American Gigolo

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"American Gigolo"
American Gigolo cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Maladroit
Released May 14, 2002
Recorded December 2001/January 2002
Length 2:42
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 600
COR# 281
Producer Weezer with Chad Bamford and Rod Cervera
Status Officially released
Live debut June 8, 2001
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Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Saturday Night"
(RC# 599)
"American Gigolo"
(RC# 600)
"Take Control"
(RC# 601)
Maladroit track listing
"American Gigolo"
(1)
"Dope Nose"
(2)

"American Gigolo" is the opening track from Maladroit.

Appearances

Overview

"American Gigolo" was first written by Rivers Cuomo around February of 2001, and recorded by Weezer at DC Demos on May 27, 2001. Another recording was made during the band's BBC Sessions the following June 23rd. These original recordings portrayed the song in more of a funky vibe. Many fans were later surprised to hear the song evolve into more of a heavy metal riffer as the Maladroit sessions unfolded. Early versions of the song contain lyrics that greatly resemble that of "Photograph" ("If you want it / You can have it..."), though it is unknown if this is a deliberate allusion. A "gigolo" is a male escort or social companion who is supported by a woman in a continuing relationship, often living in her residence or having to be present at her beck and call. [1] The song's title may have been inspired by the 1980 film of the same name, but this has never been commented on. According to the Recording History, the song shares its chorus with the unreleased song "I Can't Tell You", written around the same time and also demoed at Monster Island Studios.

Audio

DC Demo

Maladroit demos

Album release

Personnel

Lyrics

Sit down, quiet everybody
We got a long way to go
I told you once before
That you better not start the show

Keep on, keep on
Keep on, keep on
Keep on, keep on
Keep on, keep on
Yeah

If you want me
You can't have me
Because you've got to
Understand me

Back off, baby I'm a loner
I got a lotta things to see
I told you once before
That you better not take it from me

If you hate this
No, I can't blame you
Because I'm hurtin'
So I'll flame you

And I've seen this game before
My love walks right to your door
There ain't no hope for me anymore
Ha ha ha ha, yeah

Various demos, (May 27, 2001 onward)

[...]
If you want it
You can have it
Pay your beeswax
You can grab it

And I've seen this game before
My love comes right to your door
There ain't no hope for you anymore

Various demos, (December 29, 2001 onward)

[...]
If you want me
You can't have me
But you got to
Please accept me
[...]

See also