I Don't Want to Let You Go

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"I Don't Want to Let You Go"
I Don't Want to Let You Go cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Raditude
Released Alone II - November 28, 2008
Raditude - November 3, 2009
Length Alone II - 3:46
Raditude - 3:48
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Alone II - Rivers Cuomo
Raditude - Jacknife Lee
Status Officially released
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Raditude track listing
"In the Mall
"I Don't Want to Let You Go"
Raditude (Deluxe Edition) track listing
"In the Mall
"I Don't Want to Let You Go"
"Get Me Some"
Raditude (International Version) track listing
"In the Mall
"I Don't Want to Let You Go"
"Turn Me Round"
Alone II track listing
"My Brain Is Working Overtime
"I Don't Want to Let You Go"
"Oh Jonas"
Deliverance at Hand! track listing
"Here Comes The Girl"
"I Don't Wanna Let You Go"
Alternate cover
Cover of Alone II
Cover of Alone II

I Don't Want to Let You Go (originally named I Don't Wanna Let You Go) is the tenth and final track on the standard edition of Raditude. It is also the seventh track on Alone II.



Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo wrote "I Don't Want to Let You Go" song while Weezer was on tour in Europe in 2005. Cuomo is proud of the song, as evidenced by its appearance on The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo. It was originally part of the demo compilation Deliverance at Hand! and was most likely demoed in sessions for Weezer (The Red Album), but it did not make that album. The Rivers demo saw release on Alone II.

The song would later see a completely new arrangement on the band's 2009 album Raditude.

Band Commentary

Rivers: Yeah, we decided to close the album out with a very beautiful, etherial ballad. It's very haunting, kind of 50s sounding, nostalgic. But at the same time it's like it's from another planet.

Brian: Something fresh about it too and it's the most common chord progression there is in Rock And Roll, it's I-VI-IV-V. [1]


Raditude version

Alone II version


All the times you came to me and told me that you cared
I was dreaming of happy days that we both could share
Maybe I got too excited and maybe you freaked out
Maybe I just have to call you up and scream and shout
All of my friends tell me that I ought to play it cool
No one likes too much attention from a desperate fool
Still I don’t believe that I can keep it all inside
When I see your pretty face I almost want to cry

I know it isn’t right
But still I have to fight
I have to let you know
I don’t want to let you go

The pain is killing me
But I can’t let it be
I have to let you know
I don’t want to let you go

I remember the days when I was stronger than wall
Try as anybody might they couldn’t move me at all
Now I fall to pieces when you softly call my name
Going up in smoke rings like a moth within your flame
I have lost all hope for being normal once again
I will be a slave to you until the bitter end
Even if it’s a hundred years before you change your mind
I will be here waiting girl until the end of time

See also