"Pomp and Circumstances" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
When I was born I lost
When I was freed I fought
Now that I'm loved I'm caught
Between the rest and this tragic mess
An invited guest

Torn, broken and frayed
Oh don't we face
War, sunshine and grace
Oh won't you stay
For a while
We can fail in style
I can hold your smile
For a while

What was once new now gone
What was once praised now wrong
As they go, we can say we know
But what do we know
But warm sunshine and graves
Don't we see
What's bitter to taste

Torn, broken and frayed
Don't we face
War, sunshine and graves
Won't you stay

'Cause I won't tell
I won't tell a soul
That I'm mad as hell
Torn, broken and frayed
I'm torn, broken and frayed
No, I'm cold, worn out and shamed


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"Pomp and Circumstances" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General CommentThis is the most beautiful song by the Smashing Pumpkins..It means so much to me..

    I think it's about him reminiscing of his past, and being with a girl but failing..

    It's an awesome ending to the Zeitgeist album, I've had it for about a month now :)
    Uniton July 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best songs I have ever heard
    supernukeon July 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is like "anti-pumpkins" in the since that its not their style.. a bit too slow for my liking...
    ZenfullTangerineon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHow amazing is the creeping guitar that escalates toward the end of the song? A Zeitgeist highlight for sure.
    Ralfion July 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBest song on the album! Such a beautiful reflection on life and love. And ZenbfullTangerine, this is the Pumpkins style ....Go back and listen to Adore!
    Adored_Pumpkinheadon July 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdont get me wrong.. i don't HATE this song.. (its a new sort of style they've done.. they have been the type to experiment with music) but i miss the siamese dream era :'(
    ZenfullTangerineon July 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics- they remind me of the American flag in todays day and age- 'torn, broken and frayed' -Also, flags seen often in 'war, sunshine and (soldiers) graves' and because 'whats bitter to taste'- blood....from the war. Beautiful song. Its one of those songs thats not meant to be loved by everyone, but those that do like it appreciate it for its beauty and excellence.
    drew6692on February 22, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"i wont tell a soul
    that i'm mad as hell"

    simple yet powerful lyrics... love this song
    mrproboskuson April 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhat a gay song. new pumpkins suck ass. go listen to mayonaise. now thats what i'm talking about!
    mahapanon June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI miss the Pumpkins too. This new incarnation just isn't the same - I mean, way back when, at the end of the Pisces Iscariot liner notes Billy stuck "2007". Sometimes I wonder if this whole rebirth of the Pumpkins was planned out from years back, what with all the 7s involved, and the fact that the breakup was kind of planned (though inevitable)... And besides - Billy and Jimmy + some other people was known as Zwan. Billy and Jimmy and James and Darcy = the Pumpkins. It is the epitome of arrogance for Billy to just assume that the Pumpkins will be anywhere near as powerful with half of its members gone and half-heartedly replaced by random people. So here's a toast to (hopefully) a real reunion, someday, with an album that actually has some soul to it. The band can't function without some tension in opposition to Billy's ego to balance the whole thing out (sorry Billy, I still love you against my better judgement, but you know it's true).
    mklyon July 31, 2008   Link

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