Tubthumping

Chumbawamba

About Tubthumping

"Tubthumping" (also known colloquially as "I Get Knocked Down") is a song released by British rock band Chumbawamba from their eighth studio album, Tubthumper (1997). It is the band's most successful single, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and hit number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 (although it topped the US Modern Rock and Mainstream Top 40 charts). At the 1998 Brit Awards, "Tubthumping" was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single. As of April 2017, the song had sold 880,000 copies in the UK. 


Year:
1997
4:39
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(The truth is, I thought it mattered)
(I thought that music mattered.)
(But does it? Pollocks! Not compared to how people matter)
(We'll be singing, when we're winning, we'll be singing)

I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down

(Pissing the night away, pissing the night away)
He drinks a Whiskey drink, he drinks a Vodka drink
He drinks a Lager drink, he drinks a Cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him of the best times
(Oh Danny Boy, Danny Boy, Danny Boy)

I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down

(Pissing the night away, pissing the night away)
He drinks a Whiskey drink, he drinks a Vodka drink
He drinks a Lager drink, he drinks a Cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him of the best times
(Don't cry for me, next door neighbour)

I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down (when we're winning)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down (ooh)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down (when we're winning)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down (ooh)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (when we're winning)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (ooh)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (when we're winning)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (ooh)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (when we're winning)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (ooh)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (when we're winning)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (ooh)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (when we're winning)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (ooh)

I get knocked down, (we'll be singing)
But I get up again (pissing the night away)
You are never gonna keep me down (when we're winning)

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Chumbawamba

Chumbawamba were a British alternative music band that had, over a career spanning three decades, played anarcho-punk, pop-influenced music, world music, and folk music. The band's anarchist politics exhibit an irreverent attitude toward authority, and the band has been forthright in its stances on issues including animal rights, pacifism (early in their career) and later regarding class struggle, feminism, gay liberation, pop culture and anti-fascism. more »

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Written by: Judith Abbott, Nigel Hunter, Paul Greco, Louise Watts, Alice Nutter, Darren Hamer, Allan Whalley, Duncan Bruce

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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12 facts about this song

Origin of the Song
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba was released in 1997 on the band's eighth studio album, "Tubthumper". This song is arguably the band's most popular one, having achieved international success.
Meaning of the Title
'Tubthumping' is a British term that basically means expressing an opinion in a loud and violent or dramatic manner. It was common in the 19th century to describe politicians. The band chose this term as an irony to criticize politicians.
Chart Success
The song achieved major chart success worldwide. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., No. 1 in Canada and Italy, and No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.
Anthem Reputation
"Tubthumping" is often referred to as a fight song due to its uplifting anomaly chorus, "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You are never gonna keep me down."
Sport Ties
The infectious chant of the song has made it a popular choice at sports events. It is often played at basketball, soccer, and baseball games to energize the crowd and the team players.
In Pop Culture
"Tubthumping" has also popped up in numerous commercials, films, and TV series, embracing universal themes of resilience and persistence.
Band's Activist Background
Chumbawamba was known for their anarchist political views, and though "Tubthumping" is more of an anthem, it does reflect some of their beliefs about staying centered and resilient amid societal challenges.
Commercial Success Controversy
Despite the song's massive commercial success, it was somewhat controversial within the band's fan base, who were accustomed to their earlier, more overtly political material.
The Album's Theme
The album "Tubthumper", which houses the song was largely about the abandonment of the working class and the seduction of the middle class, a theme that resonates subtly in "Tubthumping."
Award Nominations
"Tubthumping" earned Chumbawamba a nomination for the Best British Single at the 1998 Brit Awards.
Unexpected Hit
The band members themselves were surprised at the huge success of "Tubthumping." They hadn't expected it to become a worldwide hit.
Misunderstood Message
Although the band intended the song to be a left-wing anthem, its universal lyrics led it to be adopted by various political and commercial forces, often contrary to the band's ideology.

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