"Here Is No Why" as written by and William Corgan....
the useless drag of another day
the endless drags of a death rock boy mascara sure and lipstick lost
glitter burned by restless thoughts of being forgotten and in your sad machines
you'll forever stay
desperate and displeased-with whoever you are and you're a star
somewhere-he pulls his hair down-over a frowning smile a hidden diamond you cannot find
a secret star that cannot shine over to you
may the king of gloom, be forever doomed
and in your sad machines
you'll forever stay
burning up in speed lost inside the dreams, of teen machines
the useless drags, the empty days
the lonely towers of long mistakes
to forgotten faces and faded loves
sitting still was never enough
and if you're giving in, then you're giving up
cause in your sad machines
you'll forever stay
burning up in speed
lost inside the dreams, of teen machines

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  • +7
    General Comment"Here is no why" is an anagram of "whiny heroes" lol, probably not intentional but still funny in the context of the song
    arachnineon August 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I hear this song I totally feel Billy was singing about Kurt Cobain. "Somewhere he pulls hair down, over a frowning smile". Billy was trying to show how shy and how much Cobain wanted NOT to be in the spotlight but he tried to hide it because he wasn't happy at all. That's what I get out of it. Love this song.
    y2doggyon May 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThat is an interesting look at the song, y2. I never thought of that. To me, the song is Billy looking back at his eighteen year-old self. The days when he was covered in make-up and was convinced that he had no future. And while Billy has kept his attitude about the world, and his sadness, he has of course realized he has a very important place in the world - to make music that can beautifully depict the sorrows of life.
    DeathRockBoyon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSee, for some reason, I always thought of this song as being like a 90's version of "Turn the Page" all about the rigors of life as a musician on the road and everything and maybe about how commercial the Pumpkins wound up getting "lost inside the dreams of teen machines" and all.
    TaoAvatar20on June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI also agree with DeathRockBoy and y2doggy. I think they both have good points. Its probably about both, bacuase maybe Billy thought he had a lot in common with Kurt. So the song is probably about them both.
    ThirdZeroon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, that's a very good take on the song, about Kurt and all. But he's talking about himself as a teenager, I can totally 100% relate to this song, which is why I love it so much. "Desperate and displeased, with whoever you are, and your a star", genius. everyones a star, but when you don't like yourself, you need oncvincing.. I can't explain it very well.
    da77ynon September 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentInteresting that there are so many comments here linking Billy (Corgan) and Kurt (Cobain).

    Just reading Slaughterhouse 5 by another Kurt, Vonnegut, where the main character is another Billy, Pilgrim. One of the famous quotes from the book of course being "there is no why".

    “Here There Is No Why” was also the infamous Dr. Joseph Mengele’s answer to Roma (Rachel Roth), the author of 'Here there is no why', and to millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

    Makes me think perhaps the sad/teen machines in the song may also be war related.....
    snitchdaboyon January 23, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the both of you...
    MechaBunnyon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHey Tao...I see your point. I still stick with my guns on the Cobain issue. "Teen Machines" represent the hordes of kids Cobain had looking up to him after "Teen Spirit". He got lost inside their dreams...had trouble dealing with it all. Ashame. I remember when Nirvana and the Pumpkins were supposed to be on the Lollapolooza tour together in '94. That would have rocked. Pumpkins picked up the slack though...it was a muddy mess in Philly but worth the dirt!!!
    y2doggyon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General Comment...that's interesting... ...never reallly thought about the meaning... ...but this song always reminds me of Dir en grey (but, mostly Kyo)... because of the "death rock boy" thing... ... ...
    lil_angelkyoon August 24, 2002   Link

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