Chess

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"Chess"
Chess cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Released December 18, 2007
Recorded May 1993
Length 2:26
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 162
COR# N/A
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Negativland"
(RC# 161)
"Chess"
(RC# 162)
"Holiday"
(RC# 163)
Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track listing
"Buddy Holly
(5)
"Chess"
(6)
"Longtime Sunshine"
(7)

"Chess" is the sixth track from Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

Overview

In the liner notes of Alone, Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo claims that this was the first song written after a bout with writer's block, when he was finally able to shake expectations of himself. He went with the first thing he could come up with and strummed a D chord, which led him to write the rest of the song.

Personnel

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

Lyrics

Chess is such a difficult game
With so many pieces
So many squares where you can go
So few promises

Never you mind all the others
Anticipating your next move
I know it's hard
'Cause you got a lot to do

Street signs and traffic lights
Ever confusing the issue
Stop left, go right, no U-turn
Where's the goddamn exit?

Never you mind all the others
Influencing your next move
I know it's hard
'Cause you got a lot to prove

La la la, la la la

Sex and drugs and rock and roll
The pieces lie right before you
This puzzle can't be done wrong
So come one while you can

Never you mind all the others
Anticipating your next move
Never you mind all the others
Never you mind what they do

Don't let them get you down
'Cause if they do
You'll be trapped forever under their shoe
Here is a paintbrush so go
I know it's hard
'Cause you've got a lot to do

La la la, la la la

See also