Malibu

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"Malibu"
Single by Hole
Side project of Billy Corgan
ReleasedDecember 29, 1998
RecordedApril 1997–February 1998
Length3:53
Songwriter(s)Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Billy Corgan

"Malibu" is the second single off of Hole's 1998 album Celebrity Skin. Billy Corgan has co-writing credits along with Courtney Love, lead guitarist Eric Erlandson. The lyrics were written solely by Love, while the musical composition and arrangements are credited to Love, Erlandson, and Corgan. In 2018, Love sang the song with The Smashing Pumpkins at the 30th Anniversary Show in New Jersey. In the banter before the performance she revealed that the song was initially written for Stevie Nicks.[1]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Courtney Love performing "Malibu" with The Smashing Pumpkins at the 30th Anniversary Show, August 2, 2018 in New Jersey
Official music video

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Crash and burn
All the stars explode tonight
How'd you get so desperate?
How'd you stay alive?

Help me, please
Burn the sorrow from your eyes
Oh, come on be alive again
Don't lay down and die!

Hey, hey
You know what to do
Oh, baby, drive away from Malibu

Get well soon
Please don't go any higher
How are you so burnt when
You're barely on fire?

Cry to the angels
I'm gonna rescue you
I'm gonna set you free tonight, baby
Pour over me

Hey, hey
We're all watching you
Oh, baby, fly away to Malibu
Cry to the angels
And let them swallow you
Go and part the sea, yeah, in Malibu

And the sun goes down
I watch you slip away
And the sun goes down
I walk into the waves
And the sun goes down
I watch you slip away
And I would

And I knew
Love would tear you apart
Oh, and I knew
The darkest secret of your heart

Hey, hey
I'm gonna follow you
Oh baby, fly away, yeah, to Malibu
Oceans of angels
Oceans of stars
Down by the sea is where you
Drown your scars

I can't be near you
The light just radiates
I can't be near you
The light just radiates

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[2] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 88

Availability

TitleNotesType
Celebrity SkinStudio

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Courtney Love. "Smashing Pumpkins Malibu Cover with Courtney Love 30th Anniversary Show 8/2/18 PNC NJ 4K".
  2. "Hole Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  3. "Hole Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2020.

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