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The Smashing Pumpkins - Soma

Nothing left to say
And all I ve left to do
Is run away
From you
And she led me on, down
With secrets I can t keep

Close your eyes and sleep
Don t wait up for me
Hush now don t you speak
To me

Wrapped my hurt in you
And took my shelter in that pain
The opiate of blame
Is your broken heart, your heart

So now I m all by myself
As I ve always felt
I ll betray my tears
To anyone caught in our ruse of fools

One last kiss for me...yeah
One last kiss good night

Didn t want to lose you once again
Didn t want to be your friend
Fulfilled a promise made of tin
And crawled back to you

I m all by myself
As I ve always felt
I ll betray myself
To anyone, lost, anyone but you

So let the sadness come again
On that you can depend on me, yeah
Until the bitter, bitter end of the world, yeah
When god sleeps in bliss

And I m all by myself
As I ve always felt
And I ll betray myself
To anyone

One of the few songs on Siamese Dream co-written with James Iha, it remains a fan favorite, though it was not released as a single. The song starts and ends very quietly, building to a powerful crescendo featuring a rather chaotic and virtuoso guitar solo. One of the longer songs to appear on a Smashing Pumpkins album, it is said to have included up to 40 guitar tracks over the course of the song. A 2007 Rolling Stone poll rated the guitar solo as the 24th coolest in a list of 25. The song features a prominent piano figure by Mike Mills of R.E.M. Lyrically, the song appears to reference Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, whence it is likely the song was named. The lyrics were written by Billy Corgan in reference to his break-up with then-girlfriend Chris Fabian. The song is an exercise in expressing both perspectives of a failed relationship, rather than taking the typical solipsistic approach found in many break-up related songs. The song itself expresses this through ambisexual vocal stylings and musical arrangements, shifting from a soft, relaxed style to crushingly heavy distortion towards the end, finally arriving again at the initial relaxed arrangement to close the song. Corgan says the song "is based on the idea that a love relationship is almost the same as opium: it slowly puts you to sleep, it soothes you, and gives you the illusion of sureness and security."

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