The Formula

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"The Formula"
The Formula cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Recorded 2003
Length 4:41
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 433
Status Released

"The Formula" is a song demoed by Weezer in contention for the band's fifth album, Make Believe.

Overview

"The Formula" was demoed several times by Weezer from 2003 through 2004.[1] An acoustic demo by Rivers Cuomo was released as part of the demo compilation Alone IX: The Make Believe Years in 2020. The song shares a Catalog O' Riffs number with a song titled "Let Me Go."[1]

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo The Formula 05 The formula.mp3 2003 4:41 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo, Scott Shriner, Luke Adams, Jimmy Messner The Formula March 21, 2003[1] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Rivers Cuomo, ? The Formula March 25, 2003[1] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Rivers Cuomo, Andrew Scott, Patrick Pentland, Chris Murphy The Formula March 26, 2003[1] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell, Scott Shriner, Jerome(?) The Formula April 2, 2003[1] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Formula April 6, 2003[1] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Formula May 21, 2003[1] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Formula June 21, 2003[1] Rod Cervera's studio
Weezer(?) The Formula August 3, 2003[1] Rod Cervera's studio "Click version"; acoustic
Weezer(?) The Formula August 3, 2003[1] Rod Cervera's studio "No click version"; acoustic
Weezer The Formula November 11, 2003[1] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Formula November 28, 2003[1] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer The Formula 20032004[2] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Lyrics

2003 demo

I've got to ease this mental suffering
I've got to end this state of mind
I've got to stop this self-abusing
I'm getting harsher all the time

'Cause I'm waiting for the answer to come along
Waiting for the answer to soothe me like a song
Waiting for the answer, I just can't get it wrong

Somebody break my heart
Somebody break my heart
Somebody burn the formula
Somebody burn the formula

I've calculated all the fractals
I've factored in the formula
I've figured out the final lesson
The lesson is I'm giving up

'Cause I'm waiting for the answer to come along
Waiting for the answer to soothe me like a song
Waiting for the answer, just can't do it wrong

Somebody break my heart
Somebody break my heart
Somebody burn the formula
Somebody burn the formula

'Cause I'm waiting for the answer to come along
Waiting for the answer to soothe me like a song
Waiting for the answer, just can't get it wrong
Get it wrong

Somebody break my heart
Somebody break my heart
Somebody burn the formula
Somebody burn the formula

Somebody warn me what could be
If I let[...]
Oh, oh

Somebody burn the formula

Personnel

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