I Can't Forget the Way

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"I Can't Forget the Way"
Demo by Weezer
Album Alone V: Before Weezer
Released November 22, 2020
Recorded January 1, 1992
Length 3:24
Label None
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 119
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status Demo released
Live debut March 19, 1992
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Close Your Eyes and Gimmie a Kiss"
(RC# 118)
"I Can't Forget The Way"
(RC# 119)
(RC# 120)
This song is part of the "Byzantine" lineage of songs

"I Can't Forget The Way" is a song by Weezer. It is notable for being the earliest song recorded by the band as well as the first song to be performed live at the band's first concert.



"I Can't Forget the Way" was first demoed by Rivers Cuomo on January 1, 1992, as part of an effort known as the 50 Song Project, in which Cuomo and Pat Wilson attempted to write fifty songs in the musical style of bands such as the Pixies and Nirvana. The song was recorded during Weezer's third practice session on February 16, 1992, and performed live for the first time at Weezer's first show, at the club Raji's in Hollywood, on March 19. Karl Koch has described the song as "really rocking" and "awesome". The song appeared on a spreadsheet compiled by Cuomo titled The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo, released online in 2008. Part of the song was later used as the bridge of "Byzantine" on The Black Album. The chorus is similar to the chorus of "American Gigolo" on Maladroit.

Cuomo's original demo appeared on the digital compilation Alone V: Before Weezer, released on November 22, 2020.

Live performances


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Rolling, crashing, breaking, smashing,
Giving, taking, making, breaking promises
Father, mother, sisters, brother
My best friend, my lover, my destroyer

Believe, I believe
Every time I build the castle
High upon the shore it happens again
It happens again

Here she comes here
Here he comes here
Here I come, closer and closer
Crash and go down
Crash and go down
Crash and go down

I can't forget the way
I can't forget the way
I can't forget the way
I can't forget


See also