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"Paperface"
Paperface cover
Album track by Weezer
Albums The Kitchen Tape (1992)
The Blue Album (Deluxe Edition) (2004)
Alone II (2008)
Released March 23, 2004
Recorded August 1/August 2, 1992
Length 3:01 (solo), 5:33 (Weezer)
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 124
COR# N/A
Producer Weezer
Status Officially released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"
(RC# 123)
"Paperface"
(RC# 124)
"I Am Your Blue Sky"
(RC# 125)
The Kitchen Tape track listing
"Undone"
(4)
"Paperface"
(5)
"Say It Ain't So"
(6)
Weezer (Deluxe Edition) (Disc 2) track listing
"Undone (Demo)"
(9)
"Paperface"
(10)
"Only in Dreams (Demo)"
(11)
Alone II track listing
"Can't Stop Partying" (13) "Paper Face"
(14)
"Walt Disney"
(15)

"Paperface" (sometimes written as two words, "Paper Face") is an early track by Weezer. A Rivers Cuomo demo of the song has also been released.

Appearances

Overview

"Paperface" was first recorded by Rivers Cuomo as a solo demo in May of 1992, which would later see release on Alone II. The song begins with Rivers singing, "Scratch track, momma, scratch track momma," possibly implying Cuomo meant to redo the vocal.

Later that year, Weezer recorded the song for their Kitchen Tape demo. The Kitchen Tape version was later included on the deluxe edition of The Blue Album. The original solo demo of the song was eventually released on Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

The lyrics to "Paperface" tell the true story (inasmuch as it was related to Cuomo) of an ex-classmate of Cuomo's personal problems. The song is very characteristic of Cuomo's earlier music styles, as it is basically a heavy metal rock song. Cuomo screams several times on both released versions of this song. However, the breakdown of the song is very indicative of Cuomo's future song writing styles, as seen in songs like Holiday and Lullaby for Wayne.

Reception

"Paperface" has been received very well by fans. It is fairly obscure, and has only significantly been received by Weezer's more die-hard fan base, but is still well-liked. It received recognition in "The Very Best" category of Teenage Victory Songs, a Weezer songblog. It is often asserted, however, that Paperface is a song that Weezer "could never perform today."

Personnel

Lyrics

Amy Moore blew her top
Stole a car, shot a cop (Bang)
Sped away 2000 miles
Didn't stop until she hit New Orleans

That's alright
There's just one thing
Her wedding ring, or anything
She left behind, forgot to pack
How the hell is she gonna get it back?

Paperface
Paperface
I never heard of paperface
Until I moved to the west coast (L.A)
Where I found that to be smooth
I had to wear a paperface

That's alright
There's just one thing
How am I supposed to sing
With this thing in my way
With this thing...
In my face
Paperface
Paperface

Only hope to see
See what's underneath
Only hope to be
The me that's underneath

Amy Moore blew her top
Stole a car, shot a cop
Sped away 2000 miles
Didn't stop until she hit New Orleans

But that's alright
There's just one thing
Her wedding ring, or anything
She left behind, forgot to pack
How the hell is she gonna get it back?

Paperface, paperface, paperface, paperface!

See also

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