Wanda (You're My Only Love)

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"Wanda (You're My Only Love)"
Wanda (You're My Only Love) cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Released December 18, 2007
Recorded January 1995
Length 3:38
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 196
COR# N/A
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Defeat on the Hill"
(RC# 195)
"Wanda (You're My Only Love)"
(RC# 196)
"I'm So Lonely"
(RC# 197)
Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track listing
"Who You Callin' Bitch?"
(9)
"Wanda (You're My Only Love)"
(10)
"Dude, We're Finally Landing"
(11)

"Wanda (You're My Only Love)" is the 10th track on Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

Overview

"Wanda" is primarily acoustic home demo written by Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo. It was leaked several years prior to its eventual release on Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. In 1995, Cuomo was approached by the producers of the film "Angus" to write a song for the their soundtrack. He read the script and wrote the song "Wanda (You're My Only Love)" (the verses of which summarize the movie's plot). This acoustic ballad was rejected by the producers for not sounding enough like Weezer. Rivers was hurt by this rejection but eventually submitted "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly", a more up-tempo number.

In Pinkerton Diaries, in a 1994 entry, there is a handwritten couplet of lyrics "What's wrong with me? / I'm making money" on a photocopy of a fax letter, one can assume that this was a very early draft of Wanda before Rivers completely changed the lyrics when approached by the producers of the film "Angus".

The song was later rehashed for Rivers' Homie project a few years later in 1997, where it was played at Homie concerts. Whether the song was recorded in a full-band setting during the Homie recording sessions at Fort Apache is unknown.

Reception

Fan reception of the this song has been nearly unanimously positive. Admired for it's deeply personal content, Wanda is undoubtedly a fan favorite. Additionally, Wanda's bridge has been praised by fans as an excellent moment in Cuomo's writing career. The officially released version is preferred to the previously leaked version due to their differences in sound quality.

Personnel

  • Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, lead vocals, percussion, rhythm guitar, bass guitar

Lyrics

What's wrong with me?
I'm kinda funny
I'm not a dummy
But I'm all alone
Nobody sees me
No one talks to me
Unless they're laughing
Laughing at me

Except for her
She was my true friend
Dancing with me
She was my girlfriend
Somebody, please, tell her for me
Wanda, you're my only love

You're so lucky
Your family's normal
Mom drives a big rig
And my daddy's gay

No matter to her
She was my true friend
Dancing with me
She was my girlfriend
Somebody, please, tell her for me
Wanda you're my only love

Until the day I threw you away
Now I'm alone, and I wish you were home

See also