Little Diane

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"Little Diane"
Little Diane cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Released December 18, 2007
Recorded March 2003
Length 2:41
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Dion DiMucci
RC# N/A
COR# N/A
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track listing
"This Is the Way
(15)
"Little Diane"
(16)
"I Wish You Had an Axe Guitar"
(17)

"Little Diane" is the sixteenth track from Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

Overview

"Little Diane" is a cover song, originally performed by Dion and the Belmonts, best known for their 1959 hit "A Teenager in Love". Ten years after Rivers Cuomo's demo, the song was recorded on March 26th and 29th by Rivers with Andrew, Chris, and Patrick from Canadian power pop outfit and fellow DGC labelmates Sloan during the S.I.R. Demos. The other members of Weezer were unavailable these days, an oft happenstance during that period. Sloan was in Los Angeles prepping a new album, and hooked up with Rivers via Todd Sullivan.

Liner notes

2003 was a period of big change for me, when I was throwing out all my expectations about who I was supposed to be in an attempt to dig deep and find something that felt really important.

I got together with the guys in Sloan, to jam on some cover songs at SIR, where Neil Young recorded Tonight's the Night. For my part, I didn't even play any instruments, I just sang, lead singer style, like Robert Plant or David Lee Roth. It was really fun and liberating.

Rick Rubin suggested we try a golden oldie, "Little Diane", so we gave it a shot. Sloan sounded amazing on this track and I liked where the melody sat on my voice. I was amazed that Sloan could come up with such cool parts that worked together so well after only playing the song a few times.

Audio

Personnel

  • Rivers Cuomo - lead vocals
  • Patrick Pentland - guitar
  • Andrew Scott - drums
  • Chris Murphy - bass
  • Rod Cervera - mixing

Lyrics

Diane, down deep inside I cry
Diane, without your love I'd die
Diane, you know you drive me wild,
Diane, you're such a little evil child

I want to pack and leave and slap your face
Bad girls like you are a disgrace
A way down deep inside I cry
Without you little Diane I'd die

I should drag you down 'cause you're no good
You're two-faced, your heart's made of wood
A way down deep inside I cry
Without you little Diane I'd die

Listen to my heart
Oh you're tearin' it apart
Oh why don't you understand
Why don't you stop it! Stop it!
Stop it if you can

I wanna spread the news that you're untrue
But Diane what good would it do
'Cause way down deep inside I cry
Without you little Diane I'd die, I'd die

I said listen to the beat
Oh I feel it in my feet
Now it's my heart Diane
Why don't you stop it! Stop it!
Stop it if you can

See also