Charlie Brown

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"Charlie Brown"
Charlie Brown cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Released November 23, 2020
Recorded 2011-2014
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released

"Charlie Brown" is a song by Rivers Cuomo. Demos of the song were released as part of the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years on November 23, 2020.

Appearences

Overview

Suzy Shinn, producer of Weezer's 2021 album Van Weezer, mentioned in an interview that she wanted "Charlie Brown" to appear as a track on Van Weezer, but that the band "wasn't on board."[1]

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Charlie Brown Charlie Brown.mp3 2011-2014 3:13 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added to bundle November 23, 2020
Rivers Cuomo Charlie Brown Charlie Brown 1.mp3 2011-2014 3:13 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Duplicate of Charlie Brown.mp3
Rivers Cuomo Charlie Brown Charlie Brown 3.mp3 2011-2014 3:33 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added to bundle November 23, 2020

Lyrics

Version 1

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I don't wanna deal with overpasses
Everyone agrees there's too much traffic
Tell the people they should use their golf carts
I feel like my life is never gonna start

I don't wanna deal with tasteless food
It's the '90s so we oughta' get some attitude
I was in Japan when the earthquake struck
It felt like Jehovah was mad as fuck

Drag my Birkenstocks along the ground
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
I used to got a girl but she let me down
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
I turn my music up a bit too loud
It's not enough to just hear the sound
I wanna see it all come crumbling down
That's why they call me Charlie Brown

Don't wanna deal with 3-piece-suiters
Telling me that I should get a job at Hooters
What do these people know about expression?
Let me give you all an introductory lesson

I'm buying records at the shopping mall
Picking my shirt with the ???
That's what I love about the modern world
Everybody gets a chance to be absurd

Drag my Birkenstocks along the ground
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
I used to got a girl but she let me down
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
I turn my music up a bit too loud
But that's why they call me Charlie Brown
I wanna see it all come crumbling down
That's why they call me Charlie Brown

I don't wanna deal with expectations
Just as good hanging at the railroad station
Sitting on a mushroom underneath the tree
Why does everybody gotta pick on me?

Pretty girls still knock me out
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
I drag my feet when I walk around
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
I crank my tunes so I can feel the sound
It's not enough to just mess around
Gonna be the best and burn them down
That's why they call me Charlie Brown

Version 3

I don't wanna deal with overpasses
Everyone agrees there's too much traffic
Tell the people they should use their golf carts
I wanna be a star but I don't like my part

I don't wanna deal with Julius Caesar
Persecutin' me because I play in Weezer
I'm grateful for the roads and the aqueduct
But this is kinda starting to get what-the-fuck

I'm scared I'll use the incorrect pronoun
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
Afraid some jerk'll pull my gym shorts down
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
If you wanna know the worst
I'm terrified to be first
I need someone to show me how (Charlie Brown)
That is why they call me Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

Don't wanna deal with three-piece-suiters
Telling me that I should get a job at Hooters
What do these people know about expression?
Let me give you all an introductory lesson

I don't wanna deal with tasteless food
It's the '90s so we oughta have some ratatouille (yep)
That's what I love about the modern world (yup)
Everybody gets a chance to be misheard

I'm scared I'll use the incorrect pronoun
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
Afraid some jerk'll pull my gym shorts down
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
If you wanna know the worst
I'm terrified to be first
I need someone to show me how (Charlie Brown)
That is why they call me Charlie Brown

I don't wanna deal with expectations
Just as good hanging at the Exxon station
Sitting on a mushroom underneath the tree
Why is everybody always pickin' on me?

I'm scared I'll use the incorrect pronoun
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
Afraid some jerk'll pull my gym shorts down
That's why they call me Charlie Brown
If you wanna know the worst
I'm terrified to be first
I need someone to show me how (Charlie Brown)
That is why they call me Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

See also

References

  1. Daniel Przybysz. "Van Weezer Zoom Event w/ Suzy Shinn and Charlie Brand — 5/14/2021" 15 May 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2ijAwqhOmE?t=1960