I Can't Forget the Way

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"I Can't Forget the Way"
I Can't Forget the Way cover
Demo by Weezer
Album Alone V: Before Weezer
Released November 22, 2020
Recorded January 1, 1992
Length 3:24
Label None
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 119
COR# N/A
Producer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Demo released
Live debut March 19, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA
Last played April 7, 1992 in West Hollywood, CA
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Close Your Eyes and Gimmie a Kiss"
(RC# 118)
"I Can't Forget The Way"
(RC# 119)
"Chasm"
(RC# 120)
This song is part of the "Byzantine" lineage of songs

"I Can't Forget The Way" is a song by Weezer. It is notable for being the earliest song recorded by the band as well as the first song to be performed live at the band's first concert.

Appearances

Overview

"I Can't Forget the Way" was first demoed by Rivers Cuomo on January 1, 1992, as part of an effort known as the 50 Song Project,[1] in which Cuomo and Pat Wilson attempted to write fifty songs in the musical style of bands such as the Pixies and Nirvana. The song was recorded during Weezer's third practice session on February 16, 1992, and performed live for the first time at Weezer's first show, at the club Raji's in Hollywood, on March 19. Karl Koch has described the song as "really rocking" and "awesome". The song appeared on a spreadsheet compiled by Cuomo titled The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo, released online in 2008. Part of the song was later used as the bridge of "Byzantine" on The Black Album. The chorus bears some resemblance to the chorus of Weezer's 2002 song "American Gigolo," though this may be coincidental.

Cuomo's original demo was first released as part of the digital compilation Alone V: Before Weezer on November 22, 2020.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo I Can't Forget the Way 14 I Can't Forget the Way.mp3 January 1, 1992 2914 Urban Ave., Santa Monica, CA 3:24 Alone V: Before Weezer
Rivers Cuomo I Can't Forget the Way I Can't Forget the Way       2.mp3 January 1, 1992 2914 Urban Ave., Santa Monica, CA 3:26 Alone V: Before Weezer Alternate rip of 14 I Can't Forget the Way.mp3
Weezer I Can't Forget the Way February 16, 1992 TK Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA Weezer rehearsal
Weezer I Can't Forget the Way March 30, 1992 Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA Live performance. Concert taped by Karl Koch
Weezer I Can't Forget the Way April 7, 1992 8121 Club, Los Angeles, CA Live performance. Concert taped by Karl Koch

Live performances

Lyrics

Rolling, crashing, breaking, smashing,
Giving, taking, making, breaking promises
Father, mother, sisters, brother
My best friend, my lover, my destroyer

Believe, I believe
Every time I build the castle
High upon the shore it happens again
It happens again

Here she comes, here he comes
Here I come, closer and closer
Crash and come down
Crash and come down
Crash and come down

I can't forget the way
I can't forget the way
I can't forget the way
I can't forget

Every time I'm sure I'm right
I'm wrong and then I'm wrong, wrong again
That's what I get when I pretend
Walls of sand will keep out
Keep out the waves
Crash and come down
Bring down the walls above us
Pull me closer

I can't forget the way
I can't forget the way
I can't forget the way
I can't forget the way

See also

References