Heart Songs

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"Heart Songs"
Heart Songs cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Red Album)
Released June 3, 2008
Recorded Spring 2007
Length 4:06
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Rick Rubin
Status Officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
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Weezer (The Red Album) track listing
"Pork and Beans"
(3)
"Heart Songs"
(4)
"Everybody Get Dangerous"
(5)
Deliverance at Hand! track listing
"Autopilot"
(1)
"Heart Songs"
(2)
"Here Comes The Girl"
(3)

"Heart Songs" is the fourth track off of The Red Album.

Appearances

Overview

"Heart Songs" is about all the artists and records that have influenced Rivers Cuomo, from Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" when Cuomo was 5 years old, to Nirvana's Nevermind in 1991. The bridge of the song briefly describes the formation of Weezer.

Writing and demoing "Heart Songs"

Cuomo stated that Heart Songs was written in March, 2006. Demo'd in August 2006. On Cuomo's honeymoon in Japan in 2006, he had a sudden burst of inspiration. At 1 p.m. everyday he would get on his "crazy Japanese bike" and ride for about ten minutes down to the local mega-mall. On the third floor were studios that can be rented for five dollars an hour, with drums and a soundboard. Cuomo explained that he would record his new songs (which included "Heart Songs" and "My Day is Coming"), and when finished, exit "into the midst of a Japanese mega-mall".

Live performances

To date, Weezer has not performed "Heart Songs" live. However, during the Troublemaker Tour, Karl Koch would come out on stage prior to the encore, set up a record player, and play "Heart Songs". Cuomo would then come out and smash the record player at the point of the song that recalls hearing Nirvana for the first time. Scott and Pat would then come on stage, and play Nirvana's "Sliver" as a three-piece. Cuomo has said that "Sliver" was the first Nirvana song he heard while working at Tower Records.

Personnel

Lyrics

Gordon Lightfoot sang a song about a boat that sank in the lake at the break of the morn
and a cat named Stevens found a faith he could believe in and Joan Baez
never listened to too much jazz but hippie songs could be heard in our pad
Eddie Rabbitt sang about how much he loved a rainy night
Abba, Devo, Benatar were there the day John Lennon died
Mr. Springsteen said he had a hungry heart
Grover Washington was happy on the day he topped the chart

These are the songs...
these are my heart songs
they never feel wrong

and when I wake for goodness sake...
these are the songs I keep singing

Quiet Riot got me started with the banging of my head
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Slayer taught me how to shred
I gotta admit though, sometimes I would listen to the radio
Debbie Gibson, tell me that you think we're all alone
Michael Jackson's in the mirror
Gotta have faith if I wanna see clear
Never gonna give you up, this new love a wishing well
It takes two to make a thing go right, if the Fresh Prince starts a fight
Don't you worry for too long 'cause you know...

These are the songs...
these are my heart songs
they never feel wrong

and when I wake for goodness sake...
these are the songs I keep singing

Back in 1991 I wasn't having any fun
'til my roommate said "come on" and put a brand new record on
Had a baby on it, he was naked on it
then I heard the chords that broke the chains I had up on me
got together with my bros at some rehearsal studios
then we played our first rock show and watched the fan base start to grow
signed the day we kicked the door to
make a record of our own
a song comes on the radio and now people go "This is the song"

These are my heart songs (these are my songs)
they never feel wrong (never feel wrong)
and when I wake for goodness sake
these are the songs I keep singing
(these are my heart songs)
these are the songs I keep singing
(they never feel wrong)
these are the songs I keep singing
(these are my heart songs)
these are the songs I keep singing
These are the songs I keep singing

Artists, songs and albums referenced in "Heart Songs"

  • Gordon Lightfoot, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976)
  • Cat Stevens
  • Joan Baez
  • Eddie Rabbitt, "I Love a Rainy Night" (1981)
  • Abba
  • Devo
  • Pat Benatar
  • John Lennon, (died December 8, 1980)
  • Bruce Springsteen, "Hungry Heart" (1980)
  • Grover Washington, "Just The Two of Us" (1981)
  • Quiet Riot, "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" (1983)
  • Iron Maiden
  • Judas Priest
  • Slayer
  • Debbie Gibson
  • Tiffany, "I Think We're Alone Now" (1987)
  • Michael Jackson, "Man in the Mirror" (1988)
  • George Michael, "Faith" (1987)
  • Rick Astley, "Never Gonna Give You Up" (1988)
  • Terence Trent D'Arby, "Wishing Well" (1988)
  • Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, "It Takes Two" (1988)
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith), "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song" (1990), "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson" (1989)
  • Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)

See also