I Was Made for You
|"I Was Made for You"|
|Demo by Rivers Cuomo|
|Album||Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo|
|Released||December 18, 2007 (Alone I)
November 22, 2020 (Alone IX)
|Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track listing|
This song is part of the "It's Always Summer in Bikini Bottom" lineage of songs
"I Was Made for You" is the eighteenth track from Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.
|In 2004, a particular style of song was calling me again, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to write melodies, giant, huge, beautiful soaring melodies. I especially liked to compose at the piano, where the melodies could flow beyond the constraints of my limited voice, and my left hand could explore the pleasures of melodic counterpoint in the bass line. I started taking music composition lessons from Bruce Reich at UCLA.
I also started dating a woman in the L.A. Philharmonic. She was the most extraordinary musician. The calluses on her fingertipes were about ten times as thick as mine and she had a giant purple-black hickie on her neck from playing the violin. She knew way more about classical music than I did. At the same time, though, she was a huge Metallica fan and had a caustic wit. But ultimately, there was an innocence about her: I had to explain to her the bawdiness in the title of Metallica's DVD, Cunning Stunts, which sat on her shelf.
I had written a beautiful chorus melody on the piano a few months before and was wondering what to do with it until I met the L.A. Philharmonic woman and then bam, "I was made for you".
I had Weezer's engineer, Chad, come down to SIR and get out pro recording gear set up to record this song. But once I started recording the vocals, I asked him to leave, because... I wanted to be alone.
According to the Weezer Recording History, "I Was Made for You" was first demoed acoustically as in February of 2004. The version of "I Was Made For You" from Alone is listed in that album's liner notes as having been recorded in Spring of 2004. The song was thereafter reworked under the title "Someone Who Can Love" and then "Save Me." The latter was recorded by Weezer throughout the production of Make Believe. The song was finished in October of 2004 at Grandmaster Recorders Ltd., though it was cut from the final track list and thus received no final mix. Several solo pre-production demos of "I Was Made for You" were released in 2020 as part of the digital compilation Alone IX: The Make Believe Years.
The chorus to "I Was Made for You" was later re-appropriated into the bridge to the song "It's Always Summer in Bikini Bottom", released in 2021 as part of the soundtrack to the film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.
|Performer(s)||Title||Filename||Date of recording||Recording location||Length||Appeared on||Notes|
|Rivers Cuomo||I Was Made for You||09 610 I Was Made For You 2004-02-06.mp3||February 6, 2004||S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA||4:02||Alone IX: The Make Believe Years|
|Rivers Cuomo||I Was Made for You||10 610 I Was Made For You.mp3||February 20, 2004||S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA||4:02||Alone IX: The Make Believe Years|
|Rivers Cuomo||I Was Made for You||05 610 I Was Made For You.mp3||May 18, 2004||S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA||3:58||Alone IX: The Make Believe Years|
|Rivers Cuomo||I Was Made for You||04 610 I Was Made For You.mp3||June 4, 2004||S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA||3:50||Alone IX: The Make Believe Years||Alternate lyrics|
|Rivers Cuomo||I Was Made for You||I Was Made For You.mp3||Spring 2004||S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA||4:02|
|For subsequent demos, see "Save Me" and "It's Always Summer in Bikini Bottom"|
- Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, lead vocals, percussion, rhythm guitar, bass guitar
Little one, how long I've waited here
June 4, 2004 demo
I don't know what I can say to you