From the Underworld

The Herd

About From the Underworld

From the Underworld is a 1967 single from British psychedelic band The Herd, with seventeen year old Peter Frampton singing the vocal. It became the band's first hit upon release, reaching no.6 in the UK charts and no.3 in the Netherlands that Autumn. The song is based on the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and his wife Eurydice in their flight from Hades which, according to the blog, is used as a metaphor for the death of the Mod subculture. Mojo Magazine voted 'From the Underworld' one of the 100 greatest psychedelic songs.  


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Out of the land of shadows and 
Darkness, we were returning 
Towards the morning light 
Almost in reach of places I knew 

Escaping the ghosts of Yesterday 
You were behind me following 
"Don't turn around now" 

I heard you whisper in my ear 
"If you should turn now, 
All that you won 
Will vanish just like a passing dream. 

Just on the very verge of the 
Morning, daylight was dawning, 
Freedom was but a step away 
Now with the deep dark river 

Behind us, 
What could go wrong if I stayed 
Strong in mind. 
What was the sudden lapse into 

Madness, what was the urge that 
Turned my head around to look at you? 
What was the stubborn will 
To destroy the love and the joy 

I nearly held? 
Three times the thunder roared 
In my ears 
In all of my years I'll see that lost 

Look in your eyes. 
As, with a sigh like smoke in the wind 
You slipped from my grasp into 
The waiting shadows 

So much I longed to say, 
But my touch found only the 
Empty air and a black nights 

Into another world you entered 
And never again I can reclaim you.

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10 facts about this song

Band Formation
"From the Underworld" is a song by British psychedelic and pop rock band, The Herd. The band was formed in 1965 and Peter Frampton was a prominent member, adding the song to his collection.
Song Release
This song was released as a single in 1967. It remains as one of the most recognized songs from The Herd's repertoire.
Chart Performance
"From The Underworld" reached number 6 on the UK Singles Chart, making it one of The Herd's three Top 20 hits.
Song Origins
The song is steeped in Greek mythology, with the lyrics referencing the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.
It was written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley who have written for other prominent musicians like Elvis Presley and Petula Clark.
Peter Frampton's Role
Peter Frampton was the lead guitarist and singer for "The Herd" at the time when the song “From the Underworld” was released.
Rebellion Theme
The song resonated with many young listeners of the time due to its existential lyrics, exploring themes of rebellion and frustration which were prevalent in the late 1960s.
Post-Herd Success
Peter Frampton went on to have a successful solo career after leaving The Herd in 1968. "From the Underworld" remains a notable part of his early career and his performances with The Herd.
The song was re-released later in a compilation album titled 'I Can Fly', which was issued in 1969.
Creative Direction
"From the Underworld" was one of the first songs from The Herd that demonstrated a departure from their traditional pop music, moving towards a more psychedelic rock sound.

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