Longtime Sunshine

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"Longtime Sunshine"
Longtime Sunshine cover
Demo by Weezer
Album Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Released December 18, 2007
Recorded 1994
Length 3:15
Label Geffen
Writer Rivers Cuomo
RC# 171
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status officially released
Live debut June 7, 2011
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Getting Up and Leaving"
(RC# 170)
"Longtime Sunshine"
(RC# 171)
"When You're Alone"
(RC# 172)
Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track listing
"Chess"
(6)
"Longtime Sunshine"
(7)
"Blast Off!"
(8)
Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition) track listing
"Butterfly (alternate take)"
(12)
"Long Time Sunshine"
(14)
"Getting Up and Leaving"
(13)
Songs from the Black Hole (Tracklist 1) track listing
"What Is This I Find?"
(15)
"Longtime Sunshine"
(16)
"Longtime Sunshine (Reprise)"
(17)
Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition)
Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition)

"Longtime Sunshine" (sometimes written "Long Time Sunshine") was written by Rivers Cuomo in 1994.

Contents

Appearences

Overview

"Longtime Sunshine" was written in January of 1994. At the time, Rivers was feeling very nervous about the uncertainty of his future. Said Rivers,

"I started longing for the safety, peace, quiet, simplicity and family structure of my New England childhood. I thought back to one of my favorite memories, lying in the bottom bunk, my brother in the top, in our bedroom in our farmhouse in Eastford, Connecticut, in the hot, hot, summer, 7, 8 p.m., sun still up, but having to go to sleep because it's our bedtime, one of those big box fans blowing, and my parents, Ma and Steve, sitting at our bedside, singing an old hippie song to us, to calm us down and ease us into sleep, "May the Longtime Sun Shine Upon You." ...I wrote it on my mom's piano when I was back in Connecticut at Christmas."

Karl Koch noted in a recent interview that "Longtime Sunshine" was meant to close Pinkerton until "Butterfly" was written very late in the sessions. The song went on to be considered a Homie track in 1997 (although was one of two Homie tracks never played live). Rivers' demo was eventually released on the 2007 collection Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, while the Pinkerton sessions version (with the special coda ending) was released in 2010 on the deluxe edition of Pinkerton.

During the filming of the second video for "Island in the Sun" in 2001, Rivers played "Longtime Sunshine" on acoustic guitar for director Spike Jonze. A few seconds of this performance were included in a behind the scenes video released on Weezer.com. It is unknown, and surprising, for many Weezer fans as to why Cuomo would be playing this song for Jonze at this point in his career.

During a Memories Tour concert in June 2011 in Austin, TX the song premiered live with a new arrangement.

The song has been available in MP3 form since 2002.

Closing SFTBH

In the context of Songs from the Black Hole, "Longtime Sunshine" is a slow, piano-driven ballad about (lead Songs from the Black Hole character) Jonas' dissatisfaction with life, wanting to return to times when things were more simple for them. It is assumed that the song would be from Jonas' point of view after the chaotic events of the whole opera. The song acts as a contrary to Jonas' feelings about the space mission in the very first track, "Blast Off!", simply wanting to give everything up and return to simpler times. The track was later dropped from the Track List 2.

The song was leaked onto the internet by Cuomo before being officially released as a demo on Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

Although "Longtime Sunshine" appears on Track List 1 (even getting a reprise), there is debate over whether it was ever supposed to fit in the Songs From the Black Hole universe. It is assumed that this song, much like "Tired of Sex" and "Devotion", was originally a reflection of Rivers Cuomo and then later into SFTBH.

The song was recorded during early Pinkerton sessions, and this version was released on the Deluxe Edition of Pinkerton.

Special Coda Mix

A "Special Coda Mix" of the song was experimented with at the time of SFTBH, consisting of an overlapping medley of vocals from "Longtime Sunshine", "Why Bother?", "No Other One", "I Just Threw Out the Love Of My Dreams", and "Blast Off!". "Waiting On You" may have been included on Rivers' demo of the song, as listed in the recording history, but does not appear on the final version.

The "Special Coda Mix" is included on the deluxe edition of Pinkerton, while the reprisal version was included on the third edition of River's Alone albums.

Personnel

  • Rivers Cuomo – piano, lead vocals, percussion, bass guitar

Lyrics

Rivers demo

Sometimes I wanna pack it all up, get on a bus and move to Vermont,
Or Maine, or any of those states back east that I remember.
Sometimes I wanna go back to school, an east coast college with some history.
I'd be satisfied, I know, in the simple things.

Longtime sunshine.
Longtime sunshine upon me.

Sometime I wanna build a house with a wood stove or a fire place.
In the middle of the living room an old piano.
Sometimes it don't seem so bad to settle down with a good woman;
Leave this lonely life behind forever, and ever.

Longtime sunshine.
Longtime sunshine upon me.

Sometimes I wanna get in a car, close my eyes and drive real fast;
Keep on going 'til I get some place where I can truly rest.

Longtime sunshine.
Longtime sunshine upon me.

Pinkerton sessions

Sometimes I wanna pack it all up, get on a bus and move to Vermont,
Or Maine, or any of those states back east that I remember.
Sometimes I wanna go back to school, an east coast college with some history.
I'd be satisfied, I know, in the simple things.

Longtime sunshine.
Longtime sunshine upon me.

Sometime I wanna build a house with a wood stove or a fire place.
In the middle of the living room an old piano.
Sometimes it don't seem so bad to settle down with a good woman;
Leave this lonely life behind forever, and ever.

Longtime sunshine.
Longtime sunshine upon me.

Goodbye friends, goodbye my girl, close my eyes as you fly away
Keep on going 'til you get some place where you can truly rest.

Longtime sunshine.
Longtime sunshine upon me.

Rivers, repeated: Long time sunshine, long time sunshine upon me.
Brian, repeated: Why bother? It's gonna hurt me, it's gonna kill when you desert me.
Matt, repeated: He is in my eyes, he is in my ears, he is in my blood, he is in my tears.
Rivers (falsetto), repeated: No, there is no other one, no, there is no other one, can't have any other one, even though I would with one.
Rivers: Blast off! Up to the stars we go, and leave behind everything I use to know
Somebody's giving me a whole lot of money to do what I think I want to
So why am I still feeling blue? Oh Wuan and Dondo.

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