Don't Worry Baby

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"Don't Worry Baby"
Don't Worry Baby cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone II
Recorded March 1993
Length N/A
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Brian Wilson and Roger Christian
RC# 156
COR# N/A
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Speed Wax (If I Fell)"
(RC# 155)
"Don't Worry Baby"
(RC# 156)
"Punk Rock Girl"
(RC# 157)
Alone II track listing
"Come to My Pod
(10)
"Don't Worry Baby"
(11)
"The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World"
(12)

"Don't Worry Baby" is a track from Alone II. It is a Beach Boys cover, written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian. It was first featured on their their 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2.

In the liner notes to Alone II, Cuomo notes that recording this cover was an attempt to help form his own sound. He had previously employed a gritter singing-screaming sound for his vocals but noted that he had more of a "choir boy" sound. He used "Don't Worry Baby" as a template for honing his own sound and style - substituting the sound of the original with Weezer's familiar chugging guitars and adding a guitar solo.

In the lyrics, Cuomo uses, "And makes me want to cry," instead of, "And makes me want to drive," in the original.

Cuomo also recorded a cover of the Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl" around this time, perhaps for similar reasons.

Overview

Live performance

Cuomo performed "Don't Worry Baby" with an A Capella ensemble in Hollywood for the website Stereogum. Cuomo posted a youtube video on December 4, 2008 asking any interested A Capella groups contact him.

Personnel

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

Lyrics

Well its been building up inside of me
For, oh, I don't know how long
I don't know why
But I keep thinking
Something's bound to go wrong

But she looks in my eyes
And makes me realize
And she says don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby

I guess I should've kept my mouth shut
When I started to brag about my car
But I can't back down now
Because I pushed the other guys too far

She makes me come alive
And makes me wanna drive
When she says don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby

She told me baby, when you race today
Just take along my love with you
And if you knew how much I love you
Baby nothing could go wrong with you

Oh what she does to me
When she makes love to me
And she says dont worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby

See also