The Crying Tree of Mercury

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"The Crying Tree of Mercury"
Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
Studio sessionsNovember 1998-September 1999 – Pumpkinland
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

"The Crying Tree of Mercury" (working title "Slow Song") is a song from The Smashing Pumpkins' fifth studio album, Machina/The Machines of God. An early version of the song called "The Mercury Tree" appeared in early premaster releases of Machina, though it had identical lyrical content. Before joining the Pumpkins, former drummer Mike Byrne played in a band called The Mercury Tree, though it is unclear if this is mere coincidence.[1]

Music video[edit | edit source]

An internet-only interactive music video was released for "The Crying Tree of Mercury" by MTV in March 2000, directed by Billy Corgan.[2] Machina artwork designer Vasily Kafanov worked with MTV designers to create the video.[3] It was essentially a small Flash animation with clickable Machina imagery.

Screencast of select Machina "eggs" flash animations

Live videos[edit | edit source]

Acoustic version from The Fillmore residency, 2007

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

this is the song i've been singing my whole life
i've been waiting like a knife
to cut open your heart
and bleed my soul to you
i did it all for you
you and you and you and you

this is the sound i've been making my whole life
i've been waiting for this night
to clear up all the talk
although i'm selfish to a fault
is it selfish, it's you i want
you, i did it all for you

this love will stand as long as you
there's really no excuse
i did it all for you

these are the tears i've been crying my whole life
like an ocean of desire
i'm reaching through the noise
across the dusk of time
within the lilting lights
i am singing out to you


Machina/The Machines of God (premaster)Promotional
Machina/The Machines of GodMain releaseStudio
If All Goes WrongThe Fillmore ResidencyVideo

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  2. Basham, David. "Smashing Pumpkins "Resume" In-Store Tour". MTV.

External links[edit | edit source]