Thank God for Girls

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"Thank God for Girls"
Thank God for Girls cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The White Album)
Released October 26, 2015
Recorded Summer/fall 2015
Length 3:29 (album)
4:12 (radio edit)
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Alex Goose
Producer(s) Jake Sinclair
Alex Goose (additional production)
Status Officially released
Live debut October 20, 2015 in Burbank, CA
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"Everybody Needs Salvation"
(2015)
"Thank God for Girls"
(2015)
"Do You Wanna Get High?"
(2015)
Weezer (The White Album) track listing
"Wind in Our Sail"
(2)
"Thank God for Girls"
(3)
"(Girl We Got a) Good Thing"
(4)
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"Thank God for Girls" is the lead single and third track from The White Album. The song was released as a single on October 26, 2015, before the existence of the White Album had yet been announced.

Appearances

Overview

Background

Rivers Cuomo first tweeted the words "Thank God for girls" on January 6, 2010.[1] The title "Thank God for Girls" was the original title for Cuomo's song "Fun in the Sun" by Scott & Rivers.[citation needed]

"alright kids, let’s play with some gender stereotypes."
Rivers Cuomo, Genius.com song description, 2016
"Thank God for Girls" was co-written by songwriter/producer Alex Goose. Cuomo wrote the songs lyrics and melody around an instrumental demo recorded by Goose. Goose also received an additional production credit on the final song, as the organ from his demo was used for the final version.[2] The lyrics "I'm so glad I got a girl to think of / Even though she isn't mine / I think about her all the day and all the night / It's enough to know that she's alive" originated in a series of song sketches recorded by Cuomo in May of 1998[3] (the melody for which later became the chorus to the Monkees song "She Makes Me Laugh," also released in 2016). Cuomo was inspired to write the "Tennessee to L.A." lyric after filming the music video for "Go Away" on Tennessee Ave. in West L.A.[3] The lyric about "carv[ing] her name into all the trees" is a reference to the Shakespeare play As You Like It.[3]

Promotion

The existence of "Thank God for Girls" first became known to fans when the title appeared on the 'Future Releases' section on allaccess.com with a release date of October 27.[4][5] An e-mail newsletter was sent to Weezer Fan Club members on September 27, wherein Karl Koch confirmed that while new music was indeed being worked on, the aforementioned release date "was totally a guess by that site." Weezer debuted "Thank God for Girls" live in concert on October 20 at iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, CA. The first music video, wherein actor Galen Howard messily consumes a stack of cannolis, was released on October 25, with the single itself releasing on October 26.

The radio edit of "Thank God for Girls" is slightly longer (4:12) and modifies the bridge to transition into a third chorus.

Personnel

Music videos

Lyric video

The first music video for "Thank God for Girls," dubbed the "Lyric video," was directed by Scantron Films and stars actor Galen Howard. It premiered on October 25, 2015 on YouTube.

Official music video

The second music video, dubbed the "Official" version, was also directed by Scantron and features the members of Weezer (as well as a cameo role reprisal by Galen Howard, from the first video). It premiered on November 16, 2015 on YouTube.

Lyrics

The girl in the pastry shop
With the net in her hair
Is making a cannoli for you
To take on your hiking trip
In the woods with your bros
That you’ve known since second grade
And you may encounter dragons or ruffians
And be called upon to employ your testosterone
In a battle for supremacy
And access to females glued to the TV
And even if you are victorious
You may receive many cuts, bruises, and scrapes
And you will require Band-Aids
And antiseptic ointments
And tender-loving kisses on your stab wounds
And when you come home she will be there
Waiting for you with a fire in her eyes
And a big fat cannoli to shove in your mouth
And that's why I

Thank God for girls
Holla Jesu Christe
From Tennessee to L.A.
Thank God for girls
On your reckoning day
You better bow down and pray
She’s so big
She’s so strong
She’s so energetic
In her sweaty overalls
Thank God for girls
Thank God for girls

I'm so glad I got a girl to think of
Even though she isn't mine
I think about her all the day and all the night
It's enough to know that she's alive
She says I give her sweaty palms
She almost had a heart attack
The truth is that I’m just as scared
I don’t know how to act
I wish that I could get to know her better
But meeting up in real life
Would cause the illusion to shatter
I carved her name into all the trees
Sang a song down on one knee
Looking at the underwear page of the Sears catalog
Like when I was fourteen
I’m levitating like a magnet turned the wrong way around
I’m like an Indian fakir tryin' to meditate
On a bed of nails with my pants pulled down

Thank God for girls
Holla Jesu Christe
From Tennessee to L.A.
Thank God for girls
On your reckoning day
You better bow down and pray
She’s so big
She’s so strong
She’s so energetic in her sweaty overalls
Thank God for girls
Thank God for girls

God took a rib from Adam
Ground it up in a centrifuge machine
Mixed it with cardamom and cloves
Microwaved it on the popcorn setting
While Adam was like "that really hurts!"
(Going off into the tundra)
So pissed at God
And he started lighting minor forest fires
Stealing osprey eggs
Messing with the bees
Who were trying to pollinate the echinacea
Until God said, "I'm-a smite you with loneliness
And break your heart in two"
And Adam wept and wailed
Tearing out his hair
Falling on his knees
Looked to the sky and said
"Thank God"

External links

See also

References

  1. @RiversCuomo "Thank God for girls." Twitter. 6 January 2010. https://twitter.com/RiversCuomo/status/7459667457 Archived by Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20210424020955/https://twitter.com/RiversCuomo/status/7459667457
  2. Wannabeezer "Re: Producer(s)?" All Things Weezer. 15 January 2016. https://allthingsweezer.com/index.php?threads/producer-s.35633/#post-1129510 Screenshot: File:Atw-wannabeezer-20160115.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Thank God for Girls" Genius. https://genius.com/Weezer-thank-god-for-girls-lyrics
  4. u/MikeyMac88 "New Weezer Single "Thank God For Girls" 10/27/15" Reddit. 24 September 2015. https://www.reddit.com/r/weezer/comments/3m9e0i/new_weezer_single_thank_god_for_girls_102715/
  5. Screenshot: File:Allaccess-tgfg.png