Tired of Sex

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"Tired of Sex"
Tired of Sex cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Pinkerton
Released September 24, 1996
Recorded September 1995 at Fort Apache
Length 3:01
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 175
Producer Weezer
Status Released (demo circulating)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"You Gave Your Love to Me Softly"
(RC# 174)
"Tired of Sex"
(RC# 175)
(RC# 176)
Pinkerton track listing
"Tired of Sex"
Songs from the Black Hole (Tracklist 1) track listing
"Oh No, This Is Not For Me"
"Tired of Sex"
Songs from the Black Hole (Tracklist 2) track listing
"Oh No, This Is Not For Me"
"Tired of Sex"
"She's Had a Girl"

"Tired of Sex" (originally titled "I'm Tired of Having Sex") is the 1st track on Pinkerton.


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"Tired of Sex" is one of the most abrasive songs in Weezer's catalog. Released in 1996, the song is known for its abrasive sound. In this song, Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo sings of meaningless groupie sex encounters, reciting his list of conquests and wondering why true love eludes him. Along with My Name Is Jonas, the song has been a staple of Weezer's live shows, and it was consistently used at the very beginning of concerts.

Beginning with a bit of feedback, heavy drums begin the song after a cymbal count-in. Keyboards and lead guitar (in unison) are joined by a bass line, followed by vocals. The main guitar riff doesn't even come into the picture until after the first chorus. Appropriately, "Tired of Sex" features one of Cuomo' most incendiary guitar solos. He would later hint in a guitar magazine interview that the solo was ripped off; he said it was essentially an amalgam of multiple solos by Scorpions lead guitarist Matthias Jabs. The song has a false ending, then kicks back in after a famous bass double-take by former bassist Matt Sharp, for a few more repetitions of the main riff.


Rivers Cuomo

On June 13, 2002, the original 1993 demo for Tired Of Sex was placed into the media section of the weezer.com, but promptly removed for an unknown reason. A thread began on the Rivers Correspondence Board where Cuomo (under the alias of 'ace') spoke about several different aspects about the creation and the vocal of the song.

"i edited it in '93. i actually physically cut the cassette tape and scotched it back together. (i think i had accidentally played the drum fill 2 beats too long)." (In reply to how did you know where to cut the tape and the authenticity of the girls mentioned) "i guessed. i just hacked out a piece. gwen wouldn't let me use her name on the album. "lyn" was a poor substitute her parents would have figured it out, seeing as how they knew i was dating her. it wouldn't have been good." (And in response to a question asking what Rivers played on the demo) "i played everything on the home demos which were usually recorded the same day i wrote the songs."

Karl Koch

Weezer historian Karl Koch once stated online of the song:

"t.o.s. was written almost before rivers was even famous, like fall 94. i remember him playing me a demo of it like xmas 94, it was really slow, and like sad, not agressive. at the time he was fairly monogomous (sp?) with one main girl and perhaps one or two others on occasion. the impression i got as that he was indeed searching for love, but he and the chick(s) really got on well in the physical way , so he kept getting tempted back to the, uh... 'dark side'.......... by the time pinkerton came out he went through like 20 more phases and was getting into the "time to party down" phase, which seems to have peaked during the summer 97 pinkerton tour that all these girls 'horror' stories seem to stem from.......... hence the irony: singing that song, but not at all actually "tired of it". and the seeming contradiction (above : "to stop and change. it just seems like the logical step...") yes, logical IF thats what he really thought whilst singing at the 96-97 shows, which wasnt the case as far as i know."

As Part Of 'SFTBH'

Although originally written as a self reflective song, "Tired of Sex" was one of several songs reworked into Songs from the Black Hole as the project began to take form.

Once Jonas pulls away from Maria, he realizes that his lifestyle is unfulfilled - he seeks true love, not sex. "Tired of Sex" is the lone SFTBH song that has survived and appeared on all incarnations of Weezer's second album, including Pinkerton. There are two alternate versions and one demo version of the song available spanning the entire 1994-96 period; the lyrics remain the same in every rendition, save for one name change. The song was originally titled "I'm Tired of Having Sex".




I'm tired, so tired, I'm tired of having sex
I'm spread so thin, I don't know who I am
Monday night I'm making Jen
Tuesday night I'm making Lyn
Wednesday night I'm making Catherine
Oh, why can't I be making love come true?


I'm beat, beet red
Ashamed of what I said
I'm sorry, here I go
I know I'm a sinner, but I can't say no

Thursday night I'm makin' Denise
Friday night I'm makin' Sharise
Saturday night I'm makin' Louise
Oh, why can't I be makin' love come true?
What should I do?

Tonight, I'm down on my knees
Tonight, I'm begging you please
Tonight, tonight, please
Oh why can't I be making love come true?

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