Codependent

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

"Codependent" is a demo by Rivers Cuomo. The song originally demoed in consideration for what would eventually become Weezer's ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. The demo was released as part of the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years on November 23, 2020. The song would evolve into "(Girl We Got a) Good Thing" off of The White Album.

Overview

In an interview for the show 2 Hours with Matt Pinfield, Cuomo explained that this version of the song 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, transforming the song into its final form which would appear on The White Album.

Lyrics

Codependent 2

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?

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

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?

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

The drama's never ending
We're getting codependent
The story's never ending
'Cause we're really codependent
The story's never ending
'Cause we're getting codependent
The drama's never ending
'Cause we're getting codependent

Codependent 3

History's a nightmare
If you read the books
We keep on expecting better looks
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?
Do you wanna fly away from here
Where it's safe, or feel the fear?
Do you wanna fly away, my dear?

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 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
(mumbling)
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
(mumbling) 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 (face the great unknown)?

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 6

We gave us a migraine
Since the day we met
And still we write our tragic comic 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
And 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 doves 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
And 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 hitlist
I want to crawl into a hole

I've gotten codependent
Just a couple chickens
Pecking at each other
And 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 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
And 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
And 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
And 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 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
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?

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
And 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
And 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 10, 11, 12, 13

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
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?

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
And 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
And 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 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

We're 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?

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
And 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
And 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?

See also