"Perfect" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
I know we're just like old friends
We just can't pretend
That lovers make amends
We are reasons so unreal
We can't help but feel that something has been lost

But please you know you're just like me
Next time I promise we'll be
Perfect strangers down the line
Lovers out of time
Memories unwind

So far I still know who you are
But now I wonder who I was...

Angel, you know it's not the end
We'll always be good friends
The letters have been sent on

So please, you always were so free
You'll see, I promise we'll be
Perfect strangers when we meet
Strangers on the street
Lovers while we sleep

You know this has to be
We always we're so free
We promised that we'd be

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"Perfect" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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  • +5
    General CommentBilly has said that "Perfect" is a sequel to "1979". If "1979" is an expression of adolescent angst, then "Perfect" is an expression of being a lost and hollow 20 something.

    My favorite lines to compare are:

    No apologies ever need be made
    I know you better than you fake it


    So far I still know who you are
    But now I wonder who I was

    Think of your best friend from youth or your first love... it fits perfectly (at least for me.)
    JAM4321on July 14, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationSomeone may have mentioned this already, but this part:

    perfect strangers when we meet
    strangers on the street
    lovers while we sleep

    just depicts perfectly how one acts when they see an ex. You pretend like nothing ever occurred between you two, you are polite (maybe) to each other, its somewhat of an act, because, no matter how long it has been, you are lovers while you sleep, because you don't have much control over your dreams. You dream about that person from time to time, and the intense feelings that were felt in the relationship are still there if only in dreams.

    This also could explain the lovers out of time line, because if you dream about the lover, its like there has been no time that has passed. The restrictions of time and space have little do do with one's unconscious and/or subconscious mind when the heart/emotion is involved.
    Buffy512on May 22, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentBilly loves this song and so do I. In fact it's may favorite pumpkins song even though I don't consider Adore to be half the album M.C. & I.S. is ;)

    The ostensible meaning of this song is that it is a description of a relationship that has ended. The specifics of that relationship can be anything, but to me I would have to say that this song describes a relationship that was never an official boyfriend/girlfriend or marriage situation, just "lovers". "we are reasons so unreal
    we can't help but feel that something has been lost" Means that there's no real reason, but something has been lost. If they had been married or going steady then of course something has been lost because a serious relationship ended and he wouldn't be saying "we can't hel but feel..." These people had a fling or just had sex all the time and never had a real relationship. "we always we're so free
    we promised that we'd be
    perfect" They were always free, never tied down by the other. This can seem like the perfect type of relationship at first but it never is.
    myhotelyearon May 30, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti could be wrong, but has anyone ever noticed that Corgan doesn't play this song w/ the new members of pumpkins? He did it as an acoustic w/ Chamberlin on tambourine, but not the whole band. i kind of think it's about the 'original' bands relationship because they played 'perfect' live a LOT right before they split (i know it's not really original, they switch members a lot, but i mean the version that got famous). i mean...maybe it wasn't written initially for that, but i think that's what it was used as, kind of a goodbye. i don't know, just my theory. or it could be about jame's and d'arcy's relationship...who knows.
    jymbo83on January 31, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentperfect, this song is perfect
    tieyourshoeson March 31, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMakes me want to cry, every time!
    sailingallaloneon December 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI had brain surgery, to the point where I forgot how to write....I forgot people's faces, but I could identify them by their voices...anyway. To me, this song explains perfectly my situation involving a potential boyfriend. I didn't remember specifics about what we did, but I remember hanging out with him a lot. He says I'm still the same, but he still feels that I'm a stranger. I can't help it. Perhaps we can try again, but I do not have romantic feelings for him.
    blissfulon March 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Corgan wrote this about his ex-wife, i can't remember her name Jennifer perhaps?

    The important lines for me are

    "angel, you know it's not the end
    we'll always be good friends
    the letters have been sent on "

    I always imagine the letters being sent on are divorce papers and that he is telling her that they will still be good friends.
    I could be wrong but that's how i hear it.
    mississippi garyon October 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is about a passing of a relationship.
    one they tried to salvage, but could not. hence the whole first verse.
    the chorus is touching on how they will take positive things from the relationship
    and the next time they find someone and commit as deeply as they have in this case, it will be 'perfect'.
    it's making light on a shitty situation.
    meggybon August 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA couple breaks up the perfect relationship, but still wants to show good intentions of staying friends but that could never work.
    lostchildon January 20, 2002   Link

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