Lisa

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"Lisa"
Lisa cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone III: The Pinkerton Years 1994-1997
Released December 12, 2011
Recorded February 1995
Length 3:06
Label self-released
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 198
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status officially released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"I'm So Lonely"
(RC# 197)
"Lisa"
(RC# 198)
"Blast Off!"
(RC# 199)
Alone III: The Pinkerton Years 1994-1997 track listing
"Getchoo"
(2)
"Lisa"
(3)
"Negativland"
(4)
This page refers to the song. For other uses of "Lisa", see Lisa (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Oh Lisa.

"Lisa" is the third track from Alone III: The Pinkerton Years 1994-1997.

Overview

According to The Pinkerton Diaries, the song "Lisa" was written on January 4, 1995. According to the Catalog O' Riffs, it was likely recorded the following month. For a long time "Lisa" was believed to be part of Songs from the Black Hole as it was listed with the rest of the songs in the Recording History on weezer.com. A picture of a Songs from the Black Hole demo CD from Karl Koch also showed that "Lisa" was Track 12 on the track list. However, Cuomo denied this on his MySpace during the time he posted the sheet music to several SFTBH songs.

When Alone III and The Pinkerton Diaries were released in 2011, it was revealed that the eponymous Lisa was a woman who worked with Weezer's management (based on the song lyric's reference to the band's manager, Pat Magnarella), in the same vein as "Susanne" (named for then-Geffen employee Susanne Wilkins) and "Jamie" (named for Jamie Young, Weezer's then-lawyer at Geffen). In 2020, Cuomo clarified that the Lisa referred to was Lisa Cavallo, daughter of Bob Cavallo (the founder of Weezer's then-management firm, Third Rail). Cuomo noted that Lisa Cavallo "did day to day management for the band in 1993-1995".

Personnel

Audio

Lyrics

Sheet music and lyrics from The Pinkerton Diaries

Ring ring, who's there?
It's my favorite girl in the whole world
What's that? She wants for me to do something for Magna

Li- Li- Li- Lisa,
plea, plea, plea, plea-suh
Cut me a little slack
Oh Lisa, wish I didn't work for you
'Cause all we ever seem to do is business,
Read and sign, and fax this
Oh Lisa, wish I didn't work for you

Steve Perry and Seal
we're all in the same boat together
We're slaves who row
hopelessly in love with our master

Li- Li- Li- Lisa,
plea, plea, plea, plea-suh
Cut me a little slack
Oh Lisa, wish I didn't work for you
'Cause all we ever seem to do is business,
Read and sign, and fax this
Oh Lisa, wish I didn't work for you

Li- Li- Li- Lisa,
plea, plea, plea, plea-suh
Haven't we anything to say
Besides the news of the day?
Give me a little kiss

Oh, Bob, isn't there something you can do?
After all, doesn't Lisa work for you?

Oh Lisa, wish I didn't work for you
'Cause all we ever seem to do is business,
Read and sign, and fax this
Oh Lisa, wish I didn't work for you

See also