Heart Songs

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"Heart Songs"
Heart Songs cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Red Album)
Released June 3, 2008
Recorded Spring 2007
Length 4:06
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Rick Rubin
Status Officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
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Weezer (The Red Album) track listing
"Pork and Beans"
(3)
"Heart Songs"
(4)
"Everybody Get Dangerous"
(5)
Deliverance at Hand! track listing
"Autopilot"
(1)
"Heart Songs"
(2)
"Here Comes The Girl"
(3)

"Heart Songs" is the fourth track off of The Red Album.

Appearances

Overview

"Heart Songs" is about all the artists and records that have influenced Rivers Cuomo, from Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" when Cuomo was 5 years old, to Nirvana's Nevermind in 1991. The bridge of the song briefly describes the formation of Weezer. From the liner notes for the deluxe edition of The Red Album:

In "Heart Songs", you mentioned ABBA. Rivers: They really are one of the all time greatest bands. Brian: Isn't there an all girl group that covered ABBA songs that did quite well? Two guys two girls that were a lot of success and they were offered a lot of money to play but what is interesting they are opening an ABBA Museum with all their wardobes and paraphernalia and wanted to get your comments on video to put it in the museum so they can get people's opinions. Rivers: One of the first records I bought was an Abba record when I was 10 years old, which is why I mentioned them this song.

So it made an impact? Rivers: Huge impact I just remember my brother and I jumping up and down running around the room singing along to SOS and Mama Mia. I was just in my dorm room in school and I got the idea to write the song I'm gonna write a song that lists all the music I remember listening to growing up and I very quickly scrawled it all out and it's kind of a personal thing you know there's probably some people cant relate to even in this band but I wanted to keep that song very personal and particular to me at least in those first two verses.

Writing and demoing "Heart Songs"

Cuomo stated that Heart Songs was written in March, 2006 and demo'ed in August 2006. On his honeymoon in Japan in 2006, he had a sudden burst of inspiration. At 1 p.m. everyday he would get on his "crazy Japanese bike" and ride for about ten minutes down to the local mega-mall. On the third floor were studios that can be rented for five dollars an hour, with drums and a soundboard. Cuomo explained that he would record his new songs (which included "Heart Songs" and "My Day is Coming"), and when finished, exit "into the midst of a Japanese mega-mall".

Live performances

To date, Weezer has not performed "Heart Songs" live. However, during the Troublemaker Tour, Karl Koch would come out on stage prior to the encore, set up a record player, and play "Heart Songs". Cuomo would then come out and smash the record player at the point of the song that recalls hearing Nirvana for the first time. Scott and Pat would then come on stage, and play Nirvana's "Sliver" as a three-piece. Cuomo has said that "Sliver" was the first Nirvana song he heard while working at Tower Records. In 2011, Cuomo appeared on the Chicago radio show Sound Opinions and performed "Heart Songs" as a mashup with "In the Garage", joined by the punk rock band The Cathy Santonies.

Personnel

Lyrics

Lyric sheet from the Deliverance at Hand! booklet.

Gordon Lightfoot sang a song about a boat that sank in the lake
At the break of the mornin' a cat named Stevens found a faith he could believe in
And Joan Baez, I never listened to too much jazz
But hippie songs could be heard in our pad
Eddie Rabbitt sang about how much he loved a rainy night
Abba, Devo, Benatar were there the day John Lennon died
Mr. Springsteen said he had a hungry heart
Grover Washington was happy on the day he topped the chart

These are the songs
These are my heart songs
They never feel wrong
And when I wake, for goodness sake
These are the songs I keep singing

Quiet Riot got me started with the banging of my head
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Slayer taught me how to shred
I gotta admit though, sometimes I would listen to the radio
Debbie Gibson, tell me that you think we're all alone
Michael Jackson's in the mirror, I gotta have faith if I wanna see clear
Never gonna give you up, this new love a wishing well
It takes two to make a thing go right, if the Fresh Prince starts a fight
Don't you worry for too long 'cause you know...

These are the songs
These are my heart songs
They never feel wrong
And when I wake, for goodness sake
These are the songs I keep singing

Back in 1991 I wasn't having any fun
'Til my roommate said "C'mon" and put a brand new record on
Had a baby on it, he was naked on it
then I heard the chords that broke the chains I had up on me
I got together with my bros at some rehearsal studios
then we played our first rock show and watched the fan base start to grow
We signed a deal to get the dough to make a record of our own
The songs come on the radio now people go "This is the song"

Artists, songs and albums referenced in "Heart Songs"

See also