"I of the Mourning" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
Radio play my favorite song
Radio radio
Radio I'm alone
Radio radio
Please don't let me go radio

I peer through curtains on empty streets
Behind a wall of caller ID
No one's out there
To hear if I care
About the troubles in the air

'Cause I of the morning now go
Pick up where my thoughts left off
'Cause I'm home to die on my own

As my radio plays my favorite song
Radio, radio
Radio, don't you know
Radio, radio
Radio, I'm alone

I've blown the dust off my guitar
In the attic with the stars
I read your letters to feel better
My tears upon the faded ink

'Cause I of the morning now go
Pick up where my thoughts left off
'Cause I'm home to die on my own

As my radio plays my favorite song
Radio, radio
Radio, don't you know
Radio, radio
Radio, I'm alone

I sit in the dark light
To wait for the ghost night
To bring the past to life
To make a toast to life
'Cause I have survived

What is it you want?
What is it you want to change?
What is it you want?
What is it you want to change?
What is it you want to change?

Radio, radio, radio, radio
Radio, radio, radio, radio
Radio, radio, radio, radio

What is it you want?
What is it you want to change?
What is it you want?
What is it you want to change?
What is it you want to change?


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"I of the Mourning" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General CommentI'm surprised nobody else thought of this. The way Isee it is that this song is about the acceptance of his Mom's passing away. Look at the way the title os spelled...it's not Morning its Mourning. As in mourning the loss of someone. I of the Mourning is like Billy saying that he is one of the mourning now. He knows what it is to mourn. So now the lyrics:

    "I peer thru curtains on empty streets
    Behind a wall of caller i.d.
    No one's out there
    To hear if I care
    About the troubles in the air" - He feels alone, he doesn't have his mother to listen to his thoughts and ideas anymore.

    "As I of the morning now come
    Pick up where my thoughts left off
    Cause i'm home to die on my own" - Mourning is now just morning, as in a regular day, he's picking up where his thoughts left off before his Mom's passing, and now he realises she's gone and he's by himself.

    "I blow the dust off my guitars
    In the attic with the stars
    I read your letters to feel better
    My tears upon the fading ink" - By blowing the dust of his guitars, he's going back to something that brings him happyness...music. The letters he's reading are from his Mother, he reads them to remind himself of her, but it makes him sad because she's gone. The fading ink means he's kept the letters all this time, he really loved her.

    "I sit in the dark light
    To wait for ghost night
    To bring the past alive
    To make a toast to life
    Cause I have survived" - He's waiting for the day he dies(ghost night), so he can be reunited with his Mother(to bring the past alive). But they day he dies, he'll make a toast to his life, because he survived...he got through his Mom's death and found happyness again.

    "What is it you want?
    What is it you want to change?
    What is it you want?
    What is it you want to change?
    What is it you want to change?" - Would he have changed anything about the past?

    "Radio" appearing so much throughout the chorus and other lyrics are just referencing the only good thing left in his life, music. He's talking to his Radio because its the only thing he has. He's using the radio as a means to vent his anger and sadness.

    This song is easily my favourite from Machina. Machina as a whole is an amazing album. One of the best the Pumpkins ever released. It's a very sad song, but as it goes on, the feeling picks up, eventually making you feel good. Billy Corgan is an amazing poet with his lyrics, and this song really shows that. Hope you guys like my review!
    saturnine_drownon June 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the way it builds up, and even better from "I sit in dark light" onwards, makes me wanna rock! Awesome song, and once again, love the drumming
    backfrueyon May 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentradi-yaoww.
    Manxbasson March 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I've blown the dust off my guitar
    In the attic with the stars
    I read your letters to feel better
    My tears upon the faded ink"

    that describes exactly how my life is right now. i love this song. but what smashing pumpkins song dont i love?
    Panacaeon May 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentradio
    rieveon October 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who secludes himself, because life (or someone in his life) hurt him so much. "radio, play my favorite song" he's reffering to the only contact he has to the outside world, its the song that makes him forget the pain, maybe that takes him back to the time before.
    BenMarason October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with ya Ben. But I also feel that he may be on the verge of ending it all... I of the morning now go... Maybe he's getting over it or maybe he's just suicidal, hence the line "I'm here to die on my own"
    'Cause I of the morning now go
    Pick up where my thoughts left off
    'Cause I'm home to die on my own
    Oh well, it's a great song. I like it.
    Disconnectedon October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYes, I think it is a song about a shut-in, someone who refuses to acknowledge the outside world. You can tell they have people who care about them hence the lines

    "I peer through curtains on empty streets
    Behind a wall of caller ID
    No one's out there
    To hear if I care "

    This is saying that people do care, but he doesn't think they do.
    Vertigo22on June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about Billy Corgan's return to music and life in general, maybe after dealing with the death of his mother on the Adore album. The lines, "I've blown the dust off my guitar" and "I read your letters to feel better" put it best. He's probably referring to fan letters and the Pumpkins' return to more traditional-sounding music.
    Wurby Tictocon September 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is just about those moments where you're alone in your house in the morning by yourself and you're just thinking about stuff. you sort of feel isolated and you're just sort of thinking and looking at things and...listening to the radio.

    'Cause I of the morning now go
    Pick up where my thoughts left off
    'Cause I'm home to die on my own
    As my radio plays my favorite song
    Duielon November 14, 2004   Link

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