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Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania, Part 6: Unfailing Love

Unconditional Love

Welcome to the sixth week of my series exploring Judeo-Christian themes in the songs from the album Oceania by Smashing Pumpkins. After six weeks of digging in, we're still discovering some fascinating connections between Billy Corgan's lyrics and concepts in the Bible.

This week's song, "One Diamond, One Heart" stands in direct contract musically from the track before it, "My Love Is Winter." Instead of the driving rock of the latter track - and all the other previous cuts on the album, really - in "One Diamond, One Heart" Corgan backs himself with synthesizers, and the song carries more of a pop feel than the others.

Also, in contrast to the heartbreak and despair of earlier tracks, "One Diamond, One Heart" takes a different tone - Corgan sings of a rare love, one that does not fail:

I'm not here to hold your hand

I'm just here to understand

If you're feeling low I can help

I'm always on your side

Forever near your light

I'm always on your side

However you must fight

Within your darkest night

I'm always on your side

[...]

They won't rush you from me

'Cause here I'll always be

I'm always on your side

Forever near your light

The concept of unfailing love often seems like a pipe dream or fairy tale. We might associate this idea with that of a parent's love, or even a couple who have been married for a long time. But the truth of the matter is that the God of the Bible is the only One whose love absolutely does not fail.