List of spoken word segments for Undone - The Sweater Song

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"Undone - The Sweater Song"
Undone - The Sweater Song cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Blue Album)
Released June 24, 1994
Recorded August-September 1993 at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY
Length 5:05
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo

The spoken word segment on the Blue Album song "Undone - The Sweater Song" is one of the most celebrated, characteristic sections of any Weezer song. The band has filled this section in live with a great variety of material, and this page intends to list notable examples.

Album release

This version features spoken dialogue by Karl Koch, Matt Sharp, and Mykel Allan.

Matt: Hey bra', how we doin', man?
Karl: Alright.
Matt: It's been awhile, man. Life's so rad! This band's my favorite, man. Don'tcha love 'em?
Karl: Yeah.
Matt: Aw, man, do you want beer?
Karl: Alright.
Matt: Aw, man. Wow, bra', this is the best, man. I'm so glad we're all back together and stuff. This is great, man.
Karl: Yeah.
Matt: Hey, do you know about the party after the show?
Karl: Yeah.
Matt: Aw, man, it's gonna be the best. I'm so stoked! Take it easy, bra'.

Mykel: Hey, what's up?
Karl: Not much.
Mykel: Um... did you hear about the party?
Karl: Yeah.
Mykel: I think I'm going to go, but, um... my friends don't really wanna go. Could I get a ride?

The Kitchen Tape demo, 1992

Rivers Cuomo quotes the lyric "whore in my bed" from the song "Hey" by the Pixies. The line "I want to be a singer like Black Francis" is likely an allusion to the Pixies song "I've Been Tired", in which Francis sings "I want to be a singer like Lou Reed."

Intro

[RIVERS]:
Dangit!
Walkin' down the street see a pretty girl walkin'
And then she says "Dude, you ain't got what I'm looking for"
And though I'm a whore
A whore in my bed
A whore in my bed
I wanna be a singer like Black Francis

[MATT]:
???
???
???
Money, money, money, money
Money
This song’s sugar, sugar
Apricot jam
???

[JASON]:
I regret ???
??? So upset
when I see him on the set
In a ???
With their faces that I ???
Put away for today
These bitches
I hate talk shows so much
I want to kill them!

Interlude

[RIVERS]
Where are you when I need you?
You’ve always got the remedy
to cause droughts
eggplant parmesan…

[MATT]:
???
Rivers said… ???
???

[JASON]:
Oprah Winfrey gained
200 pounds
I read it in the line of ???
It was sad

"The Real Demo", November 1992

Intro:

“She loves you…”
“I was just sure I’d grow up and marry her”
“Your eyesight’s been affected”
“Halfway through their latest hit song”
“Sore throats, eh?”
“Hey boy, you still using that greasy kid stuff on your hair?”
???
???
“Where you at?”
“Your atmosphere has recently been polluted by a foul smelling substance”
“Precious!”
“Give them the light, and they’ll follow it anywhere”
“Enough of this nonsense you are ???”
“Help, Superman!”
“Shout for help!”
“Help!"


Interlude:

“This is what you call a failure face”
“You are part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!”
“You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy”
“I told you not to touch me!”

June 27, 1997 Y100 Sonic Sessions

This performance for the Y-100 "Sonic Session" in Philadelphia features a spoken word poem by actor/poet Timothy "Speed" Levitch, with whom Matt Sharp had been acquainted.

And each of you is a reminder to the Earth
Of what it's capable of
You are all the reasons
Jumping
Rational
Lackadaisical
Irrational
You are ceaseless sieges on the city of joy
The reason Agamemnon went to Troy [RIVERS]: "That's right brother"
The fire of God, abase yourself
At the knees of your self
Intelligence is not a discipline
It is an experience
Allow it to explode
Destroy buildings
I'm sorry I hurt your feelings
Did I lose that sweater?
Or did it lose me?

And language was invented so people couldn't lie
Don't just say "I love you"
Let your love perspire and fly
It is the most profound gymnastics
An incredible calisthenics
Let me pole vault you
Let me cartwheel into your beauty in an ideal love affair
We never had to say "I love you"
Stutter, burp,
By the way, I love you

Sweaters that are loneliness
Which is a delusion
Sweaters that emasculate
Creating confusion
A giant repression
Melting into supression
Sweaters of lycra
Sweaters of spandex
We don't need them
Sweaters of knitware
Creating the reason that Caesar went to Gaul
We don't need the sweater
Walk through the sweater
The sweater that murders, that marauds
The sweaters that take over our lives
And remind us that we don't like the way that we walk
Sweaters!
Walk through the sweater apocalypse and find your own warmth

February 12, 2004 - California State University, Fullerton, CA

During a Matt Sharp performance in 2004, Sharp publicly reunited with Rivers Cuomo, and the two performed a set of four songs together. On their impromptu performance of Undone, Cuomo insisted that Sharp perform an "improv rap" over the verse. Sharp did a rendition of "Picture Me Rollin' by 2pac.

[MATT:]
Picture me rollin' in my 500 Benz
I got no love for you niggas
I got no need to be friends
They got me under surveillance
‘Least that’s what somebody be tellin’
But shit, there’s dope bein’ sold
But I ain’t the one sellin’
Don’t wanna be another number
Got a keep a gang of weed from goin’ under
The federales wanna see me dead
They puttin’ prices on my head
So I keep two rottweilers by my bed
I feed 'em lead

I don’t know what to say
That’s the only rap song I know[…]

See also