Codependent

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"Codependent"
Codependent cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Released November 23, 2020
Recorded 20112014
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released

This song is part of the "(Girl We Got a) Good Thing" lineage of songs

"Codependent" is a song by Rivers Cuomo, originally demoed in consideration for what would eventually become Weezer's ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. It is an early version of the song "(Girl We Got a) Good Thing" from Weezer's White Album. Demos of the song were released as part of the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years on November 22, 2020.

Appearances

Overview

"Codependent," an early iteration of the Weezer song "(Girl We Got a) Good Thing," was first mentioned in an episode of the radio show 2 Hours with Matt Pinfield,[1] wherein Cuomo explained that the song originally described a relationship that was "getting ugly", but didn't seem to "take-off" with the music. He then began singing the lyric "Good thing" around the melody, and wrote new lyrics about his experiences around Venice Beach, eventually resulting in the song "(Girl We Got a) Good Thing." On April 1, 2018, Cuomo sang part of the original "Codependent" chorus towards the end of a performance of "Girl We Got A Good Thing" over the mobile video streaming app Periscope.

"Codependent" was released on November 22, 2020 as part of the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent     2.mp3 20112014 3:23 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent     3.mp3 20112014 3:35 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent     5.mp3 20112014 3:35 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent     6.mp3 20112014 3:49 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent     7.mp3 20112014 3:41 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent     8.mp3 20112014 3:38 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent     9.mp3 20112014 3:38 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent        10.mp3 20112014 3:42 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent        11 slower.mp3 20112014 3:46 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent        12.mp3 20112014 3:32 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent 12 BGV ONLY.mp3 20112014 3:32 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent 12 INST NO BASS NO PERC.mp3 20112014 3:32 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent 12 LEAD VOC ONLY.mp3 20112014 3:32 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent        13.mp3 20112014 3:35 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Codependent Codependent        14.mp3 20112014 3:35 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
For subsequent demos, see "(Girl We Got a) Good Thing."
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Lyrics

Codependent (ver. 2)

...
... would you be mine?
Wednesday night's a lonely night
But love is still ...
Everyone's alone ...
Say, would you be mine?

The drama's never-ending
'Cause we're getting codependent
So get yourselves some popcorn
The story's never-ending
We're really codependent
The drama's never-ending
'Cause we're getting codependent
Whoo-hoo

Everyone's smiling ...
... would you be mine?
Wednesday night's a lonely night
But love is still ...
Everyone's alone ...
Say, would you be mine?

Getting codependent
'Cause we're getting codependent
So get yourselves some popcorn
'Cause we're really codependent
The story's never-ending
'Cause we're really codependent
The drama's never-ending
'Cause we're getting codependent
Whoo-hoo

Codependent (ver. 3)

History's a nightmare
If you read the books
We keep on expecting better luck
Actually, I'm happy
Things are just so fine
So why do I keep waking up and crying?

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Afraid if you release me
We know it wouldn't be easy
We're getting codependent
I see how this is ending
Do you wanna fly away from here?
Do you wanna live without a fear?
Do you wanna hold me close forever?

I'm a good pretender
I keep playing games
And you enjoy the profits all the same
There is no policeman
To break up this charade
So we'll just bring these problems to our grave

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
I want you to release me
And I know it isn't easy
We're getting codependent
You see how this is ending?
You wanna fly away from here
Where it's safe, or feel the fear?
Do you wanna fly away, my dear?

Ooh, ooh, ooh

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
I want you to release me
And I know it isn't easy
We're getting codependent
You see how this is ending?
Do you wanna fly away from here
Where it's safe, or feel the fear?
Do you wanna fly away, my dear?

Codependent (ver. 5)

History's a nightmare
If you read the scrolls
But still, we keep on writing tragic prose
Daytimes, I feel happy
Everything's just fine
Nighttimes, I keep waking up and crying

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Sticking with each other
...
We're getting codependent
'Til the bitter ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

I'm a necromancer
Making doves appear
You bring in the cages with a sneer
There is no protector
To stop this tasteless show
So we'll keep on performing 'til we're old

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Huddlin' by each other
... windows
We're getting codependent
'Til the bitter ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna hold me close?

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
We're getting codependent
Until the bitter ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

Codependent (ver. 6)

We gave us a migraine
Since the day we met
And still we write our tragicomic prose
Daytimes, we feel perky
Everything's just fine
But nighttimes, we keep waking up and crying

Yeah, we're codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
Yeah, we're codependent
I see how this is ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna scream?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

I'm a good magician
Making birds appear
You bring in the cages with a sneer
There's no arbitrator
To stop this tasteless show
So we'll keep on performing 'til we're old

Yeah, we're codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
Yeah, we're codependent
I see how this is ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna scream?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

You scare me senseless
Here on your hit list
I want to crawl into a hole

We've gotten codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
Yeah, we're codependent
I see how this is ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna scream?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

Codependent (ver. 7)

I have had this ulcer
Since the day we met
And I won't get relief until we're dead
I can't do without you
You can't set me free
We're stuck in each other's gravity

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna scream?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

This homeostasis
Works with no contact
So don't call me and I won't call you back
Let's get space between us
Three feet at the most
I won't have to be your scratching post

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna scream?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

You scare me senseless, senseless, baby
I'm on your hit list, hit list, baby
I want to crawl in, crawl into a hole

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna scream?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

Codependent (ver. 8, 9)

I have had a migraine
Since the day we met
And I won't get relief until we're dead
I can't do without you
And you can't let me be
Stuck within each other's gravity

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

This homeostasis
Works with no contact
So don't call me and I won't call you back
Let's get space between us
Three feet would be nice
I don't want to be your battered wife

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna scream?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

You scare me senseless, senseless, baby
I'm on your hitlist, hitlist, baby
I want to crawl in, crawl into a hole

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna scream?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

Codependent (ver. 10, 11, 12, 13)

We have had these migraines
Since the day we met
And we won't get relief until we're dead
I can't do without you
You can't let me be
Stuck within each other's gravity

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

This homeostasis
Works with no contact
So don't call me and I won't call you back
Let's get space between us
Three feet would be nice
I don't want to be your battered wife

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you want to flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

You scare me senseless, senseless, baby
I'm on your hitlist, hitlist, baby
I want to crawl in, crawl into a hole

We're getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

Codependent (ver. 14)

We have had a migraine
Since the day we met
And I won't get relief until we're dead
I can't do without you
And you can't let me be
Stuck within each other's gravity

Getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
Seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

This homeostasis
Works with no contact
So don't call me and I won't call you back
Let's get space between us
Three feet would be nice
I don't want to be your battered wife

Getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
And seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

You scare me senseless, senseless, baby
I'm on your hitlist, hitlist, baby
I want to crawl in, crawl into a hole

Getting codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
And seething in resentment
We're getting codependent
And I don't see this ending
Do you wanna fly? Do you wanna flee?
Do you wanna get away from me?
Do you wanna face the great unknown?

See also

  1. "154: WEEZER – Rivers Cuomo on how technology has simplified his songwriting process, working with producer Butch Walker, and their new album ‘Pacific Daydream’" 2 Hours with Matt Pinfield. 26 October 2017. https://chartable.com/podcasts/2-hours-with-matt-pinfield/episodes/3475295-154-weezer-rivers-cuomo-on-how-technology-has-simplified-his-songwriting-process-working-with-producer-butch-walker-and-their-new-album-pacific-daydream