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December cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Maladroit
Released May 14, 2002
Length 3:00
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 605
COR# 286
Producer(s) Weezer, Rod Cervera, Chad Bamford
Status Released
Live debut June 8, 2001
Maladroit track listing
"Love Explosion"
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"The Zep Song"
(RC# 604)
"December (Only Love)"
(RC# 605)
"A Dio"
(RC# 606)

"December" is the thirteenth and final track on Maladroit.



"December" was first recorded on May 27, 2001 at Monster Island Studios in Washington, D.C., during a stop on the Hooptie Tour, with the intention of sending the recordings to prospective producers for the band's planned fourth album. Several of these recordings were posted to, but "December" was not among them. The song was attempted again for the Radio 1 show The Evening Session, presented by Steve Lamacq, on June 13, 2001. Normally, bands record four songs to promote a new album, but Weezer performed eight entirely new songs. "December" was not one of the songs aired, but was finished in Los Angeles on July 9 and later released for free on The song was brought back during the sessions for Maladroit in December of that year. The band shared several in-progress recordings of the song with fans during the album's production.

"December" was played live at several shows throughout June and July of 2001, during the Hooptie Tour and Euro Freak Out Tour. The song is only known to have been performed three times, however, during the tours in support of Maladroit in 2002. In early December of 2014, Rivers Cuomo created a Christmas-themed Spotify playlist titled "Everything Will Be Jolly in the End", featuring several songs by Weezer, among others. "December" was included on this playlist and, a few days later on December 6, Weezer performed the song, for the first time in twelve years, acoustically at a show in Atlanta, Georgia on the Everything Will Be Alright in the End Tour. The song was also played during that tour's final two remaining shows.

Live performances



Album version


Maladroit sessions


Only love can ease the pain
Of a boy caught in the rain
Only hope will remember
Burning flame in December

Only love, only love

Only faith can bring to life
One that falls by the wayside
Only trust can inspire
Soggy lungs to breathe fire

Only love, only love

It's only natural
The moon is just half-full
We give our best away
Only love

Only trust can inspire
Soggy longs to breath fire

Only love, only love

See also