Say It Ain't So

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Say It Ain't So

Weezer - Say It Ain't So.jpg

CD single - USA - 1st edition.

Artist Weezer
Published 1994-05-10
Composer Rivers Cuomo
Genre Alternative rock, Emo
Themes Depression, Drugs, Family, Redemption
Rating Rating-8.svg

Say It Ain't So is an emo alternative rock song by Weezer. A demo of the song was recorded in August of 1992 and placed as track 6 on the 1992 The Kitchen Tape demo and track 1 the Opposite Sides of the Same Good Ol' Fence demo which was released on 1992-09-04. The album version was recorded in the summer of 1993 and released as track 7 on the album Weezer on 1994-05-10 and later released as a single on 1995-07-13. The song was written, composed Rivers Cuomo and produced by Ric Ocasek.

On the studio album recording, Rivers plays guitar and sings lead vocals, Matt Sharp plays bass and sings backing vocals, Brian Bell plays rhythm guitar and sings backing vocals, and Patrick Wilson plays drums. Three versions of the song exist, the demo, the studio album version, and the single version which has a slightly different drum track, bass track, and more guitar feedback. After the first pressing of the album was sold out, subsequent pressings include the single version instead of the original version.

The song is about the fear Rivers Cuomo had regarding alcohol and divorce. Cuomo believed that his father's drinking led to his parents getting divorced when he was a child, and, years later, after his mother had remarried, he found a beer in the refrigerator and feared that his stepfather might also have a drinking problem which would cause another divorce. The lyric, "this bottle of Stephen's" is a reference to his father Stephen.


I first heard this song in middle school when a friend of mine bought the blue album and we listened to the songs. Later, I bought the album myself and listened to it a lot. Of the two song versions, I much prefer the single version with the guitar feedback. Because Rivers isn't very articulate, I've always had a hard time understanding the song's lyrics, a problem that wasn't helped by the album liner's lack of lyrics. It wasn't until years, after I already loved the song, that I read about the lyrics online and found out it is about alcoholism. This made the song even more real for me, as my parents are divorced and my father is an alcoholic. Musically, I enjoy the simple guitar intro, the heavy guitar during the chorus, the guitar solo after the last verse, and the rapid drums at the end of it.


Oh yeah, all right.

Somebody's Heine'
Is crowdin' my icebox
Somebody's cold one
Is givin' me chills
Guess I'll just close my eyes

Aw yeah, all right
Feels good, inside.

Flip on the tele'
Wrestle with Jimmy
Something is bubbling
Behind my back
The bottle is ready to blow

Say it ain't so
Your drug is a heart-breaker
Say it ain't so
My love is a life-taker

I can't confront you
I never could do
That which might hurt you
So try and be cool
When I say
"This way is a water slide away from me the tanks are fuller every day"
Be cool

Say it ain't so
Your drug is a heart-breaker
Say it ain't so
My love is a life-taker

Dear Daddy,
I write you in spite of years of silence.
You've cleaned up, found Jesus, things are good or so I hear.
This bottle of Stephen's awakens ancient feelings.
Like father, stepfather, the son is drowning in the flood.

Yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah.

Say it ain't so
Your drug is a heart-breaker
Say it ain't so
My love is a life-taker


Official video.
Demo version.
David Letterman, 1995.
Live in LA, 2016.
The Woodlands in Houston, Texas, 2018-06-29.


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