's the hardest thing

To wash down with a glass of lemonade

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