Faith lies in
The ways of sin
I chased the charmed
But I don't want them anymore

And in their eyes I was alive
A fool's disguise
Take me away from you

Shame my tongue
Fat with promise all along
But when I woke up from that sleep
I was happier than I'd ever been

When you decide
That your life is a prize
Renew and revive
It's alright honey
It's alright, yeah

Happiness will make you wonder
Will I feel OK?
It scares the disenchanted
Far away

Yeah I want something new
But what am I supposed to do about you
Yeah I love you, it's true

Life's a bummer
When you're a hummer
Life's a drag

Ask yourself a question
Anyone but me
I ain't free

Ask yourself a question
Anyone but me
I ain't free

Do you feel
Love is real?


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  • +3
    General CommentI ain't got a clue.
    odell0883on March 03, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBilly has said that this song is based on the idea that life is not for those who are happy and content but for those who are miserable and disenchanted.
    DeathRockBoyon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentor maybe happiness isn't really about all those people who always have a smile on there face all perky and shit. maybe real happiness is in the moment when your miserable and you see someone you love that makes you feel better even for that small moment. and mayb thats sorta wat this song is on about. you think, i mite be depressed but you can live for those small moments of real happiness. like the line "happiness will make you wonder", (the best line of the song) says if you've been 'happy' for a long time it makes you question whether or not it's real and how long it will last but if it's just that small moment that comes and goes you know it's real.
    anyway i agree with y2doggy
    kick ass song
    wendyclearon August 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell uh... the dude is sick of trying to please everyone especially his lover who expects a lot out of him? then he realizes he can just be himself and be perfectly content. he just has to somehow tell her this instead of letting her trying to figure him out
    Ethilienon May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a guy trying to break free from a woman that has him following her lead and not being able to be his own person. I think when it says "lifes a bummer, when you're a hummer" that it's like a bee and how it follows the lead of other bees, because you very rarely see just one bee.
    chatdecalicoton June 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm probably off, but Billy's quote might have to do with that in spiritual growth, you need pain. And if you don't have any pain in your life, there's no point.
    kevin111on October 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits so nice in the song where it goes 'dooooooooo you feeeel looooove is reaaal' that makes me smile :)
    lemon_headon October 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentall i can really say about it is that it has one of the coolest endings on SD. It literally sounds like the band is being blown away by the wind or something.
    pumkinhedon October 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment" Faith lies in
    The ways of sin"
    Someone want's to get somewhere but there life stands in the way, a life of sin.

    "I chased the charmed
    But I don't want them anymore"

    A famous person wanted to be famous but now they don't want anything more.


    "And in their eyes I was alive
    A fool's disguise
    Take me away from you"
    Everyone thought that person was fine, this person masks their discontent with their appearence.

    "Shame my tongue
    Fat with promise all along"

    I lied and I broke a promise

    "But when I woke up from that sleep
    I was happier than I'd ever been"
    When I realised my problem I was glad.


    "When you decide
    That your life is a prize"
    When you find out what life is about.

    "Renew and revive
    It's alright honey
    It's alright, yeah"
    Aim your goals at that.



    "Happiness will make you wonder
    Will I feel OK?"
    I look happy, but i'm not.

    "It scares the disenchanted
    Far away"
    Just that, it makes it look like there is no sorrow in that person.

    "Yeah I want something new
    But what am I supposed to do about you
    Yeah I love you, it's true"
    I think you is this persons fans and they are tired of getting nowhere.


    "Life's a bummer
    When you're a hummer
    Life's a drag"
    Life sucks when you are feeling this way


    "Ask yourself a question
    Anyone but me
    I ain't free"
    I'm too busy

    Ask yourself a question
    Anyone but me
    I ain't free

    "Do you feel
    Love is real?"
    Can this person feel happy again?

    I think it was based on Billy and how he was so sad around the Siamese Dream period.
    ZEROpumpkinson June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have no idea either, i think it might be about being in love with someone who doesn't feel the same way, but it has one of the most amazing quotes of any smashing pumpkins song "But when I woke up from that sleep
    I was happier than I'd ever been."
    ezekiel856on May 11, 2002   Link

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