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When We Were Young

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"When We Were Young"
When We Were Young cover
Alone XI cover art
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Josh Alexander
Status unreleased (fan recreations exist)

This song is part of the "High as a Kite" lineage of songs
This page is for the song written by Rivers Cuomo. For the That Dog song of the same name, see When We Were Young (That Dog song)

"When We Were Young" (formerly "Second Chance") is a song written by Rivers Cuomo in collaboration with Josh Alexander.



"When We Were Young" was demoed in the years leading up to the release of Weezer's 2014 album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. The song is not currently in circulation, but has been played to fans, who have attempted to recreate the song by memory. The song's verse melody was later appropriated for the song "High as a Kite" from Weezer's eponymous Black Album in 2019. Early work demos (under the title "Second Chance") were released in 2020 as part of the demo compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years.

The song's chorus melody has been compared to the 1967 song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by British rock band Procol Harum. It is unknown whether this similarity was the reason for the song being reworked.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Second Chance second chance 1.mp3 20112014 3:40 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Second Chance Second Chance 2.mp3 20112014 1:34 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo When We Were Young When We Were Young       3.m4a
Rivers Cuomo When We Were Young When We Were Young       6.m4a
Rivers Cuomo When We Were Young When We Were Young       7 alt melod.m4a
Rivers Cuomo When We Were Young When We Were Young       9.mp3
Rivers Cuomo When We Were Young When We Were Young       10.mp3
For additional recordings, see "High as a Kite"
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Fan re-creation

On September 25, 2018, All Things Weezer users Richard and MyNameIsLuke released a cover of "When We Were Young" under the moniker Social Exclusion.

See also