Undone (the Sweater Song) on the Vinyl Version

This was the first Weezer song that Rivers Cuomo ever wrote, back in 1991. Three years later it was released as the band’s first single

Many of the promotional singles sent to radio stations contained an edit that cut the guitar solo short. This was a distribution error, but it didn’t have much effect because most radio stations played the album version.

The opening dialogue is used to show how he is at a party, losing it, and no one notices or cares. The two verses are used to show how he’s barely able to think and talk. The part about “I don’t want to destroy your tank-top” is showing how other people are on the brink of insanity already. The music helps illustrate the ever-maddening mind of the guy, as it starts out normal, then at the end is hard, dark, and mad-sounding, showing his slow descent into madness.

This song is about going insane in public. Here’s some lyric analysis:
“If you want to destroy my sweater, hold this thread as I walk away” means Keep doing what you’re doing as I drift further into insanity.

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