"Smashing Young Man" as written by and Ed Roland....
Beggar's description
Of what I've been missing
Exploit your position
Don't think I didn't listen
Hey I hope you're feeling

A little better now
Success is so tragic
Pain is your gadget
Your tongue is just lashing
Just bitching by habit
Hey I hope you're feeling
A little purer now
Hey I hope you're feeling

Securer now
Help me I plea
I don't understand
Your ways and your means
You smashing young man

Help me to see
The good you have planned
You're wearing thin
You smashing young man
You preach synthetic-like

Peace is an oversight
It's nothing to ignite
Your self-lit spotlight
Hey I hope you're feeling

A little special now
Hey I want to tell you
I think you're special now
I don't recall asking for guidance

I don't recall wanting to
I don't recall bowing before you
But I'm so impressed
With the kindness in your attitudee


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"Smashing Young Man" as written by Ed Roland

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    General CommentThis song is about Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. He went on ranting about how Collective Soul's Shine was a rip off of Drown. Collective Soul was able to prove this allagation wrong by providing a demo tape with the song on it which was made years before Drown was ever released.
    faded_tearson July 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe band denies that that's what it's about, naturally. But, looking at the lyrics, how could it be about anything else? Every word fits.

    I heard that Corgan claimed that Shine was a ripoff of 'Rhinoceros'.
    GotMeNowon November 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard this song was bout ross...(former collective soul lead guitarist:(...)what bout him though im non sure..
    CSFAN5150on July 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti heard it was about Billy Corgan... billy corgan once at a pumpkins concert was complaining about how the intro to "Shine" sounds to him like it ripped off the one in "drown". i believe his rant went something like, colelctive soul sucks, sollective soul sucks, they stole my fuckin song, collective soul sucks...i dunno though...this was supposedly his retaliation to sir corgan.
    pinkubus_floydon August 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song always reminded me of that Boss From Hell that everyone has had. All the accusations that Collective Soul makes of this smashing young man in this song seem to fit the description.
    stoolhardyon December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNo doubt it's about Corgan. Right on! I dig a lot of Pumpkins songs, but they are not nearly as talented as Collective Soul, which is one of the most underrated bands of the last decade. Great song too.
    mikewoo9on January 07, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAh, I love this song! It reminds me of all the pretty young men trying too hard to get ahead that they burn up before they get a chance to appreciate anything, and that even though they're beautiful and wonderful and hard, they're still just people. As perfect as their flaws are, they're still flaws.
    ieatwinkieson May 09, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHAHAHA BURN! awesome. :)
    spacepirateon December 29, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentMaybe its about Billy...or guys such as him. You know the type who are narcissistic, and think only their view counts, since they think when they were born, someone crowned them king. It could be about the pretty boy type as well, the one who thinks he's too perfect and that everyone should bow before him because he has some kind of god complex. and also he thinks he's gods gift to women too.

    I have a 24 year old guy in this corporate office I work in and I swear the lyrics in this song could've been written explicitly for him. He's a big asshole, and thinks cause he's good looking that he can do no wrong and will get everywhere in life. He's so fake, kissing everyones ass and expecting them to kiss his ass in return. I hope someone does the right thing and shows Mr. Hot Shot the door one day. He needs a big slice of humble pie.
    Moonlapse_Vertigoon January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlong with many other collective soul songs i feel it has a christian meaning. just to get it started ill say it sounds like a bad experience in a legalistic church and its referring to the preacher maybe being too caught up in himself and preaching condemnation for all without really getting the point.
    joe1928on November 18, 2009   Link

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