"Rotten Apples" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
Dirty your face
With longing and grace, God-given
Suffer her heart
And love her when your love goes unrequited
Where the cool winds blow I must surely go
For my love calls me lo to drag her from the depths of my soul
When will I see her again?
The other side of friends
The darkened clouds of death
The empty-breathed desire
Dirty you face
With longing and grace, God-given
Suffer her heart
And love her when you love goes unrequited
Restless in my speech
And ruthless in my teach
So vacant in my breach
I drive the dirt of her garden
Sorrow
She'll never listen again
No other lovers to bend
Just rotten apples to eat
Slathered yellow distant scorn
Dirty you face
With longing and grace, God-given
Suffer her heart
And love her when you love goes unrequited
Life just fades away
Purity just begs
Dust to dust we're wired into sadness


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"Rotten Apples" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General Commentoh wow this song rocks. I think it's just about being really, really depressed after a break up, though i couldbe wrong. Either way, it hits hard
    BlackEyedAngelson May 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsuch a beautiful song
    SGMonkee497on May 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsmashing pumpkins will always be the most beautiful sound to my ears... love l ove lo ve lov e love
    lissa2659on November 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing. truly classic. almost comedic in their wonderfully perfect lyrics... the smashing pumpkins are gods.
    thetaste_ofinkon February 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwonderfully perfect? what was i thinking... mmm, you get me.
    thetaste_ofinkon March 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me its all about a love he feels he could never have. Whether he feels he's undeserving, or the woman he loves is with somebody else doesn't matter... Love unrequited is love you never had so it doesn't make sense to me that it is a break up song. To me the lines "Dirty your face with longing and grace, God-given" seem to wrap it all up. The lines about "restless in my speach/ ruthless in my teach" and so on are all about how he loves her and he tries to show her through his actions, and his speach, but he's still afraid to just come out and tell her. Perhaps she is in a relationship with a friend and that's what he means by "When will I see her again/ the other side of friends/ the darkened clouds of death/ the empty-breathed desire" and also because the last lines: "life just fades away/ purity just begs" to me sort of show that he doesn't want to be the cause of the break up and "Dust to dust we're wired into sadness" seem to point out that he feels he has to wait, yet he also knows nothing will come of waiting... like his life has been programmed to be sad.
    polyethylenes1&2on June 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song deserves more comments, I guess because it wasn't on a major release but this song is very good.
    BeatJunkie08on January 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLove this song, the piano just pulls it off perfectly. Just think it's about losing someone over something stupid. But still being in love with them. Also talks about the downfalls of being friends after you break up with someone. Kickass song though =) SP FOREVER
    drummerpenguinon May 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAs someone who becomes obsessed with things easily, especially people in my life, this song is so clearly about obsession, though not in a crazy sense, just in the sense of a new set of feelings you may have for someone, though it's someone you can't really be with. It doesn't even have to be romantically, just a great sense of admiration for someone, and that person clearly doesn't feel the same way. Now, this may be where personal experience steps in, but from there, these totally platonic feelings one has evolve into romantic, sexual, and eventually just plain obsessive feelings, simply because they won't requite the initial platonic feelings. It's a really beautiful song, that's helped me through some hard times.
    Shatteringon July 08, 2014   Link

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