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