Last Chance

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"Last Chance"
Last Chance cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Recorded 2004
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 578
Status demo circulating
This song is part of the "Last Chance" (COR# 578) lineage of songs

"Last Chance" (also known as "Our Last Chance") is an unreleased Weezer song recorded during sessions for Weezer's 2005 album, Make Believe A solo demo by Rivers Cuomo was released in November of 2020 as a part of the digital compilation Alone IX: The Make Believe Years.

Appearances

Overview

"Last Chance" is a reworking of previous demos: "Purple Flowers," "Always, Forever," and "The Strong Ones." It is first known to have been demoed by Rivers Cuomo in July of 2004 at S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios in Los Angeles.[1] "Last Chance" was one of twelve songs that Cuomo instinctively felt was right for the album when the band decided to begin production on Make Believe at Grandmaster Recorders, beginning on July 22, 2004. According to Karl Koch, the song featured a "raucous group backing vocal session" by himself, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner, "intentionally replete with whoops, clapping, goofing around and rambunctious hi-jinks rarely heard in Weezer pro studio recordings." "Last Chance" was completed (sans a final mix) at Grandmaster Recorders as of October 4, even appearing on Amazon.com's store page for Make Believe as late as March of 2005[2] The songs cut from Make Believe late in development have since been dubbed "the Fallen Soldiers" by Koch.

In a stickam.com chat[date?], Koch played a few short clips of several "Fallen Soldiers" songs, including "Last Chance" (see Audio).

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
For prior demos derived from this song lineage, see 578.
Rivers Cuomo Our Last Chance July 3, 2004[1] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA
Rivers Cuomo Last Chance 09 Last Chance.mp3 July 20, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:54 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Weezer Last Chance July 22September 25, 2004[1] Grandmaster Recorders, Los Angeles, CA Rough mix
Weezer Last Chance September 25October 4, 2004[1] Grandmaster Recorders, Los Angeles, CA Completed; no final mix
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Audio

Lyrics

I don't need to tell you
The state that we are in
We all can see the madness
And sickness deep within
Our prospects look depressing
But we can all survive
If we come together
To keep ourselves alive

This is our last chance
This is our last chance
Don't blow it
This is our last chance
So hold on tight

Some of you have talents
Some of you have brains
Some are good with people
Some at breaking chains
We need everybody
If we want to live
Put aside your differences
And give what you can give

This is our last chance
This is our last chance
Don't blow it
This is our last chance
So hold on tight

I am just a simple boy
From the countryside
But desperate times
Force me to grow up
I won't even turn around
I'm ready for any challenge
That comes my way
I know I will meet it

I can still remember
How each kept to his own
We can't afford that luxury anymore

This is our last chance
This is our last chance
Don't blow it
This is our last chance
So hold on tight

So hold on tight

See also

References