"Behold! The Night Mare" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
I've faced the fathoms in your deep
Withstood the suitors quiet siege
Pulled down the heavens just to please you
Appease you
The wind blows and I know

I can't go on, digging roses from you grave
To linger on, beyond the beyond
Where the willows weep
And whirlpools sleep, you'll find me
The coarse tide reflects sky

And the night mare rides on, and the night mare rides on
With a December black psalm
And the night mare rides on
What I fear is lost here
The wind blows and I know

All you have to do is run away
And steal yourself from me
Become a mystery to gaze into
You're so cruel in all you do
But still I believe, I believe in you

So may you come with your own knives
You'll never take me alive
With all the force of what is true
Is there nothing I can do?

I can't go on, digging roses from you grave
To linger on, beyond the beyond
Where the willows weep
And whirlpools sleep, you'll find me

And the night mare rides on, and the night mare rides on
With a December black psalm
And the night mare rides on

I've faced the fathoms in your deep
Withstood the suitors quiet siege
Pulled down the heavens just to please you
To hold the flower I can't keep


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"Behold! The Night Mare" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about Billy just trying to let go the death of a loved one. He explains that it's been tough but he can't "keep diggin' roses from your grave". He must move on. I love the "Adore" album...unfortunately Billy was ripped a new A-hole for this album because it wasn't as commercial as Dream & Collie were. I personally think this is the Pumpkins best album.
    y2doggyon June 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI would have to assume that this song was inspired by the unfortunate passing of Billy's mother, as are most of the songs on Adore. My personal interpretation of "The Night Mare Rides On" is two fold. 1) some one on a black horse rides on: as in Life goes on. And 2) it could be a play on words: nightmare- as in a living nightmare that goes on after a loved ones death. Any one care to comment on that idea?
    I definitely have to agree that the last line is the best and most haunting line I have heard.
    ghostchildon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm fucking depressed right now... but this song is about her mother of course, he means as nightmare his life 'cause is his life must go on! in my case it relates for the loss of someone is close... as billy says, that someone could find me
    " where the willows weep
    and whirlpools sleep "
    'cause i'm fucking away of all the world and fucking alone too...
    ima_o_terrivelon August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE the guitar solo in this.

    The song reminds me of a Frankenstein-esque love story. Yeah? An innocent, infatuated dreamer who pines for one he can't have. Then, the "...knives...never take me alive" part makes it seem like it's about Frankenstein and an angry mob.

    The interpretation is pretty loose but I like it.
    boribori90on April 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgooood song.
    So_Impossibleon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song of all time. For whatever reason, themes of lost love have always appealed to me. It's very much like "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe. This song is beautiful; the swirling mist that the music creates serves to compliment the beyond brilliantly sad lyrics of Billy Corgan, the greatest songwriter of all time. This album, ADORE, is worth buying for this one song (not to mention the other fifteen amazing tracks that are on it). The ending gets me every time: To hold the flower I can't keep...
    DeathRockBoyon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentso may you come with your own knives
    you'll never take me alive
    with all the force of what is true
    is there nothing I can do?

    this part is great because he sounds defiant as if he saying, no way you'll ever take me/get the best of me and yet he's hopeless cause he says is there nothing i can do?

    to linger on, beyond the beyond
    where the willows weep
    and whirlpools sleep, you'll find me
    the coarse tide reflects sky

    i like that part too because it seems a bit like a fantasy to me and very slow and mystical.
    Neroon March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song goes through many transitions.

    In Creative Writing class, we were being taught how songs are formed from poems. The assignment was to bring in a CD, read the lyrics aloud like a poem, then play the song. I chose this one. I asked them to notice the different tones he takes in the verses.

    "all you have to do is run away
    and steal yourself from me
    become a mystery to gaze into
    you're so cruel in all you do
    but still I believe, I believe in you"

    Meek adoration. Love for something that's hurting him. Desire to break from it. It's quiet, almost whispered.

    "so may you come with your own knives
    you'll never take me alive
    with all the force of what is true
    is there nothing I can do?"

    Yes, Nero, I feel defiance in this as well.
    beautifatalon June 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentbilly is a total poet
    drummerchickon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed. The ending also gets me...I LOVE it.
    Rocklovinggirlon October 11, 2004   Link

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