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Photograph cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Green Album)
Released May 15, 2001
Format CD
Recorded December 2000, Cello Studios, Los Angeles, California
Length 2:19
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 536
COR# 217
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Professional reviews
Weezer singles chronology
"Island in the Sun"
"Dope Nose"
Weezer (The Green Album) track listing
"Don't Let Go"
"Hash Pipe"
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Jewish Cat"
(RC# 523)
"If You Want It"
(RC# 524)
(RC# 525)

"Photograph" (originally known as "If You Want It") is the second song and third single from Weezer's self-titled 2001 album, (The Green Album).



"Photograph" was released in Japan as the lead-off promo single for The Green Album, which differs from the US's "Hash Pipe." The song enjoyed only modest success on the radio, peaking at #17 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

There are two alternate mixes floating around on the internet. The first to crop up was an extended, unmastered version that leaked before the album's release along with thirteen other Green sessions tracks. This version, clocking in at nearly three minutes, features a verse that was cut out of the final edit. Also, there is an alternate mix of the song from the initial Japanese promo CDs, featuring an edited intro, and no applause at the end.

During many live shows since 2005, the band has performed the song live with drummer Patrick Wilson on lead vocals and guitar with Rivers Cuomo on drums. Often, the band has performed the song as a lead-in to a cover of "Song 2" by Blur.

Photograph's release as a single was the last officially-released Weezer song to feature Mikey Welsh.


Weezer Photograph cover.jpg
  • Origin: Japan
  • Catalog no: UICF-5001
  • Release date: May 2001
  • Tracklist:
  1. "Photograph" - 2:19
  2. "Christmas Celebration" - 2:22
  • Notes:
    • Retail CD
  • Label: Geffen Records
Weezerphotographpromocd jpn.jpg
  • Origin: Japan
  • Catalog no: UICF-5001
  • Release date: 2001
  • Tracklist:
  1. "Photograph"
  • Notes:
    • Promo-only CD
  • Label: Universal
  • Origin: US
  • Catalog no: INTR-10607-2
  • Release date: 2001
  • Tracklist:
  1. "Photograph" - 2:12
  • Notes:
    • Promotional CD
    • Alternate mix of "Photograph", features truncated intro and removes applause from end.
  • Label: Geffen Records


"Photograph" was selected as a "Track Pick" in Stephen Thomas Erlewine's 2001 review of The Green Album. In Weezer's more diehard fan community, the song is often grouped with the rest of Green's a-side as being preferable to the album's last five tracks, whose repetitive arrangements and rhythmic composition are often maligned. In a mostly positive review for the Weezer Songblog Teenage Victory Songs, Soymilkrev compared the song to "Buddy Holly" from The Blue Album. The review included "Photograph" as among "The Very Best" of Weezer's catalogue.


This was the first video featuring Scott. "What if we just made our own video and pit it out there?" "Yeah!" "Karl, sort it out!" "...well, alrighty then..." Shot across America.
-Karl Koch on the "Photograph" music video, from the liner notes for Video Capture Device

The music video for the song is notable for being directed by webmaster and longtime friend of the band Karl Koch. It consists of footage shot while the band was touring for The Green Album. Among the notable footage is Cuomo playing soccer, guitarist Brian Bell attempting to skateboard and juggle (not at the same time), Wilson riding a Razor Scooter, a brief clip of the duo from Tenacious D running onstage during a Weezer show and a scene with Cuomo playing a prank on new bassist Scott Shriner. Interestingly enough, although Mikey Welsh plays bass and sings backup vocals on the studio recording, Shriner is in the video, as Welsh had left the band at that point. During the very end of the video, when Cuomo is playing the prank on Shriner, a demo of "Death and Destruction" can be heard in the background. This song would later surface on the band's next album, 2002's Maladroit. The video is featured on Video Capture Device, the band's DVD.

Alternate mixes



If you want it you can have it
But you gotta learn to reach out there and grab it
'Cause everybody wants some love (oh baby)
Shooting from the stars above (oh baby)
And though my heart will break there's more that I can take
I could never get enough

If you need it you should show it
'Cause you might play so monastic that you blow it
'Cause everybody wants some hope (oh baby)
Something they can barely know (oh baby)
And though my heart will break there's more that I can take
I could never let it go

It's in the photograph
It's in the photograph
It's in the photograph of love

'Cause everybody wants a dream
Something they can barely see
And though my heart will break there's more that I can take
I can never let it be

If you blew it, don't reject it
Just sit drawing up the plans and re-erect it

Early leak extra lyrics

Darling you know for sure
If all your love is pure
I won't be letting go this time

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