"Methusela" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
What'd your father say to you
When he reached right through you?
Did he say the things that he had learned
From his father, too?
So when do you become your own you
Become your own you?
Or are you just a shadow of
Something whole?

We are Chinese boxes
Equal parts present and past
Where do I begin and end up?
Saw those old eyes staring right back at me

So tell me what you need
I'll be watching out for you
There are no enemies
Only dangerous friends
You grew up very fast
I didn't think I'd miss a thing
'cause nothing ever lasts

A wise old man
A wise young fool
A wise young man
A wise old fool

Try to understand
(a wise old man, a wise young fool)
(notice me, comfort me, understand me)
Just try to understand
(a wise old man, a wise young fool)
(notice me, comfort me, understand me)

What'd your father say to you
To turn you cold?
Father never quite grew up
He just grew old
And if I was to say to you
You know I love him still
Would you think less of me
For hating me?

We are Chinese boxes
Equal parts present and past
We are so unconscious
Saw those old eyes staring right back at me

So try to understand
I'm just like you, and you me
Exactly who I am
Might escape you always
The fortunes of a man
Are the debts of the son, always

A wise old man
A wise young fool
A wise young man
A wise old fool


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    General Commentyeah, he lived like 969 years or something like that.
    kelaron December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it's so cold and beautiful. I wonder why the Pumpkins didn't add it to The Aeroplane Flies High. Anyways, I think it's about Billy and his father.
    jantheson January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt wasn't on Aeroplane because it's an Adore Demo; it didn't exist yet. Still, this is one of the most haunting things left off any of the albums. These demos and b-sides have been a life-saver over the dry spell called Zeitgeist. Here's hoping they find real musicianship and real emotion again soon.
    chardsofglasson March 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about life and how getting older doesn't always mean we're are smarter even though we learn stuff.
    timothynicholas1976on July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhere is this song from?
    GlassAndTheGhostMonkeyon January 02, 2010   Link
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    General Comment‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’

    Numbers 14:18
    yseulton April 16, 2010   Link

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