No One Else

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"No One Else"
No One Else cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Blue Album)
Released May 10, 1994
Recorded August-September 1993 at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY
Length 3:04
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 138
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Live debut September 15, 1992 at the Coconut Teaszer
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Please Sweet Peepers"
(RC# 137)
"No One Else"
(RC# 138)
"I Dropped the Bomb"
(RC# 139)
Weezer (The Blue Album) track listing
"My Name Is Jonas"
(1)
"No One Else"
(2)
"The World Has Turned and Left Me Here"
(3)
Weezer's third demo track listing
"No One Else"
(1)
"The World Has Turned and Left Me Here"
(2)
Say It Ain't So (UK Retail Cassette) track listing
"Say It Ain't So (Remix)"
(1)
"No One Else (Live Acoustic)"
(2)
Say It Ain't So (UK Retail CD/UK Retail 10" Single (Black Vinyl) ) track listing
"Say It Ain't So (Remix)"
(1)
"No One Else (Live Acoustic)"
(2)
"Jamie (Live Acoustic)"
(3)

"No One Else" is the second track on The Blue Album.

Appearances

Overview

"No One Else" is first known to have been demoed to 8-track by Rivers Cuomo in August of 1992. It was attempted by Weezer the same month during the sessions for Weezer's second demo (The "Kitchen Tape"), but remained unfinished. The song was first played live on September 15, 1992 at a show at Coconut Teaszer in Los Angeles. In describing the show, Karl Koch noted that the song "started to steer the band in a previously invisible direction." Rather than sticking with a heavy Pixies-influenced sound, "No One Else" was one of the first songs to have the band wondering whether they were going in a "‘pop’, [or] too ‘commercial’ sounding" direction".

Cuomo has described the song as "the jealous-obsessive asshole in me freaking out on my girlfriend," adding that the following song, "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" was about "the same asshole wondering why she's gone." Cuomo confirmed that the real-life girlfriend that inspired the song was "Caucasian" in a 2007 blog entry [1]. In 2020, Cuomo stated in an entry on Riverpedia that the song was "written about Petra" (clarifying, "not to be confused with Petra Haden").

"No One Else" is often considered a fan favorite. Todd Sullivan listed it as one of the songs that caused him to take notice of Weezer [citation needed]. During a number of live shows in the summer of 2000, Weezer modified "No One Else" and "Buddy Holly" by adding an extended instrumental introduction. The band kept the introduction for Buddy Holly as a part of the performance until 2005, but dropped the introduction to "No One Else" after only a few shows.

"No One Else" is notable for being the only track on The Blue Album played in standard tuning. All other tracks were recorded a half-step down.

Notable versions

The original 8-track demo of "No One Else", recorded solo by Cuomo, was first made available to fans on November 7, 2020, when the song was among hundreds leaked through the then-unfinished demo storefront on riverscuomo.com. Cuomo made the song available for one-time purchase a few days later upon the launch of the storefront on November 11, whereupon an anonymous user purchased it. The song was made available for purchase to all later that month, on November 22, when it was made available as part of the digital compilation Alone IV: The Blue-Pinkerton Years.

The full-band demo of "No One Else", recorded for the band's third demo, was shared by fans in the late 90's, before a copy was procured and ripped in higher quality by a fan in the early 2000s.

A live, acoustic rendition of the song was recorded by the band on April 1, 1995 at Cat's Paw Studios for Atlanta radio station WNNX. This recording was made available as a b-side to the single release of "Say It Ain't So", and was later made available as part of the compilation Dusty Gems & Raw Nuggets, initially released as part of the deluxe edition of The Blue Album. Additional notable live renditions include a studio recording for the show BBC Evening Sessions at the BBC Radio 1 Studios in London, as well as a live performance for the French radio series The Black Sessions recorded on February 21, 1995.

Audio

Official releases

Other versions

Lyrics

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My girl's got a big mouth
With which she blabbers a lot
She laughs at most everything
Whether it's funny or not
And if you see her
Tell her it's over now

I want a girl who will laugh for no one else
When I'm away she puts her makeup on the shelf
When I'm away she never leaves the house
I want a girl who laughs for no one else

My girl's got eyeballs
In the back of her head
She looks around and around
You know it makes me sad to see her like that
Please don't believe her
She says that for anyone
And if you see her tell her it's a hey, hey hey hey!

I want a girl who will laugh for no one else
When I'm away she puts her makeup on the shelf
When I'm away she never leaves the house
I want a girl who laughs for no one else

And if you see her tell her tell her it's over now

And if you see her tell her it's over now
And if you watch her go... and if you watch her go...
Watch her, watch her, watch her, watch her!

I want a girl who will laugh for no one else
When I'm away she puts her makeup on the shelf
When I'm away she never leaves the house
I want a girl who laughs for no one else, no one else
Yeah!

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