"With Every Light" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
Taking over we're taking over
Throw the weight up off your shoulders now
That we can show our love

It's almost over it's almost over
No more war and no more soldiers
To stand against his love

Away with all the troubles that you've made
Away with waiting for another day
Away

Look ma the sun is shining on me
Impatient in love and aching to be
Could you believe in heaven
If heaven was all you had?

We're taking over, we're taking over
Throw away your four-leafed clovers
And stand beside this love

Away with everything you've grown to hate
Away with everything that holds you safe
Away

And every light I've found
Is every light that's shining down on me
Every light light I've found
Is every light that's shining down on me
Every light I've found
Is every light that's shining down on me
I'm never alone

Look ma, the sun is shining on me
Taking my time to do as I please
Could you believe in heaven
If heaven was all you had?

The sun is beaming, radiating
All the love we are creating
We are creating

And every light I've found
Is every light that's shining down on me
Every light light I've found
Is every light that's shining down on me
Every light I've found
Is every light that's shining down on me
Every light I've found
Is every light that's shining down on me
I'm never alone


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"With Every Light" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    My InterpretationThis song has to me always felt like a 'Thank you and goodnight' from the Pumpkins. The lyrics, vocals and melody all evoke emotions of achievement, pride and relief.

    Machina (where this song comes from) was the last album before their split in 2000, and contains some of their strongest work, but there is a very lonely and weary feeling to the whole album. By this time the Pumpkins had been together for over 10 years, by all accounts they were feeling the strain of the rock and roll lifestyle and had a reputation for making each other miserable. Subsequently they broke up within about 6 months of Machina's release.

    It seems as though after everything they've been through, and all they've achieved and all they've lost along the way they can finally all move on and start a new chapter in their lives.

    Throughout the song there's Lyrics like:
    "Throw the weight up off your shoulders"
    "It's almost over, almost over, no more war and no more soldiers"
    "Away with all the troubles that you've made"
    "Away with everything you've grown to hate"
    "Away with everything that holds you safe"

    That really makes me feel this song is about bringing their journey to a close.
    SupaPhreakon December 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSmashing Pumpkin's version of REM's "Shiny Happy People"...I like it!!!
    y2doggyon August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomebody tell me because I have no idea. Is it about peace between people? is it about love? is it about a forbidden romance brought into the open despite the love being forbidden by his ma? and what is the light? and why is he never alone?
    SailorMoonCartooniston August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is his "Holy Shit, we've made it" song. Every light I believe is a reference to either all the lighters held a loft during a typical Pumpkins show, or the "stars" that choose his company now that he's a successful musician. I've heard in the past that Billy felt that his mother was the only one in the family who believed in his talent.
    So the line"Look, Ma, the stars are shining on me" is a reference to that: Wow, mom..you were right after all. Great song.
    DecemberGuyon August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about triumph. Well, after struggle. Like all triumph takes that struggle, and you've finally succeeded. and from those struggles you learn a lot, and they also make succeeding really wonderful.

    And every light I've found
    Is every light that's shining down on me

    everything i've worked for is now "shining down on" me

    wonderful wondeful song
    Duielon November 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. "Look ma, the sun is shinin' on me"
    Another great pumpkins song :)
    SMUSER17022566on February 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt means he is the person he is is today with every light that made him.Good,bad,ugly,nice,mean or any other adjective.
    We show a light in our lives and you chose what it looks like.
    5H9D0Won February 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentglass stops being insane, realizes how good life is, begins to save June, very happy song
    NuRGon July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBilly said he wrote this song about how every single person we come in contact with us changes us.
    aptitudeon March 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Corgan has hasted the Final Redmpetion immensely with this song.

    ~We are creating~
    denalijah411on July 22, 2007   Link

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