"Age of Innocence" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
We dismiss the back roads
And ride the streets unafraid
Resort to scraping pain
From our bones unashamed

No more the eye upon you
No more the simple bane

Desolation yes hesitation no
Desolation yes


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"Age of Innocence" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General CommentIt's about the smashing pumpkins breaking up, kids.
    svenllamaon May 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, my favourite of machina and no comment?
    thats a pitty!
    my heart startet to fly everytime i hear this song!
    kotzeon May 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs this the Smashing Pumpkins farewell song...do you think Billy knew it and decided to make this the "goodbye"???
    y2doggyon August 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAfter furth analyzation...I conclude that yes indeed this was Billy's feelings about himself, James Iha, D'arcy, and Jimmy Chamberlain.

    "cause for the moment we are free
    we seek to bind our release
    too young to die, too rich to care
    too fucked to swear that i was there"

    they are free from the Pumpkins. They were too young to die to end it. They made a crap load of money from the Pumpkins, so they may not be sad or care too too much that it's over. And the ride was so unbelievable, Billy insists it was an illusion. I think those lines right there summarize Billy's final feelings on the Smashing Pumpkins.
    y2doggyon August 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely a goodbye song. Also the best they wrote. Fitting...;)
    juvenilecokefiendon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta great end to a great band
    rieveon October 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"desolation yes
    hesitation no"
    Reminds me of a certain War we are now in. grrr
    da77ynon March 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"and in my prayers
    i dream alone
    a silent speach
    to deaf ear
    if you want love
    you must be love
    but if bleed love
    you will die loved"


    Wow. This song is just...amazing. Those lyrics haunt me. I just can't describe it. But yeah...
    disillusionon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with everyone else. This is their goodbye. I think the title refers to their good times in the band also. They left that far behind.
    wolfperson1on March 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favourite pumpkins song....along with here is no why and stars falling. i love the lines "too young to die, too rich to care too fucked to swear that i was there". it just seems so desolate. i agree with what y2doggy said bout these lines.
    ladyboygrrlon June 08, 2003   Link

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