"This Time" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
This time I need to know
I really must be told
If it's over
It's up to you you know
The things you want to hold
Are in pieces

Crashing down
Crashing down again
Crashing down
Crashing down my friends

I've got to move it on
I've got to sing my song
While I still can
Dispatch the last alarms
Hand out the last few charms
There's no surprises

Only love yeah
Only love can win
Crashing down
Crashing down, my friends

This time I need to know
I really must be told
That it's over
I've lived my life alone
My every step foretold
To never linger
And yet it haunts me so
What we are letting go
Our spell is broken

Crashing down
Crashing down, my friends
Crashing down
Crashing down again
Only love, yeah
Only love will be enough
Yeah, only love will win

For every chemical
You trade a piece of your soul
With no return
And who you think you know
Doesn't know you at all
Their drain is needless

Someday we'll wave hello
And wish we'd never waved goodbye
To this romance
We'll drink up every line
And shoot up every word
Till there's no more

Crashing down
Crashing down, my friends
Only love
Only love can win

So cry these tears
We'll cry as all
We've held so long to fall apart
As the curtain falls
We bid you all goodnight

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"This Time" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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  • +3
    General CommentA couple of corrections on the lyrics...

    "For every chemical, you trade a piece of your soul,
    with no return.
    And who you think you know, doesn't know you at all,
    Their drain is needless.

    Someday we'll wave hello, and wish we'd never waved goodbye
    to this romance,
    we'll drink up every line, and shoot up every word.
    Till there's no more"

    Source: Machina lyrics...right out of the CD case
    y2doggyon May 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song's about Darcy, the shady people she became involved with and her drug addiction. Her departure forced the pumpkins to breakup.
    oldmanfuryon January 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was listening to this the other day and "someday we'll wave hello and wish we'd never said goodbye to this romance" got me thinking. If you haven't noticed, Billy still wears his wedding band, so maybe some of the song is inspired by what happened with his short marriage. Maybe letting go for the wrong reasons or something.

    This song means a lot more to me after a bad experience; someone letting go because of circumstance and nothing else.
    ghostchildon March 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbackfruey i think you're wrong, i feel it refers more to human relationship's chemistry than drugs. But then again it might be about jimmy's addiction too. This seems unlikely because it seems too personal to be about anyone else than the writer of the song, aka billy, who's never had big drug issues.

    I love the last 2 lines...

    You can play with the song order in this album. If you put this one in the end, it's like the sad climax ending. if you put With Every Light, it's the comforting optimistic ending. And if you put Age Of Innocence, it's the more mature and resigned ending.
    DistortingJackon July 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment As happy as I am that they're back together, it would've been nice to look back years later to say it ended with this band, this album, this song.
    Disgaeaon January 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmary mother of a god...that song is beautiful. That hit me hard...especially the "someday we'll wave hello, and wish we'd never wave good bye"...sounds like a breakup that happened for the wrong reasons type of song. Perhaps Billy was referring to those unique situations when people breakup not because they don't love each other but because circumstances make things difficult. The song is just gorgeous though...and as i really read the lyrics for the first time it touched home. Reality bites...just like the movie says.
    y2doggyon August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Someday we'll wave hello, and wish we'd never waved goodbye to this romance"...
    Great song...
    i thought this song was related to the end of the band, but it can also be about the end of a relationship.
    Nowhere_Girlon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSO Beautiful
    So sad...
    Nowhere_Girlon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoops...
    i wrote "to this romance" but it's really to those brown eyes...
    Nowhere_Girlon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Time is about the final break up of the pumpkins, one of the greatest bands ever - i realy must be told if its over (its hard to believe) - ive got to move it on/ive got to sing my song/while i still can (theres more to life than being in a band) - to never linger/what we are letting go. and of course - well wave hello and wish we never waved goodbye ( they will all regret breaking up and maybe they will reunite and it will be like they never parted). beautiful and a fitting tribute.
    whityon June 30, 2003   Link

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