Don't Let Go

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"Don't Let Go"
Don't Let Go cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Green Album)
Released May 15, 2001
Recorded December 2000, Cello Studios, Los Angeles, California
Length 3:00
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 536
COR# 228
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Weezer (The Green Album) track listing
"Don't Let Go"
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Sugar Booger"
(RC# 535)
"Don't Let Go"
(RC# 536)
"Cryin' and Lonely"
(RC# 537)

"Don't Let Go" is the first track off of Weezer's 2001 album, The Green Album.



"Don't Let Go" is a fan favorite off The Green Album. In the 2005 AOL Sessions, Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo said that the inspiration for this song, as with most of The Green Album, was instantaneous. He would sit down, start playing something, and within few minutes, the song was written - and he didn't even know what it was supposed to mean. The song's lyrics tell of a man clinging for his girlfriend not to leave him. The song was featured on a 2000 demo tape submitted by the band to Interscope/Geffen in hopes of receiving approval for a third album[1]. The song is instantly notable for it's 1-2-3-4 snare drum/tom-tom intro.

The lyric "Anything you desire / I will set at your feet" also appears in the Green-era outtake "No Way."

The Weezer Video Capture Device includes footage of Ric Ocasek, Mikey Welsh, and Karl Koch recording background vocals for the track.[2] According to Koch, the vocals were included on the final cut of the album in a very compressed form.

Live Revamp

"Don't Let Go" has received a major revamping in the live setting. On December 6, 2001, Weezer posted a live version of the song to their website under the name "Don't Let Go 2.0" with a different vocal pattern in the chorus and pre-chorus. The favorite version of many fans is the 2005 AOL Sessions version. During this live performance, the song is in a higher key, and regular-guitarist Brian Bell adds synthesizer, most notable in the intro. During the pre-chorus, Cuomo takes the vocal part up the scale rather than down the scale, and turns the "ooh-whoa-whoa" in the choruses to falsetto yells, an octave above the recorded version. Furthermore, the guitar solo is altered from just the verse melody to a more dynamic guitar part.



Anytime that you want I'll be here in your arms
Silently holding onto the girl with the charms
But if there comes a day you should turn your heart away
I'll be down on my knees begging for that girl to stay

Don't let go
Don't let go

Anything you desire, I will set at your feet
With a kiss in the air for the gods to receive
But if there comes a day you should turn your heart away
I'll be down on my knees begging for that girl to stay

Confrontations in my mind
Got me running out of time

Don't let go

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