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Naive cover
Song by The Rentals
Album Return of the Rentals
Released October 24, 1995
Format CD
Recorded Poop Alley Studios
Length 2:19
Label Maverick Records / Reprise Records
Writer(s) Matt Sharp
Producer(s) Matt Sharp, Tom Grimley
Status Officially released
Return of the Rentals track listing
"Brilliant Boy"
"These Days"

This song is part of the "Naive" lineage of songs

"Naive" is the eighth track on The Rentals debut album, Return of the Rentals. It is a reworking of an earlier demo titled "Crumblin'."



An early version of the song, "Crumblin'", was released in 2001 on the Rentals' fan club-exclusive compilation Excellent Stocking Stuffer. It features completely different lyrics and a different melody. The "Susanne" addressed in the chorus of "Crumblin'" may be a reference to the Geffen A&R representative for whom the Weezer song "Susanne" is named. Sharp also wrote the song "Mrs. Young" about the same subject as the Weezer song "Jamie". Elements from a previous Matt Sharp demo, "Come Back to Me", were repurposed into the bridge in "Crumblin'" and "Naive".




Lyrics and chords from ca. 2005

Is this it, are we done?
Must we carry on
Like such fools, shameless fools?
Is it finally over?
Why, when I call,
Must it take so long?
Many weeks, sometimes months,
For you to call me back

Feel so naive
Feel so naive

My friends were right
Should have played it smooth
Should have tried to lie
Instead of being true

I feel so lonely and sad
As I rest my head to go to sleep

One more time,
Though I know it's wrong
Maybe you changed your mind
And everything is fine

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