The Dawn

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"The Dawn"
The Dawn cover
by Rivers Cuomo
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 623
COR# 303
Status bootleg circulating
Live debut October 24, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA[1]
Last played December 11, 2001 at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Still In Love With You"
(RC# 622)
"The Dawn"
(RC# 623)
"Don't Pick On Me"
(RC# 624)

"The Dawn" is a song by Weezer. Though never released on an album, the song was performed live several times throughout 2001.

Appearances

Overview

Rivers Cuomo wrote "The Dawn" 2001, recording a demo to a handheld recorder.[2] The song shares its single-verse structure with the song "Your Room", written shortly thereafter. Cuomo's initial demo was released as part of the demo compilation Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years in 2020.

"Your Room" is first known to have been demoed during the recording sessions at Sage & Sound Studios in Hollywood from August 29 through September 8, 2001, the first sessions to feature bassist Scott Shriner.[3] The song was demoed several times over the next several months. The song was included with the "Black album" sets of demos recorded at Steakhouse Studios and Cello Studios. The song made its live debut during a performance by the band for the HBO show Reverb (wherein the band performed as "Goat Punishment") at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, though the performance of "The Dawn" did not air. The song continued to be performed during the Hyper-Extended Midget Tour and was included in most setlists throughout the remainder of the year, frequently as the opening song. Karl Koch uploaded soundboard recordings of some of these performances to Weezer.com. The song was performed for the final time on December 11 and was, apparently, abandoned shortly thereafter, as it was not attempted during the sessions for Maladroit, which began a few days later on the 16th.

During live performances, Rivers Cuomo would often conclude the song by saying to the audience "Good morning", despite concerts typically being played at night. The December 6 soundboard recording of the song begins with Cuomo saying "I like the way you smack my ass", in a reference to the song "Control" by Puddle of Mudd.

To date, no studio recordings of "The Dawn" exist in circulation, only live bootlegs and soundboard recordings. However, a similar opening guitar riff to that of the one used in "The Dawn" would be used in the 2002 demo "Hey Domingo!", which also shares a COR# with the song "Peace", which appeared on the band's 2005 album Make Believe.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo The Dawn 302 The Dawn.mp3 2001 2:48 Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years
Weezer The Dawn August 29September 8, 2001[3] Sage and Sound Recording, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Dawn October 23, 2001[3] Steakhouse Studios, Los Angeles, CA Rough mix, take 4
Weezer The Dawn October 24, 2001[3] Steakhouse Studios, Los Angeles, CA Rough mix
Weezer The Dawn October 24, 2001[3] The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA Live debut
Weezer The Dawn October 25, 2001[3] Steakhouse Studios, Los Angeles, CA Rough mix
Weezer The Dawn October 25, 2001[3] Steakhouse Studios, Los Angeles, CA Rough mix
Weezer The Dawn October 26, 2001[3] Steakhouse Studios, Los Angeles, CA Rough mix
Weezer The Dawn October 27, 2001[3] Steakhouse Studios, Los Angeles, CA Rough mix
Weezer The Dawn November 2, 2001[3] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Dawn November 3, 2001[3] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Dawn November 4, 2001[3] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Dawn WEEZER-2001-11-15-Seattle01-The_Dawn_302.mp3 November 15, 2001 Key Arena, Seattle, WA 2:27 Released on weezer.com
Weezer The Dawn WEEZER-2001-11-24-LongBeach01-The_Dawn_302.mp3 November 24, 2001 America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ 2:21 Released on weezer.com
Weezer The Dawn WEEZER-2001-11-29-StLouis01-The_Dawn_302.mp3 November 29, 2001 Family Arena, St. Charles, MO 2:47 Released on weezer.com
Weezer The Dawn WEEZER-2001-12-02-Madison01_The_Dawn_302.mp3 December 2, 2001 Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI 2:42 Released on weezer.com
Weezer The Dawn WEEZER-2001-12-06-Kalamazoo01_The_Dawn_302.mp3 December 6, 2001 Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI 2:24 Released on weezer.com
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Lyrics

And as the day goes on
The world is holding on
Amuse yourself, and I can’t wait
I wake up with the dawn

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