This Is the Way

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"This Is the Way"
This Is the Way cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Released December 18, 2007
Recorded 2007
Length 4:17
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track listing
"Crazy One"
"This Is the Way"
"Little Diane"

This song is part of the "I See Colors" lineage of songs

"This Is the Way" is the fifteenth track from Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.



For Weezer's sixth album, I was feeling extremely adventurous again. I wrote an epic, 6-minute symphonic type of art song called "Daydreamer". After I wrote the song, though, I reversed myself again, deciding to write a straight-ahead, nothing-fancy, middle-of-the-road, urban pop type of song. I took the chords from a Mario hit, fired up the drum machine and the synth pads, and wrote "This is the Way".

When it camed time for Weezer to vote on songs to record for the album, I submitted both "Daydreamer" and "This is the Way" but I secretly preferred "Daydreamer" because it was so bold, weird, and gigantic.

Of course, everyone voted for the straightforward pop number, "This is the Way".

I called a meeting and told the guys that it was important to me that "Daydreamer" got on the record. They felt excitement and so they consented. "This is the Way" got cut from the list. Everyone around us, though, was saying "'This is the Way' is the bomb--you should really do that song." Scott, in particular was like, "I want to sing that song. I can own it." I definitely loved the song, too, but it was just too straightforward for what I wanted to do at the time. Thankfully, I have a way to get the song out now, here on this demo compilation.

And maybe "This is the Way" will end up on Weezer album number 7. We'll see.

- Rivers Cuomo, Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo liner notes

Cuomo lifted the chords for "This Is the Way" from the song "Let Me Love You" by mononymous R&B singer Mario. "This is the Way" was previously unheard prior to the release of Alone. Some of the song's verse melody appears to have been repurposed for the song "I See Colors" off of The Space Between Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. "This Is the Way" also appeared on the digital demo compilation Alone X: The Red-Raditude-Hurley Years in 2020. This version is the same recording, albeit with a slightly later fade-out.


  • Rivers Cuomo – keyboards, lead guitar, lead vocals, percussion, bass guitar, backing vocals



This is the way baby
This is the way

You got to question
Your situation
He's taking advantage of you
You're such a pushover
He's rolling you over
And all that you
Ask him to do

So stand up for yourself
And get what you deserve
And I will give it to you my love
I will never leave
'Cause you're the air I breathe
And you're the heaven
High up above

And this is the way
That a man loves his lady
He does what he can
And he never tells her "maybe"

The world is still turning
But you are not learning
You're letting him
Take what he wants
You give him your loving
Your kissing and hugging
But then he goes back
Where he wants

And you know that it's true
It's all because of you
And now you got
To take back your love
Open up to me
I will make you see
What I have
Is more than enough

I swear to you
I will never let you down
I care about you
From the inside to the out
Let the jokers
Learn a lesson that is true
It's only me
And you from now on

And this is the way
That a man loves his lady
He does what he can
And he never tells her "maybe"

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo This Is the Way This is the Way.mp3 2007 4:36 Alone X: The Red-Raditude-Hurley Years Original demo
Rivers Cuomo This Is the Way 2007 4:17 Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo Slightly shortened edit of "This is the Way.mp3" (earlier fade-out)
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