Flashback Friday: Let Me Give The World To You

At Storytellers in 2000 Billy Corgan said “This song is sort of a legend in Pumpkin world”. Today we Flashback to the legend…

On January 15th 1998 at the Viper Room in Los Angeles, California Billy Corgan performed Let Me Give The World To You  for the first time.

In a Rolling Stone article in March 1998 the article says “Let Me Give the World to You is the last song to be recorded for the Smashing Pumpkins’ forthcoming album, Adore”. The writer goes on to described watching the song being recording by trial and error: “It takes three hours of going nowhere fast – including Corgan’s aborted passes at the song on piano and unsuccessful experiments with tape speed and echo – to persuade Corgan, Iha and D’arcy to try the obvious: playing together in real time. As Iha threads the melody with ethereal fills on a Hammond organ and guest drummer Joey Waronker, from Beck’s band, hits a tribal pulse, Let Me Give the World to You quickly ripens into something special. The spooky pneumatic tension of the group’s attack fleshes out the melancholy and irony lacing Corgan’s lyrics.”

In December 1998 Rolling Stone asked Billy what happen to the song “Didn’t fit. And I knew it was a hit song. There was another song you didn’t hear that was a total hit song, a heavier song. I would play it for people and this is what they would say: “maximum KROQ rotation.” There’s no better example I can give you of the integrity that I tried to put into that record. I knew I was cutting my own wrist. But it’s like a test, and I stayed the course. Not only through the album, but through the tour. Now that I’ve passed that test, I don’t have that doubt about myself anymore. Whatever my inegrity test in was, I passed.”

During the Adore tour the band would play Let Me Give The World To You at a handful of shows. The song wouldn’t be heard of again until 2000 at Storytellers where Billy talks about the song. Billy said “I love this song. Every once in a while you write a song and it sort of elusive. It doesn’t want to be hold to anything…. It probably be best severed sort of a song for a greatest hits album but maybe we will leave it off that too and let it live on as a legend.”

The legendary song still eludes us to this day and the only circulating studio recording is a snippet at the end of the Adore Documentary.