Prodigy Lover

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"Prodigy Lover"
Demo by Weezer
Released Via Weezer.com
Format MP3
Recorded April 22, 2002
July 2, 2002
Length Alone VIII - 3:18
April 22 - 3:14
July 2 - 2:57
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 718
COR# 368
Status Demos circulating
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"367"
(RC# 717)
"Prodigy Lover"
(RC# 718)
"She Who Is Militant"
(RC# 719)
This song is part of the "I'm a Robot" (COR# 368) lineage of songs

"Prodigy Lover" is an unreleased Weezer song, demoed in the sessions leading up to Make Believe.

Appearances

Overview

An acoustic solo demo was recorded by Rivers Cuomo, most likely in 2002, as indicated by the Catalog O' Riffs. This recording was released in 2020 as part of the digital demo compilation Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years.

"Prodigy Lover" was first recorded by Weezer in 2002 during early sessions for the band's planned fifth album, begun before Maladroit had even been released. Though the song did not appear on the eventual fifth album, Make Believe, it was revisited multiple times in various forms throughout the following years of the album's production. During sessions at the band's rented office space in 2003, it was renamed "Kings of Money," before being reworked into the song "Show Me Who You Are," followed by "Happy Robot" (or "Stupid Robot"), and finally "I'm a Robot." "Show Me Who You Are" and "Happy Robot"/"Stupid Robot" would not see release until they were leaked in 2020 through the demo storefront on riverscuomo.com (and released shortly thereafter as part of the bundle Alone IX: The Make Believe Years). "I'm a Robot" was released on the 2010 compilation Death to False Metal, an album comprised of previously-unreleased songs from throughout the band's career.

A filmed studio rehearsal of "Prodigy Lover" from July 16, 2002 was included as part of the DVD Video Capture Device. The band was joined by pianist Ryan "Shmedly" Maynes.

Though the song’s meaning has never been confirmed, some fans speculate that the song is about Matt Sharp, as “Prodigy” could refer to the model of Moog synthesizer. Though the song was first practiced a month earlier, the first demo released to fans came only a few days after Sharp filed a lawsuit against the band, claiming that Sharp was owed songwriting credits from the first two Weezer albums.

"Prodigy Lover" has been performed live at least once, on November 3, 2002, at a performance for mostly friends and family of the band at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, California.

Audio


Lyrics

Something is different
Something has changed
You write me your letters
They're not the same

Prodigy lover
Playing the keyboards
Drawing that music from me

Uncomprehending
I'm stupefied
‘Cuz I wrote the rulebook
You can't abide

Over and over
Checking the airwaves
Drawing that music from me

You say OK
We'll both become
The kings of money

Over and over
Checking the airwaves
Drawing that music from me

You say OK
We'll both become
The kings of money

Uncomprehending
I'm stupefied
Cuz' I wrote the rulebook
You can't abide
I wrote the rulebook
You can't abide
I wrote the rulebook
You can't abide

Oh no (I'm stupified)

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