You Gave Your Love to Me Softly

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"You Gave Your Love To Me Softly"
You Gave Your Love To Me Softly cover
B-side by Weezer
Album El Scorcho (UK Retail 7"/UK Retail CD #1)
Released September 19, 1996
Format CD
Recorded N/A
Length 1:58
Label DGC Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 174
COR# N/A
Producer Weezer
Status officially released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Victory on the Hill"
(RC# 173)
"You Gave Your Love To Me Softly"
(RC#174)
"I'm Tired of Having Sex"
(RC# 175)
El Scorcho (UK Retail 7"/UK Retail CD #1) track listing
"El Scorcho"
(1)
"You Gave Your Love To Me Softly"
(2)
El Scorcho (UK Retail CD #2) track listing
"El Scorcho"
(1)
"You Gave Your Love to Me Softly"
(2)
"Devotion"
(3)

"You Gave Your Love To Me Softly" is a b-side to El Scorcho. It was originally recorded and released on the Angus soundtrack in favor of "Wanda (You're My Only Love)".

Appearences


Overview

"You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" is notably short, at only 1:58. It is however, regarded by many Weezer fans as a perfect piece of pop rock. In this song, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo sings about one night with a girl that "lingers on and on and on." It is quick, up-beat song with a solo that mirrors the vocal melody.

Cuomo once said of the song, "I have a thing for old lady perfume (on young ladies)."

Original Version

An original 1995 recording is featured on the soundtrack to the film Angus. It was produced by Rob Cavallo, and has a much more direct, dry sound. The solo is played with only a keyboard, and is shorter, at about 1:51.

B-side version

The song was re-recorded during the Pinkerton sessions, and retains the rough sound of those sessions. It is slightly slower, resulting in a longer running time. The solo is played with a guitar and keys in unison, and with extra guitar fills.

Although happy with the recording, the song was demoted to B-side status, appearing on retail versions of "El Scorcho". Cuomo reinforced his feeling that songs for soundtracks and singles should not be album tracks, and vice versa.

Cover

A cover of the song by the band Wavves was included as the b-side to "Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter." Online music critic Anthony Fantano called the cover "a lazier, worse performed version of the track" and "a lackluster cover of a great song."

Personnel

Lyrics

You gave your love to me softly
I heard your heart beating true
Still your Bijan lingers on and on and on
You gave your love to me softly

When I'm feeling blue and lonely
All I have to do is think of you
We had just one night but it lingers on and on and on
You gave your love to me softly

La-la-la you sang to me
Baby, don't you cry
Put your arms around me child
And lay with me tonight

You gave your love to me softly

Whoa, la-la-la you sang to me
Baby, don't you cry
Put your arms around me child
And lay with me tonight

La-la-la
La-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la...

See also