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Promotional single by The Smashing Pumpkins
Released1989, 1992
Studio sessionsSummer 1989 – Reel Time Studios
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

"Daughter" is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins originally released on the 1989 demo album, Moon Demo.

A longer version also recorded at Reel Time Studios was released on a 7" flexi disc to subscribers of the April 4, 1992 issue of Reflex magazine. The flexi disc is single-sided and contained only the one song. The song has never been widely released, as this magazine subscription single was pressed in very limited quantities. Since flexi discs are notoriously unreliable and this one saw limited distribution, this is among the rarest Smashing Pumpkins releases.

In the liner notes of the Moon demo, the song is credited as having been written by Billy Corgan and then-bassist D'arcy Wretzky, while the flexi disc attributes it only to Corgan. The verified Smashing Pumpkins Instagram account confirmed to SPCodex that the song is indeed written solely by Corgan.[1] If the Moon demo credits were correct, it would make "Daughter" the only non-improvisational song by The Smashing Pumpkins with a songwriting credit to Wretzky.

The only known live performance of "Daughter" by the band took place on May 27, 1989 at the Avalon in Chicago. A recording from this show appears on the Rubano Tapes Vol. 1 archive release.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

hands that offer
hands that take
someone's daughter
taking me, take me away

in the water
just like a snake
someone's daughter
hidden down, sleep away

and you feel you've been abused
for your life, your love, and truth

Track listing[edit | edit source]

7" flexidisc
1."Daughter"Billy Corgan3:54

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
April 4, 1992 Reflex Magazine Flexi #22 7" flexi-disc US Discogs [1]


Reel Time Sessions IBootleg • Demo
Moon Demo1989 demo cassetteDemo
Daughter7" flexidiscPromo
Early 1989 DemosBootleg
The Rubano Tapes Vol. 1Live

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