Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me

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"Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"
Demo by Weezer
Album Weezer's first demo
Recorded May 1992
Length 3:26
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson
RC# 123
Producer(s) Weezer
Status unofficially released
Weezer's first demo track listing
"Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"
(1)
"Let's Sew Our Pants Together"
(2)
The Kitchen Tape track listing
"Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"
(1)
"My Name Is Jonas"
(2)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"My Oh My"
(RC# 122)
"Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"
(RC# 123)
"Paperface"
(RC# 124)

"Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me" is an early song by Weezer.

Appearances

Overview

"Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me" was written and demoed by Rivers Cuomo to 8-track in February of 1992 as part of Cuomo and Pat Wilson's "50 Song Project." The song was rehearsed in the days following Weezer's formation on February 14, and is known to have been recorded during this period on the 16th. The song continued to be performed at various Weezer shows throughout the spring, and was one of three songs recorded for the band's first demo in May of 1992. The song was sometimes mislabeled as "Silent Dreams" during this period. According to Karl Koch's article in Weezine Issue #3, the recording from this demo is the same that appears on Weezer's second demo (The Kitchen Tape). The song is not known to have been performed by Weezer after the summer of 1992.

A demo of the song was released on the digital compilation, Patrick & Rivers on December 9, 2020.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me Thief You've Taken All That Was M.MP3 February 1992 1:48 Patrick & Rivers
Rivers Cuomo Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me 11 Thief, You've Taken All That Was.mp3 February 1992 1:48 Patrick & Rivers Duplicate of Thief You've Taken All That Was M.MP3
Weezer Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me February 16, 1992 T.K. Productions & Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA Weezer rehearsal
Weezer Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me April 7, 1992 8121 Club, Los Angeles, CA Live acoustic performance, taped by Karl
Weezer Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me April 13, 1992 Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA Live performance, taped by Karl
Weezer Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me May 21, 1992 8121 Club, Los Angeles, CA Live acoustic performance, taped by Karl
Weezer Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me May 1992 3:28
Weezer Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me June 11, 1992 8121 Club, Los Angeles, CA Live acoustic performance, taped by Karl
Weezer Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me August 12, 1992 Coconut Teaszer, Los Angeles, CA Live performance, taped by Karl

Personnel

Known live performances

Audio

Lyrics

Thief of silent dreams
With golden scenes(?)
You stole away
All that was in me
It wasn't me
Who slipped away

And now I stand, with skin and bones
Without a dime to call my home
Only a voice to tell you, Thief,
You've taken all that was me

Rain, you laugh so hard
You cry on me
You rain on me
Cleanse, cleanse my soul
My soul to be
I need to be(?)

Now I stand with skin and bones
Without a dime to call my home
Only a voice to scream at you
And now I stand with skin and bones
Without a dime to call my home
Only a voice to scream at you

Thief, you've taken all that was me
You've taken all that was me
You've taken all that was me
You've taken all that was me!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

And now I stand with skin and bones
Without a dime to call my home
Only a voice to scream at you
Thief, you've taken all that was me
Thief, you've taken all that was me

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