Modern Dukes

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"Modern Dukes"
Demo by Weezer
Released Via Weezer.com
Format MP3
Recorded 2000
March 8, 2002
July 2, 2002
Length 2:41 (2000 demo)
1:53 (2000 "official" edit)
2:32 (2000 demo)
2:15 (03/02/02 recording)
2:22 (07/02/02 recording)
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 497
COR# 190
Status Demo circulating
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"I Screwed My Best Friend"
(RC# 496)
"Modern Dukes"
(RC# 497)
"My Bones Are Always Break"
(RC# 498)

Modern Dukes is a song by Weezer.

Overview

"Modern Dukes" was one of the Summer Songs of 2000. It is first known to have been demoed by Weezer at Cole Rehearsal Studios in Los Angeles in July of 2000, and was also demoed at shows and soundchecks during that same month. The song is not known to have been subsequently considered for the band's planned third album, but did appear on the semi-"official" Summer Songs 2000 album curated by Rivers Cuomo and released to fans in November of 2001. The song was considered again, featuring new verses, beginning in March of 2002, during the sessions for Weezer's intended fifth album, and was performed live at various concerts through late May of that year. The song was performed for the last time, to date, at a secret show in November of 2002 at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles.

Audio

SS2K

Album 5 demos

Live performances

Lyrics

2000 demo:

Every time that I turn around
I just hear the same old thing
Jerks are tryin' to ride my back/Fakes are tryin' to break my back
To the place I could be king

I'm an asshole, storm the castle
Burn the bridges down to the ground
Take no prisoners, we're just visitors
We don't care about anything

And that's the way we modern dukes will things
It's every man here for himself

Every time that I turn around
I just hear the same old crap
Chicks are dyin' to grease the wheels
So that they can get paid back

I'm an asshole, storm the castle
Burn the bridges down to the ground
Take no prisoners, we're just visitors
We don't care about anything

That's the way we modern dukes will things
It's every man here for himself

July 2, 2002 demo:

[...]

Can we move along to the place
Where our minds are suited best?
[???] rather than force our way
To the top of all the rest

Give me some room, let me help you
That's the captain drinking the blood
It's so easy, we can breathe free
Strung together, tougher than all

That's the way we modern dukes will things
It's every man here for himself
For himself

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