Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania, Part 5: Hope From Despair

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Welcome to Week 5 of my exploration of Judeo-Christian ideas in the Smashing Pumpkin' album Oceania. It's hard to believe we're already up to Track 5: "My Love Is Winter."

You can probably guess the tone of the song from its title. For centuries, writers have used the winter season as a metaphor for despair and gloom, and it's no wonder - short cold days, long colder nights, treeless landscapes. So chances are a song with winter in its title isn't going to bring much warmth and happiness.

"My Love Is Winter" fits the winter metaphor nicely, at least in places. A minor key melody, combined with cold, detached synthesizer riffs set a certain tone throughout. The lyrics detail a relationship that seems to have dried up like the leaves on the trees:

Lonely draw

Sides grow dimmer

Spellbound all

I waste the hour

My love is winter

My love is lost

Silent fog

Let's pass and wither

From the cold that saws me flat

My love is winter

My love is lost

However, the lyrics of the chorus take a turn for the better, suggesting that love isn't really lost:

There is love enough for the both of us

There is more than prayers made to be with you

The refrain repeats several times at the end, closing the song on a more hopeful (though still minor-key) note:

There is love enough for the both of us

There is love enough

There is love

There is love enough for the both of us

There is love enough

There is love