"Love" as written by Max Loderbauer and Paula Schopf....
to my mistakes, to my mistakes of cowardice
she shimmy shakes, the jimmy jakes of consequence
born of the airs and dues, my airs of madness do declare
that it's ok, it's love
it's what you wanted to see, it's who you wanted to be
for what you needed to need, she'll make it up
love, it's who you know
machine gun blues, her vacant rush is so steel
i'm unaware, lost inside your visions
i got mine too over, i got mine and i got you
cause i know you, you're love
it's what you wanted to see, it's who you wanted to be
for what you needed to need, she'll make it up
love, it's who you know
can i look up to you as you look down on me
can i feel in to you as you felt in to me
i can't help what you see, i can't help but to be
for what i needed to need, she'll make it
love, it's who you know

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song has to be sarcastic - just listen to the sneering tone that Corgan delivers pretty much throughout the song (the chorus in particular - "Love: it's who you know").
    Plus, the music is distorted: it's not natural - like the lyrical sentiment, it's warped and been perverted.
    Alot of Mellon Collie seems to be about expressing the contradictions of human thought (and emotions); although being able to acknowledge them, one is still subject to their whims.
    PS The final lyric is missing:
    The Distortedon August 30, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song runs a lot deeper than the lack of love. For my the song is about that people try to find people that can match them, you know, that you don't try to get someone outta your league. And that Billy or the character in the song, is stuck with someone that he isn't really attracted to but can't get any better. And in this song he's in denial but also trying to convince himself to love her. Because THAT would solve evrything.
    JulesChannelon December 17, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThere is a point ina relationship....
    Whene you realize love is not the perfect insitution you believe it to be..
    You put down the book of fairytales...
    And say screw it...
    Sometimes lust...infatuation...is enough.
    Most people are not really in love..
    But in love with the idea of being in love.
    Whitespideron February 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgee, maybe he's in lust?
    Ethilienon May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlady picture show, i hope u r the one joking...this is clearly a song about empty sex as a replacement for real love...a lot like "Young Lust" by Pink Floyd...i mean, seriously, "her vacant rush" --it's powerful, but empty and meaningless-- "the airs of madness do declare that it's ok" --he's goin crazy, and since the sex makes him feel better, it's justified-- and of course, "love, it's who you know" --i think(hope) most people don't think of love as the person but as the relationship w/ the person...this line could go as far as to reveal she's a hooker!!! (ex: weed, it's who u know...i'd say that's true!)
    ZinbobDanon June 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is awesome. It takes me right back to that good 90's vibe. Awesome dance/trance type song, it's really meaningful to me.
    UNKNOWIT88on May 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy ex says this song reminds him of us at the moment, we still sleep together, I think we still feel love for each other but our relationship has deteriorated. Basically the sex is what makes the whole sorry situation bearable. So yeah, I think its about a sexual relationship to ease the pain of a lack of a emotional one
    ticklemeellenon August 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really hope you're joking. This song is devotion, and real emotion. Lust is so shallow. Wow, you're dumb
    lady_picture_showon March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems like it's about is that although he loves her, there's a lot of deception, misunderstanding, regret, and maybe embarassment. another one of my favourites and it has a totally kickin beginning.
    uselessdragon March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song, one of my favorites by the pumpkins... At first I didn't like it at all because of the abrasive and excessive distortion, but it really grew on me. I find it so pleasing when the chorus comes around..

    "It's what you wanted to see, it's who you wanted to be
    for what you needed to need, she'll make it up
    love, it's who you know "

    And also the part immediately after, "When I lost my mind, I knew I was in for the long run" (which is not in the lyrics provided here) ...just so great.

    As for the meaning of the song, I'm not sure, but it speaks to me for some reason or another, especially the main chorus line, "love, it's who you know." It seems to somehow mock the concept of love.
    PeterPeteron March 30, 2005   Link

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