I Love the USA

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"I Love the USA"
I Love the USA cover
Single by Weezer
Album The White Album (Deluxe)
Released June 29, 2016
Format digital, CD (Japan-only)
Recorded Spring 2016
The Lair, Los Angeles, CA
Length 3:10
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Sam Hollander
Producer(s) Jake Sinclair
Status Officially Released
Live debut July 9, 2016
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"King of the World"
(2016)
"I Love the USA"
(2016)
"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter"
(2016)
The White Album (Deluxe) track listing
"Endless Bummer"
(10)
"I Love the USA"
(11)
"Jacked Up" (Remix)
(12)
Alternate cover
Single artwork
Single artwork

"I Love the USA" is a single released by Weezer on June 29, 2016. It was later included as the 11th track of the deluxe edition of The White Album, released October 7 the same year.

Appearances

Overview

Songfacts: Is there a hint of sarcasm in the Weezer song "I Love The USA"?

Sam Hollander: You'd have to ask Rivers. On that one, we sat out back and he had this title that I just adored, and he was singing "I love the USA." We were playing around with strange fragments of imagery that I thought should not connect in any way, shape or form. That's the way Rivers' mind works. There's just so many interesting visuals.

Songfacts interview with Sam Hollander, 2020[1]

Rivers Cuomo was inspired to write "I Love the USA" in April of 2016 while the band was promoting The White Album in Europe.[2] "We were on tour abroad, and it got me thinking a lot about America, which lead to me write 'I Love the USA.'" Cuomo also said in a July 2016 interview that he began writing the song "about a year" earlier [citation needed]. The band was later approached by Apple Music and NASA to take part in a celebration of NASA's Juno spacecraft's arrival at Jupiter on July 4. Cuomo said that the song "seemed like the perfect fit" to commemorate the occasion.

The song is notable for being the first officially-released Weezer track in which Rivers sings the word "fuck." Both a clean and an explicit version were released. The clean version replaces all instances of "fuck" with "eff." A 1:20 alternate clean edit was used in an August 2016 Team USA Olympics promo and replaced "fuck yeah" with "oh yeah."

The song was released exclusively through Apple Music on June 29. It was released as a single and put on Spotify on September 2 with new artwork. The song was later included as a bonus track on the deluxe version of The White Album.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo I Love the USA I Love The USA    5 verses Bigger Than Us @104.mp3 20152016
Rivers Cuomo I Love the USA I Love The USA    7 ballad vocal @104.mp3 20152016
Rivers Cuomo I Love the USA I Love The USA    8 full time piano @104.mp3 20152016
Rivers Cuomo I Love the USA I Love The USA    15 memorial day @104.mp3 20152016
Rivers Cuomo I Love the USA I Love The USA    16 vocal jam solo @108.mp3 20152016
Weezer I Love the USA 2016 3:10
Weezer I Love the USA 2016 3:10
  • Digital single
Clean edit
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Music video

The music video was directed by SCANTRON and No. 2 Pencil and features comedian Patton Oswalt. It premiered on October 9, 2016.

Lyrics

Ain't that bad a place
I was born that way
I bite my fingernails
Still got bills to pay
You should know what to say
I'll put you in your place
Land of the free
I'm on my way

I love the USA
I love the USA
Fuck yeah this place is great
I love the USA

Stop at Coffee Bean
This is like a dream
Let's run across the beach
Mama, what's the deal?
Nothing's wrong with me
Still waters running deep
Home of the brave
Dog on a leash

I love the USA
I love the USA
Fuck yeah this place is great
I love the USA

God save the king
God save the king
God save the king
Won't feel a thing
God save the king
God save the king
God save the king

I love the USA
I love the USA
Fuck yeah this place is great
I love the USA

Fuck yeah this place is great
I love the USA

Planes up in the sky
There's a missing man
A boy who didn't make it

See also

References

  1. Wiser, Carl. Interview with Sam Hollander. Songfacts. 11 January 2020. https://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/sam-hollander. Archived version: [1]
  2. Weezer [@weezer] "We were on tour abroad, and it got me thinking a lot about America, which lead to me write “I Love The USA." When @AppleMusic & @NASA asked us to be involved with Juno’s historic landing on July 4th, this song seemed like the perfect fit. - @Rivers_Cuomo #🚀#🇺🇸 — download “I Love The USA" now exclusively on iTunes or stream it on Apple Music." Instagram. 30 June 2016. https://www.instagram.com/p/BHQ0rPWhXRw/