Bless the Whole Wide World

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"Bless the Whole Wide World"
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Ecce Homo
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Ecce Homo track listing
"The Waste Land"
(11)
"Bless the Whole Wide World"
(12)
"Everybody Needs Salvation"
(13)

"Bless the Whole Wide World" (also known as "The Whole Wide World") is a demo by Rivers Cuomo. The song originally demoed in consideration for what would eventually become Weezer's ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. The demo was released as part of the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years on November 20, 2020.

Overview

On Riverschat, Rivers revealed that it was one of his favorite songs that he had ever written, but "no one else liked it".

Lyrics

Ecce Homo

So fucking paranoid from guilt
From hate, from murderous intent, it pays the rent
There ain’t no peace when you’ve killed your father
Usurped the throne in time for Lent, is this all we get?

Tell me why we want to be kings
Tell me why we want to be queens
There's never any peace
From the moment that you seize the throne

People are killing
People are dying
Hating on each other
'Till they're in the graves
So if you ask God to bless your nation
Why not ask Him to bless the whole wide world?

It was ten hard years since the attack
So many died, we had to pay them back, we couldn’t slack
So we called on someone we could trust
How were we to know it would all go bust and turn to dust?

Tell me why we want to be kings
Tell me why we want to be queens
There's never any peace
From the moment that you seize the throne

People are killing
People are dying
Hating each other
'Till they're in the graves
So if you ask God to bless your nation
Why not ask Him to bless the whole wide world?

Whole wide world
(What a fuckin' mess we're in)
Whole world
(Who the fuck you messin' with?)

People are killing
People are dying
Hating each other
'Till they're in the graves
So if you ask God to bless your nation
Why not ask Him
Why not ask Him
Why not ask Him to bless the whole wide world?

Original (From Ecce Homo booklet)

So fricking paranoid from guilt
From hate, from murderous intent, it pays the rent
There ain’t no peace when you’ve killed your father
Usurped the throne in time for Lent, is this all we get?

Tell me why we want to be kings
Tell me why we want to be queens
There’s never any peace from the moment that you seize the throne

People are killing, people are dying
People need something to ease the pain
So if you ask God to bless your nation
Why not ask him to bless the whole wide world?

It was 18 days since the attack
So many died, we had to pay them back, we couldn’t slack
So we called on someone we could trust
How were we to know it would all go bust and turn to dust?

See also