Happy Hour

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"Happy Hour"
Happy Hour cover
Single by Weezer
Album Pacific Daydream
Released October 18, 2017
Length 2:57
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo/Chris Sernel/Sean Bowe
Producer(s) Butch Walker
Status Official released
Live debut October 18, 2017
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"Feels Like Summer"
"Happy Hour"
Pacific Daydream track listing
"Feels Like Summer"
"Happy Hour"
"Weekend Woman"
Acoustic Version
Cover of the acoustic version
Cover of the acoustic version

"Happy Hour" is the fourth track and second single from Pacific Daydream. The song was released on October 18.


Songwriter Rivers Cuomo employed free-association when writing "Happy Hour." He knew that the chorus was going to be about wanting a "happy hour" and that the verses would depict the narrator's bleak life. The "20-ton weight" (a reference to the 16-ton weight recurring gag from Monty Python's Flying Circus was described by Cuomo as the "ultimate buzzkill" that first came to mind when writing the verse.[1] The opening lyrics referring to Stevie Ray Vaughan originally made explicit reference to Vaughan being high on cocaine[2], but were later changed.

The official YouTube video for Happy Hour features art by Spanish artist LAPRISAMATA, whose art also appears in the videos for "Beach Boys" and "Weekend Woman". A different music video, starring Pete Wentz of the band Fall Out Boy, was originally filmed for the song, but was scrapped. The footage was later repurposed for the single "Midnight", before the song was scrapped. The footage was repurposed again and was finally used as the music video for the Black Album track "Can't Knock The Hustle."[3]

It was announced on the Weezer Twitter account that Happy Hour would be the fifth and final song released before the release of Pacific Daydream. It was also pushed to radio as the album's second single. When debuted live, it was followed by an instrumental known as "I'll Love You Everyday" (subsequently retitled "A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier").

Known recordings

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Happy Hour (The Remixes) EP

No. Title Length
1. "Happy Hour" (Radio Mix) 2:55
2. "Happy Hour" (Lefti Remix) 2:56
3. "Happy Hour" (Ødyssey Remix) 2:46
4. "Happy Hour" (THANKS Remix) 3:15
5. "Happy Hour" (Eden Prince Remix) 3:32


Official video

Acoustic Version



I’m like Stevie Ray Vaughan
On the stage, high on music
Teeth grinding, sweating under the lights
But then my boss calls
And she’s crushing me with a 20-ton weight
Just like in Monty Python
Somebody left on the sink
It’s still running
My eyes are gonna overflow

I need happy hour
On sad days
I need happy hour
I can’t wait

I’m like Ponce de Leon
Sailing on a ship for the new world
Checking out the birds and flowers
Let’s chill out on this island
I’ve been sucking on a lime and coconut
I think I could stay here
For the rest of my life
Please don’t ever make me go home

I need happy hour on sad days
It’s my happy hour I can’t wait

Maybe I'll meet a scientist
In sweatpants and a hair tie
We’ll conversate about ghetto birds
And midi keyboards
Then we’ll slow dance
Head on my shoulder
Swaying back and forth
And my friends look on and smile
Everything gonna be alright

It’s my happy hour
On sad days
I need happy hour
I can’t wait
I need happy hour
To save me
I need happy hour
I can’t wait

See also

  1. Hilton, Robin. "How Weezer Traded Power Chords For Pop: A Conversation With Rivers Cuomo" NPR. 27 October 2017. https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2017/10/27/560044425/how-weezer-traded-power-chords-for-pop
  2. "Making Records with Eric Valentine - Weezer - "Mexican Fender"" YouTube. 1 September 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFGVMrcjSpA
  3. Ginsberg, Gab. "Rivers Cuomo on His Data-Driven Approach to Weezer" Billboard. 1 March 2019. https://www.billboard.com/music/rock/weezer-rivers-cuomo-data-driven-approach-interview-8500614/