Wanda (You're My Only Love)

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"Wanda (You're My Only Love)"
Wanda (You're My Only Love) cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Released December 18, 2007
Recorded January 1995
Length 3:38
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 196
COR# N/A
Producer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track listing
"Who You Callin' Bitch?"
(9)
"Wanda (You're My Only Love)"
(10)
"Dude, We're Finally Landing"
(11)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Defeat on the Hill"
(RC# 195)
"Wanda (You're My Only Love)"
(RC# 196)
"I'm So Lonely"
(RC# 197)

"Wanda (You're My Only Love)" is the 10th track on Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

Appearances

Overview

"Wanda" is primarily acoustic home demo written by Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo. It was leaked several years prior to its eventual release on Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. In 1995, Cuomo was approached by the producers of the film "Angus" to write a song for the their soundtrack. He read the script and wrote the song "Wanda (You're My Only Love)" (the verses of which summarize the movie's plot). This acoustic ballad was rejected by the producers for not sounding enough like Weezer. Rivers was hurt by this rejection but eventually submitted "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly", a more up-tempo number.

In The Pinkerton Diaries, in a 1994 entry, there is a handwritten couplet of lyrics "What's wrong with me? / I'm making money" on a photocopy of a fax letter, one can assume that this was a very early draft of Wanda before Rivers completely changed the lyrics when approached by the producers of the film "Angus". Also featured in the book is the sheet music for a musical exercise titled "March of the Pipettepedes", which features a section greatly resembling the melody from Wanda. The song's titular line was inspired by the ballet The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.[1][2]

The song was later rehashed for Rivers' Homie project a few years later in 1997, where it was played at Homie concerts. Whether the song was recorded in a full-band setting during the Homie recording sessions at Fort Apache is unknown.

An acoustic version of Wanda can be heard for several seconds on Video Capture Device, right before a brief acoustic version of Superfriend.

Liner notes


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One of my introductions to the realities of the music industry came when my manager told me that a movie production company wanted me to compose a song for the movie, Angus. I felt honored to be presented with such a big challenge, to write a song to accompany someone else's story. I wanted to do a great job. I studied the script and attained a pretty thorough understanding of the main character and his situation. He was an outcast, like me. I liked him.

I poured my heart into the song. I used details from the characters' lives in the movie, but really the emotions were mine, the incredible love I would feel for the woman, the person, the world that could accept me and love me as I was. I was bowled over by the song when I was finished. I sent it to my manager.

A few days later, he called and said the movie studio had rejected the song. It was "too literal" an interpretation of the movie. And besides, they wanted a more upbeat, rock number, something in the spirit of the other Weezer singles, like "Buddy Holly".

I was angry, frustrated, and sad.

In the end, we gave the movie people the upbeat rocker they wanted ("You Gave Your Love"), but for a long time I thought they were wrong for using it. The song had nothing to do with the movie, the characters, or the mood of the scene in which it played. At the time I concluded that the movie people didn't care about the art at all, they just wanted a Weezer rock single.

Reception

Pitchfork Media gave a positive review of "Wanda" in their review of Alone, comparing it favorably to Pinkerton.[3]

Personnel

  • Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, lead vocals, percussion, rhythm guitar, bass guitar

Audio

Lyrics

What's wrong with me?
I'm kinda funny
I'm not a dummy
But I'm all alone
Nobody sees me
No one talks to me
Unless they're laughing
Laughing at me

Except for her
She was my true friend
Dancing with me
She was my girlfriend
Somebody, please, tell her for me
Wanda, you're my only love

You're so lucky
Your family's normal
Mom drives a big rig
And my daddy's gay

No matter to her
She was my true friend
Dancing with me
She was my girlfriend
Somebody, please, tell her for me
Wanda you're my only love

Until the day I threw you away
Now I'm alone, and I wish you were home

See also

References

  1. "Rivers Cuomo." Discord. 2 December 2021 File:Mrn-tchaikovsky.png
  2. Royal Opera House "The Nutcracker – Sugar Plum pas de deux: Adagio (Nuñez, Muntagirov, The Royal Ballet)" YouTube. 26 December 2018. https://youtu.be/qy6dlGpC3Ns?t=20s
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