Don't Give It Up (a)

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"Don't Give It Up"
Don't Give It Up cover
Alone VIII cover art
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Albums Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years ("Oh She Left Me There")
Alone XIII: The Pacific Daydream Years ("Don't Give It Up")
Recorded 2002, 2014
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 405
Status Released
Alternate cover art
Alone XIII cover art
Alone XIII cover art
This song is part of the "Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori" lineage of songs
"Don't Give It Up" (formerly "Don't Give Me Love"[1] or "Oh She Left Me There") is a demo by Rivers Cuomo. It is an early iteration of Weezer's 2016 song "Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori."

Appearances

Overview

Rivers Cuomo composed Catalog O' Riffs entry 405 in 2002, under the title "Don't Give Me Love."[1] This initial demo was released (under the title "Oh She Left Me There") in November of 2022 as part of the digital compilation Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years. Another recording from Alone VIII (labeled "405 pachelbel strum") suggests that the song's chord progression is based on Pachelbel's "Canon in D," though in a 2016 episode of the podcast Song Exploder, Cuomo cited the song "Walk Away Renee" by the Left Banke as the origin of the song's chord progression.[2]

Cuomo revisited "Don't Give Me Love" in 2014, possibly in an attempt to find something "more like Green" to appease Atlantic Records A&R manager Maureen Kenny.[3] This demo (now titled "Don't Give It Up") was released to fans in 2021 as part of the digital compilation Alone XIII: The Pacific Daydream Years. The demo was most likely added to the bundle by mistake, possibly as a result of the presence of a later demo with the same title. The original "Don't Give It Up" was eventually reworked into the track "Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori" from Weezer's eponymous White Album, released in 2016.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo 405 pachelbel strum.mp3 2002 1:53 Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years
Rivers Cuomo Oh She Left Me There 405 oh she left me there.mp3 2002 3:36 Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years
Rivers Cuomo Don't Give It Up Don't Give It Up    3.mp3 February 26, 2014[3] 3:28 Alone XIII: The Pacific Daydream Years
For additional demos, see "Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori"
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Lyrics

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Oh She Left Me There

Oh, she left me there
She left me all alone
Oh, but I don't care
But I don't mind at all

She said she loved me
She said she loved me
She said she'd turn my heart around
??? up above me
??? up above me
But all around the angels frown

Oh, I'm all alone
I'm all alone for good
I can't have a friend
A real friend at all

Another heartbreak
Another heartbreak
Another chance for me to grow
???
I'm gonna take this
??? let you know

Don't give me love
Don't give me love
Don't give me love
I have had enough
Don't...

Oh, I'm all alone
I'm all alone for good
I don't need a friend
A superfriend...

Another heartbreak
Another heartbreak
Another chance for me to grow
She said she loved me
...take this
I've got enough for me to know

Don't give me love
Don't give me love
Don't give me love
I have had enough
Only the hate
Only the hate
Only the hate
...

Another heartbreak
Another heartbreak
Another chance for me to grow
???
I'm gonna take this
I'm not around for you to know

Don't give me love
Don't give me love
Don't give me love
I have had enough
???
???
???

I am gonna break
Down

Don't Give It Up

Oh, she left me here
She left me all alone
Oh, but I don't care
No, I don't mind at all

She said she loved me
She said she loved me
She said she'd turn my heart around
??? up above me
??? up above me
My lucky star is shining down

Oh, I'm all alone
I'm all alone, it's good
I don't need a friend
To show me Hollywood

Another heartbreak
Another heartbreak
Another chance for me to grow
??? take this
I'm gonna take this
I'm gonna have to let you know

Don't give it up
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
I have had enough
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
I have had enough today

Oh, I'm all alone
I'm all alone, it's good
I don't need a friend
To show me Hollywood

Another heartbreak
Another heartbreak
Another chance for me to grow
???
I'm gonna take this
I'm gonna have to let you know

Don't give it up
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
I have had enough
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
I have had enough today

Another heartbreak
Another heartbreak
Another chance for me to grow
???
I'm gonna take this
I'm gonna have to let you know

Don't give it up
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
I have had enough
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
Don't give it up
I have had enough today

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:Riversgrandfile-400.png
  2. Song Exploder. "Episode 70: Weezer (Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori)" 18 April 2016. https://songexploder.net/weezer
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:Mrn-discord-dontgiveitup.png