"Desire" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
northern star
am i frightened
where can i go to rest
i can't sleep
and i'm still fighting
wait, don't breathe

the time destroys a man
a child who understands
that anyone who desires
is not my kind
not my truth

fade away, it's all we do
fade away from the truth
desires
fade away
desires
fade away
desires

and northern star
please enlighten
the lost prayers of my soul
childhood dreams
of death and titans
we were meant to be free

to give ourselves away
so please don't be afraid
of anyone who desires
they're not my kind
not my truth

fade away, it's all we do
fade away from the truth
desires
fade away
desires
fade away
desires
fade away
desires

'cause anyone who desires
is not my kind
i have no use for you




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"Desire" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General CommentAbsolutely Beautiful song!
    corganon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBilly said this was the first song he ever wrote for Zwan.
    Laikaon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is truly one of the most beautifully eloquent Dharma expositions written by Billy Corgan. The song begins with questions posed to the "Northern Star", which is an analogy for one's own very subtle mind(the mind of clear light). and recognizes that it is this mind that ultimately attains enlightenment (Buddhahood). He states that he is restless and still fighting, trapped within the suffering of cyclic existence. "Wait, don't breathe" yet again recognizes that while in meditative absorption with the very subtle mind(Tantric meditation) the gross winds of one's subtle body have dissolved inwards and the person is no longer breathing. He encourages the listener to sit still in this way and find inner peace.
    "The time destroys a man", is stating that the false conception of time is one of human-kind's strongest delusions. The child does not yet grasp as strongly to 'time' and does not yet have complex desires that adults have developed.
    "Fade away" is a powerful way of conveying reincarnation and the triviality of over indulgence of worldly activities, and "from the truth" means from our true nature, clarity(emptiness). Finally, it is stated that, like all produced phenomena, desires are impermanent and should be abandoned.
    The second verse speaks of "the lost prayers of my soul". Although living beings do not have a 'soul', this can be taken to mean the past virtuous intentions and prayers that have been made in this and countless previous lives, and the potentialities that abide within one's mental continuum. The "childhood dreams of death and titans" is recognizing that many small children can recollect their past life experiences. "Titans" or 'Demi-gods', is one of the six realms of existence within cyclic existence(samsara).
    "We were meant to be free to give ourselves away" is indicating that all of our suffering is derived from grasping at this self or 'I', as well as all other phenomena, as inherently or truly existent.
    Lastly, Billy indicates that those that have strong desire, and work to fulfill these, will only bind themselves more tightly to the dis-satisfactory state of uncontrolled rebirth.

    A Dharma song as inspiring as they can be. ;)
    Milarepaon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is Billy saying the his ego ruined his life.
    aptitudeon December 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGod damn, this song is seriously beautiful.
    Uniton December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

    It's about him liking a girl, but she doesn't like him back, so he goes to try to cover it up saying he never desires anyone. It's hard to describe in ways.
    Uniton May 28, 2008   Link

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