"Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" as written by and William Corgan....
As far as you take me
That's where I believe
The realm of soft delusions
Floating on the leaves
On a distant shoreline
She waves her arms to me
As all the thought police
Are closing in for sleep
The dilly dally
Of my bright lit stay
The steam of my misfortunes
Has given me the power to be afraid
And in my mind I'm everyone
And in my mind

Without a care in this whole world
Without a care in this whole world
Without a care in this life
It's what you take that makes it right

I'm beautiful, you're beautiful
As beautiful as the sun
Wonderful, you're wonderful
As wonderful as they come
And I can't help but feel attached
To the feelings I can't even match
With my face pressed up to the glass, wanting you

In the slipstream
Of thoughtless thoughts
The light of all that's good
The light of all that's true
To the fringes gladly
I walk unadorned
With gods and their creations
With filth and disease
Porcelina
She waits for me there
With seashell hissing lullabyes
And whispers fathomed deep inside my own
Hidden thoughts and alibis
My secret thoughts come alive

Without a care in this whole world
Without a care in this life
Without a care in this life
It's what you take that makes it right

And in my mind I'm everyone
In my mind I'm everyone
In my mind I'm everyone of you
You make it right
It's all alright
You make it right

Porcelina of the oceans blue
Porcelina of the oceans blue


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"Porcelina of the Vast Oceans [Live]" as written by William Corgan

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  • +4
    General CommentI think this is a love song of sorts. It might not even be a real person, just the image of what in Billy's mind would be a perfect woman in the perfect setting. He's in a sort of euphoric state when he thinks of her.

    "On a distant shoreline, she waves her arms to me" Like she's a person he hasn't met but is out there waiting/waving to him. And the ocean and the beach is a pretty serene setting for the imagination of where that person is.

    "To the fringes gladly, I walk unadored with gods and their creations with filth and disease" This is kind of like saying Billy has dealt with the realities of the destructive nature of humans and he "gladly" walked "unadored" in the sense that he proudly tries to keep himself separate of the standard way of life that contributes to the perils of human existence for which he has been mocked because it is not the norm.

    "porcelina, she waits for me there with seashell hissing lullabyes and whispers fathomed deep inside my own hidden thoughts and alibis my secret thoughts come alive" So he has an alternate world in his mind to escape from the current reality that disgusts him. And in that world there's a beautiful woman who understands the deeper hidden parts of his mind and thoughts which is essentially something that would make him feel a soothing release to find someone who truly understands him.

    "without a care in this whole world..." basically hes saying that when he's in this euphoric ocean dreamworld thinking of this woman he doesn't really give a shit about the bane of reality that plagues his mind.

    anyways, thats my take on it. And the song sure as hell makes me feel like im in a euphoric dreamworld with a beach hottie waiting for me : )
    schism206on February 24, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentanyone ready for an alternative interpretation? good.

    Its been argued/confirmed/denied again multiple times over the years that Mellon Collie is a concept album based on a day in the life on a teenager. Personally, I'm inclined to agree, and as such songs like these take on a meaning to me probably a lot different to what was intended.

    This song conjures up a very strong image of a typical day out for me in London. A group of mates drinking in a park, getting very sloshed and telling loads of weird and wonderful stories (there seems to be a romantic slant to this concept album idea; a teen's life mixed in with an almost medieval set of beliefs)

    Basically, to me the song is one of these teens conjuring up a very weird and wonderful tale for their friends while drunk, a love poem to the toilet. Yup. He's drunk, he needs to go badly, and so he makes up a song about the 'ol porcelain. The line, "Without a care in this whole world," amusingly creates an image of him relieving himself in various public places (a fountain, a bush etc.)

    Very wrong and abstract, but hey, this is what it means to me, and I know I'm a sick sick person ;)
    Pyrrhicon June 14, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPorcelina is a beautiful word, but I wouldn't name a child that because it sounds too much like porcelin, which sounds like toilet to me.

    However, in the way it is used in this song, it doesn't make me think of a toilet. Pyrrhic has an interesting theory, but I am pretty much 100% sure that's not what the song was written about.

    I like how you guys like to pick out certain lines from a song that fit your description, but you never take the entire song into account, you only mention the lines that fit your idea. It doesn't work that way. They wouldn't write a song with only half of the lyrics meaning something.

    What I get from this song is that he's met a girl... yes a girl, you've all seemed to be missing the fact (or leaving it out) that he seems to mention a person, or a girl waving at him... anyhoo he's met a girl who changed his life. And then she's gone. I'm probably wrong, but that's kind of the way I see it.

    And please... to everyone who uses this site... stop thinking that every effing song is about drugs. They aren't.
    RainbowDemonon February 18, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentDoes anyone else get chills from the guitar during the "You make it right. It's all alright." part of the song?
    KE4NYVon July 30, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is so obviously a love song. I don't think Porcelina is a name, so much as being kind of serene. It makes me think that this girl makes him calm like the ocean when there are no waves. He has no cares, because she makes him calm and he trusts in her. He may have no idea why he trusts her, but the feeling she gives him is beyond anything he's ever felt. Porcelina of the vast ocean seems to be the way he describes his feelings for her, or something to that sense.
    RainbowDemonon April 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about Billy's fear of inheriting his mother's mental illness. As is evident to me in some other writings of his.
    WG1979on January 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful song...i don't know what the meaning is exactly but it's flowers for my ears.
    y2doggyon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. my old boyfriend used to sing it to me all the time. he said that i was his porcelina. pyrrhic's theory is intresting. i like it! i just hope my ex wasn't having images about someone relieving himself in public while he was singing it to me. but it's definately a cool interpretation of the song.
    buffyon August 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf I ever had a daughter would it be wrong to name her Porcelina?
    y2doggyon August 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have a friend who wanted to name her daughter Porcelina. She had another couple of names, Pumpkin-related, that she was going to use too.

    That's an interesting theory, Pyrrhic - a day in the life of a teenager. I'm going to think about that next time I listen.
    gdson August 26, 2002   Link

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