Widow Wake My Mind

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"Widow Wake My Mind"
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Promotional single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedJanuary 18, 2010
FormatDigital download, 7", CD
Studio sessions
GenrePop rock[1]
Length4:59
LabelSelf-released, Rocket Science
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Kerry Brown, Billy Corgan, Bjorn Thorsrud
Alternate cover
Promotional CD cover
Promotional CD cover

"Widow Wake My Mind" is a 2010 song by The Smashing Pumpkins.[2][3] It is the second track released from the band's eighth album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.[4] It was first performed live by Billy Corgan's side project, Spirits in the Sky. The song was released as a promotional CD single for radio play and was added to the rotation of several major-market stations. Additionally, the band performed the song live with an Up With People choir on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 20, 2010 to promote the Songs for a Sailor EP release.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

The song received mixed reviews. William Goodman of Spin gave it a positive review, describing it as "a well-crafted pop-rock song with spare piano interludes, never-overbearing drums, and a big, song-capping vocal with polished guitar solos." According to Goodman, the song opens with a funk-inspired jangly guitar riff and drops into a bass guitar and keyboard section, accompanying Billy Corgan's nasal singing. He also praised Mike Byrne's drumming skills.[1] The Wall Street Journal also indicated that the song has a "mid-career Beatles-like feel, with a bright melody and expansive production."[7] Spin's review was also positive, naming the song "a very pleasant surprise." Rolling Stone included it in their "hot list", calling it "[Corgan's] sweetest pop melody since Kennedy left MTV."[8]

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

oh, oh oh, oh, oh oh
oh, oh oh, oh, oh oh

widow wake my mind
widow wake my mind
widow wake my mind
widow wake my mind

i'm looking for a love, a love that shines
that shines, a love that shines
to be mine, yes, all mine
a love that's mine

oh, oh oh, oh, oh oh
oh, oh oh, oh, oh oh

widow wake my mind
widow wake my mind
are you real this time?
widow wake my mind

i'm looking for a love that i can find
to be mine, a love that's mine
it'll shine, in my mind
a love that shines

accept the grace, the moment you are in
accept the chase of where we must begin
'cause when you crawl, you crawl into my heart
and when you fall, you fall right in my arms

we'll shine, yes, we'll shine
our love will shine
you'll be mine, yes, all mine
our love will shine

oh, oh oh, oh, oh oh
oh, oh oh, oh, oh oh

i'm looking for a love that i call mine

shine, we'll shine
widow wake my mind
shine, we'll shine
widow wake my mind
shine, we'll shine
we'll shine
widow wake my mind
shine, we'll shine
we'll shine
widow wake my mind
shine, we'll shine
we'll shine
widow wake my mind
shine, we'll shine
we'll shine
widow wake my mind
we'll shine

Track listing[edit | edit source]

MP3 and US promo CD
No.TitleLength
1."Widow Wake My Mind"4:26
Limited edition red 7" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Widow Wake My Mind"4:26
2."A Song for a Son"6:02

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
January 18, 2010 Rocket Science 9158 CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
January 18, 2010 Self-released MP3 US Discogs [1]
April 17, 2010 Self-released 7" red US Discogs MusicBrainz [2]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Availability

TitleNotesType
Widow Wake My MindMP3 and US promo CDPromo
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 1: Songs for a SailorCD and bonus 7"EP

Tour stats

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Musicians
Technical personnel

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Goodman, William (January 19, 2010). "REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song". Spin. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  2. Breihan, Tom (January 18, 2010). "New Smashing Pumpkins Track: "Widow Wake My Mind"". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  3. Owen, Tom (January 19, 2010). "LIsten to New Smashing Pumpkins Track 'Widow Wake My Mind' Now!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  4. "The Smashing Pumpkins – "The Fellowship" & "Jesus Needs A Hit"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  5. Marty Lennartz (2010-04-21). "The Smashing Pumpkins On Jay Leno". Wxrt.radio.com. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  6. "The Smashing Pumpkins "Widow Wake My Mind" (live on Jay Leno)". Tiny Mix Tapes. April 21, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  7. "Smashing Pumpkins Give Away New Song, "Widow Wake My Mind"". The Wall Street Journal. January 18, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  8. Rolling Stone Magazine. Issue #1099. March 4, 2010.

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