Purple Blood

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"Purple Blood"
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedNovember 20, 2020
Studio sessionsApril-August 2019 – Pumpkinland II
Length3:19
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Ramona"
(2020)
"Purple Blood"
(2020)

"Purple Blood" is a single from The Smashing Pumpkins' eleventh studio album, CYR. It was released on November 20, 2020 with "Dulcet in E" as the backing A-side. The music video was released a week later as part of the In Ashes five-part animated series.

Background[edit | edit source]

Billy Corgan believes "Purple Blood" to be the last song written for CYR, sometime during the Summer 2019 tour. He attributes the vibe of the song to "spooky" 90's and 80's feels, as well as early 70's synth like Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver". He further explained the song didn't quite come out as he expected:[1]

The vocals for the song took about a day to arrange,[2] which holds true for most songs on CYR.[3]

Music video[edit | edit source]

Official music audio (In Ashes, episode five)

The music video was released on November 27, 2020 exclusively on Apple Music and later on YouTube on December 4. The video served as the fifth and final episode of the five-part animated series In Ashes.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

I'm in love with your God
I'm in love with your fear
By the touch of your hand
I'm far from here

Oh, for sunny days
When life was flat embrace
And might love come what may

Shot to ground, set it off
Like your phoenix, I will fly
From dread dawns to sky
I'm in love with your God, ooh

Fever by your side
Sun is so you cannot rise
Fever by your side
Sun is so you cannot rise

I'm in love with your God
I'm in love with said fear
By the blush of your thorn
I'm lost but near

But oh, for sunny days

Shot to ground, set it off
Like your phoenix, I will fly
From dread dawns to sky
I'm in love with your God, ooh
I'm in love with your God, ooh

Fever by your side
Sun is so you cannot rise
Fever by your side
Sun is so you cannot rise
Hunger greets far fleece
So solace, thunder agony
A fever by your side
Sun is so you cannot rise

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No.TitleLength
1."Purple Blood"3:19
2."Dulcet in E"3:21

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
November 20, 2020 Sumerian Digital Worldwide [1]

Additional personnel[edit | edit source]

Availability

TitleNotesType
Purple BloodSingle
CYRStudio
CYR SinglesCompilation

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Corgan, Billy. "#CyrCyries: "Purple Blood"". YouTube. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  2. Billy Corgan. November 24, 2020 Instagram Q&A
  3. Billy Corgan. September 26, 2020 Instagram Q&A