"Snail" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
All your seven dreams
Look close, son, and you'll believe
As your things come undone
See you are the only one

Flower, seize the hour I did
I wait Waiting, waiting for your wake
I'll wait

When you wake up you're all weak
Throwing your life away
Someday, sorry coming home
Sorry snail
What you wait for

Flower, the pain will wash away, away
When the sun shines
Climbs through your window into your bed

When you wake up you're all weak
Throwing your life away
Someday, sorry coming home
Sorry snail
Down in my heart

Flower save the hours
Flower away

What you wait for
Flower chase the sunshine
Flower chase the sunshine
Flower


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"Snail (Radio 91)" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General Commentthis is one of the more psychedelic songs Corgan has written...I think its about being optimistic no matter what happens and waiting for that moment when everything seems perfect...the line "flower chase the sunshine" is about how we are all after something good
    treestumpon January 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about not wasting your life. It's to both hold onto your dreams and seize the day. Simple and complex.
    Duielon November 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's about going for something and not giving up no matter how hard it may be. He talks about a snail who is after a flower but the snail is so slow that it may take lots of hard work and time.

    "All your seven dreams
    Look close, son, and you'll believe"

    The "seven dreams" refer to 7 petals on a flower, and telling the snail to believe that he can make it to the flower.

    "Flower, seize the hour I did
    I wait
    Waiting, waiting for your wake
    I'll wait"

    The flower speaking to the snail telling him to seize the day and make the most of it, telling the snail that he (the flower) also had to work hard to turn into a flower but it was all worth it. The flower is waiting for him to wake up.

    "When you wake up you're all weak
    Throwing your life away"

    The snail is weak from struggling to get to the flower, and so he slacks off, wasting his life away.

    "Someday, sorry coming home
    Sorry snail
    What you wait for"

    The flower hoping someday the snail will join him. The flower is wondering what the snail is waiting for, and that he can make it if he tries.

    "Flower, the pain will wash away, away
    When the sun shines
    Climbs through your window into your bed"

    The snail thinking that when he finally gets to the flower that all his pain and sorrow will go away; the sun will shine.

    "Flower save the hours
    Flower away"

    The snail realizes that he needs to start getting on with his life so that he can make it the flower, so he asks the flower to wait for him.

    "What you wait for
    Flower chase the sunshine
    Flower chase the sunshine
    Flower"

    The snail gets to the flower, thanks to the flower's encouragement, but now the snail is the one now asking the flower "what you wait for?", and is saying "now that I have made it to what I was looking for (the flower), it's your turn. The flower wants sunshine, so the snail is now encouraging the flower to chase the sunshine.
    Xazon July 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentif you substitute flower with poppies (opium) suddenly the song makes sense...
    graceMazinon April 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno its not
    The_Lost_Messiahon January 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso what is it about then?
    treestumpon January 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't think a lot of the pumpkins songs are just aobut one exact thing...i see it as he puts a lot of different thoughts and emotions into his songs..and i think they are hard to interpret. i love this song..but i couldn't realy tell u waht i think it means (like how treestump did) but i could tell u tah i can relate to it..and a lot of times it even makes me cry...i duno, the pumpkins music does that to me for some reason...it's realy hard to explain...
    starla33on May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song like I do every song Corgan's ever written. This was and still is my favorite band. No one sings and writes songs like Billy Corgan. I'm extremely eager to see what Zwan can do. They even have Jimmy back, so it's gotta be great with Billy on vocals and Jimmy on drums, right?
    Skaman2on May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentZwan is doing really well, and Billy's new stuff rocks.

    This song just makes me feel good for no particular reasons. SP songs just tend to do that to me.
    JEWMonkeyon May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has the quintessential Pumpkins sound to it. That dreamy, clean guitar line and louder than life distortion when it kicks in. Anyway, I feel this song is just a representation of where the band was at that time - they were just concerned with making great songs and playing them. It made sense to sing about flowers and sunshine. At least that's my take on it, after hearing what Billy said during VH1 Storytellers.
    DeathRockBoyon June 13, 2002   Link

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