Where to Start

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"Where to Start"
Outtake by Weezer
Recorded July-October 2004
at Grandmaster Recorders - Los Angeles, CA
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 532
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Status unreleased
This song is part of the "Where to Start" lineage of songs

"Where to Start" (also known as "All I Need to Know Is Where to Start") is a song written by Rivers Cuomo and demoed by Weezer in contention for the band's 2005 album, Make Believe. The song is a reworking of an earlier Cuomo demo titled "Clearer Eyes." It is one of several scrapped songs from the album sessions dubbed "the Fallen Soldiers" by Karl Koch.

Overview

"Where to Start" was first demoed acoustically under the title "Clearer Eyes" by the band in July/August of 2003 at Rod Cervera's studio. During the band's first attempt at making Make Believe at Cello Studios in December of 2003, the song was not considered for the album. However, for 2 days late in the Cello session, Rivers Cuomo decided to record solo demos of many songs (including "Clearer Eyes") that had been dismissed in the weeks of pre-production. The likely purpose was to revisit the material to either insure it wasn't needed, or resurrect it for the album. Cuomo recorded another demo, now titled "All I Need to Know Is Where to Start", on February 3, 2004 at the S.I.R. rehearsal studio. Another "S.I.R. pre-production demo" recorded by Cuomo followed in May of 2004 with the shortened title "Where to Start".

The final studio version of the song was mostly recorded during the band's second attempt at making Make Believe, at Grandmaster Recorders in Los Angeles, CA. The sessions lasted from July 22 to October 22, 2004. It was not among the 12 songs that Cuomo asked to band to only concentrate on, which he felt were the right songs for the album. It was brought back by Pat Wilson, Brian Bell and Scott Shriner while Cuomo was back in Harvard. Wilson, Bell and Shriner used one of Cuomo's demos as guide to record the song from scratch. When Cuomo returned from his semester in February of 2005, he overdubbed new guitar parts and lead vocals to finish the recording. Ultimately the song was excluded from the final track list for unknown reasons and remains unreleased to this day. "Where to Start" is the only song that was brought back by Wilson, Bell and Shriner (the others being "We Are All on Drugs", "Peace" and "The Damage in Your Heart"), while Cuomo was at Harvard, that did not end up on Make Believe. It was listed on Cuomo's spreadsheet of 4 and 5 Star Demos.

Karl Koch named the 11 songs that were finished but not used for Make Believe "The Fallen Soldiers".

Lyrics

2004-04-23 SIR version:

Is there someone I can find
Who will bring me
Peace of mind

I am alone
Always have been
Never have opened up
Never shared from my cup

I am looking outward
Seeing what I see
Is there any other
Who is right for me?
I will give her all my love
With an open heart
All I need to know is where to start

I am wiser
Than before
When I opened
Every door
Looking inside
Running away
Scared of what I might find
Now I'm crossing the line

I am looking outward
Seeing what I see
Is there any other
Who is right for me?
I will give her all my love
With an open heart
All I need to know is where to start

Please save me
Please save me
Please save me
From myself

Please save me
Please save me
Please save me
From myself

I am looking outward
Seeing what I see
Is there any other
Who is right for me?
I will give her all my love
With an open heart
All I need to know is where to start

And I will give her all my love
With an open heart
All I need to know is where to start
All I need to know is where to start

Personnel

See also