I Was Scared

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"I Was Scared"
I Was Scared cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone II
Released November 25, 2008
Recorded 2003
Length N/A
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# N/A
COR# N/A
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
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"I Was Scared"
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Alone II track listing
"The Purification of Water
(3)
"I Was Scared"
(4)
"Harvard Blues"
(5)

"I Was Scared" is a track from Alone II.

Overview

In the Alone 2 booklet, Cuomo explains that the song was inspired by an event during his 1986-1987 High School year. He explained that the song is in response to an incident in which he allowed his brother, Leaves, to get beat up in exchange for peace from the school bullies. In May 2003, Rivers recollected this incident at a Vipassana meditation course and later wrote the song during a visit at his brother's house.

Personnel

  • Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, lead vocals, percussion, rhythm guitar, bass guitar

Lyrics

Listen to me
I've got to clear the air
There's something I've held way down deep inside all these years
You always were a friend
You always trusted me
But now I must admit that I was not trustworthy

I let you down
I sold you out
I turned away as you fell onto the ground

I was scared
And I was terrified
I was lost and so I shied away


And I don't know what I can do to make it up to you
I can't turn back the clock
I can't rewrite the book
But if I could, the end would be happy
You would be safe
And I would be proud to look at you when I look you in the face

I let you down
I sold you out
I turned away as you fell onto the ground

I was scared
I was terrified
I was lost and so I shied away

Though I love you
I was so afraid
I could not think of anything to say

Though I loved you (Though I loved you)
Though I trusted you
Though I needed you (Though I needed you)
I was so afraid
I was so afraid (I was so afraid)

And I promise that I'll never ever do
The thing that I did on that day when I acted like the fool
I might get my ass beat,
My throat slit, and my fingers hacked
But I'll never miss another chance to watch my brother's back (And I got yours)

I let you down
I sold you out
I turned away as you fell onto the ground

I was scared
I was terrified
I was lost and so I shied away

I was scared
I was terrified
I was lost and so I let you down

See also