"Appels + Oranjes" as written by and Billy Corgan....
What if the sun refused to shine?
What if the clouds refused to rain?
What if the wind refused to blow?
What if the seas refused to wave?
What if the world refused to turn?
What if the stars would hesitate?
What if, what is isn't true?
What are you going to do?
What if, what is isn't you?
Does that mean you've got to lose?
Digging for the feel of something new

What if the silence let you dream?
What if the air could let you breathe?
What if the words would bring you here?
What if this sound could bring you peace?

What if, what is isn't true?
What are you going to do?
Digging for the feel of something new
What if, what is isn't you?
Does that mean you've got to lose?

It came from your thoughts, your dreams and visions
Ripped up from your weeks and indecisions

What if the sun refused to shine?
What if the clouds refused to rain?
What if the world refused to turn?

What if the clocks would hesitate?



What if, what is isn't true?

What are you going to do?

What if, what is isn't you?

Does that mean you've got to lose?

Digging for the feel of something new



Does that mean you've got to choose?

The feel of something new

Does that mean you've got to lose?

The thoughts you cannot lose

What are you gonna do?


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"Appels + Oranjes" as written by Billy Corgan

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    General CommentFor me, it is about fantasy. The central idea is "what if what is isn't true", it scares me to death, I mean what if what is real isn't real, I feel that way often. The song has a semi-logical progression that I'll try to explain:

    First part-
    "what if the sun refused to shine
    what if the clouds refused to rain
    what if the wind refused to blow
    what if the sea refused to wave
    what if the world refused to turn
    what if the stars would hesitate
    what if, what is isn't true
    what are you going to do
    what if, what is isn't you
    does that mean you've got to lose
    digging for a feel of something new"

    Ok, here on this part, he's in the "real" world, or logical world, but he doubts the reality asking those questions...

    Second part-
    "what if the silence let you dream
    what if the air could let you breathe
    what if the words would bring you here
    what if the sound could bring you peace
    what if, what is isn't true
    what are you going to do
    digging for the feel of something new
    what if, what is isn't you
    what are you going to do"

    We're now on the author's fantasy world (or your fantasy world, if you like), he's just confused, he made his own little world inside his head and for example the air can't let you breathe, or the sound can't bring you peace... Of course we know he air CAN let you breathe and the sound can bring you peace, it is logical, but remember, we're in another world... and he's doubting again, just like in the other part... (note that this couln't mean he died, because he makes it back to the "real" world later on)

    Third Part-
    "it came from your thoughts
    you dreams, and visions
    ripped up from your weeks, and indecision"

    Now we know from where all these questions and worlds came from, from your thoughts, dreams and visions; and now we see the indecision comming...


    Fourth part-
    "what if the sun refused to shine
    what if the clouds refused to rain
    what if the world refused to turn
    what if the clocks would hesitate
    what if, what is isn't true
    what are you going to do
    what if, what is isn't you"

    We're now back into the "real" or logical world, see what's happening? We're just back and forth between these two worlds...

    Fifth part-
    "does that mean you've got to lose
    digging for the feel of something new
    does that mean you've got to choose
    the feel of something new
    does that mean you've got to lose
    the thoughts you cannot lose"

    Now, does it means you've got to lose (give up something) because you have to choose on which world you want to live? The feel of something new is pushing you, and you can't get rid of those thoughts, you just feel you're going to lose something if you choose... but, you have to.


    And now, for the final part:
    "what are you going to do?"
    zero00000on August 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the irony of this song is that it is posted in a song meanings webpage, with everyone's interpretation of the song to be presented to the world viewing it; Even this could be wrong. How would I feel? Am I prepared to accept that I HAVE BEEN WRONG ABOUT THIS FROM THE BEGINING?!
    DZiembaon March 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have no idea what you guys are talking about...

    ... seriously, why do you need to complicate and over-analyze everything to the most meaningless detail?

    ... mostly all of Adore is about his mother, who died around the time of Adore. And this song basicly means, what if the sun doesn't shine? Are you gonna stop living because of that? No, you have to keep on living no matter the terrible things that might happen in your life.
    MarlonMoraison February 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, I think it's about billy discovering himself, and and what he wants to do with his life. I think something may have changed drastically in his life and he had to figure out how to deal with it.
    cutoffyourlegson May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, I think it's about billy discovering himself, and and what he wants to do with his life. I think something may have changed drastically in his life and he had to figure out how to deal with it.
    cutoffyourlegson May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a man that is in love with a woman... and she wants to break with him...
    and he's asking her
    if the sun refused to shine you've got to lose?
    Nowhere_Girlon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is wonderful. to me it's about finding the real you in your fantasies. and the real you isn't what you are trying to be. so you go and try to dig up another fantasy version of yourself. i hope that make sense. i try to get things out fast before i forget what i am meaning to say in the first place.
    buffyon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow... zero00000, that's spiffy. Puts a whole new spin on the song, and I can really identify with that. Makes me like it even more! ^.^
    bloodtearson April 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of how everyone seems to ask "what if?" i remember those games i used to play when i was little asking my friends "what if this happened?" and always wondering "what if something happened to the word?" i'm not sure if billy really intended to mock the question "what if," but that's how i felt when i first heard the song.

    what if what if isn't true?
    Duielon November 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first SP song i heard and one that will always have a special place...

    The way i see it, he's challenging everything. What if the sun didnt shine? What if there was no rain? I think he sees the world like its "living too easily" and depending too much on things taken for granted (like the sun and rain).

    What if what is isn't true what are you going to do? Its like he's assuming we would react if we found out we'd been living a lie. Its like the world is defining who we are as opposed to us defining ourselves (which is how we rightfully should).

    An irony in itself because if we were living by other peoples rules and not living how we want to live isn't that the same as living a lie? Very clever of billy if this is what it means.

    Its almost and extension of how i think he thinks of love (ie. why do people suppress and deny their own thoughts and feelings of love). People are being told how to live and how to love, perhaps this is his way of expressing such thoughts (albeit ambiguously).

    Sry if it sounds confusing but it makes sense to me :)
    BFeederon December 27, 2004   Link

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