Trampoline

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"Trampoline"
Trampoline cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Death to False Metal
Released November 2, 2010
Format CD
Recorded August 1998
2010 (overdubs)
Length 2:45
Label DGC Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# TK-2
Producer(s) Rich Mouser, Weezer, Shawn Everett
Status officially released
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Death to False Metal track listing
"I'm a Robot"
(6)
"Trampoline"
(7)
"The Odd Couple"
(8)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Little Girls"
(RC# 253)
"Trampoline"
(RC# 254)
"Give Me All Your Blessings"
(RC# 255)

"Trampoline" is the seventh track on Death to False Metal.

Overview

August 1998 sessions

"Trampoline" is a hiatus-era recording, initially recorded in August of 1998 at Mouse House Studios in Los Angeles, engineered by Rich Mouser. This same session produced "Velouria", released on the Where Is My Mind? A Tribute To The Pixies album in 1999. However, as Karl Koch notes in the recording history, "Apparently the 'non-Velourias' didn't come out too good. This is apparently due to the songs being somewhat unfinished at the time of recording."

The recording history originally noted two takes being recorded at this session: a "sped up" version and a "normal" version. After several years, these notes were removed, with only one take being listed. It's possible differing "normal" and "sped up" arrangements existed on other tapes from this era, and it's not known which arrangement was the released one.

Death to False Metal

The 1998 recording was revisited for the Death to False Metal album, with additional overdubs added to the track in 2009 or 2010. According to Rivers, a new bridge and guitar solo section were added, with the backing vocals seemingly being a recent addition as well. The bass track was redone by current Weezer bassist Scott Shriner to reflect the revised song structure (the original recording featured Mikey Welsh on bass).

Inspiration

In a 2011 interview, Karl Koch states, "But then there were the more slow tempo 'big huge Oasis rock' style songs, like 'Trampoline' I think." Rivers was known to have been studying Oasis' songs in the late 90s in an attempt to further refine his songwriting.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Trampoline 19 trampoline.mp3 June 1998 1:26 Alone VI: The Black Room
Weezer Trampoline August 1998 Mouse House Studio, Los Angeles, CA "sped up" take, existence unconfirmed
Weezer Trampoline August 1998 Mouse House Studio, Los Angeles, CA "normal" take
Weezer Trampoline August 19982010 The Lair Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA (overdubs) 2:45 Death to False Metal New bass track by Scott Shriner, backing vocal and guitar solo overdubs, and new bridge
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Personnel

Audio

Lyrics

Death to False Metal liner notes lyric sheet

I've never seen you before
But I know what you're thinking
You've got a knife in your back
And your witches are sinking

Trampoline
Trampoline
Trampoline
You're on my mind

I've never seen you before
But I know what you're feeling
You're running under the ground
And you're hitting the ceiling

Trampoline
Trampoline
Trampoline
You're on my mind

I've never seen you before
But I know what you're thinking
You've got a knife in your back
And your witches are sinking
Yes, they're sinking

Trampoline
Trampoline
Trampoline
You're on my mind
You're on my
Trampoline
Trampoline
Trampoline
You're on my mind
You're on my mind

See also