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17 Days of Adore – For Martha

Posted by Jason On April - 18 - 2009

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Adore – Track 14 – For Martha

Billy Corgan wrote For Martha for his mother after she passed away from cancer.  The song is a beautifully written piece that encapsulates Corgan’s feelings about his mother’s passing. It’s epic in nature, but carries through it a feeling of fragility.

The song moves gently along until about the 4 minute mark, when it slowly builds into the second guitar solo on Adore.  The first solo was a 12 second section of Ava Adore.

At the end of the piece, a wave of guitars appear.  The Smashing Pumpkins would often put small musical ideas on the tale end of songs.  Another example of this is the end of Thru the Eyes of Ruby on MCIS.  Another epic Pumpkins song.

The song is also one of Corgan’s best work lyrically.  Read the lyrics as you listen to For Martha.

Whenever I run
Whenever I run to you lost one
It’s never done
Just hanging on

Just past has let me be
Returning as if dream
Shattered as belief

If you have to go don’t say goodbye
If you have to go don’t you cry
If you have to go I will get by
Someday I’ll follow you and see you on the other side

But for the grace of love
I’d will the meaning of
Heaven from above

Your picture out of time
Left aching in my mind
Shadows kept alive

If you have to go don’t say goodbye
If you have to go don’t you cry
If you have to go I will get by
I will follow you and see you on the other side

But for the grace of love
I’d will the meaning of
Heaven from above

Long horses we are born
Creatures more than torn
Mourning our way home

Lyrics from www.smashingpumpkins.com

Listen to For Martha

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