Burndt Jamb

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"Burndt Jamb"
Burndt Jamb cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Maladroit
Released May 14, 2002
Recorded N/A
Length 2:39
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 596
COR# 277
Producer(s) Weezer, Rod Cervera, Chad Bamford
Status Released
Live debut May 20, 2001 in St. Louis, MO
Maladroit track listing
"Burndt Jamb"
"Space Rock"
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Let It Ride"
(RC# 595)
"Burndt Jamb"
(RC# 596)
"High Up Above"
(RC# 597)

"Burndt Jamb" is the seventh track on Maladroit.



"Burndt Jamb" initially debuted as an instrumental. It was first performed live on the Hooptie Tour only five days after The Green Album was released. The band first recorded a demo of it seven days after that, at Monster Island Studios in Washington, D.C.. This session was booked in hopes of finding a producer for the band's yet-unnamed fourth album. The song was played the following month for the show The Evening Session for BBC Radio 1. It wasn't until January of 2002 that "Burdnt Jamb" received lyrics, during formal demoing sessions for Maladroit. These lyrics were scrapped and rewritten before the album's final release. In a 2002 Rolling Stone article by Jenny Eliscu, Rivers Cuomo alluded to his fascination with a specific goth girl, which may have inspired the "Gothic flavor" lyric:

His newest obsession, he says, is goth. He holds up his hands to show off black fingernail polish, silver rings and leather wrist cuffs. "I never noticed goth before," he says. "But then I got really fascinated with this one girl. A music style just gets wrapped up with the vision of the girl, and it overtakes your consciousness."

A live rendition of the song, recorded on July 26, 2002 at a show in Camden, New Jersey, appeared as a b-side on the UK retail CD of "We Are All on Drugs", and as a bonus track on the international release of Make Believe. When playing the song live in 2018 with Brian Bell singing lead, the band altered the final lyrics of every verse to reference lyrics from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

The riff used throughout the song has been compared to the melody of the song “Breezin” by George Benson by numerous fans.[1][2] No statement on the similarity has been made by the band.




Gothic flavor
How I miss you
If I only
Once could kiss you

I'd be happy (Do-do-do-do)
For one moment (Do-do-do-do)
Of my lifetime (Do-do-do-do)
I'd be there

And the water
Running over
Me is growing
Ever colder

Make me happy (Do-do-do-do)
For one moment (Do-do-do-do)
Of my lifetime (Do-do-do-do)
I'd be there

Make me happy (Do-do-do-do)
For one moment (Do-do-do-do)
Of my lifetime (Do-do-do-do)
I'd be there


Now you want me
And you need me
I have got to
Get to leavin'
If you move on
Down that highway
I'll be burning
I'll be there, yeah

Now it's over
We can go home
Just one last verse
And we're all done

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Burndt Jamb 56 burndt jamb precursor.mp3 May 1998 0:16 Alone VI: The Black Room
Weezer Burndt Jamb WEEZER-2001-05-30-Burndt_Jamb_277.mp3 May 27, 2001 Monster Island Studios, Washington, D.C 2:54 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Burndt Jamb June 13, 2001 BBC Studios, London, England 2:31 The Evening Session with Steve Lamacq Radio broadcast, bootlegged by fans
Weezer Burndt Jamb WEEZER-2002-01-08_03Burndt_Jamb_277.mp3 January 8, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 4:04 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Burndt Jamb WEEZER-2002-01-10_02Burndt_Jamb_277.mp3 January 10, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 4:12 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Burndt Jamb WEEZER-2002-01-11_02Burndt_Jamb_277.mp3 January 11, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:51 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Burndt Jamb 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:38 Maladroit (unmastered German promo)
Weezer Burndt Jamb 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:39 Maladroit
Weezer Burndt Jamb July 26, 2002 Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ 4:24
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See also

External Links

Teenage Victory Songs entry for "Burndt Jamb"


  1. Soyrev. July 24, 2008. Burndt Jamb. Teenage Victory Songs. http://tvs.soymilkrevolution.com/?p=16.
  2. John Caroll. July 11, 2018. Burndt Jamb. Post-Pinkerton. https://postpinkerton.com/burndt-jamb.