The words flow
Decisions made
Idea's mine
But the inspiration not
Dreams of hangers-on
Dreams of getting well
Spells of Esmeralda
Amarose foretold

Splinters in the eye
Sentiments remain
Bones are never asked
Where are we going to
It was never up to me
And yet I pushed until it broke

I love the open road
And all that it suggests
Wheel-wagon dust
Weeds and infidelities
And always swore our love
Never questioned why
In a wooden house
Immovable and silent
And drinking strawberry wine
Forever lost in town

And through the sleeping streets
Night-bound and heavy
Wheels in a spoke
Just a spoken foreign sound

Know my gates are high
My friends even higher
Forgotten in my mind
Yet the scars still lingering
Cloud the blue skies
I'm jealous of you birds
Was the only truth
In a world full of words

Hear the prairie sound
In a friend called Neil
The heart is pointed down
But my spirit pointed up
His voice the siren
Of Greek mythology

I pause with my pen
I begin to defend
Every action taken
Every moment sealed
When I was quick
It coursed through open veins
The will to live
The urgency to move
Behind a panel door
Sealing cherry stain
I played my guitar
And lived those lonesome notes

Like a dog that's down
In a corner just aside
Waiting to be called
Waiting to be yours
Ghosts of a machine
Without purpose or will

I'll often speak of you
But the you was always me
'Cause when I speak of me
It's me I ask of you
So let there be no truth
Just trickery in rhymes
Time the only thing
Waiting still is death

I hope for resolution
Pray one defining moment
Pause without restraint
Barren without child
A child is who I was
A child is who I'll die
A child is who I'll die

Soot in my hair
And stars in my hands
Soot in my hair
And stars in my hands
Soot in my hair
And stars in my hands


Lyrics submitted by alexboy, edited by Mellow_Harsher, willc

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is obviously about Star Wars. It describes the feelings of Darth Vader after all has happened and is said and done.
    cheesecakeslolon October 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song leaves me utterly speechless. Everyone should hear it.
    Songmeaningsuseron July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont know why they didnt release this song. I got their greatest hits cd and the second cd has a bunch of unreleased songs and they are really cool. This song is really awsome, i love the sound of the piano in the background and the meaning of the song is being down, needing friends to pull you up, and not leave you down.
    LoopyDiapermouthon April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautiful. i really love it.
    awake&dreamingon August 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit sounds so haunting. perhaps i see this in every SP song but it reminds me of sexual abuse, cause i read in Kerrang that Billy was abused as a child. its only the last verse that makes me think of that though-
    "a child is who i was a child is who i'll die"- like the abuse stays with you forever, and you can't escape the feelingsyou felt as a child.
    ladyboygrrlon April 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the piano... I loved it on the GH DVD and spent along time trying to find what song it was, and *ta da* found it. Awesomeness.
    da77ynon April 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really LOVE this song. These lyrics, in comparison to the other Pumpkins lyrics, sound differente to me; i see so many double senses in the words (considering fact that most part of musics have no accentuation). I imagine a whole video clip; of quite arcaic scenarios, by which thru billy passes, in a wagon, and ends with him, laying on a hill with a tree (quite like that from Adore), looking to the the stars and holding his hand over his eyes.. soot in my hair; stars in my hand. Anyway, i never heard about Billy´s sexual abuse.. and, in the DVD of GH, is there any video ?
    kallil33on March 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of Corgan's best works. I'm clueless why he didn't release this. Very sad song but still awsome.
    LiLBastardon October 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll of Billy's songs are his best work, all of them are equally amazing. The lines "his voice the siren/ of greek mythology" show how deep his lyrics are. The sirens in the Greek Myth, The Odyssey lewered people in to their island by singing then killed them. I think the song is about wanting to do something, but then second guessing it.
    aptitudeon June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the song. there is no other song
    violenzaon July 14, 2006   Link

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