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November 17, 2013 - 9:00 am
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This Way

Here we are in Week 8 of my series looking at Judeo-Christian themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ brilliant 2012 album Oceania. Check out the previous posts if you want to catch up.

Track 8 on Oceania is the title track, and it’s more of a challenge musically or lyrically than any of the previous songs. “Oceania” is a nine-minute opus that shifts time signatures and tempos reminiscent of progressive rock. I’ll confess that I had a difficult time figuring out the lyrics and finding something worth writing about – until my mind stuck on the last few lines. You can’t really call it a stanza or verse, since the song doesn’t have a traditional structure, but in these lyrics Corgan tries to convince another person to:

Try the way

Skirt the cliffs of your illusion

Find the faith of me

My mistake as the last remaining soldier

Was to take the place of you

Love the way

Love the way and learn

Try the way

Cast off your indecision

Corgan sounds as though he’s found something truly life-changing and wants to share it with the woman to whom he’s singing.

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