Why Oh Why

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"Why Oh Why"
Why Oh Why cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Recorded 2003-2004
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 544
Status Demo circulating

"Why Oh Why" is a song by Rivers Cuomo, written in contention for the Weezer album that would become Make Believe.

Appearances

Overview

The song was demoed by Rivers Cuomo multiple times from 2003 through 2004 during pre-production on Make Believe. The song did not make the cut for the album, but was released in 2020 as part of the digital demo compilation Alone IX: The Make Believe Years.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo/Weezer(?) Why Oh Why September 7, 2003[1] 8295 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
Rivers Cuomo Why Oh Why December 19, 2003[2] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Rivers Cuomo Why Oh Why February 6, 2004[2] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA Unknown if distinct from "18 544 Why Oh Why.mp3"
Rivers Cuomo Why Oh Why 18 544 Why Oh Why.mp3 February 20, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:56 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo Why Oh Why 14 544 Why Oh Why 2004-07-05.mp3 July 5, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:56 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
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Lyrics

I try so hard to please you
I break my back
You never give me credit
And so I crack

Why oh why can't you love me?
Why oh why does it hurt me inside?
Why oh why am I crying?
Why oh why do these tears never dry?

A simple word of notice
Would mean so much
I'm just a helpless cripple
And you're my crutch

Why oh why can't you love me?
Why oh why does it hurt me inside?
Why oh why am I crying?
Why oh why do the tears never dry?

Since I was a child
I was running 'round wild
Always looking for someone
Somebody to love me
And hold me together
When I'm coming undone

You came 'round, you sat down
You said, "How do you do?"
I said "I wouldn't mind
If I could be with you"
I need someone to hold me now

A simple word of notice
Would mean so much
I'm just a helpless cripple
And you're my crutch

Why oh why can't you love me?
Why oh why does it hurt me inside?
Why oh why am I crying?
Why oh why do these tears never dry?

Why? (Can't you love me?)

See also