|by Rivers Cuomo|
|Live debut||October 24, 2001 at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA|
|Rivers Cuomo song chronology|
"The Dawn" is an unreleased song by Weezer.
"Your Room" is first known to have been demoed during the recording sessions at Sage & Sound Studios in Hollywood from August 29 through September 8, 2001, the first sessions to feature bassist Scott Shriner. The song was demoed several times over the next several months. The song was included with the "Black album" sets of demos recorded at Steakhouse Studios and Cello Studios. The song made its live debut during a performance by the band for the HBO show Reverb (wherein the band performed as "Goat Punishment") at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, though the performance of "The Dawn" did not air. The song continued to be performed during the Hyper-Extended Midget Tour and was included in most setlists throughout the remainder of the year, frequently as the opening song. Karl Koch uploaded soundboard recordings of some of these performances to Weezer.com. The song was performed for the final time on December 11 and was, apparently, abandoned shortly thereafter, as it was not attempted during the sessions for Maladroit, which began a few days later on the 16th.
During live performances, Rivers Cuomo would often conclude the song by saying to the audience "Good morning", despite concerts typically being played at night. The December 6 soundboard recording of the song begins with Cuomo saying "I like the way you smack my ass", in a reference to the song "Control" by Puddle of Mudd.
To date, no studio recordings of "The Dawn" exist in circulation, only live bootlegs and soundboard recordings. However, a similar opening guitar riff to that of the one used in "The Dawn" would be used in the 2002 demo "Hey Domingo!", which also shares a COR# with the song "Peace", which appeared on the band's 2005 album Make Believe.
And as the day goes on
The world is holding on
Amuse yourself, and I can’t wait
I wake up with the dawn