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Smashing Pumpkins: Today Meaning

Song Released: 1993


Today Lyrics

Today is the greatest
Day I've ever known
Can't live for tomorrow,
Tomorrow's much too long
I'll burn my eyes out
Before I get out

I wanted more
Than life could ever grant me
Bored by the chore
Of saving face

Today is the...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Apr 18th 2008 report

    Today is the greatest
    Day I've ever known
    Can't live for tomorrow,
    Tomorrow's much too long
    I'll burn my eyes out
    Before I get out
    -He is not really happy but he is pretending to be. Its sarcasm.

    I wanted more
    Than life could ever grant me
    Bored by the chore
    Of saving face
    -He is bored with everything and is looking for something else and maybe the saving face means god?
    Perhaps he is losing faith?

    Pink ribbon scars
    That never forget
    -Scars that run deep and tell a story

    I tried so hard
    To cleanse these regrets
    My angel wings
    Were bruised and restrained
    My belly stings
    -He tried to be happy and forget everything that has upset him.
    My angel wings were bruised and restrained
    Maybe its the loss of innocence

    and then the end goes

    Today is the greatest
    Today is the greatest day
    Today is the greatest day
    That I have ever really known
    -this shows that he has been pretending all his life

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Aug 23rd 2007 report

    Today is about when Billy had writers block after doing 'Gisha' He then became suicidal. If you read the lyrics there all depressing and say stuff like 'Can’t live for tomorrow, Tomorrow’s much too long' He wants to die.

    However the happy tune to it is supposed to symbolise how everyone can pretend they're happy on the surface but when you look underneath it may not be so.

  3. AnnyFox33
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    Jul 24th 2020 report

    The song is about how great a day can be when you know that it’s the last day of your life.
    It’s the day when you’ve made your mind. The day when you’ve finally made a decision to leave this world behind. You inhale and exhale. You feel free for now you know that today is the best day to commit a suicide. You’ve finally found the courage to stop the pain, to escape.
    It has suicidal thoughts, can’t agree more.

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 10th 2011 report

    He is suicidal and depressed. It's the greatest day he's ever known because he's going to kill himself that day. The angel wings metaphor means he knows he could have been a lot more than what he became and he knows it.

  5. anonymous
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    May 15th 2011 report

    I thought it might have something to do with breast cancer.
    Pink Ribbon Scars ?

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  6. anonymous
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    Feb 8th 2011 report

    the song is saying how he's suicidal and depressed but it's a good thing as ending his life will be the greatest day he's ever had. i think it's that anyway

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  7. Robsa
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    Nov 3rd 2009 report

    Obviously I'm not sure what Corgan was thinking when he wrote this song but I do not believe it's about suicide.
    "can't wait for tomorrow, I might not have that long" someone who is intending or even considering suicide would probably not use the word might there.
    As I said, I don't know what Corgan means by the song but to me it means that life today might not be everything you wanted or expected in life but you should enjoy it as if it were, not worry about others oppinions of how you choose to live (etc. because we're all human and ALL of our days are numbered, and who really knows how high that number is?...
    But, it may be yet another song about suicide, who knows... just doesn't quite sit right with me ;p take care!

  8. anonymous
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    May 31st 2009 report

    "Can't live for tomorrow" I think means that he's (maybe) going to kill himself tomorrow. Several parts of the song (I'll burn my eyes out, I'll tear my heart out) hint at self-mutilation. Then maybe "Today is the greatest day I've ever known" means that he's enjoying his last day alive.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2009 report

    It's about how your life is gone to hell but stilll it can't get any worse

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 30th 2009 report

    The song is about how today is the greatest day he's ever known because life can't get any worse.

    well, thats how i see it.
    Billy's just kind of fed up with whats around him, what hes made himself become.

  11. xuh4983
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    Aug 25th 2008 report

    This song I believe means the world is moving so fast and I meet new people and so do you but where I am is here and I always question where I am and think about it in a new way.

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