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Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo explains ‘Thank God For Girls’

Weezer released ‘Thank God For Girls yesterday and it caused all sorts of opinion-based reactions.

Weezer’s head honcho Rivers Cuomo has entered the fray by sharing his opinion on the track (loves it) and explaining where the lyrics came from (1997).

“It’s no ‘Back to the Shack‘!! Hands down ‘Thank God for Girls’ is the far, far better song. I’m no music critic but I have no problem sharing my opinion on this,” started a post on the band’s Facebook page.

“It’s a perfect mix of Weezer past and future. The chorus soars on melodic wings. It rocks sooooo hard. I can’t really compare it to anything specific we’ve ever done. But I can’t wait for more!
I think this may be a big hit single. I hope I’m not overselling it but I think it’s great! (adventurous, brave, fun, compelling, rocking, and I just LOVE it.)”

Then on Genius, “the world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and crowdsourced musical knowledge,” Rivers dissected some of his own words. Here’s what we learnt.

– On first draft, Rivers spelt “cannoli”, “canoli”. Oh you.

– The song was called ‘Thank God For Girls’ because it, “Seemed like a big, mainstream-ish title but I knew I would be able to pull all kinds of weirdness out of it.”

-The line “I’m so glad I got a girl to think of even though she isn’t mine. I think about her all the day and all the night it’s enough to know that she’s alive,” was written in 1997.

-“She says I give her sweaty palms, she almost had a heart attack,” was based on Rivers pushing “video call on Skype and scared the bejeezus of this girl I was skype-texting with. Scared myself too!”

-Rivers’ microwave HAS a popcorn setting.


-The post-chorus, “She’s so big. She’s so strong. She’s so energetic in her sweaty overalls,” deals with the feeling of being compared and rated.
“I’m so jealous of the hooker-uppers. Seems like it’s so easy to get laid now. All these good looking athletic young guys are getting so much free sex, it kills me. Laxitutes. Such a bummer. Such a bummer. To be evaluated by women. To be graded. To be rated. Where do I stand? How big? How strong? How enduring? How energetic? How inventive? So sad that it comes to this. So sad. It IS a competition and I AM being compared.”

Fun and bleak all at the same time. And you said it wasn’t classic Weezer.

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