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Lemonade cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Released December 18, 2007
Recorded Spring 1993
Length 2:31
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson
RC# 154
Status Released
Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track listing
"The World We Love So Much
"The Bomb"
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
(RC# 153)
(RC# 154)
"Speed Wax (If I Fell)"
(RC# 155)

"Lemonade" is the third track from Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.



Did everyone else's mom tell them the lemonade story? If life gives you lemons make lemonade. In my case, the lemonade I was making was my recent songs ("Say it ain't So", "No one Else", etc.).

I went on a round-the-country trip on Amtrak over Christmas. I had a tape of the music for "Lemonade" with me, written and performed by Pat, and I wrote the lyrics on the train after stopping at my mom's in Connecticut. I recorded the vocal in the garage when I got back home to Los Angeles.

As with most of the tracks that Pat and I recorded, this one descends into chaos at the end.

- Rivers Cuomo, Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo liner notes

Though "Lemonade" was not heard by fans until its release on Alone in 2007, Cuomo uploaded scans of his own handwritten lyrics to his website in the early 2000s.




Would you like some lemonade?
No, this ain't no Minute Maid
Just today I picked them fresh
From the tree that I love best
Couldn't let them rot away
Like my father used to say

Oh, happy day

Long ago, I didn't know
Didn't care and couldn't grow
On my way in such a fuss
Passed the tree to catch the bus
Till the day I couldn't pass
The fallen lemons in my path
So with my mom I now agree
And use the lemons life gives me

Oh, happy day

Hard times come to me

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