Falling for You

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"Falling for You"
Falling for You cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Pinkerton
Released September 24, 1996
Recorded Spring, 1996 at Sound City Studios, Van Nuys , CA
Length 3:47
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 216
COR# N/A
Producer Weezer
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"The Good Life"
(RC# 215)
"Falling for You"
(RC# 216)
"Butterfly"
(RC# 217)
Pinkerton track listing
"Pink Triangle"
(8)
"Falling for You"
(9)
"Butterfly"
(10)
The Lion and the Witch track listing
"Island in the Sun (Live)"
(2)
"Falling for You (Live)"
(3)
"Death and Destruction (Live)"
(4)

"Falling for You" is the ninth song on Pinkerton.

Appearances

Overview

"Falling for You" was written in spring of 1996, toward the end of the recording cycle for Pinkerton. The Catalog O' Riffs lists the song as having been written or demoed on March 20 of that year, and working lyric sheets for the song appear in The Pinkerton Diaries dated April 14 and May 23. The song was likely the penultimate song written for the album (before "Butterfly").

The previous track, "Pink Triangle", transitions seamlessly into "Falling for You" (the first such Weezer song to do so). At the beginning of the track, a woman's voice can be heard saying, in Korean, "어는 회사작품이지요" ("What company makes this product?"). During the recording sessions, Rivers' amplifier was receiving radio interference, of what sounded like a woman speaking an Asian language. Considering the themes of the album, Rivers felt it was divine intervention, and left the instrusion on the master tape as a happy accident, rather than re-record or edit the recording [citation needed] .

Though not confirmed, the lyrics about playing a tune on the cello may be based on a real event. In The Pinkerton Diaries, the lyrics for "Falling for You" precede a cello composition written by Cuomo for a woman with whom he was acquainted, referred to only as "B.G.". In a journal excerpt the book, Cuomo laments "exposing" B.G. on Pinkerton.

In this song, Rivers ironically refers to himself as "little old 3 chord me", despite utilizing every root note on the fretboard. The numerous chord progressions and key changes in the song make it one of the most difficult to recreate live, evidenced by Cuomo's comments before and after performing the song live from The Lion and the Witch EP. Before starting the song, Cuomo facetiously says, "I'd like to ask for the Lord's help in guiding us through the performance of this next song. Please, God!" He then rejoices at the completion of the song, exclaiming, "Yeah! We didn't fuck it up! We kicked ass! We redeemed ourselves. We displayed our superiority to the multitudes."

The original album track was included on the 1996 Geffen Records sampler Swagalicious!.

Personnel

Audio

Lyrics

Falling-for-You-lyrics.jpg

Holy cow! I think I've got one here
Now just what am I s'posed to do?
I've got a number of irrational fears
That I'd like to share with you
First, there's rules about old goats like me
Hangin' 'round with chicks like you -but I do like you-
And another one: you say "like" too much

But I'm shakin' at your touch
I like you way too much
My baby, I'm afraid I'm falling for you
'n' I'd do 'bout anything to get the hell out alive
Or maybe I would rather settle down with you

Holy moly, baby, wouldn't you know it?
Just as I was bustin' loose
I gotta go turn in my rock star card and get fat
and old with you
'cuz I'm a burning candle you're a gentle moth
Teaching me to lick a little bit kinder
And I do like you - you're the lucky one
No! I'm the lucky one

But I'm shakin' at your touch
I like you way too much
My baby, I'm afraid I'm falling for you
'n' I'd do 'bout anything to get the hell out alive
Or maybe I would rather settle down with you

Holy Sweet goddamn! You left your cello in the basement
I admired the glowing stars and tried to play a tune'
I can't believe how bad I suck, it's true
What could you possibly see in little ol' 3-chord me?
But I do like you and you like me too
I'm ready, let's do it baby

But I'm shakin' at your touch
I like you way too much
My baby, I'm afraid I'm falling for you
'n' I'd do 'bout anything to get the hell out alive
Or maybe I would rather settle down with you

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