Fool enough to almost be it
Cool enough to not quite see it, doomed
Pick your pocket full of sorrow
Run away with me tomorrow, June

We'll try and ease the pain
Somehow we'll feel the same
Well, no one knows
Where our secrets go

I send a heart to all my dearies
When your life is so, so dreary, dream
I'm rumored to the straight and narrow
While the harlots of my perils scream

And I fail
But when I can, I will
Try to understand
That when I can, I will

Mother, weep the years I'm missing
All our time can't be given back
Shut my mouth and strike the demons
Cursed you and your reasons
Out of hand and out of season
Out of love and out of feeling so bad

When I can, I will
Words defy the plans
When I can, I will

Fool enough to almost be it
And cool enough to not quite see it
And old enough to always feel this
Always old, I'll always feel this

No more promise no more sorrow
No longer will I follow
Can anybody hear me
I just want to be me
When I can, I will
Try to understand
That when I can, I will


Lyrics submitted by Ice

Mayonaise song meanings
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  • +8
    General CommentSiamese Dream just proves how much of a musical genius Billy Corgan is. Mayonaise is my favourite song of all time. This song hits me harder than a ton of bricks. When I saw it live, it was the happiest day of my life. Full of passion, sadness, and utter genius. I miss the Pumpkins with all my heart. But soon I will forever have The Smashing Pumpkins etched upon this canvas that I call my body, but they will forever be etched upon my musical soul.
    zekey babyon May 18, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMy personal fav. I believe this is widely considered the best Pumpkins song. Why it never was made a single I will never know, but I thought it was at least 10x better than Rocket.
    Crocon May 07, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is simply the best!!!!!!! It is my favorite song EVER!
    j15r15on February 18, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAlthough Billy admitted in Story-Tellers that the lyrics to Mayonaise were just "bullshit lyrics" to him when he wrote them, I think he manages to somehow subconsciously channel a feeling with this song. The music seems very wistful to me and the lyrics definately compliment that. To me, this song is the sound of adolescence. It captures the uncertainty, boredom, innocence, and dreariness of growing up. It echoes a line in Muzzle, "And I knew the emptiness of youth". That to me is what this song is all about. It's a young Billy trying to break free.
    DeathRockBoyon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAbsolutely gorgeous song... the height of Billy's song and lyric writing
    SiameseDreamon December 13, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my favorite SP song. It's talking about young love that never bloomed. There were stolen kisses and secret glances and loving gestures, and both made each other very happy for a time, but the love never bloomed, it ended with hard feelings, and this song is expressing regret, and wishing it could have changed. Beautiful.
    Lisa18on July 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song always hits me right *here* oh-so perfectly. It's probably one of my favorite SP songs off of one of my favorite albums ever, and it's also on my lil' imaginary dream acoustic set list, for whenever I master the art of playing guitar and singing at the same time and finally hit the local coffeehouse :)
    girliecoreon January 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Pumpkins songs.
    vandalizedon May 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful!! one of my fav pumpkins songs. its probably about yet another failed relationship
    Ethilienon May 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI got James' CD the day it came out. One of my all-time fav. CDs.
    And the guitar on Mayonaise is broken. It whistles whenever it is not played. So, that is why everytime you hear the whistle sound, there is not guitar playing. And so you know, it is a pink Fender. :)
    MayonaiseDreamon October 10, 2002   Link

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