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Happy Anniversary

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"Happy Anniversary"
Happy Anniversary cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone XII: The White Year
Released November 23, 2020
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released

"Happy Anniversary" is a demo by Rivers Cuomo. The demo was released as part of the digital compilation Alone XII: The White Year on November 23, 2020.

Appearances

Overview

"Happy Anniversary" was demoed in 2015. The song's melody was also demoed (typically in the form of 30-second snippets) throughout the year under several different titles (including "Peppermint" and "Let Me See the Smile", among others) with differing lyrics. "Happy Anniversary" is the only demo, of these, known to have been recorded as a fully-realized song.

Known recordings

Note: Because the chronology of recordings is not verifiable, recordings are presented alphabetically by song title.

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo takeoff hi   @157.mp3 2015 1:01 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Happy Anniversary happy_anniversary._3_at152.mp3 2015 0:43 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Happy Anniversary happy_anniversary_4_shuffle_146.mp3 2015 0:47 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Happy Anniversary happy_anniversary_5_verse.mp3 2015 0:47 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Happy Anniversary Happy Anniversary 8 @160 vocals.mp3 2015 1:36 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Heart of Hearts heart of hearts 3 @159.mp3 2015 0:43 Alone XII: The White Year Melody not apparently related to other versions of "Heart of Hearts"
Rivers Cuomo Let Me See the Smile let me see the smile 4 @159.mp3 2015 0:30 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Out the Door out_the_door_@187 1.mp3 2015 0:25 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Out the Door out_the_door_2@168.mp3 2015 0:37 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Peppermint peppermint   2 @159.mp3 2015 0:30 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Peppermint - Peppermint 2 34mpc @ 99.mp3 2015(?)
Rivers Cuomo Peppermint Peppermint   4 verse @ 99.mp3 2015(?)
Rivers Cuomo Peppermint peppermint   7 @160.mp3 2015 0:30 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Untitled1 2.mp3 2015 0:39 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Untitled1 5.mp3 2015 8:57 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Untitled2-1.mp3 2015 7:03 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Whip It Up whip it up 5 @159.mp3 2015 0:30 Alone XII: The White Year Melody not apparently related to other versions of "Whip It Up"
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Lyrics

Happy Anniversary (ver. 8)

The Santa Anas were unbearable as we biked
So we stopped at the seats reserved for BMI
I thought it strange you were wearing a six-inch crucifix
But the food never came, and you spat in my face
Now I'm too sad to sing

Happy anniversary
Bombs are dropping in the street
I'm your personal psychopath
I'll count the raindrops until you come back

Recognizing I could never produce that sound
You were just asking my opinion to shut it down
Now I'm the small antelope down at the watering hole
It's a marriage of love, but we're totally bummed
Yeah yeah, what's wrong with that?

Happy anniversary
Bombs are dropping in the street
I'm your personal psychopath
I'll count the raindrops until you come back

Let Me See the Smile

Let me see the smile... that way
'Cause you've been frowning... every single day
I know that you ...inside
...
And let me see the smile

Peppermint

Peppermint tastes so good; don't need no sugar
She's always ...
...
'Cause she's special to me, and she's naturally sweet
I love my Peppermint

takeoff hi @ 157.mp3

I don't wanna see you looking that way again
'Cause ...
Everybody ...
'Cause I really...
Oh-oh, ...

Whip It Up (ver. 5)

Whip it up if you... what's good
Whip it up... understood
... that way
'Cause it's all over town, and ...
Oh-oh, and whip it up

See also