Honestly

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"Honestly"
Zwan Honestly.jpg
Single by Zwan
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2003
Length3:47
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan, Bjorn Thorsrud
Zwan singles chronology
"Honestly"
(2003)
"Lyric"
(2003)

"Honestly" is a song by Zwan. It was the first single from their album, Mary Star of the Sea. It was written by Billy Corgan.

The B-side "The Number of the Beast", an acoustic cover version of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, was used in the opening credits of the 2002 film Spun by director Jonas Åkerlund.

Content[edit | edit source]

"Honestly" is a rock song in the key of D major. Musically, it bears some similarities to the chord progression of Corgan compositions "Today" and the chorus of "Cherub Rock". The guitar parts liberally use a flanger effect.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

i believe
i believe
i believe
i believe the love you talk about with me
is it true, do i care
honestly, you can try to wipe the memories aside
but it's you that you erase

'cause there's no place that i could be without you
it's too far to discard the life i once knew
honestly, all the weather and storms i bring
are just a picture of my needs
'cause when i think of you as mine
and allow myself with time
to lead into the life we want
i feel love, honestly
i feel love, yes, honestly

i believe you mean the best that life can bring
i believe in it all
honestly, you can try
your heart is just as long as mine
is it ours to let go

'cause there's not place that i could be without you
it's too dark to discard the life i once knew
honestly, a single wrong is not enough
to cover up the pain in us
'cause when i think of you as mine
and allow myself the time
to lead into the life we want
i feel love, honestly
i'll make a joke so you must laugh
i'll break your heart so you must ask
is this the way to get us back
i don't know, honestly
i don't know, yes, honestly

there's no place that i could be without you
honestly

there's no place that i could be without you
there's no place that i could be without you
there's no place that i could be without you
there's no place that i could be without you
honestly

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan, except where noted.
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Honestly" 3:47
2."The Number of the Beast"Steve Harris4:18
Australia and UK bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
3."Freedom Ain't What It Used to Be"4:05
European VHS promo
No.TitleLength
1."Honestly"3:44

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
February 3, 2003 Reprise • Martha's Music 9362 42609-2 CD Australia Discogs MusicBrainz [1][2]
February 24, 2003 Reprise • Martha's Music 9362 42609-2 • W600CD CD UK MusicBrainz [1][2]
February 24, 2003 Reprise • Martha's Music W600 • 5439 16671 7 7" vinyl UK & US Discogs MusicBrainz [2]
2003 Reprise VHS UK & Europe Discogs [3]
More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Chart performance[edit | edit source]

Chart (2003)[1][2] Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 26
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 17
Germany (OGC)[4] 86
Ireland (IRMA) 42
Italy (FIMI)[5] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 92
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 35
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 28
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 3
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[10] 7
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[11] 21

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Availability

TitleNotesType
Mary Star of the SeaStudio
HonestlySingle

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Smashing Pumpkins Artist Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  2. Honestly at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  3. "Australian-charts.com – Zwan – Honestly". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. "Offiziellecharts.de – Zwan – Honestly". w:GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  5. "Italiancharts.com – Zwan – Honestly". Top Digital Download.
  6. "Dutchcharts.nl – Zwan – Honestly" (in Dutch). w:Single Top 100.
  7. "Swedishcharts.com – Zwan – Honestly". Singles Top 100.
  8. "Zwan: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  9. "Zwan Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. "Zwan Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  11. "Zwan Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.