Harvard Blues

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"Harvard Blues"
Harvard Blues cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone II
Released November 25, 2008
Recorded 1997
Length N/A
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Professor Nancy Yousef & Rivers Cuomo
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
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Alone II track listing
"I Was Scared"
"Harvard Blues"
"My Brain Is Working Overtime"

"Harvard Blues" is a 30-second sound collage featured on Alone II.


Harvard Blues was recorded in 1997 while Rivers Cuomo was attending Harvard University. The track is comprised of a phone message from Cuomo's answering machine played at two different speeds -- one out of each speaker. The message was left by a classmate who explains an elaborate assignment using extensive literature jargon. The track concludes with a frustrated scream from Cuomo. On Alone II, the track purposely segues into My Brain Is Working Overtime to extend the frustrated theme of the song.


  • Harvard classmate - speech
  • Rivers Cuomo – scream

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