Too Many Thoughts in My Head

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"Too Many Thoughts in My Head"
Too Many Thoughts in My Head cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Black Album)
Released March 1, 2019
Recorded 2018
Length 4:03
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Dave Sitek
Status officially released
Weezer (The Black Album) track listing
"I'm Just Being Honest"
(6)
"Too Many Thoughts in My Head"
(7)
"The Prince Who Wanted Everything"
(8)
This song is part of the "Too Many Thoughts in My Head" lineage of songs

"Too Many Thoughts in My Head" is the seventh track from The Black Album.

Appearances

Background

"Too Many Thoughts in My Head" began as a song sketch (of the chorus) recorded by Cuomo at Cole Rehearsal Studios in 1997[1] or 1998. This recording was released to fans as part of the digital compilation Alone VI: The Black Room in 2020. Cuomo revisited the song in October of 2013. Demos from this period were released as part of the demo compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years in 2020, and feature what would eventually become the final song's coda.

The song was revisited again in 2018 and was ultimately included on Weezer's Black Album (released in 2019). The song's bridge melody is lifted from the melody of a previous Cuomo composition, "Kimi wa saikuron" ("君はサイクロン," You Are a Cyclone) by Scott & Rivers (Cuomo's Japanese side-project with musician Scott Murphy). The lyrics for "Too Many Thoughts in My Head" also feature multiple phrases lifted from disparate sources. For example, "Going where the weather suits my clothes" is from the song "Everybody's Talkin'," by Fred Neil (and popularized by Harry Nilsson). The line "Boy found brains he never knew he had" is taken from the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption (the Black Album song "I'm Just Being Honest" also borrows a line from the film). The line "I'm really tired of this Lawrence Welk shit" is spoken by actor Kevin Spacey in the 1999 film American Beauty.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo 19 too many thoughts in my head, now.mp3 1997[1]March 11, 1998 Cole Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1:27 Alone VI: The Black Room
Rivers Cuomo Stab in the Dark STAB IN THE DARK - ROUGH 1 - SEPT 7.mp3 September 7, ? 0:46 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Instrumental, melody resembles "Too Many Thoughts" verse melody
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts TOO MANY THOUGHTS - ROUGH 1 - OCT 13.mp3 October 13, 2013 1:00 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts TOO MANY THOUGHTS - NO VCL.mp3 October 2013(?) 1:00 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Instrumental
Rivers Cuomo Ideas 10-15-2013 16h33m26s.mp3 October 15, 2013 0:41 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Coda vocal meter
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts in My Head Too Many Thoughts In My Head.mp3 2013(?) 2:28 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts TOO MANY THOUGHTS.mp3 ?
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts in My Head Too Many Thoughts In My Head   3 @126 +4.mp3 2018(?)
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts in My Head too_many_thought_verse_variation_2018_10_30_9_40_3.mp3 October 30, 2018
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts in My Head TooManyThoughts Matty Ref 4 LIM.mp3 2018(?)
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts in My Head TooManyThoughts Matty Ref 8 LIM.mp3 2018(?)
Rivers Cuomo Too Many Thoughts in My Head TooManyThoughts Matty Ref 9 LIM.mp3 2018(?)
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Audio

Lyrics

Stay up reading Mary Poppins
Overwhelmed by Netflix options
Boy found brains he never knew he had
Meet me there in Runyon Canyon
Fuel up, bitch, there's no more slackin'
Moses looks upon the promised land

I'm so high on cookies it's insane

Too many thoughts in my head now
I can't get out of my brain
They got me running in circles
Feel like I'm going insane
I had a funky night and my brain needs a break
I had a funky night and my brain needs a break
'Cause there's too many thoughts in my head, now
I can't get out of my brain

Tried to get my thoughts on paper
Comb my hair like I'm a gangster
Gotta do the dog and pony show
Algorithms sure ain't helping
Prefrontal cortex is melting
I'm going where the weather suits my clothes

I'm so high on Chopra it's insane

Too many thoughts in my head now
I can't get out of my brain
They got me running in circles
Feel like I'm going insane
I had a funky night and my brain needs a break
I had a funky night and my brain needs a break
'Cause there's too many thoughts in my head, now
I can't get out of my brain

I never wanted to be lonely
I never thought that life would turn out like this
I never thought that I'd feel empty
I'm really tired of this Lawrence Welk shit

Too many thoughts in my head now
I can't get out of my brain
They got me running in circles
Feel like I'm going insane

Nothing can titillate me
Dried up like a dead battery
Throw me upon the heap
Gonna be reused but it won't be me
Can't seem to get connected
What was the name of the network?
Dumb bots with a dumb program
I need a lover with a little more RAM

Demo (Alone XI)

Too many thoughts in my head now
I can’t get out of my brain
Running around in big circles
Feel like I’m going insane
Too many thoughts in my head now
I can’t get out of my brain
Running around in big circles
Feel like I’m going insane

Bunkered at my computer
Scared stiff I'm a pervert user
My mom will print this text
So you better not think
If you wanna have sex
Our friends are in the bar
We could go but it’s so damn far
Used up and then abandoned
Leave it all to the next generation

Too many thoughts in my head now
I can’t get out of my brain
Running around in big circles
Feel like I’m going insane

Nothing can titillate me
Dried up like a dead battery
Throw me upon the heap
Gonna be reused but it won't be me
Can't seem to get connected
What was the name of the network?
Dumb bots with a dumb program
I need a lover with a little more RAM

Too many thoughts in my head now
I can’t get out of my brain
Running around in big circles
Feel like I’m going insane

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