Stand Inside Your Love

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"Stand Inside Your Love"
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2000
Studio sessions
GenreAlternative rock, gothic rock
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Flood, Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"The Everlasting Gaze"
"Stand Inside Your Love"
"I of the Mourning"

"Stand Inside Your Love" was the second single and lead international single from The Smashing Pumpkins' fifth studio album, Machina/The Machines of God (2000). The song was written by Billy Corgan.

The artwork is by Russian painter Vasily Kafanov, who also did the artwork for most of the Machina album and the "Heavy Metal Machine" promotional single.[1]

Content[edit | edit source]

Billy Corgan said the song was dedicated to his then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk. He explained, "'Stand Inside Your Love' is one of those rare songs that seems to write itself really quickly... As far as the song goes, it's sort of a love song that rocks, which is pretty rare, even for me. And I even got my girlfriend dancing in the video, so it's all a tribute to my girlfriend, I guess."[2] At the VH1 Storytellers, Corgan would call it the only "true" love song he's ever written, adding that the lyrics began with the line "Who wouldn't stand inside your love?" and in a "stream of consciousness" he wrote the remaining lyrics in about 10 minutes.[3]

"Stand Inside Your Love" was initially conceived to be similar to the new wave style of the band's earlier hit "1979"; however, Corgan opted for what he considered "the classic Pumpkins sound […] in the sense that it sounds like it could come from any album".[3]

The single contains one B-side, "Speed Kills", which appears in a shortened form on the vinyl and import CD versions of Machina, and in a heavier incarnation on the band's following album Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.

The single cover of "Stand Inside Your Love" was designed by Vasily Kafanov and is primarily a depiction of the alchemical androgyne, one of the most significant symbolic representations within alchemy, and, on its most basic level, represents the perfect union between man and woman when joined as a single entity. Atop their head is a single crown, known to the Kabbalists as Kether, the source of all creation, and the first Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.[4]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

James Iha used an E-bow, an Electro-Harmonix Small Stone and a Boss Digital Delay for the guitar solo.[5]

Music video[edit | edit source]

Official music video

The music video of "Stand Inside Your Love" is a tribute to the play Salomé by Oscar Wilde.[6] Billy Corgan created the video's look together with English director W.I.Z. under the heavy influence of original Salomé illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley.[6] The nipple-rubbing fat man sitting on the throne is played by Ken Davitian, better known for his role as Azamat Bagatov in the movie Borat. Corgan's then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk played the main character in the video. The video was filmed in Santa Clara, California in December 1999.

Director W.I.Z. said of the video and working with Corgan: "Billy has this great poetic ability to sort of shed light on the tragedies of existence. He seems to be someone who's trying to recondition the heart, to reconfigure tragedy as something we need to embrace and elevate as a proof-positive of life." He added that "The Smashing Pumpkins have a great sophistication and cinematic literacy and sense of style. It was a very rewarding experience working with them."[7]

Sharon Osbourne cited her dislike for the music video, along with her conflicts with Corgan, as a motive for her departure from the band's management.[8] The music video won the Most Visionary Video award at the 2000 VH1 Fashion Awards.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

you and me
meant to be
it's destiny
pure lunacy

and for the last time
you're everything that i want and asked for
you're all that i dream

who wouldn't be the one you love
who wouldn't stand inside your love
protected and the lover of

a pure soul
and beautiful
don't understand
don't feel me now
i will breath
for the both of us
travel the world
traverse the skies
your home is here
within my heart

and for the first time
i feel as though i am reborn in my mind
recast as child and mystic sage

who wouldn't be the one you love
who wouldn't stand inside your love

for the first time
i'm telling how much i need and bleed for
your every move and waking sound in my time
i'll wrap my wrap my wire around your heart
and your mind
you're mine forever now

who wouldn't be the one you love and live for
who wouldn't stand inside your love and die for
who wouldn't be the one you love

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs written by Billy Corgan.

Main release
1."Stand Inside Your Love"4:16
2."Speed Kills"5:17
US promotional release
1."Stand Inside Your Love"4:16
2."Stand Inside Your Love" (Call Out Hook)0:17
3."The Everlasting Gaze"4:01

Release history[edit | edit source]

While "The Everlasting Gaze" was the lead single in the United States from Machina, with a radio promotional single released, and a high-energy music video filmed with new band member Melissa Auf der Maur, "Stand Inside Your Love" was ultimately released as the lead international single.

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
February 21, 2000 Virgin • Hut Recordings 7423 8 96603 2 6 • HUTCD 127 CD UK & Europe Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
February 21, 2000 Virgin • Hut Recordings 7243 8 96603 4 0 • HUTC127 Cassette UK Discogs [1]
February 21, 2000 Hut Recordings HUTTP127 12" UK Discogs [1]
February 21, 2000 Virgin • EMI 7243 8 96603 2 6 • 8966032 CD Australia Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
February, 2000 Virgin 7087 6 14932 21 • DPRO-14932 CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [2]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 30
Italy (FIMI)[11] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 43
UK Singles (OCC)[15] 23
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[16] 11
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[17] 2
US Active Rock Songs (Billboard)[18] 9


Machina/The Machines of God (premaster)Promotional
The VideosVideo • Promotional
Stand Inside Your LoveMain releaseSingle
Machina/The Machines of GodMain releaseStudio
Ghost Children: A Tribute To The Smashing PumpkinsTribute
Rotten ApplesNorth American versionCompilation
Greatest Hits Video Collection (1991–2000)Video
Celebrating *20* Years of SadnessLive

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  2. "Smashing Pumpkins Talk "Love," Next Single". MTV Online. April 26, 2000.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Corgan, Billy. Interview. "Storytellers: Smashing Pumpkins". August 24, 2000.
  4. " - is for sale (Nach T Kabaret)".
  5. Christopher Scapelliti, "Machina Shop: The Tools of Billy Corgan and James Iha's Trade", Guitar World, April 2000.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Band and Director Commentary. Greatest Hits Video Collection.
  7. The Making of "Stand Inside Your Love"
  8. "Sharon Osbourne Vents on Corgan". Spin. January 15, 2000.
  9. " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  10. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Smashing Pumpkins". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  11. " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". Top Digital Download. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  12. " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  13. " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". VG-lista. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  14. " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". Singles Top 100. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  15. "The Smashing Pumpkins: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  16. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  17. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  18. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Active Rock Songs)". Billboard.

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