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Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
Studio sessionsSpring 1992 – Soundworks
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Kerry Brown

"Starla" is a song from The Smashing Pumpkins' 1994 compilation album, Pisces Iscariot, originally released on the "I Am One" single in 1992.

Recording[edit | edit source]

The full recording as heard on Pisces occurred in a single all-night session to meet a hard deadline.[1] An epic, mesmerizing track built up around extended solos, "Starla" was produced by Kerry Brown and recorded through a Soundcraft TS12 board onto a TASCAM MS16 one-inch tape machine. Brown used a Yamaha SPX90 for the reverb effect on Corgan's voice, and an Eventide H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer is responsible for the backwards effect that runs through the first third of the song. "I remember that overdub guitar solo," says Brown. "Just him, the headphones, and the cabinet. You don’t hear that much anymore. You can’t simulate what you can do with a cabinet in front of you. I mean, Billy was bending notes on a mic stand!"[2]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Live from Tuscon, Arizona, May 15, 2022
Piano version by Billy Corgan solo, live from San Francisco, November 1, 2017

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

i'm in here
please take me home
starla dear, i'm all alone
when you can't decide what's on your mind, it's clear
i'm near
starla dear

to disappear takes some more time
starla dear, you're on my mind

soon, soon i'll be leaving
soon, soon i'll be leaving
i hear all you're saying
i hear all you're failing

i'm in here
please take me home
starla dear, i'm all alone
when you can't decide what's on your mind, it's clear
i'm here
starla dear

serve yourself
no one else can do for you like you
no one else fails like me
in my eyes i burn alive
fly like a bird
no more words just you and i
high in the sky


Gish2011 Reissue bonus CD – Trippin' Through the StarsStudio
Siamese Dream2011 reissue bonus DVD – Live at the Metro (Live on August 14, 1993)Studio
Pisces IscariotMain releaseCompilation
The Smashing Pumpkins (Machina promo)Compilation • Promotional
Ghost Children: A Tribute To The Smashing PumpkinsTribute
Rarities and B-SidesCompilation
If All Goes WrongThe Fillmore ResidencyVideo

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Billy Corgan, Pisces Iscariot remaster liner notes, July 2012
  2. Richard Thomas, "Signal To Noise: The Sonic Diary Of The Smashing Pumpkins", Electronic Musician, October 1st, 2008

External links[edit | edit source]