|Song by The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Released||July 27, 1993|
|Songwriter(s)||Billy Corgan, James Iha|
|Producer(s)||Butch Vig, Billy Corgan|
Overview[edit | edit source]
The song-writing credits list James Iha and Billy Corgan as co-authors, though reportedly Iha only wrote the chord structure for the beginning of the song. The song is said to have included up to 40 overdubbed guitar tracks. Corgan says the song "is based on the idea that a love relationship is almost the same as opium: it slowly puts you to sleep, it soothes you, and gives you the illusion of sureness and security." It was also acknowledged that song was inspired by Corgan's break-up with his ex-wife, Chris Fabian. The song also contains references to a hallucinogenic drug which was featured in Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World and features a prominent piano figure by Mike Mills of R.E.M.
Reception[edit | edit source]
The song received positive reviews. Ned Raggett of AllMusic especially praised the song's guitar solo, while spotting elements from gothic rock and psychedelic rock. The song was also likened to Prince's "The Beautiful Ones". The critically acclaimed guitar solo was rated as the 24th in Rolling Stone's "The 25 Coolest Guitar Solos" list. The guitar solo was placed as 41st in NME's "50 Greatest Guitar Solos" list.
Covers[edit | edit source]
- Florida band Poison the Well covered the song for Reignition Records' 2005 compilation The Killer in You: A Tribute to Smashing Pumpkins.
- Bella Morte recorded a cover of the song for Cleopatra Records' A Gothic-Industrial Tribute to Smashing Pumpkins.
Videos[edit | edit source]
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Nothing left to say
And all I've left to do
Is run away
And she led me on, down
With secrets I can't keep
Close your eyes and sleep
Don't wait up for me
Hush now don't you speak
Wrapped my hurt in you
And took my shelter in that pain
The opiate of blame
Is your broken heart, your heart
So now I'm all by myself
As I've always felt
I'll betray my tears
To anyone caught in our ruse of fools
One last kiss for me...yeah
One last kiss good night
Didn't want to lose you once again
Didn't want to be your friend
Fulfilled a promise made of tin
And crawled back to you
I'm all by myself
As I've always felt
I'll betray myself
To anyone, lost, anyone but you
So let the sadness come again
On that you can depend on me, yeah
Until the bitter, bitter end of the world, yeah
When god sleeps in bliss
And I'm all by myself
As I've always felt
And I'll betray myself
|Quiet and Other Songs||Demo • Bootleg|
|Siamese Dream||Original release||Studio|
|A Gothic–Industrial Tribute to Smashing Pumpkins||Tribute|
|The Killer in You: A Tribute to Smashing Pumpkins||Tribute|
|Rarities and B-Sides||Compilation|
|Live Smashing Pumpkins||Live|
|Inside the Dream Machine||Bootleg • Live|
|Neath The Darkest Eves||Video|
|Siamese Dream (Fruit Bats cover)||Tribute|
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- First performance: The Smashing Pumpkins 1992-11-30 at Point, Atlanta, GA, US
- Last performance: The Smashing Pumpkins 2019-06-06 at Forum Karlín, Prague, CZ
References[edit | edit source]
- Terich, Jeff. "Smashing Pumpkins : Siamese Dream (Deluxe Edition)". Retrieved November 2, 2019.
- Hunter, James. "The Pumpkins Won't Be Smashed", Musician Magazine. July 1994.
- If All Goes Wrong. Dir. Jack Guliek. Perf. Smashing Pumpkins. DVD. Coming Home Media, 2008.
- "Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (1993)". Punknews.org. March 25, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- van den Berg, Erik. "Smashing Pumpkins." Oor. 10 June 1993
- Hanson (2004), p.88
- Dimery, Robert and Michael Lydon (2010), p.706
- Lett, Jr. (2008), p.131
- Raggett, Ned. "Smashing Pumpkins - Soma". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- Reisfeld (1996), p.140
- Raggett, Ned (November 28, 2011). "The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition]". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "The 25 Coolest Guitar Solos". RollingStone.com. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
- Coombs-Roberts, Kris. "50 Greatest Guitar Solos - 41 - Smashing Pumpkins - 'Soma'". NME. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Dimery, Robert & Michael Lydon (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Universe. ISBN 0789320746.
- Hanson, Amy (2004). Smashing Pumpkins: Tales of a Scorched Earth. Helter Skelter Pub. ISBN 1900924684.
- Lett, Jr., Donald G. (2008). Phoenix Rising: The Rise and Fall of the American Republic. Phoenix Rising. ISBN 1434364119.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Reisfeld, Randi (1996). This Is the Sound: The Best of Alternative Rock. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0689806701.
- Starkie, Zachary J. (2008). Cool Kids Never Have the Time: The Music of the Smashing Pumpkins and Youth of the 1990s. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. School of Music. ProQuest. ISBN 0549559930.