Pacific Sunset

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"Pacific Sunset"
Pacific Sunset cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Released 2020
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Demo circulating

This song is part of the "Run, Raven, Run" lineage of songs

"Pacific Sunset" (originally titled "Vehement Uprising"[1]) is a demo by Rivers Cuomo. Several demos were released as part of the digital compilations Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years and Alone XII: The White Year. Sections of the song later became part of the Weezer track "Run, Raven, Run."

Appearances

Overview

"Pacific Sunset" was originally written in 2015 in contention for Weezer's (White Album), alongside a variation titled "Spirit Animal". Demos of the song were released in 2020 as part of the compilations Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years and Alone XII: The White Year (though several of the demos included in Alone XI were recorded after demos included in Alone XII, due to an apparent oversight). On December 10, 2020, the project files for the song, for use with the music software Ableton, were made available as the first "Master Sessions" to be sold on the demo storefront on riverscuomo.com.

According to Rivers Cuomo, "Pacific Sunset" was later demoed for the Weezer album OK Human. The song was possibly briefly a contender for Weezer's SZNS series of EPs, though Cuomo confirmed on April 29, 2021 that the song was no longer in contention (but that he was interested in repurposing the song's bridge).[2] The bridge (as well as the song's climax and final chorus) were ultimately appropriated as the bridge and climax of the SZNZ: Autumn track "Run, Raven, Run."

Founding Weezer member Jason Cropper contributed vocals to a cover of "Pacific Sunset" by YouTube musician Ukulele Jack in 2023.[3]

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
For the Ableton project files, see Master Session: Pacific Sunset
Rivers Cuomo tearing me 6_8 piano.mp3 ? 5:46 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo tearing me apart piano 6_8.mp3 ? 1:00 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Spirit Animal spirit_animal_2015_2_15_11_37_28.mp3 February 15, 2015 3:47 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Spirit Animal Spirit Animal.mp3 2015 0:56 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset Riff.mp3 ? 0:21 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  2.mp3 March 10, 2015 0:38 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  3 @123 lyrics.mp3 March 21, 2015 1:22 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  4 verse two and 6.8.mp3 March 25, 2015 2:04 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  5 extendo.mp3 March 26, 2015 2:39 Alone XII: The White Year Interpolates "I'll Love You Every Day" and "Guiding Light"
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  6 show me.mp3 March 27, 2015 3:01 Alone XII: The White Year Interpolates "Guiding Light" and "Show Me That Again"
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  7.mp3 March 31, 2015 1:37 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  8 solo sketch.mp3 April 6, 2015 3:19 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  9 INST.mp3 July 30, 2015May 11, 2018 1:06 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Instrumental; Removed from Alone XI bundle September 24, 2022
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  9 more solo guitars.mp3 July 30, 2015May 11, 2018 3:34 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Instrumental
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  11 @124 to 184.5 +1 to -3.mp3 May 23, 2018 3:34 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  12 cleaned solo @124 to 185 +1 to -3.mp3 June 7, 2018 3:39 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset  13 @124 to 185 +1 to -3.mp3 November 2018 3:42 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Removed from Alone XI bundle March 2, 2021
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Lyrics

I was dragging my feet
I got home and fell right asleep
And my girl, she gave me a kiss
And I was just too tired to resist

Riding my bike over the path
Hardly a soul, Pacific sunset
Beautiful lights shine in the west
Chill in the air, Pacific sunset

They left the bodies under the pier
And made their troubles all disappear
So I know that this is my place
If I can only make an escape

Riding my bike over the path
Hardly a soul, Pacific sunset
Beautiful lights shine in the west
Chill in the air, Pacific sunset
Pacific sunset, Pacific sunset

Tearing me apart
Leave me in a daze
And I'd do anything
To taste the love you bring
There's only you, you, you
Only you, only you

Riding my bike over the path
Hardly a soul, Pacific sunset
Beautiful lights shine in the west
Chill in the air, Pacific sunset
Riding my bike over the path
Hardly a soul, Pacific sunset
Beautiful lights shine in the west
Chill in the air, Pacific sunset
Pacific sunset, Pacific sunset

See also

References

  1. Master Session: Pacific Sunset
  2. Cuomo, Rivers. Mister Rivers' Neighborhood, 29 April 2021. Screenshot: File:SZNS_ps.jpg
  3. Ukulele Jack. "Weezer - Pacific Sunset - (Feat. Jason Cropper) [OK Human Orchestral Cover]" YouTube. 21 November 2023. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIi-jjEDLek