‘Pink rib­bon scars that never for­get / I tried so hard to cleanse these re­grets’

Kerrang! (UK) - - Smashing Pumpkins - TO­DAY (SIAMESE DREAM, 1993)

The up­beat de­meanour of the Pump­kins’ break­through hit was a Tro­jan horse for its real in­spi­ra­tion. In 2000, Billy told VH1 Storytellers that af­ter the Gish tour, he’d be­come “com­pletely ob­sessed with killing my­self”. To­day was about the clar­ity of some­one who’s reached rock bot­tom, writ­ten from the per­spec­tive of their last day on Earth be­ing the ‘great­est’. Hap­pily, writ­ing this song was part of Billy’s fight­back against his de­mons; as he later told VH1 he con­sid­ered it “a pos­i­tive song, in that it’s about sur­vival”.

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