Billy Corgan wrote this as a straight acoustic song. "I had it all mapped out," he told MusicRadar.com
, "words, everything on acoustic, and then I got into the studio and it was like, 'This is a really good song - now what?'
Actually, now that I think about it, before I even had the song, I had the ascending figure," Corgan continued. "So for a couple months, I would play the demo of that figure and say, 'OK, I've got to write a song around it.' I broke it down to the chords, no rhythm, and then wrote the song melodically around that and reverse-engineered it back into the riffs."