"Suffer" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
All that you suffer is all that you are
All that you smother is all that you are
And you're saying you're seeing, you're saying who you are
What takes meaning is cleaning the meaning of who you are

All may say
I will dream
All may say

All your struggles beneath your disguise
Drink from the reasons that hold you alive
'Til we're safe from the wounds of desire and pain
You must rise from the mounds of desire and change

Too late to discover peace of mind
Too late to recover me

All you see and all you breathe and all you cease to be
Taken down your only son and what he means to me
Your dream will be
To dream with me

Will you wait? Yes I will, I will wait for you
To cleanse your life takes more than time
Take what you want
Take all of it

Too late to discover peace of mind (have no peace of mind)
Too late to recover


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"Suffer (Live 92)" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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  • +2
    General CommentPart of this song is about jesus... and whats with everyone assuming all of gish is one big lsd trip? think for yourself for once. This song is about addiction in general.

    All of your struggles beneath your disguise
    Drink from the reasons that hold you alive
    \'Til we\'re safe from the wounds of desire and pain
    You must rise from the mounds of desire and change
    - needs no explanation

    All you see and all you breathe and all you cease to be
    Taken down your only son and what he means to me
    Your dream will be
    To dream with me
    - the addiction takes a stronghold, His views of god are explained in the song \'i am one\" He has swollowed everones views on god/religion... hes saying here that we all dont know shit about it and we will all sleep together.

    Will you wait? Yes I will, I will wait for you
    To cleanse your life takes more than time
    Take what you want
    Take all of it
    - telling everyone dont wait because its to late. You can take whatever when i die.
    drfunkon April 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is more like a poem than a song. i love the line "all of your struggles beneath your disguise"- its like the masks we wear as faces (and the faces we wear as masks). and how you can be totured on the inside, but all anyone sees is the smiling exterior.
    ladyboygrrlon March 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti could be wrong, but after listening to 33, you could make an arguement that this is also about jesus. who knows, open for interpretation.
    ROBDEWon February 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGod damned... why does everybody think that just because you they did a lot of drugs, that's all they wrote about. Some drugs may deepen your feelings or confuse your senses, but you still feel real emotions... The only thing that changes is how deeply you feel about some things, or how those feelings are interpreted. You don't automatically fall in love with LSD, but the love you feel for another person may twist around into God knows what...
    polyethylenes1&2on June 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentROBDEW: "Taken down your only son and what he means to me"
    Yeah, that makes sense.
    Nosdravdeon April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaving said that: to me this is a love song. Perhaps he feels transended by a love he feels for somebody and at first he feels that love is returned, but towards the end he begins to think it isn't so... that he was wrong all along... too late to discover peace of mind... and perhaps it sent him down the wrong road as he went into the trip hense "too late to recover". (you see the song isn't about the drug, but about how the drug effects his feelings... to me anyway)
    polyethylenes1&2on June 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think your right polyethylenes about how the drug affects is feelings. Hes describing how he is not like everyone else, and in essence, maybe thru psychadelics(or not) he rediscovers himself and builds his own path as opposed to everyone else's since their's doesnt seem to be working for him.
    Ciyaak Boyon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd this path can be a lonely one when u fisrt start out.But the farther u travel, the stronger you get,and maybe u finally find peace with yourself and the world (sorry..forgot to add this)
    Ciyaak Boyon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyones version start off "this is a song about a fish"? Thats what it sounds like anyway, maybe its "gish".
    Crisis143on February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is song is about discovering your own identity in a society that can consume you and control your actions. Its directed as a message toward everyone, not just written about himself. I dont think this song is about addiction though.

    All that you suffer is all that you are
    All that you smother is all that you are
    And you're saying you're seeing, you're saying who you are
    (Everything that makes up your identity growing up is not neccesarily the true you, the people around you, actions in the past, society all work together to create a fake identity for yourself.)

    What takes meaning is cleaning the meaning of who you are (Try and search for the real you)

    All of your struggles beneath your disguise
    Drink from the reasons that hold you alive
    'Til we're safe from the wounds of desire and pain
    You must rise from the mounds of desire and change
    (You must rise above all of the influences and be true to yourself)

    Too late to discover peace of mind
    Too late to recover me (This reffers to his doubt that it may be too late for both society, and himself)

    The rest of the song just reinterates these concepts. Personal identity is a long hard process, and im goin to bed cus its 5 am.
    meddlehead40on May 03, 2006   Link

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