"Galapogos" as written by and William Corgan....
Ain't it funny how we pretend we're still a child
Softly stolen under our blanket skies
And rescue me from me and all that I believe
I won't deny the pain
I won't deny the change
And should I fall from grace here with you
Will you leave me too?

Carve out your heart for keeps in an old oak tree
Hold me for goodbyes and whispered lullabies
And tell me I am still
The man I'm supposed to be
I won't deny the pain
I won't deny the change
And should I fall from grace here with you
Will you leave me too?
Will you leave me too?

Too late to turn back now, I'm running out of sound
And I am changing, changing
And if we died right now, this fool you love somehow
Is here with you
I won't deny the pain
I won't deny the change
And should I fall from grace here with you
Would you leave me too?
Would you leave me too?


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"Galapogos" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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  • +7
    General CommentRemember how Billy had an awful childhood, full of abandonment and resentment? (listen to "Disarm") I think this refers back to those feelings.
    "ain't it funny how we pretend we're still a child
    softly stolen under our blanket skies"
    Now he's an adult and in a relationship. He still reverts back to his childhood feelings of abandonment even though he is presented with love. He needs to keep his resentment for others, society, the world, and love because its a part of who he is. Its like his security blanket. It is so overwhelming that its like his security sky.
    "and rescue me from me, and all that i believe"
    He wants his lover to rescue him from the before mentioned beliefs.
    "i won't deny the pain
    i won't deny the change
    and should i fall from grace here with you
    will you leave me too?"
    His past still hurts and he won't deny the pain of that. In contrast, he won't deny the change he feels falling in love with this person. Should he completely revert back to his state of angst and resentment, should he fall out of love, will this person leave him? Will you leave me, just like everyone does?
    "carve out your heart for keeps in an old oak tree
    and hold me for goodbyes-and whispered lullabyes
    and tell me i am still
    the man i'm supposed to be"
    Make some kind of commitment to me, show me you love me. All the trappings of love, like holding me and not wanting to say goodbye and whispering goodnight. Reassure me that I'm a good person...I've never believed it before...but I just might believe you.
    "too late to turn back now, i'm running out of sound
    and i am changing, changing
    and if we died right now, this fool you love somehow
    is here with you"
    You've changed me so much that I can't revert back to the child I used to be. I'm running out of anger and hatred. Love is changing me. If we were to die right now, I would be with you. I know you're not leaving, and I, in return could not leave you.
    jenna1027on October 03, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is so abnormally perfect it often makes me cry.
    Fred39on July 28, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentreminds me of yoshi's island
    listened to a lot of pumpkins while playing that game
    Gurrason December 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is extremely beautiful... i listened to it a lot while i was in a very difficult relationship, yes, and he left me. But i still cry when billy sings "and if we died right now, this fool you love somehow is here with you'.

    Rock on, Mr. Corgan.
    deadeyeson August 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe finches on Galapogos Island all changed and adapted to fit their environment perfectly to survive. Isn't that what everyone does? Change to fit the environment they are living in. We all want to be excepted, we all want to survive.
    barelymissingyouon April 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this part

    Too late to turn back now
    I'm running out of sounds
    and I am changing
    And if we died right now
    this fool you love somehow
    is hear with you

    These lyrics are immortal- I can't believe how underrated the Pumpkins are
    letmebeon June 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song has always resonated with me. I finally figured out why. It only took losing the love of my life.

    I have Asperger's syndrome. it is a form of Autism that affects how I interpret the world, It affects my ability to communicate effectively and deal with social situations and stimulus.

    For nearly 20 years I have also identified as a Dominant and all my relationships have been M/s.

    The two combined have destroyed most of my relationships. I now understand why. I now know why this song has always resonated.

    For me it is about the insecurities of being able to show your partner your weak side when you're supposed to be anything but. The fear that this will change her perception of you. The inability to let her be there for you when you need her most. The fear that she will leave you like so many others have if you show her a weak side.

    I'm almost certain I have lost her because I couldn't let her be there for me when I needed her to be. I'm fairly certain she would have been too. I hate having Asperger's.
    PCUKon June 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an all to often overlooked pumpkins song, i think that people should really look at this one. This one, like so many pumpkins songs though, is really hard to understand, but i think its about... ah fuck it, i don't know. I may figure it out some day, but the line "rescue me from me, and all that i believe" is just awesome.
    pablo_joe_jingyon May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel this song has to do with a man who's been resistant to changing over time. Change to him is a painful ordeal. And he is insecure about changing - wondering if his love will accept his change or not.
    This song means a lot to me. I've always loved it but recently it has taken on new meaning. The woman I love has changed...and I haven't. I believe I've lost her as a result. It's a terrible feeling and this song, for me anyway, relates to that feeling.
    y2doggyon May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a fantastic song...it really takes you to a different place if you let it when you listen. It's so dreamy and beautiful. pablo joe jingy, youre right this is shamefully underrated, it's one of the Pumpkins' best slow songs.
    Cherub Rockon May 22, 2002   Link

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