"Glass + the Ghost Children" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
To the center of the earth
Or anywhere God decides
Full of fever pulling forth
We hear our call as all
To the center of the earth
As if written in
DNA is reaching out
To your frequency

I want to live
Don't want to die
I want to live
I want to try
All in prayer
Prayer in all
All are scared
Scared of all

Black rooms are calling
To men in leather coats
White labs are cooking
Up the silver ghost
The glass migrates under
Her translucent skin
And all are spiders
Wonder what we've got us in

All is you
You are all
All with you
You in all
I want to live
I don't want to die
I want to live
I want to try

"So it's all very obtuse, because it's all, like, I don't know. So, like, I started thinking that everything I operate on is based on what I believe God was telling me to do. God could be my intuition or whatever, but I always assume, I always assume that the voice I hear is the voice of God. Then I started thinking, what if I'm insane? So I'm operating on the premise that I'm hearing the voice of God or what I perceive to be God speaking to me or through me, but maybe I'm completely in...so all my...demagoguery in my life about me thinking that my life has importance, my, my...thinking that my life has importance. My--my--my thought of it and the fact that I believe I'm following my intuition which in and of itself may be completely false. So then I started freaking out, thinking--of itself may be completely false. And again this creature that believes he's acting upon heavenly intuition but meanwhile he's totally rampant. And I started thinking maybe this is the cause of all the negativity against--and I started thinking maybe this is the cause of all the negativity against--and I started thinking maybe this is the cause of all the negativity against..."



So meets the final coda of a vinyl storm
One more cherry cola to lift up her dead arms
A dream of soft focus, sunsets filters through the din
We are losing contact as she dials it in
She can hear glass calling, or is it someone that looks like him?
She eyes TV reflection, and nods a knowing look
She says it doesn't matter, she never liked her looks
I have seen a thousand fractures, I have seen everything
'Cause knowing is its own answer, love something in a book
There's not much left to ponder, not much left to cook

As she counted the spiders, as they crawled up inside her
As she counted the spiders, as they crawled up inside her
As she counted the spiders, as they crawled up inside her
As she counted the spiders, as they crawled up inside her
As she counted the spiders, as they crawled up inside her
As she counted the spiders, as they crawled up inside her
As she counted the spiders, as they crawled up inside her


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"Glass and the Ghost Children" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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  • +2
    General Commenti've read that originaly billy wanted to do another double disc album like Mellon Collie, but the album nixed it, and just chose their favorite songs and slapped them together, which totally screwed up Billy's whole storyline to the concept album. Machina was the album title, "the Machines of God" was supposed to be the imaginary band's name a-la "Ziggy Stardust" Billy even makes reference to Bowie's rock opera on "if there is a God": "... he likes our loud guitars, and our spiders from mars". so Virgin released half of the songs, all out of order and it indirectly led to the breakup of the Pumpkins. a while later, they pressed a very limited number of vinyls called "machina II: the friends and enemies of modern music" it was a 12" and then three(?) 7"s of b-sides and alternates like TAFH was to Mellon Collie. They mailed them out to their most active fans, along with instructions to make the songs available for free download on the internet. Billy literally called Machina II "a final farewell to the fans, and a final fuck-you to the industry". I've heard that one of the super-fans who recieved this oh-so-coveted rarity was Elijah Wood, he is one of the most avid SP fans alive.

    The words in the song arent supposed to be Billy, but "Glass"; the ficitonal rock star leader of TMOG who loses his mind after losing his drug-addicted girlfriend. whats interesting is that the song "the aeroplane flies high" seems to be a precursor to this song, similar taped dialouge, similar subject matter.
    thedrizzleon March 09, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI feel much of the song is about the realization that everything Glass (the main character) understood to be true could just be in his mind. Glass had believed God was speaking to him and letting him know that his life had a greater purpose. This is the the fear induced by self doubt.

    I also think there is definitely a dual personality theme. Where the main character has two sides: Zero and Glass. Zero is persona of depression, worthlessness, and despair as characterized by much of the early SP music. Glass is the persona that matches how Billy later was later taking on at this point in his life. I think Billy/Glass came to believe God was speaking to him somehow, and he had a purpose far greater in life. Whether that is true or not, he is questioning his beliefs and that scares him.

    I think this song is about his doubts and fears of what he had thought to be an enlightenment, he though he was seeing things as clear as glass, but mostly because life still seems to go on the same depressing way - Zero's persona seems to be creeping back in. To quote the song Zero: "I'm your Zero, I'm the face in your dreams of Glass"
    Vigoon November 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. it's so... eerie.
    i don't really know what it means, (like most of the smashing pumpkins songs!) but i always thought it was about how we all do what we are called to do, and that there is no escape, and then we start to doubt... and that our thoughts and faith and impulse could all just be a crazy lie that your mind has made up.
    erraticityon August 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis a song about that story that billy is writing,...i like this song because it's like an entire movement...it starts off like it was being born slow but still a little edgy...then it starts off into this loud,noisy,din with a voice-over, like a busy adult life...then it slows down into a preceeding slow soft type of thing...it's a pretty good song with great lyrics
    rockstar001on May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis album is probably the most masturbatory concept album EVER. It's not like there isn't any competition, either. Total hokum. Lucky for Corgan it's quite so good...otherwise he'd look a right tit.
    juvenilecokefiendon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat concept?
    da77ynon June 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful and spooky. I always think of restless souls in deserted castles when I hear it, lol.
    Dreamlandscapeon June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a very weird song he is havinag a kinda relationship with god like he used to hate him and now he's starting to change you can notice that he kinda believes now because of the lyrics of his new band zwan anyway this song has one of the best drums i ever heard
    drummerchickon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe whole mahcina album is just so totally spaced out and symbolic that i dont see how anybody could posssibly make out one single rational thought that couyld derive from this crazy incoherent psycho bable.I even doubt billy himself understands his own words.It seems to me as if he's trying to make the whole smahing pumpkins carreer into a prophecy come true or somehting,like he's trying to say thru al those weird little poems and words and pictures inside the machina booklet that he planned everything that happend as far as everything they have done and havent done. I guess all this album and this song is about is billy's personal religious viewpoints,summarizing his life and all he's done?
    Ciyaak Boyon April 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Machina Story, Glass and the Machines of God, is really just a big pisstake. Billy wasn't being serious. He was just having fun. Hey, with all the little bits he's thrown out all over the place - music/booklets/handouts from shows/artwork/a web cartoon that's down now ect, it's probably still only Billy who know's exactly what the story is.

    The Machina Duology is kinda concept albumish, but it's probably more of a subtle parody of a concept album.
    Geek UKon April 12, 2004   Link

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