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"Simple to Me"
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Released November 22, 2020
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released

"Simple to Me" is a song by Rivers Cuomo. Various demos were released as part of the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years on November 21, 2020.

Appearances

Overview

The song's existence first became known to fans in 2019 when its title appeared in a list of notes written by an A&R assistant about various songs demoed in contention for the album that would eventually become Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

On May 22, 2020, Cuomo hosted an Island in the Zoom video conference with screenwriter Yalun Tu as the special guest, wherein Tu explained that he and Cuomo were working on a pitch for a TV series in which Cuomo would play a fictionalized version of himself, who performs with Weezer and lives as a family man while also secretly being an alien from outer space.[1] On October 23 of that year, while simultaneously streaming to Instagram and TikTok, Cuomo recorded his segment of the pitch, which included a performance of "Simple to Me", featuring lyrics alluding to being a martian.

Several demos of "Simple to Me" were added to the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years on November 22, 2020, though some of these (specifically the ones based around the "martian" conceit) were removed by Cuomo shortly thereafter.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 5.mp3 ? 3:54 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 6.mp3 ? 3:54 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 7.mp3 ? 3:47 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 7 chorus @99 +1 actually 11 ish.mp3 ? 2:49 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 7 BGV ONLY.mp3 ? 2:49 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added and removed from Alone XI on November 22, 2020
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 7 INST NO BASS NO PERC.mp3 ? 2:49 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added and removed from Alone XI on November 22, 2020
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 7 LEAD VOC ONLY.mp3 ? 2:49 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added and removed from Alone XI on November 22, 2020
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 8.mp3 ? 3:47 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 8 1.mp3 ? 3:47 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Duplicate of Simple To Me 8.mp3
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 10 alien @99 +0.mp3 ? 2:49 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added and removed from Alone XI on November 22, 2020
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 12 cruising @99 +1.mp3 ? 2:49 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added and removed from Alone XI on November 22, 2020
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 13 tweaks @100 +1.mp3 ? 2:47 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added and removed from Alone XI on November 22, 2020
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple To Me 15 @99 +1.mp3 ? 3:26 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Added and removed from Alone XI on November 22, 2020
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me Simple_To_Me-09.13.18.mp3 September 13, 2018
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me BASS BOUNCE - Simple To Me.wav ?
Rivers Cuomo Simple to Me CYMBAL DRUMS - Simple To Me.wav ?

Audio

Demos

Pitch

Lyrics

Simple to Me #5/6/7/8

Catching a flick on a Saturday night
We taking the town on our tandem bike
Getting back home and then making some toast
I'm in a beater, you're in pantyhose
We're doing the dishes with our rubber gloves
Our hands don't get wrinkled no matter how much we scrub
This is the dream that I wanna be living

And so baby
I'm gonna be your mister
You gonna be my misses
That doesn't sound too fucked up to me
I'm gonna be your hipster
You gonna be my hipstress
That doesn't sound too fucked up to me
Girl you make it
Come so simple
It's simple to me
When you shake it
Two-thirds naked
It's simple to me

Cozy at home, we munch 'til we're full
Getting hooked on General Hospital
Having a kid, watching her grow up
I got a spare tire and you got a butt
But we'll never break up even if we tiff
We made a commitment and we'll stick with it
Some people don't take things serious enough

And so baby
I'm gonna be your mister
You gonna be my misses
That doesn't sound too fucked up to me
I'm gonna be your hipster
You gonna be my hipstress
That doesn't sound too fucked up to me
Girl you make it
Come so simple
It's simple to me
When you shake it
Two-thirds naked
It's simple to me
It's simple to me

It's simple to me
I'm gonna be your mister
You gonna be my misses
That doesn't sound too fucked up to me
I'm gonna be your hipster
You gonna be my hipstress
That doesn't sound too fucked up to me
Girl you make it
Come so simple
It's simple to me
When you shake it
Two-thirds naked
It's simple to me
It's simple to me

Simple to Me #15

Cruising around
On a star and a sound
I'm kissing the clouds
As I fall to the ground
I didn't know
What would be waiting for me
But I found you out here in all the blue and the green

I'm gonna be your martian
You're gonna be my human
That doesn't sound too far out to me, yeah
I'm gonna be your Starman
You're gonna be my woman
That doesn't sound too far out to me

Brushing my teeth
And you're combing your hair
Who cares if the stars are exploding out there
I've done it all
I saw what there is to see
And now it's just us,
You are my whole galaxy, yeah

I'm gonna be your martian
You're gonna be my human
That doesn't sound too far out to me, yeah
I'm gonna be your Starman
You're gonna be my woman
That doesn't sound too far out to me, yeah

Oh you make it look so simple
It's not simple to me
I found this place while lost in space
It's not simple to me

See also

References

  1. stupidsuck1010. "5-22-20 Rivers Cuomo Zoom w Yalun Tu- Buddy Holly I Don't Know How to Love Him, I Admire You So Much" YouTube. 22 May 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1VYsjmsjRI