Music That Made My Life (Part 4)

Posted: April 3, 2014 in Music That Made My Life, Short stories, starts & writing

9. Weezer – Say It Ain’t So

At dawn, strapped into my Discman as I walk, bleary-eyed to work, the blue CD starts spinning. This is all very good.
And then the easy, rainy-day guitar (or is it sun-drenched?) and Rivers Cuomo’s gentle falsetto are easy on my early-morning mind.

“Oh yeah.
Feels Good.

It’s intimate, soft, and delightfully off-beat. It’s a bit like Undone (The Sweater Song), but there’s something darker building here.

“Somebody’s Heiney, is drowning my ice-box.
Somebody’s cold-one, is givin’ me chills.
Guess I’ll just close my eyes.”

I get the feeling it’s not all sweetness and light, and there’s a particular bong-head resonance I garner from the line:
“Somethin’ is bubblin’, behind my back. Bottle is ready, to blow.”

It’s catchy, cool.
And then this big, punchy chorus of fuzzed-up distortion comes roaring up from the deep and the heart-wrenching plea “Say it ain’t so! A-woah,oah!”

Wow! I was no longer bleary-eyed.
Wide awake, switched on, and then… Oh my God, that fucking unbelievable line and the key change:
“Like father, step-father,
The son is drowning in the flood!
Yeah! Yeah-yeah! Yeah-yeah!”

I fairly bounced into work, and there was no way any sticky carpets or crawling around in mountains of sickly-sweet, stinking movie-goer rubbish was going to bring me down from this high.


Please stay tuned for Part 5…

  1. walt walker says:

    Haven’t seen this video since it came out. Watching it in conjunction with reading your comments, I had ideas for at least two if not three potentially heartbreaking and/or uplifting posts. If only I’d been quick enough to get them down on paper! Maybe I can reconstruct one later on and capture some of what I just felt. Liking these music posts of yours.

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