"Tear" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
The lights came on fast
Lost in motor crash
Gone in a flash unreal
But you knew all along
You laugh the light
I sing the songs
To watch you numb

I saw you there
You were on your way
You held the rain
And for the first time
Heaven seemed insane
Cause heaven is to blame
For taking you away

Do you know the way that I can?
Do you know the way that I can't lose?
Do you know the things that I can?
Do you know the things that I can do?

Where is your heart? where is your heart gone to?
Tear me apart
Tear me apart from you
You laugh the light I cry the wound
In gray afternoons

I saw you there
You were on your way
You held the rain
And for the first time
Heaven seemed insane
Cause heaven is to blame
For taking you away

The lights came to pass
Dead opera motor crash
Gone in a flash unreal
In nitrous overcast

Do you know the way that I can?
Do you know the way that I can't choose?
Do you know the things that I can?
Do you know the things that I can't lose?

Tear me apart
Tear me apart from you
Where is your heart?
Where has your heart run to?


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"Tear" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song. so sad. i cry every time i hear it.
    awake&dreamingon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy are there so few comments about this song? it's brilliant and it has to be the most moving song on adore.
    noarmon August 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a girl dying in a car crash. However, it may have been suicide because of the lines, "But you knew all along" and "You laugh the light / I cry the wound." This person could be laughing because she wanted to die and got her wish. The lines "Where is your heart? / Where is your heart gone to?" express the singer's sorrow over the heartlessness the girl had, to kill herself despite the fact that he loved her.
    Wurby Tictocon September 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat Song. Probably my fave on the album. The Smashing Pumpkins Rock!!!
    bush_h8eron October 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've always viewed this song as a girl close to a man dies in a horrible car accident involving a big-rig on a rainy night. Billy (or the boy in this song/story) attends her funeral and is barely keeping his face straight as the pallbearers bring her coffin to her grave. He watches them put her to rest in the earth and his mind splits. Being a boy of religion, he believed God had people die for a reason ("And for the first time Heaven seemed insane, 'cause heaven is to blame for taking you away"). He didn't think it was her time and this thought drove him insane and became tottally dependent on the thought that it should have been the cliche "him and not her." He spends most of his free time at her grave in the rain, sometimes with an umbrella standing above her body shading her from rain, sometimes crumpled upon the floor grasping to her tombstone. His family tries to make him see that she is dead and gone and he becomes frustrated. They wonder about what has happened to their son (Where is your heart? Where has your heart run to?) He wants to be free from her as she is of him (Tear me apart from you).

    I have a very vivid storyline that runs through my head every time I hear this song. I'll quiet myself now :P (Forgive any typos)
    #Soot&Starson December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment#Soot&Stars, that was a pretty vivid interpretation, in fact it will prolly replace my interpretation which was pretty bland, generic, trite, etc. Thanks for the insight.
    FuriousDon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think like most of the songs on Adore r about Billy's mother dying though im not sure if she exactly died in a car crash as its stated in the song: lost in motorcrash. This is a great song!!!
    LiLBastardon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so good the guitar at the beginning is perfect
    Corgan_pumpkinfanon January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood answer tentnant!
    Billy wrote adore after the death of his mothers.(It is probably full of references of her.)
    UbetokSaturnineon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i think that the motorcrash reference is a metaphor. its just saying that one day Billy's mother (or maybe somebody else) was there and the next day she was dead.
    Nosaj9028on January 14, 2007   Link

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