The Other Way

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"The Other Way"
The Other Way cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Make Believe
Released May 10, 2005
Format CD
Recorded Summer 2004
Length 3:17
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Rick Rubin
Status Officially released
Live debut October 3, 2005
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Make Believe track listing
"My Best Friend"
(9)
"The Other Way"
(10)
"Freak Me Out"
(11)

"The Other Way" is the tenth track from Make Believe.

Appearances

Overview

"The Other Way" was written by Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo about wanting to console his an ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba, after her current boyfriend, singer-songwriter Elliott Smith's death in 2003, while questioning his motives for wanting to do so. The song is notable for its layered harmonies and saxophone solo.

Band Commentary

Pat: That song sounds like every note is placed exactly where it’s supposed to go, like…it’s one of those songs where nothing sounds out of place, it just sounds great to me.
Rivers: I wrote that song for Jennifer Chiba after Elliott died, and I wanted to console her, but I was confused and skeptical about my own motives for wanting to do so, so I wrote that song about that.

Personnel

Lyrics

Jennifer Chiba and Elliott Smith.

I want to help you
But I don't know how
I want to soothe you
But I can't speak out
I have many fears
About rejection
I have many memories of pain
I have always been a little shy
So I'll turn and look the other way

Other way
Other way
I will turn and look the other way

I want to hold you
But I am afraid
I want to touch you
But I'm not that way
I have many doubts about my motives
I have many fears about my greed
I have always hurt the one that I love
So I'll turn and look the other way

I have many doubts about my motives
I have many fears about my greed
I have always hurt the one that I love
So I'll turn and look the other way

I will turn and look the other way

See also