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It Holds Me Together

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"It Holds Me Together"
It Holds Me Together cover
Alone V cover art
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone V: Before Weezer
Released 2020
Recorded 1991
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Pat Wilson(?)
RC# 110
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Colmusheen"
(RC# 109)
"Oh Babe It Holds Me Together"
(RC# 110)
"Wet Dog"
(RC# 111)

"It Holds Me Together" (also known as "Oh Babe It Holds Me Together") is a demo by Rivers Cuomo.

Appearances

Overview

"It Holds Me Together" was recorded by Cuomo as an 8-track demo, most likely in 1991, as part of Cuomo and Patrick Wilson's "50 Song Project". The Weezer Recording History lists the song as having been a collaboration between Cuomo and Wilson, though recordings of the song have since appeared exclusively on Cuomo's solo compilations. Cuomo performed the song on piano on the demo tape Rivers's Opera in December of 1991. Though the song was not heard by fans until 2020, a scan of Cuomo's handwritten lyrics were uploaded by Cuomo to riverscuomo.com in the early 2000s, and "It Holds Me Together" was listed on a spreadsheet by Cuomo titled "The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo" in 2008.

The song was first heard by fans on November 7, 2020, when it was among hundreds of demos leaked through the demo storefront on riverscuomo.com. The song was released sold shortly thereafter on November 22 as part of the digital compilation Alone V: Before Weezer.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo It Holds Me Together 03 It Holds Me Together.MP3 1991(?) 3:31 Alone V: Before Weezer
Rivers Cuomo It Holds Me Together It Holds Me Together   2.mp3 1991(?) 3:19 Alone IV: The Blue-Pinkerton Years Alternate rip of 03 It Holds Me Together.MP3.
Added to Alone IV on November 11, 2021.
Rivers Cuomo It Holds Me Together 22 It Holds Me Together.mp3 December 1991 3:53 Alone V: Before Weezer
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Lyrics

Lyrics for "Oh Babe It Holds Me Together"

Oh, Bonnie, I'm hopin
My hands are smokin'
Red lights are burning
Your hands keep turning

My soul is hiding
Faces are wondering
What are ya doing up there, man?
I'm singin' mad, I'm singin mad

Oh, babe, it holds me together
It holds me together
Oh, babe, it holds me together
It holds me together

My world is underground
Ears sealed from city's sound
What am I doing up here, man?
I said I'm singin mad, I'm singin' mad

Oh, babe, it holds me together
It holds me together
Oh, babe, it holds me together
It holds me together

You can't hold me back
You can't hold me back
You can't hold me back
You can't hold me back

See also