Return to Ithaka

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"Return to Ithaka"
Return to Ithaka cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Released October 7, 2014
Recorded 2014, The Village, Los Angeles, CA
Length 2:17
Label Republic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Live debut October 24, 2014 in Mashantucket, CT
Last played October 11, 2023 in Singapore
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Everything Will Be Alright in the End track listing
"Anonymous"
(12)
"Return to Ithaka"
(13)
Ecce Homo track listing
"Anonymous"
(14)
"Resurgam Fidei"
(15)

"Return to Ithaka" (previously titled "Resurgam Fidei" and "Resurrection") is the thirteenth and final track on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. It is the final song in the three-part suite, "The Futurescope Trilogy", that concludes the album.

Appearances

Overview

"Return to Ithaka", like "The Waste Land", is an instrumental. In December of 2017, an early version of Everything Will Be Alright in the End leaked online, wherein "Ithaka" was titled "Resurrection". Solo demos by Rivers Cuomo were released in 2020 as part of the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years.

Of the three thematic song groupings featured on EWBAITE, "Ithaka" is categorized under the group "Belladonna", consisting of songs written about Cuomo's relationships with women. Though the song has no lyrics, the section for "Return to Ithaka" in the album's liner notes feature a passage of ancient Greek from Book 22 of Homer's Odyssey:[1]

ὦ κύνες, οὔ μ' ἔτ' ἐφάσκεθ' ὑπότροπον οἴκαδ' ἱκέσθαι
δήμου ἄπο Τρώων, ὅτι μοι κατεκείρετε οἶκον,
δμῳῇσίν τε γυναιξὶ παρευνάζεσθε βιαίως,
αὐτοῦ τε ζώοντος ὑπεμνάασθε γυναῖκα,
οὔτε θεοὺς δείσαντες, οἳ οὐρανὸν εὐρὺν ἔχουσιν,
οὔτε τιν' ἀνθρώπων νέμεσιν κατόπισθεν ἔσεσθαι:

Translated:

"You dogs! You never thought I'd come back home
from the kingdom of the Trojans, so you ravaged my house,
lay in bed by force beside my women slaves, my women,
and wooed my wife illicitly though I was alive,
fearing neither the gods who hold wide heaven
nor that there'd be any men's censure thereafter.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo crushing piano circle of 4ths.mp3 20112014 0:56 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Resurrection Resurrection     1.mp3 20112014 4:29 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Resurgam Fidei Resurgum Fidei   2.mp3 20112014 2:07 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Return to Ithaca Return To Ithaca  2.mp3 20112014 2:07 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Duplicate of Resurgum Fidei   2.mp3
Rivers Cuomo Return to Ithaca Return to Ithaca      3.mp3 20112014 2:07 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
? Return to Ithaca Return to Ithaca 6 for RC.mp3 20112014 2:12 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Weezer Wasteland / My Mystery / Resurrection 11 Wasteland _ My Mystery _ Resurrection_.mp3 2014 The Village, Los Angeles, CA 7:18 Leaked online Early studio mix
Weezer Return to Ithaka 2014 The Village, Los Angeles, CA 2:17 Everything Will Be Alright in the End
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