"Inkless" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
The stars are out tonight
And what you need of me you’ve got inside you
Just take me home, take me home don’t fight
But drive me home the wrong way
No loss spared
For losing you ain’t right
You haunt where
Spritis take their time
It’s time I can’t seem to fight
The stars are out for us
And what you feel for me rides beside you
Just take me home, take me home
Don’t fuss
But drive me home the right way

We’ll uncover there’s no other faith but us
A faith in love unseen
Trace the face of love unseen
Don’t shadow up what we mean
Uncover what we’re meant to be
And come unlace your light
The stars are out tonight
The stars are out tonight
The stars are out
The stars are out tonight
The stars are out
The stars are out tonight
The stars are out
The stars are out tonight


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"Inkless" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General CommentI dont think it's so much Billy riding beside her (whomever the song is directed at) in a car, as it is someone else who she is trying to replace him with.

    He doesn't say he rides beside her... he distinctly says:

    "And what you feel for me rides beside you"

    As well as:

    "And what you need of me you've got inside you"

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    I think this is a "moving on" type song. He knows he's been replaced, but he also knows he's left a mark and is comfortable with that.

    He might not be next to her, but what she felt for him is in that person... and she still feels for him inside, in some ways.

    She's gained that knowledge from their relationship and taken away from it and will use the lessons she's learned in the future.

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    Then again, I could be very wrong.

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    As far as Inkless?

    Ink is written, draw, put on paper.

    My guess is that this is kind of a "looking towards the future" song, at a moment that maybe hasn't happened (not yet inked).

    That could be VERY wrong as well though. I grew up in Chicago and have been a Pumpkins fan for somewhere between 15-20 years. All I can say about them is, Smashing Pumpkins lyrics are insanely hard to decipher. :)
    osubuckeye4on December 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningit's funny, i complained about incorrect lyrics this WHOLE run through, and i look in the booklet, and there's a distinct TYPO! "...Spiritis take their time" is a line in this song. what does Spiritis mean? in the song it sounds like he just says "Spirits take their time". so even the booklet's got them wrong XXD
    sevinteenon September 26, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningInkless is great. the way it fades into a thick, grungy song. amazing. not sure why it's called Inkless, though.
    in the song, it sounds like he's talking to a lover after a party, who's giving him a ride home, apparently. they way they love is different than everyone else, and they want no one else to know. it's their secret. also, it seems very conflicted, "but drive me home the wrong way" ... "but drive me home the right way" maybe they had an off day, and he just wants to go straight home. on the other hand, when he wants to be driven home the wrong way, he doesn't want to leave her this night, he still wants to have a little more fun.
    i've heard something about his song sounding like it's the "recycle bin" for all the ideas of the album that didn't make it into the other songs, as if it was glued together with scraps of other sounds and songs. i DON'T believe this to be true. this song does sound similar to others, but it's very original in alot of ways, the solo sounds like it's going through a transmitter ^^ like one of the 3 solos' in Oceania. not really the sound that Billy makes in his older songs, did Jeff Schroeder actually get to PLAY in the album? wow this is a new one for Corgan. keep it up, we all love it.
    the songs general meaning, i believe, is that there are VERY many ways to love. not just 1. or 2. or 10. there's infinitely many. from waving goodbye after a day at the fair; to french kissing, to WHATEVER. i think i'm looking to deeply into it, but that's what i'm here for.
    sevinteenon September 27, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningInkless is great. the way it fades into a thick, grungy song. amazing. not sure why it's called Inkless, though.
    in the song, it sounds like he's talking to a lover after a party, who's giving him a ride home, apparently. they way they love is different than everyone else, and they want no one else to know. it's their secret. also, it seems very conflicted, "but drive me home the wrong way" ... "but drive me home the right way" maybe they had an off day, and he just wants to go straight home. on the other hand, when he wants to be driven home the wrong way, he doesn't want to leave her this night, he still wants to have a little more fun.
    i've heard something about his song sounding like it's the "recycle bin" for all the ideas of the album that didn't make it into the other songs, as if it was glued together with scraps of other sounds and songs. i DON'T believe this to be true. this song does sound similar to others, but it's very original in alot of ways, the solo sounds like it's going through a transmitter ^^ like one of the 3 solos' in Oceania. not really the sound that Billy makes in his older songs, did Jeff Schroeder actually get to PLAY in the album? wow this is a new one for Corgan. keep it up, we all love it.
    the songs general meaning, i believe, is that there are VERY many ways to love. not just 1. or 2. or 10. there's infinitely many. from waving goodbye after a day at the fair; to french kissing, to WHATEVER. i think i'm looking to deeply into it, but that's what i'm here for.
    sevinteenon September 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningEverybody is open to their own interpretation. However, shortly before this record was released, Billy Corgan stated in an interview that he was now going to sing about God. Although at first listen it isnt clear, but this song is actually about God. It isnt a cliche like most christian songs u would hear on the radio fortunately. The song has to do with Corgans personal feelings with God as the subject matter. "Inkless" is to describe something that is indeed there but cannot be seen... referring to God, he cant be see but he is there. Plus, later in the song Corgan cries "A faith in love unseen." This is referring to God in that God is love, and as a believer he has faith in God even though God is intangible. "The stars are out tonight" relates to what we can look at even tho we cannot see God. We can still look upon his wonderful creation. The rest of the song is too poetic and hard for me to understand but it is personal to Billy Corgan. Enjoy listening to the song now with the songs innevitable meaning. Btw, this is not a "love song" or "break up" song as many are calling it.
    shanecheekon March 12, 2017   Link

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