Underneath Your Clothes (3:43)

Cover of Laundry Service

From Laundry Service and 106 other releases

“Underneath Your Clothes” is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira - the second English language single released from Laundry Service (2001). To date, “Underneath Your Clothes” is Shakira’s third most successful single worldwide, behind only “Whenever, Wherever” (2001) and “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006).

“Underneath Your Clothes” is a love song with lyrics by Shakira and music by her and Lester Mendez. It tells the story of the unconditional love that a woman has for her boyfriend, which is referenced in the lyrics.

The song is clearly heavily influenced by the 80s hit “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles, written by songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.

“Underneath Your Clothes” is listed on #391 on Blender’s “The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born” list.

The music video for “Underneath Your Clothes” was directed by American photographer Herb Ritts and it was the second to last he directed before his death. It starts with a black-and-white scene of a reporter asking Shakira how she feels about crossing over into the English-speaking music market, and the singer, ironically, answers him in Spanish. Shakira claimed in her “MTV Making the Video” of the song that the “Crossover” claims had been her daily bread, and that she heavily wished for this to be included into the video. The video illustrates her loneliness as a music artist when she goes on tour. Then, scenes of the singer performing the song live with her band and passionately hugging her boyfriend (played by her real-life fiancé Antonio de la Rúa) are shown.


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You're a song written by the hands of God
Don't get me wrong 'cause this might sound to you a bit odd
But you own the place where all my thoughts go hiding
Right under your clothes, is where I find them

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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