Landslide

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"Landslide"
Cover song by The Smashing Pumpkins
Original by Fleetwood Mac
ReleasedOctober 4, 1994
Studio sessionsSeptember 12, 1993 – BBC Radio One
GenreAlternative rock
Length3:10
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Stevie Nicks

"Landslide" is an acoustic arrangement of the Stevie Nicks song that The Smashing Pumpkins covered on the Pisces Iscariot compilation. It was was first featured as the B-side to their 1994 single "Disarm". The group's arrangement went on to be one of the rock band's most-beloved tracks and even had the approval of Nicks herself. As she told fans during a 1998 online chat with SonicNet, "There's nothing more pleasing to a songwriter than [someone else] doing one of their songs. ['Landslide'] also led me to being friends with Billy [Corgan] and the possibility that we'll work together," she said of the Smashing Pumpkins frontman. "Over this song, there's been this incredible connection ... he reached out ... I believe that my poetry is really meant for everyone, no matter what age." The new version was a hit, making it to the top three on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States that year and number 30 on the US Airplay charts. The song was also featured on the US version of their greatest hits album Rotten Apples. It was later used in the TV show Alias on season 1 in the episode Page 47.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Piano version from September 25, 2017 at Madame ZuZu's

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

i took my love and took it down
i climbed a mountain, i turned around
and i saw my reflection in a snow covered hill
till the landslide brought it down

mirror in the sky, what is love
can the child within my heart rise above
can i sail through the changing ocean tides
can i handle the seasons of my life

well, i've been afraid of changing 'cause i've
built my life around you
time makes you bolder
even children get older
and i'm getting older too

well, i've been afraid of changing 'cause i've
built my life around you
time makes you bolder
even children get older
and i'm getting older too
i'm getting older too

i took my love and took it down
i climbed a mountain, i turned around
and if you see my reflection in a snow covered hill
the landslide brought it down
the landslide brought it down

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[1] 47
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[2] 30
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[3] 3

Availability

TitleNotesType
Unplugged: 100% Pure Acoustic PerformancesBootleg
DisarmUK CD single 2 ("Heart" cover)Single
Pisces IscariotMain releaseCompilation
The Smashing Pumpkins 1991–1998Promotional CDPromotional • Compilation
Rotten ApplesUS versionCompilation
Rarities and B-SidesCompilation
Live Smashing PumpkinsLive

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]