What Is Going On

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"Tell Me What You Did"
Tell Me What You Did cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Recorded 2004
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 369
Status Demo circulating
This song is part of the "This Is Such a Pity" (COR# 369) lineage of songs

"What Is Going On" (formerly titled "Tell Me What You Did") is a demo by Rivers Cuomo demo originally recorded in contention for Weezer's fifth album, Make Believe. It is an early iteration of the Make Believe track "This Is Such a Pity," of which it features identical verse lyrics.

Appearances

Overview

The song was demoed solo by Cuomo during pre-production on Make Believe at S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios. "What Is Going On" is one of several songs derived from Catalog O' Riffs entry #369, beginning with "She Who Is Militant" and ultimately culminating in the Make Believe track "This Is Such a Pity".

A demo of "What Is Going On" was released in 2020 as part of the digital compilation Alone IX: The Make Believe Years, albeit under the earlier title "Tell Me What You Did." Despite this title, the titular lyrics are not part of the song.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo 369 Riff.mp3 2002 0:26 Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years
Rivers Cuomo Tell Me What You Did 07 369 Tell Me What You Did.mp3 June 4, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:31 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo What Is Going On June 11, 2004[1] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
For more demos derived from this song lineage, see 369.
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Lyrics

How is your heart, little darling?
I didn't mean to get so mad
Let me just hold you closely
How did things get so bad?
I know how to pick on you
You pushed me over the edge
We caused so much agony
We can't seem to move ahead

What is going on?
What is it we need?
Have we gone insane?
Is this just our greed
Fighting for a chance to survive

What kind of future will we have?
Will we ever find peace?
Everybody thinks we're crazy
They're about to call the police
I don't wanna be a chump
You think I'm a fascist pig
Right now everything is black
I don't think we'll ever give

What is going on?
What is it we need?
Have we gone insane?
Is this just our greed
Fighting for a chance to survive

All day, all day, all day

What is going on?
What is it we need?
Have we gone insane?
Or is this just greed
What is going on?
What is it we need?
Have we gone insane?
Or is this just greed
Fighting for a chance to survive
Fighting for a chance to survive

See also

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