To Forgive

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"To Forgive"
Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
Released1995
RecordedMarch – August 1995
StudioChicago Recording Company
Length4:17
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

To Forgive is a song from The Smashing Pumpkins' third studio album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It is a slow song written by Billy Corgan about his childhood. It is a reference to the themes of teenage angst and depression.

Unlike many other songs on the album, "To Forgive" doesn't feature multi-layered guitar production, and features only drums, bass, one live clean electric guitar and an e-bow track by James Iha. Reportedly the guitar was recorded in one live take.[1]

Equipment

In a 2016 interview with Tape-Op, Corgan said he used a Fender Bassman amp on "To Forgive". It occasionally malfunctioned, producing a sound "like a storm coming" which at points can be heard in the recording.[2]

Lyrics

ten times removed
i forget about where it all began
bastard son of a bastard son of
a wild eyed child of the sun
and right as rain, i'm not the same but
i feel the same, i feel nothing
holding back the fool again
holding back the fool pretends
i forget to forget nothing is important
holding back the fool again
i sensed my loss
before i even learned to talk
and i remember my birthdays
empty party afternoons won't come back
holding back the fool again
holding back the fool pretends
i forget to forget nothing is important
holding back the fool again
i forget to forget me
i forget to forget you see
nothing is important to me
i knew my loss
before i even learned to speak
and all along, i knew it was wrong
but i played along, with my birthday song
holding back the fool again
holding back the fool pretends
i forget to forget nothing is important
holding back the fool again

Availability

TitleNotesType
Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessDisc one – Dawn to DuskStudio
MCIS Demos IBootleg
The Aeroplane Flies High2013 Reissue CD 3: ZeroCompilation
Billy's Gravity Demos IBootleg

References

  1. Thomas, Richard. "Signal to Noise: The Sonic Diary of the Smashing Pumpkins". EQ Magazine. October 2008.
  2. Brown, Jake (October 2016). "Smashing Pumpkins: A studio history with Billy Corgan, Flood, Jimmy Chamberlin, Butch Vig, Alan Moulder, and Tommy Lee". Tape-Op. Retrieved June 17, 2020.

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