Piece of the Pie

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"Piece of the Pie"
Piece of the Pie cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Deliverance at Hand!
Released November 22, 2020
Recorded 2007
Length 3:27
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Demo released
Deliverance at Hand! track listing
"My Day is Coming"
(10)
"Piece of the Pie"
(11)
"Pig"
(12)

"Piece of the Pie" is a song by Rivers Cuomo.

Appearances

Background

"Piece of the Pie" was recorded by Cuomo for Deliverance at Hand!, a compilation of demos written in contention for what would eventually become The Red Album. The song was first mentioned by Cuomo to fans in 2005 at a Weezer concert, saying they'd play the song but it would be heavily passed around online before it was released [citation needed] . The song was also later mentioned by Cuomo in December of that year during a Q&A session in Japan, wherein a Japanese fan asked each band member what their favorite Weezer song was, to which Cuomo replied, "I like a new song called 'Piece of the Pie'." The Q&A was filmed for the live concert/documentary Across the Sea: Live in Japan.

The song was partially heard by fans for the first time as a partial, impromptu acoustic rendition in a Ustream broadcast on August 27, 2011 before a show in Indio, California. Cuomo's original demo was played by Karl Koch to fans at a fan meetup in June 2018, from which a partial, secondhand recording was made and later shared among fans. That same year, the full lyrics for Deliverance at Hand! were obtained at a fan meetup and subsequently uploaded to Weezerpedia by user Okaybrazilian. Cuomo's full demo would be released on November 22, 2020 as part of the digital compilation Alone X: The Red-Raditude-Hurley Years.

Lyrics

Lyric sheet from the Deliverance at Hand! booklet.
Lyric sheet from the Deliverance at Hand! booklet.

Everybody wants to get a piece of the pie
Everybody needs to get a piece of the pie
So I be workin' and a-slavin'
Until the day I die

High-tech innovations make me feel excited.
Gorgeous fashion models need to be invited.
Flying back in coach class doesn't really work.
I might get strapped down right next to a jerk.

Everybody wants to get a piece of the pie
Everybody needs to get a piece of the pie
So I be workin' and a-slavin'
Until the day I die

Next-day delivery isn't fast enough.
I want things today. Tell me, is that too much?
I may pass on many of the finest luxuries
But I've got to have the latest Mercedes

Everybody wants to get a piece of the pie
Everybody needs to get a piece of the pie
So I be workin' and a-slavin'
Until the day I die

And I don't want to die a lonely old man.
And I don't want to die with nothing in my hand.
And I don't want to never know who I am.
And I don't want to keep locked up my heart's demand.

Everybody wants to get a piece of the pie
Everybody needs to get a piece of the pie
So I be workin' and a-slavin' until the day I
Until the day I, until the day I die

See also