Knights of Malta

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"Knights of Malta"
Knights of Malta.jpg
Artwork by Katelan Foisy
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedNovember 7, 2018
Studio sessions
Length4:37
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)"
(2018)
"Knights of Malta"
(2018)
"Cyr"
(2020)

"Knights of Malta" is the third single by The Smashing Pumpkins from their 2018 studio album, Shiny and Oh So Bright - Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The song differed from other Shiny Vol. 1 and much of previous Smashing Pumpkins material in that it featured a gospel-infused choir along with catchy pop sensibilities. Both Q magazine and AllMusic listed "Knights of Malta" as one of the standout tracks on the album.

Although released to digital stores on November 9, 2018,[1] the song was first shared secretly on November 7, 2018. On the band's Instagram account, two photos were posted containing a lyric from the song. When the Instagram "Slumber" filter was applied to the photos, a hidden message was revealed. The first read "www.knightsof" and the second read "malta.live". Combined, it formed the URL of a site where the song could be heard via an embedded private YouTube video.[2][3]

Song title[edit | edit source]

The song title likely is a reference the actual "Knights of Malta" – a modern Catholic lay religious order. The Knights Templar, affiliated with Freemasonry, contains several degrees of Order, one of which is Knights of Malta. This order puts emphasis on morality, and is based on the teachings of the Order of St. John and the battles they experienced in the Medieval times.

Videos[edit | edit source]

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on August 7, 2019

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna make this happen
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
I'm gonna fly forever
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna ride that rainbow
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah

Find that open road
Catch that blazing star
And climb out of that hole
To wonder where we are

Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna make this happen
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
I'm gonna fly forever
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna ride that rainbow
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah

Where omens scar your door
Like a harvest
We're bound and set for war
But no soldier comes

A serpent for your fist
And a scarab for your mouth
The symptoms say persist
So resist
But a cure is not in doubt

Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna make this happen
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
I'm gonna fly forever
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna ride that rainbow
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah

You'll just rise on forever
As my halo shines in you
When doldrums age in platinum
I've a starship you can use

Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna make this happen
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
I'm gonna fly forever
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna ride that rainbow
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
I'm gonna fly forever
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna make this happen
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
I'm gonna fly forever
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna ride that rainbow
Woah-woah-woah-woah-woah, woah
We're gonna make this happen
I'm gonna fly forever
We're gonna ride that rainbow

Release[edit | edit source]

Digital download
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Knights of Malta"Billy Corgan4:37
Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
November 9, 2018 Napalm Digital Worldwide Discogs MusicBrainz [1]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

The Smashing Pumpkins[edit | edit source]

Additional personnel[edit | edit source]

  • The Section Quartet – strings
  • Daphne Chen – violin
  • Eric Forman – violin
  • Leah Katz – viola
  • Richard Dodd – cello
  • Charissa Nielsen – additional vocals
  • Briana Lee – additional vocals
  • Missi Hale – additional vocals

Technical[edit | edit source]

  • Rick Rubin – production
  • Dana Nielsen – recording, mixing
  • Rob Bisel – editing, mixing, recording assistance
  • Sam Grubbs – production assistance
  • Colin Willard – production assistance
  • Dylan Neustadter – production assistance
  • Tyler Beans – production assistance
  • Grant Blackstock – production assistance
  • Vlado Meller – mastering

Availability

TitleNotesType
Shiny and Oh So Bright - Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.Main releaseStudio

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]