Two to Tango

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"Two to Tango"
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Yeastmaster Pt. 2
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 108, 121
Producer(s) Weezer
Status Demo circulating
Live debut April 7, 1992
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Chasm"
(RC# 120)
"Two to Tango"
(RC# 121)
"My Oh My"
(RC# 122)

"Two to Tango" (sometimes written as "2-2-Tango") is a song written by Rivers Cuomo. The Catalog of Riffs lists a version written in 1991 (labeled as a "prototype") and then a second version dated January 3, 1992.

Appearances

Overview

The song originated in November, 1991 as a "prototype" version, and a more finalized demo was recorded in January, 1992. Both versions of the song were considered a part of The 50 Song Project collaboration between Cuomo and Pat Wilson. The 1991 prototype was released online in November of 2020 as a part of the Alone V: Before Weezer digital compilation. Before this, only handwritten lyrics uploaded by Cuomo himself were available. According to the Recording History, the song was rehearsed by Weezer in February of 1992 and played live, acoustically, at the 8121 Club on April 7 of the same year.

Audio

Lyrics

Tango-only in dreams-pops.jpg

It takes two
Two to tango
It takes two
To lay down that foxtrot
Don't take three
Don't take four
Don't take five or six or more
To set the world on fire
It takes two
To pack yourself a sandwich for lunch
To pack yourself some baggies for walking
Don't take three
Don't take four
Don't take even a single one more

Prototype:

It takes two
Two to tango
It takes two
To lay down that foxtrot
It takes two
It takes three or four or more
To set the world on fire

To pack yourself a sandwich for lunch
To pack yourself some baggies for walking
It takes three
It takes four
It takes quite a few many more

So listen right here now
This part's supposed to be half-time
In the future if this song's ever played this part should be half-time and that should be good
Like that, okay?

Where we foxtrot
It's a really special place
I call my home

Then you'll see
What's inside me
I'll show you why
I call so sly
And it go

You're not old
Something complete
So secure
If you're not sure

See also