"We Only Come Out at Night" as written by and William Corgan....
We only come out at night
We only come out at night
The days are much too bright
We only come out at night

And once again
You'll pretend to know me well
My friends

And once again
I'll pretend to know the way
Through the empty space
Through the secret places of the heart

We only come out at night
We only come out at night
The days are much too bright
We only come out at night

I walk alone
I walk alone to find the way home
I'm on my own
I'm on my own to see the ways

That I can't help the days
You will make it home okay
I know you can
And you can

We only come out at night
We only come out at night
The days are much too bright
We only come out at night

And once again now
You'll pretend to know that
That there's an end
That there's an end to this begin

It will help you sleep at night
It will make it seem that right is always right
Alright?

We only come out at night
We only come out at night
The days are much too bright
We only come out at night


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"We Only Come out at Night" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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  • +3
    General CommentIt's not about vampires or goths!


    It's a song about being alone and not having anyone who really knows you along with not feelling comfortable in yourself.
    One possible reason for the "we only come out at night" line is drugs. This is supported by the "the days are much to bright" This could be true though Jimmy was the band member most heavily involved in drugs. Another reason for those lines could be refering to not feeling comfortable with people seeing you. Billy has refers to feelings like that in many of his other songs too.
    BrightEyes13on March 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about stars. The days are too bright so you only see them at night. Which also means they can't do anything for people during the day(directly). It also goes with the predominate theme of the album.
    Caithon October 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWalking alone to bars, clubs and parties. Friday nights. People who otherwise would be shy and seeking solitude either feel comfortable to be themselves, and others pretend to be people who they are not. I think he speaks about the hypocrisy of it all. Not just these people, but life.
    milescltrnon February 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentif you have ever fallen in love with a friend you might relate to this song like i do. "we only come out at night" refers to going out with this friend just to hang out but you have feelings and they dont. " walk alone, i walk alone to find the way home
    i'm on my own, i'm on my own to see the ways
    that i can't help the days, you will make it home o.k"
    double0tutton December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've always had weird interpretations of music, so bare with this one: I interpret this as a lonley, confused puzzle for those who do A, B, or C. Some do hard drugs, others more acceptable (weed), others drink. I'm more into the drinking/smoking crowd. I've always felt like this was meant to be listened to after smoking. The heavy beat in the background, the puzzling lyrics, the confused/distraught nature of the song, and the isolation. It's definitely a great song. But I've always thought of it as some weird ode to stoners. Although, vampires is very obvious from the lyrics.
    Grandureon February 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI enjoy this one. Could be a silly song or one about being insecure. Fits either mood.
    xmakesherflyxon November 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is kind of a message from Billy Corgan to whomever is listening to this song.

    The Smashing Pumpkins, especially the Mellon Collie album, are a band that makes sad and thoughtful and reminiscent music. It's music for long night time drives where you think about life and people you miss and all of that. Or maybe it's just music you listen to when your thoughts are in a sort of metaphorical night.

    Billy Corgan is saying "Hey, we understand you. Our music is here to help. We might not know the way to happiness or to answers, but for a little while we can help you feel like it's all going to be okay."
    facepoppieson February 08, 2015   Link
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    General Commentvampires!
    Ethilienon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, vampires. Or goths. Or maybe they are insomniacs.
    MechaBunnyon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell i guess, but i think it is more about people...people who are afraid of the light of life...and they are insecure they pretend to know the way...and they think their friends pretend to know them...so yeah vampires sure why not...but if you wanna look at it on a deeper level it can be people like billy....or well all of us at times...who feel like we can only come out at night
    Superchristian6on June 30, 2002   Link

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