Siva

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"Siva"
SmashingPumpkins-Siva.jpg
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
B-side"Window Paine"
ReleasedAugust 1991
Format12 vinyl, CD
Recorded1991
GenreAlternative rock
Length4:23
LabelCaroline/Virgin
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Butch Vig, Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Tristessa"
(1990)
"Siva"
(1991)
"Rhinoceros"
(1991)

"Siva" is first single from The Smashing Pumpkins' debut album Gish, and was written by Billy Corgan. "Siva" was also the first music video filmed by the band.

Background

In an early interview with Billy Corgan, he admitted that he had thought of the name for the song before he had written it, had labeled dozens of tapes with its name, and even considered naming the band "Siva" instead of "Smashing Pumpkins". Corgan has stated the riff was conceived on an acoustic guitar while working at a record store in Chicago.[1] The song was one of three played at the band's 1991 session with John Peel, released on Peel Sessions.

Corgan originally titled the song "Shiva", referring to the Tantric concepts of Shiva and Shakti as opposing masculine and feminine forces, ignorant of any further implications of the name. Upon realizing that the name was more readily connected with the Hindu god Shiva, he removed the letter "h" from the title to lessen this association.[2]

The song was only released as a single in the UK and Australia, as well as appearing on the Peel Sessions EP. On January 29, 2008, it was also made available as a downloadable track for the video game Rock Band.

Music video

Lyrics

i spin off and lose my head
throwing stray a spark instead
gather strength down in my heel
and dig in the world i peel

way down deep beneath my heart
lies a soul that's torn apart
tell me, tell me what you're after
i just want to get there faster

i don't live, i inhale
i don't give, i unveil
don't wanna live in your misery
i don't live, i inhale

sprinkle all my kisses on your head
stars full of wishes fill our beds
she said, "i'm dead"

all this pain smothers me
like a bomb that you can't see
tell me, tell me what you're after
i just want to get there faster

i don't live, i inhale
i don't give, i unveil
i don't live, i inhale
i don't live

Track listing

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan.

No.TitleLength
1."Siva"4:20
2."Window Paine"5:49

Release history

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
August 1991 Hut Recordings HUTT 6 12" UK 640262 aa521a3e-4dc9-4f7e-87c1-dedc22fc2e47 [1]
1991 Caroline Records • Hut Recordings TCHUTC6 Cassette Australia 5767790 [1]
1991 Caroline Records HUTCD6 CD Australia 3656819 [1]

Charts

Chart (1993) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 45

Availability

TitleNotesType
Rhinoceros7" vinyl promo singlePromo
GishMain releaseStudio
SivaSingle
Peel SessionsEP
Siamese Dream2011 reissue bonus DVD – Live at the Metro (Live on August 14, 1993)Studio
Mashed PotatoesBootleg
Unplugged: 100% Pure Acoustic PerformancesBootleg
23 MinutesVideo
The Cutting EdgeJune 30, 1993 – VPRO Radio, Hilversum, NL (studio / acoustic)Bootleg
VieuphoriaLost '94 TapesVideo
The Smashing Pumpkins 1991–1998Promotional CDPromotional • Compilation
Rotten ApplesUS versionCompilation
Greatest Hits Video Collection (1991–2000)Video
Rarities and B-SidesCompilation

References

  1. Corgan, Billy. "Guitar Geek U.S.A." Guitar World, August 1995.
  2. Smashing Pumpkins band commentary, "Siva." Greatest Hits Video Collection.
  3. "Charts.nz – The Smashing Pumpkins – Siva". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 23, 2016.

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