The Sound of Drums

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"The Sound of Drums"
The Sound of Drums cover
Album track by Weezer
Album SZNZ: Spring
Released March 20, 2022
Recorded 2021-2022
Length 3:16
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Jake Sinclair, Ethan Gruska, Suzy Shinn
Status Officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
SZNZ: Spring track listing
"The Garden of Eden"
(4)
"The Sound of Drums"
(5)
"All This Love"
(6)

"The Sound of Drums" is the fifth track from Weezer's 2022 EP, SZNZ: Spring.

Appearances

Overview

"The Sound of Drums" features "Wiccan chants" sourced from poems. The chant "Air I Am" by Andras Corben Arthen[1] is spoken over the song's guitar solo. The song's outro features an excerpt from the poem "Back to the River" by Abigail Spinner McBride.[2][3] The chants were removed during production and reinstated shortly before the album's release.[4]

The album's liner notes, as well as the song's official YouTube upload, mistakenly transcribe the lyric "On the mists of Avalon" as "On the myths of Babylon."

Multiple demos of "The Sound of Drums" were leaked online in December of 2022.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo The Sound of Drums The Sound of Drums AABB verse 2021-06-24 16.26.mp3 June 24, 2021 2:13 Leaked online
Rivers Cuomo The Sound of Drums The Sound Of Drums bridge l=6 2021-09-24 16.06.mp3 September 24, 2021 3:20 Leaked online
Rivers Cuomo The Sound of Drums The Sound Of Drums minimal bridge idea 2021-10-01 16.38.mp3 October 1, 2021 1:02 Leaked online
Weezer The Sound of Drums 2022
  • United Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Village Studios, West Los Angeles, CA
  • 4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, CA
3:16 SZNZ: Spring
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Personnel

Audio

Lyrics

Album lyrics

Underneath that pretty shroud
You're too distressed to speak
Weighed down by the sad events
That some call Holy Week
Put your ear to the breeze, my friend
Take heed of the ebb and flow
We'll sing your spirit back to life
With the songs of Ivanhoe (ho-ho-ho)

It's good to see my old friends
Man, it's been so long
Now that we're together
We're gonna sing you a song
Let these steel strings take you home to me
And let yourself be soothed by
The sound of drums

Climb down the stairs and out the door
'Til your feet are on the earth
You'll find us in the meadowland
For better or for worse
We brought the pipes and the mandolin
We beat the old bodhrán
So close your eyes and drift with us
On the mists of Avalon

It's good to see my old friends
Man, it's been so long
Now that we're together
We're gonna sing you a song
Let these steel strings take you home to me
And let yourself be soothed by
The sound of drums

(Air I am)
(Fire I am)
(Water, Earth, and Spirit I Am)

It's good to see my old friends
Man, it's been so long
Now that we're together
We're gonna sing you a song
Let these steel strings take you home to me
And let yourself be soothed by
The sound of drums

Back to the river, back to the sea
Back to the ocean, one with thee
Back to my blood, and back through my veins
Back to my heartbeat, one and the same

Demo (September 24, 2021)

Underneath that pretty shroud
You're too distraught to speak
Weighed down by the sad events
That some call Holy Week
Put your ear to the breeze, my friend
Take heed of the ebb and flow
We'll sing your spirit back to life
With the songs of Ivanhoe

It's good to see my old friends
Man, it's been so long
Now that we're together
We're gonna sing you a song
Let these steel strings bring you home to me
And let yourself be soothed by
The sound of drums

Climb down the stairs and out the door
'Til your feet are on the earth
You'll find us in the meadowland
For better or for worse
We brought the pipes and the mandolin
We beat the old bodhrán
Close your eyes and drift with us
On the mists of Avalon

It's good to see my old friends
Man, it's been so long
Now that we're together
We're gonna sing you a song
Let these steel strings take you home to me
And let yourself be soothed by
The sound of drums

...
World comes tumbling down
...
And the fireflies come out
Nibelung in the halls of the earth
Stoke the fires
And they're hammering, hammering
...
'Til the world comes tumbling down

It's good to see my old friends
Man, it's been so long
Now that we're together
We're gonna sing you a song
Let these steel strings take you home to me
And let yourself be soothed by
The sound of drums

See also