‘Way down deep within my heart / Lies a soul that’s torn apart’

Kerrang! (UK) - - Smashing Pumpkins - SIVA (GISH, 1991)

On the Pump­kins’ clas­sic de­but, Billy’s lyrics tended to­wards psy­che­delic im­agery more than soul-bar­ing. The mean­ings of many of the songs were so opaque that Billy later de­scribed Gish to MTV in 1995 as “al­most an in­stru­men­tal al­bum [that] just hap­pens to have singing on it”. But this line proves an early ad­mis­sion of his In­fi­nite Sad­ness. As the band grew big­ger, Billy would grow con­fi­dent enough to ex­plore that dam­aged psy­che on more per­sonal lyrics. These dozen words were where that all started.

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