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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  • +2
    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
  • 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
  • 0
    General CommentMy guess is this. A guy isn't particularly happy with his life currently...although no one really sees this "in their eyes, i was alive". He would like to change it but that would mean sacrificing his love. He loves this girl so much that he's not willing to make the change to be happier... "Yeah I want something new
    But what am I supposed to do about you
    Yeah I love you, it's true"
    The man can't speak up to her...therefore he's a "hummer" -not really really expressing in words what he needs to- so life's a "bummer". Great song. One of the best on Siamese Dream.
    y2doggyon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@ y2doggy "hummer" would be "mummer" for what you suggest to make sense. I think it's about a gay relationship (hummer = homo). It's about someone that's unfaithful in the beginning but then realises that they don't want that anymore. He sings "Life's a bummer / When you're a hummer / Life's a drag" and leaves it hanging ["When you're a fag"]. It's a sad song "Yeah I want something new / But what am I supposed to do about you" - he's got something but wants something more / different.
    Paegaon March 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Wendyclear. When you're miserable and something comes along that just releases you for just a bit, it's blissful.

    Hummer could work the way y2doggy said. 'Cause low mumbling often sounds like quiet humming.
    wolfperson1on April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Hummer is the idea that life is not designed for those who are cheerful, whistling, daydreamers, (but) designed to be cruel and mean." Billy Corgan (1993)

    hummer = stereotypical "happy" person walking around humming a tune
    wizzamon June 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot my fave by SP but this song is good... im not sure if i agree with corgan's idea of the meaning or not though.
    Chameleonicaon June 22, 2003   Link

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