Such a Long Way to Heaven

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"A Long Way to Heaven"
A Long Way to Heaven cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Released 2020
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
This song is part of the "Midnight" lineage of songs

"Such a Long Way to Heaven" (formerly "A Long Way to Heaven") is a song by Rivers Cuomo.

Appearances

Overview

The song's chord progression, verse melodies, and chorus hook were later repurposed for the unreleased Black Album-era Weezer song, "Midnight." An apparently early demo of the song's chorus was first released as part of the digital compilation Alone XII: The White Year on November 23, 2020. Anachronistically, later versions of the song were released as part of Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years on December 11, 2020. As such, it is not known from which era the song originates.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo A Long Way to Heaven A Long Way To Heaven  3.mp3 20112015 1:16 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Such a Long Way to Heaven Such A Long Way To Heaven   10.mp3 20112015 3:21 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Such a Long Way to Heaven Such A Long Way To Heaven 11.mp3 20112015 3:37 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Rivers Cuomo Such a Long Way to Heaven Such A Long Way To Heaven  12.mp3 20112015 3:21 Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
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Lyrics

I try to follow The Commandments, of course
But I'm committing all the deadliest sins
I'm up all day in the confessional booth
So that no other sinners even get in

I've got the blisters on my feet
Good Lord, you know that I am beat
Traversed a thousand miles today
I think I've seen this place before
Don't wanna see it anymore
Just wanna reach the pearly gates

And it feels like
Such a long way to heaven
Whoa-oh-oh
And it feels like
Such a long way to go
Whoa-oh-oh

I go to church, but end up falling in love
With all the angels singing up in the choir
I pray to God, but then I think of myself
And all the ways I can climb even higher

No sign of any miracles
Guess I've been running in circles
Wish you would straighten me right out
I know it's gonna be worth it
When I do finally get in
Unless I take the other route

And it feels like
Such a long way to heaven
Whoa-oh-oh
And it feels like
Such a long way to go
Whoa-oh-oh
And it feels like
Such a long way to heaven
Whoa-oh-oh
And it feels like
Such a long way to go
Whoa-oh-oh

My mom didn't raise me up like this
So how did I end up like this?
Must be the trickster in the pine
He's just too cunning for me
I fall for it every time

And it feels like
Such a long way to heaven
Whoa-oh-oh
And it feels like
Such a long way to go
Whoa-oh-oh

See also