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Prom Night

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"Prom Night"
Prom Night cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The White Album) (Japanese Version)
Released April 1, 2016
Recorded 2015
Length 3:34
Label Warner Music (Japan)
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Jake Sinclair
Status officially released
Weezer (The White Album) (Japanese Version) track listing
"Endless Bummer"
(10)
"Prom Night"
(11)
The White Album (Deluxe) (Japanese Version) track listing
"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter"
(14)
"Prom Night"
(15)
The Last Days of Summer track listing
"The Last Days of Summer"
(A)
"Prom Night"
(B)

This song is part of the "Iambic Pentameter" lineage of songs

"Prom Night" (formerly titled "80's[sic] Prom Night") is a bonus track on the Japanese releases of The White Album and a B-side to the fan-club single "The Last Days of Summer".

Appearances

Overview


Rivers Cuomo head.png
That was a thrill having you gun me around in your Chevelle
After a few PBRs
Poor girl didn’t have a seat belt
The Amazonian Queens
Bodies like storks, blonde flamingos
Blasting the Scorpions
You said they’re playing the Forum soon
Do I want to go?
I said I saw them on my 14th birthday
You said, “You are so lucky
You got to see them when they were weird and cool.”


- Rivers Cuomo, blog post, 2015[1]

According to Rivers Cuomo in a post in the Weezer Fan Club Facebook group, the song was originally written in 2012 following the first Weezer Cruise (specifically inspired by the Cruise's "80's Prom Night" party[2]), the verse chords and melody were lifted from a 2004 demo called "You and Me Together", and the verse and bridge lyrics were written in 2015. The song's lyrics appear to match a poem titled "Weird And Cool" from Cuomo's now-defunct Tumblr page.[1]

Despite using the melody for "Prom Night," Cuomo accidentally reused the demo "You and Me Together" for the Weezer song "Iambic Pentameter" from the band's 2022 EP, SZNZ: Winter. "I have this folder of ideas..." Cuomo told Uproxx in a 2023 interview, "...and it has 1500 MP3s in there. And usually once I use an idea, I take the idea out of the folder so I won’t reuse it. Now, in this case, years ago I used it in a song called 'Prom Night,' and then I forgot to take the idea out."[3]

"Prom Night" was first released as a bonus eleventh track on the Japanese version of The White Album. Later, it appeared as the B-side for the Weezer Fan Club-exclusive single "The Last Days of Summer". Demos of "80's Prom Night" were included in the digital compilation Alone XII: The White Year, released in 2020.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo 80's Prom Night 80's Prom Night     5.mp3 2015 3:43 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo 80's Prom Night 80's Prom Night     7 jake verse.mp3 2015 0:52 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo 80's Prom Night 80's Prom Night     8   7th chords.mp3 2015 0:55 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo 80's Prom Night 80's Prom Night     9   50s piano.mp3 2015 0:52 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo 80's Prom Night 80's Prom Night    10 clean verse 14.mp3 2015 0:52 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo 80's Prom Night 80's Prom Night    11  piano whimsy.mp3 2015 0:52 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo 80's Prom Night 80's Prom Night     12.mp3 2015 0:54 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Prom Night Prom Night   13.mp3 2015 3:10 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Remember Prom Night Remember Prom Night   14.mp3 2015 3:35 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Remember Prom Night Remember Prom Night   15 bridge lyri.mp3 2015 3:33 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Remember Prom Night Remember Prom Night   16 OG verse ch.mp3 2015 3:35 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Prom Night Prom Night   17.mp3 2015 3:33 Alone XII: The White Year
Weezer Prom Night Prom Night rough JS2.mp3 20152016
  • Infrasonic Sound, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Lair, Los Angeles, CA
  • Studio X, Sonoma, CA
  • United Recording, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Village, Los Angeles, CA
3:40 Alone XII: The White Year Rough mix
Weezer Prom Night 20152016
  • Infrasonic Sound, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Lair, Los Angeles, CA
  • Studio X, Sonoma, CA
  • United Recording, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Village, Los Angeles, CA
3:34
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Lyrics

Prom Night

Almost saw her heartbeat
Under the necklaces
Caked-on concealer
Sorry 'bout the zit
She's a fan of 5SOS
But only cause they're so hot
Sippin' drinks at Starbucks
Didn't know what else to say

Except "Hey, little girl,
Would you rock my world?"
'Cause I love who you are
You look like a lucky star
With that makeup on
Just like a young Madonna
Hey, I'm in love again
Do you remember prom night?

Your brother loves his country
Dad loves "Ballroom Blitz"
Mommy closed your Instagram
It was inappropriate
Maybe I'll go with you
Driving up Mulholland
On a teenage quest for a future husband

I said "Hey, little girl,
Would you rock my world?"
'Cause I love who you are
You look like a lucky star
With that makeup on
Just like a young Madonna
Hey, I'm in love again
Do you remember prom night?

Gun me around in your sweet Chevelle
We don't need any safety belts
Blast the Scorpions
Get weird and cool
They're gonna play the Forum soon
Do you want to go?

But somehow we got separated
And I went back home all alone

I said "Hey, little girl,
Would you rock my world?"
'Cause I love who you are
You look like a lucky star
With that makeup on
Just like a young Madonna
Hey, I'm in love again
Do you remember prom night?
Remember prom night?
Remember prom night?

Mosh

80's Prom Night (ver. 5)

Another lonely night
Just like any other night
I didn't know what I should do
Till my friends were going out
To a super secret show
So I asked if I could go along too
And I dug down deep for a skinny tie
And I put one stud in my ear

And said "Hey, little girl,
Would you rock my world?”
'Cause I love who you are
You look like a lucky star
With that makeup on
Just like a young Madonna
Hey, I'm in love again
At 80s prom night

She told me she was looking for the captain of the ship
I told her I could man the wheel
'Cause navigating really is a touchy feely thing
And Italians understand the feel
So I stepped right into her Danger Zone
And I pulled her close on the floor

And said "Hey, little girl,
Would you rock my world?”
'Cause I love who you are
You look like a lucky star
With that makeup on
Just like a young Madonna
Hey, I'm in love again
At 80s prom night

Let me tell you what we did
We were dancing like 80s kids
With our sunglasses on at night
The lights came on,
She said "C'mon,
Let's do it all again"

So I stepped right into her Danger Zone
And I pulled her close on the floor

And said "Hey, little girl,
Would you rock my world?”
'Cause I love who you are
You look like a lucky star
With that makeup on
Just like a young Madonna
Hey, I'm in love again
At 80s prom night
At 80s prom night
At 80s prom night

Skip, mosh

See also

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rivers Cuomo. "Weird and Cool" Tumblr. 7 March 2015. http://rcuomo.tumblr.com/post/112990225550/weird-and-cool:
  2. Cuomo, Rivers. Riverpedia. Riverpedia archive - 09/02/2020. Page archived by Wayback Machine. https://web.archive.org/web/20210731224113/https://books-r-fun.herokuapp.com/wiki/Carnival%20Destiny
  3. Droke, Carolyn. "On ‘SZNZ,’ Weezer Thrives By Looking Ahead" Uproxx. 7 February 2023 https://uproxx.com/indie/weezer-interview-rivers-cuomo-sznz-winter/