American Girls

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"American Girls"
American Girls cover
Album track by Homie
Album Meet the Deedles Soundtrack
Released March 24, 1998
Recorded January 1998 in Boston, MA
Length 4:15
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 221
COR# N/A
Producer Matt Sharp
Status Officially released (rock version circulating)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Fun Time"
(RC# 220)
"American Girls"
(RC# 221)
"1,000 Years"
(RC# 222)

"American Girls" is the only officially released song from the Homie catalogue. It was written by Rivers Cuomo in 1997 during Weezer's hiatus and released in 1998 on the Meet the Deedles soundtrack.

Overview

Hard Rock version

Live Performances

The original incarnation of "American Girls" was a fast paced driving rock number. Fans have dubbed it the "American Girls (Hard Rock version)". The song was performed three times in the winter of 1997 in local Boston clubs. The first performance was in October at a Weezer try-out show. After another performance at a Weezer try-out show, the song was switched to the Homie setlist.

Studio recordings

The song was recorded four times prior to it's Deedle's recording. All three of these demo recordings are assumed to be of the Hard Rock version. The first recording was on Rivers' DA-88 machine in September of 1997. The second recording was recorded later that Winter in Cambridge, MA, as a home demo. Next, the song was recorded in a professional Boston studio, most likely Fort Apache, with Ross Humpheries engineering. Finally, the song was recorded in the Homie album sessions, which, according to Karl Koch, were finished recordings of the Homie album.

Deedles version

The official and released version of "American Girls" is a slowed down, primarily acoustic, R&B ballad, recorded in January 1998 at a Boston pro studio. The song makes extensive use of the harmonica and gang vocals. It should be noted that this is the final released recording to feature both Rivers Cuomo and Matt Sharp, as Matt Sharp had left the band prior to the recording to pursue The Rentals full time.


Studio Recording Personnel

Lyrics

Darling, I'm afraid to close my eyes when I'm going to bed
I'm afraid you'll crack the phone down over my head
Why are all American girls so rough?
Damn a girl can't ever hurt you enough

Lady, you knock me on my knees and I can't stand up
You got the look in your eye and you smack my butt
Why are all American girls so rough?
Why do all American girls act so tough?
Why are all American girls so rough?

That hole you're digging in my ribs
It ain't no real wound
So baby, take it easy
Let's try to be friends

Why are all American girls so rough?
Damn! A girl can't ever hurt you enough

Lady, you knock me on my knees and I can't stand up
You got the look in your eye and you smack my butt
Why are all American girls so rough?
Why do all American girls act so tough?
Why are all American girls so rough?

American girls (doo-doo-doo-doo)
American girls (doo-doo-doo-doo)

See also