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This Happy Song has a Very Dark Meaning

At first glance, the Smashing Pumpkins song Today is a cheerful piece about the greatest day ever known.

But underneath the surface, things turn a little dark.

Lead singer, Billy Corgan was riding high on the success of the first Smashing Pumpkins album.

With success though comes a lot of life changes. And this lead Corgan into a depression that lasted around 8 months.



The pressure from the record company to complete their second album, Siamese Dream, didn't help the situation.

Whilst in this state, he wrote the lyrics to today. So when he says that Today is the greatest day, it's the opposite of how he was truly feeling.


Sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to know a song's true meaning.

Here's the Lyrics for Today by Smashing Pumpkins


Today is the greatest

Day I've ever known

Can't live for tomorrow

Tomorrow's much too long

I'll burn my eyes out

Before I get out


I wanted more

Than life could ever grant me

Bored by the chore

Of saving face


Today is the greatest

Day I've ever known

Can't wait for tomorrow

I might not have that long

I'll tear my heart out

Before I get out


Pink ribbon scars

That never forget

I tried so hard

To cleanse these regrets

My angel wings

Were bruised and restrained

My belly stings


Today is

Today is…



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