For Martha

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"For Martha"
Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
Released1998
Studio sessions
Length8:18
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

For Martha is a song from The Smashing Pumpkins' fourth studio album, Adore. It was written as a tribute to Corgan's mother who had recently passed. The piano and drums were recorded in one live take, with everything else overdubbed later.[1] It is the only song on Adore to feature Matt Cameron on drums.[2]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Live on August 4, 1998 in Atlanta. Kenny Aronoff plays drums with Mike Garson on piano.

Lyric[edit | edit source]

whenever I run
wherever I run to you lost
it's never done
just hanging on

the past has let me be
returning as if dream
shattered as belief

if you have to go, don't say goodbye
if you have to go, don't you cry
if you have to go, I will get by
someday I'll follow you and see you on the other side

but for the grace of love
I'd will the meaning of
heaven from above

but for the grace of love
I'd will the meaning of
heaven from above

your picture out of time
left aching in my mind
shadows kept alive

if you have to go, don't say goodbye
if you have to go, don't you cry
if you have to go, I will get by
I will follow you and see you on the other side

but for the grace of love
who'd will the meaning of
heaven from above

long horses we are born
creatures more than torn
mourning our way home

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Availability

TitleNotesType
Adore Demos IBootleg
AdoreMain releaseStudio
MCIS Demos IIBootleg

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Billy Corgan, November 18, 2020 Instagram Q&A
  2. Corgan, Billy. "Coming Down the Mountain". The Confessions of Billy Corgan. April 14, 2005.

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