East Coast or West Coast

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"East Coast or West Coast"
Demo by Weezer
Format MP3
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Demo circulating
This song is part of the "Up in the Clouds" lineage of songs

"East Coast or West Coast" (also known as "East Coast vs. West Coast") is a song written by Rivers Cuomo in 2006.

Appearances

Overview

Originally in contention for release on Weezer's 2008 self-titled album, "East Coast or West Coast" was reportedly also in contention for release on their 2014 album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. However, the song failed to make the cut for either. As Cuomo explained in a 2006 interview:[1]


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"When I was in [a 2006] meditation course, I was obsessing about “Where do I want to live—East Coast or West Coast?” And so many thoughts would come up about either coast, and I said, “Hey, I should write a song about that.” So, what it’s gonna be, is I’m gonna be in the center speaker, wondering what I should do. Then, Brian’s gonna be in the left speaker, arguing on behalf of the West Coast, and Scott will be on the right, arguing on behalf of the East Coast. And we’ll all just be singing and rapping to each other."


- Rivers Cuomo, [1]


In the song, it isn't made clear which coast wins, however, Cuomo mentions that the west coast won in real life.

Though unheard by fans for many years after its existence became known, various low resolution clips of the song were played in a Tinychat on November 19, 2017. Two days later, a 2007 demo of the song (albeit with an overdub featuring Pat Wilson on drums from 2012, plus an entirely new bridge from the same year) surfaced, along with demos of the unreleased songs "Call the Police", "Caveman", and "El Presidente".

Over the process of demoing the song between 2011 and 2014, the song gradually morphed into the song "Up in the Clouds."

Several recordings of this song from the EWBAITE-era were included on the compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years in 2020, though many of the versions were removed shortly thereafter (due to featuring members of the band other than Cuomo).

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo East Coast vs. West Coast East Coast Vs. West Coast.mp3 2007 4:43 Alone X: The Red-Raditude-Hurley Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast vs. West Coast 2007/2012 4:12 Patrick Wilson drum track. Leaked online in 2017.
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast    2.mp3 20112014 4:06 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast    3.mp3 20112014 4:06 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       4.mp3 20112014 4:06 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       4 no.mp3 20112014 4:06 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years No drums
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       5  pa.mp3 20112014 4:00 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coat - East VocMu.mp3 20112014 4:06 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coat - East VocUp.mp3 20112014 4:06 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coat - West VocMu.mp3 20112014 8:25 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coat - West VocMu 1.mp3 20112014 4:12 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coat - West VocMu 2.mp3 20112014 4:06 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coat - West VocMu 4.mp3 8:25 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       7.mp3 20112014 4:00 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020.
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       8  sc.mp3 20112014 3:54 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020.
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       10 ro.mp3 20112014 3:45 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020.
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       11.mp3 20112014 3:45 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020. Bridge: "Which coast do I love the most? / I don't know, I don't know, I don't know"
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       12.mp3 20112014 3:45 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020. Chorus: "Which coast do I love the most? / I don't know, I don't know, I don't know"
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       13 ev.mp3 20112014 3:42 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020. Chorus from "Up in the Clouds." ("Can you tell me which of y'all got it goin' on?")
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       14 of.mp3 20112014 3:42 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020. Chorus from "Up in the Clouds" ("Can you tell me which of the coasts got it goin' on?")
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       15 lo.mp3 20112014 3:42 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020. Chorus from "Up in the Clouds" ("Can you tell me which locale got it goin' on?")
Rivers Cuomo East Coast or West Coast East Coast or West Coast       17.mp3 20112014 3:08 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on November 23, 2020. Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds" ("Can you tell me which of y'all got it goin' on?")
Rivers Cuomo Up in a Cloud Up In A Cloud      18.mp3 20112014 3:20 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on December 28, 2020. Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds"
Rivers Cuomo Up in a Cloud Up In A Cloud      19.mp3 20112014 3:43 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on December 28, 2020. Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds"
Rivers Cuomo Up in a Cloud Up In A Cloud      20.mp3 20112014 3:43 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on December 28, 2020. Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds"
Rivers Cuomo Up in a Cloud Up In A Cloud      21.mp3 20112014 3:43 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on December 28, 2020. Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds"
Rivers Cuomo Up in a Cloud Up In A Cloud      22.mp3 20112014 3:43 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from bundle on December 28, 2020. Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds"
Rivers Cuomo Up in a Cloud Up In A Cloud      23 demo for guys.mp3 20112014 2:17 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds"
Rivers Cuomo Up in a Cloud Up In A Cloud      24 instrumental f.mp3 20112014 2:17 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds"
Rivers Cuomo Up in the Clouds Up In The Clouds     26.mp3 20112014 2:17 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Verse melody and chorus from "Up in the Clouds"
Rivers Cuomo Up in the Clouds Up In The Clouds     26 1.mp3 20112014 2:17 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Duplicate of Up In The Clouds     26.mp3
For the remaining "Up in the Clouds" demos, see "Up in the Clouds."

Audio

Lyrics

I finally found a girl to love
It's time for me to settle down
The trouble is that I can't decide
Where to spend the rest of my life
At first I thought I wanted to be
One more east coast family
But now I'm not so sure anymore
Which coast I love more,

East coast or west coast?

The east is where your family is
It's where you grew up
Where you raise you kids
The west is where you paid your dues
Made your name and had your breakthroughs

The east has a more intellectual bent
The west has winners bound for success
I know that's stale but I can't decide
Where I want to reside

East coast or west coast?

I'm so sick of moving around
Once and for all I wanna settle down
Moved so much when I was a kid
Always trying to make new friends

If it's roots that you want, come on
The west is where you lived for so long
It's got your bros and your doctors too
The hairstylist that perfected your 'do
No, that ain't nothing that you should mind
Think of the ironwood trees that you climbed
When you were a kid and the seasons would change
It just ain't right when they stay the same

East coast or west coast?

Think of the times that you had in the west
The chicks that randomly showed you their breasts
When you walked in the streets in the city at night
Looking for someone to make you feel (alright)
Think of your mom and think of your dad
Don't you think you oughta' pay them back?
And help them find their happiness
And they can help with the kids

East coast or west coast?

How could you raise your kids in the east?
Don't you remember how you would weep?
And the backwards, bigoted, bully creeps
You should find some alternative means
If alternative means don't serve the dudes
Then, by all means, go ahead and move
But how sad it would've been if you'd blown your youth
Trying to outdo the cool

East coast or west coast?

Now hold on, guys, let's give it a rest
I like both coasts, the east and the west
I'll have to think on this for a while
And ask myself with smile:

East coast or west coast? (Where can I do my best?)
East coast or west coast? (Where can I give my best?)

I think you know where you wanna live, bro
Aw, shut... the... shut up

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Riesman, Abe J. "Rivers' End: Weezer’s frontman speaks out on women, Expos, what he’s writing now, and his marriage to a Japanese girl" The Harvard Crimson. 26 April 2006. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2006/4/26/rivers-end-in-early-1995-a/