Adore – Track 10 – The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete
The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete is a beautiful little song about murder.
In an outake from the Smashing Pumpkin’s VH1 Storytellers episode, Corgan explains that this song is about a man (Pete) murdering his lover (Dusty). In the moment where Dusty crosses over, she is unable to understand that her man was murdering her, and is still trying to call out to him.
There may be more to read into this fictional story. At the time Corgan was going through a divorce. I’m speculating, but perhaps the fictional story may be a metaphor for what Corgan was going through at the time. Perhaps feeling that he had murdered his marriage through inaction, or mistake. Just a thought.
Sonically, The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete once again merges electronics with acoustic instrumentation. The song begin with a drum loop and quickly leads to soft acoustic guitar lines that float along during the song. The ebow makes another appearance in the middle of the song.
Listen to The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete