Average Person

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"Average Person"
Outtake by Weezer
Recorded July-October 2004
at Grandmaster Recorders - Los Angeles, CA
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# unknown
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Status Demo circulating

"Average Person" (or "The Average Person") is an unreleased Weezer song originally recorded in contention for Make Believe, one of what Karl Koch would later dub the "Fallen Soldiers". Rivers Cuomo's demo of this song was released in November of 2020 as a part of the digital compilation Alone IX: The Make Believe Years.

Appearances

Overview

"Average Person" is first known to have been demoed by Rivers Cuomo in July of 2004 at S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios during pre-production on Make Believe, days before entering Grandmaster Recorders to record the album. The sessions lasted from July 22 to October 22, 2004, and was one of 12 songs that Cuomo instinctively felt were right for the album and asked the band to concentrate on. Until early 2005, the song was designated to be the opening track.[1] Ultimately the song was excluded from the final track list and remains unreleased. It is not known to have a Catalog O' Riffs number. Cuomo listed it among "The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo" in 2008.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo The Average Person 12 The Average Person.mp3 July 20, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios 2:53 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Weezer Average Person September 25, 2004 Grandmaster Recorders Ltd., Los Angeles, CA Rough mix
Weezer Average Person October 5, 2004 Grandmaster Recorders Ltd., Los Angeles, CA Rough mix

Personnel

Lyrics

What if you took all the faces of everybody
Everywhere in the world?
And mixed them up in a great big supercomputer?
What would the person look like?
What color hair would he have? What kinda nose?
What color eyes? How manly?
How feminine?

It's the average person
I would like to see
Average person
Piques my curiosity

Who would find his face attractive?
Everybody or nobody?
Or would we find it attractive at all?
Who would identify with his face?
Blacks, whites, Asians, or Hispanics?
Everybody or nobody at all?

It's the average person
That I would like to see
Average person
Piques my curiosity

I don't know why I bring this up
I was just thinking about stuff

Somewhere in my imagination
Is this average face
If we keep interbreeding
We may see that face some day
If I see that face some day
I'll say "How do you do?
My name is Hank the plumber
And I'm part of a mix of you"

It's the average person
That I would like to see
It's the average person
Piques my curiosity
It's the average person
I would like to see
Average person
Piques my curiosity

Average person
I would like to see
Average person
Piques my curiosity

See also

References