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O Girlfriend

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"O Girlfriend"
O Girlfriend cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Green Album)
Released May 15, 2001
Recorded December 2000, Cello Studios, Los Angeles, California
Length 3:50
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 553
COR# 245
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Live debut May 20, 2002 in Hiroshima, Japan
Last played June 14, 2023 in Madison, WI
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Professional reviews
Weezer (The Green Album) track listing
"Glorious Day"
(9)
"O Girlfriend"
(10)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Christmas Celebration"
(RC# 552)
"Oh Girlfriend"
(RC# 553)
"|A G| D |"
(RC# 554)
Not to be confused with "O Girl" or "Girlfriend".

"O Girlfriend" (sometimes rendered as "Oh Girlfriend") is the tenth and final song from The Green Album.

Appearances

Overview


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When I lived in the top of Beachwood Canyon—it's this big hill in Hollywood, up by the Hollywood sign—my girlfriend lived at the bottom of the hill. It was so convenient; every time I went out or came back home I'd go by her house and stop in for a bit. But then when we broke up it really sucked, 'cause every time I went out or came back I had to go by her house. So this song was about that feeling, going by her house.


- Rivers Cuomo, Madison, WI, June 2023[1]

"O Girlfriend" was written by Rivers Cuomo in 2000 about a "half-Asian"[2] ex-girlfriend (the same girlfriend who inspired the 2000 song "O Girl" and the 2016 song "Do You Wanna Get High?"[3]) Weezer began rehearsing "O Girlfriend" at Cuomo's garage rehearsal space in November of 2000, the month before the band entered the studio to record The Green Album. The song was among fourteen un-mastered Green Album tracks that leaked in the spring of 2001.

"O Girlfriend" was only performed live as a band four times. On August 27, 2011, Rivers Cuomo played the song acoustically to viewers on the streaming website Ustream. Cuomo also performed a solo, acoustic rendition of the song at a Weezer concert in Madison, Wisconsin on June 14, 2023.

Reception

The song received a positive review from Teenage Victory Songs, representing the positive reception that the band's more diehard fan base has shown the song. TVS included the song in "The Grand Playlist."

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Weezer O Girlfriend November 11, 2000[4] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer O Girlfriend December 14, 2000[4] Swing House Studios, West Hollywood, CA Rehearsal, version 1
Weezer O Girlfriend December 14, 2000[4] Swing House Studios, West Hollywood, CA Rehearsal, version 2
Weezer O Girlfriend December 14, 2000[4] Swing House Studios, West Hollywood, CA Rehearsal, version 3
Weezer O Girlfriend December 22, 2000[4] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer O Girlfriend December 23, 2000[4] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer O Girlfriend December 23, 2000[4] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer O Girlfriend December 26, 2000[4] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer O Girlfriend December 29, 2000[5] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer O Girlfriend January 1, 2001[5] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer O Girlfriend January 2February 1, 2001[5] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 4:06 Leaked online
Weezer O Girlfriend January 2February 1, 2001[5] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:50 Weezer (The Green Album)
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Live performances

Audio

Live, July 14, 2002

Personnel

Lyrics

I miss you, and I wonder
How you feel about me too
Do you miss the way we would play
And waste our time away?
Suddenly, we're apart
And I can't see you every night
Though we fight I love you so much
Now I can't feel your touch

Oh, girlfriend
That's the end
And I'm lost without your love
Oh, love

In your arms, I was happy
As a little boy could be
Taking pills and mellowing out
Now I just want to shout
For your love, 'cause I'm drifting
Further from you everyday
Driving by your place every night
I used to feel alright

Oh, girlfriend
That's the end
And I'm lost without your love
Oh, love

Feeling fancies every night
When I dreamed to be alright
Oh, love
Oh, love

Oh, girlfriend
That's the end
And I'm lost without your love
Oh, love

In your arms
I was happy as a little boy could be
Taking pills and mellowing out
Now I just want to shout
Do-do-do-do-do-do-do
Now I just want to shout
Do-do-do-do-do-do-do
Now I just want to shout

See also

  1. Midwest Music Media "Weezer: O Girlfriend [Live - 1st time since 2002] - (Madison - June 14, 2023) - Indie Rock Road Trip" YouTube. 15 June 2023. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ7fhy_S0_s
  2. Brown, Jake. "Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo on Asian Women" Glorious Noise. 16 January 2007. Archived by Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20211121165923/https://gloriousnoise.com/2007/weezer_riviers_cuomo_on_asian
  3. "Do You Wanna Get High?" on Genius.com https://genius.com/Weezer-do-you-wanna-get-high-lyrics
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Weezer Recording History - Page 12
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Weezer Recording History - Page 13