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Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedNovember 9, 1993
Studio sessions
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

"Glynis" is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins that was first released on the No Alternative compilation album, and later on Rarities and B-Sides and on the 2012 deluxe reissue of Pisces Iscariot. The 2012 mix is almost identical to previous versions except with different vocal takes with Billy Corgan laughing at his crackling voice.

An old Speak & Spell toy "hello" starts the song, and the soupy solo in the middle is the result of double-tracked guitars fed through a vintage Electro-Harmonix Bassballs pedal. The song is a dedication to former Red Red Meat bassist Glynis Johnson, who passed away from AIDS-related complications in 1992.[1]

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

[Hello] [speak & spell?]

Here's a name you cannot forget
Her name is Glynis, yes
And with these tears of respect
Conforms a sadness
For anyone who's ever lost
One who's dearest, and the love of a friend

On our worried knees
Given to all beliefs
Scarecrows and disease haunt us all
Ooh, bury your heads in the sand
Ooh, bury your heads

So have we stumbled from grace
Are we being punished for fate
My god is subtle and great
He can't be wounded
By the gossip and the hate of the frightened
Who took their paths on the sand, yeah

Fear that grips us all
Gives us an awful sound
Can't help anything but ourselves
Ooh, bury your head in the sand
Ooh, bury your head, yeah
Ooh, bury your head

Ooh, I believe in one love
Ooh, I believe in one love
Ooh, I believe in one love
Yeah, yeah


Quiet and Other SongsDemo • Bootleg
No AlternativeCompilation
Pisces Iscariot2012 deluxe reissue bonus CDCompilation
Rarities and B-SidesCompilation

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Richard Thomas, "Signal To Noise: The Sonic Diary Of The Smashing Pumpkins", Electronic Musician, October 1st, 2008

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