Weezer: Across the Sea Meaning
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Across the Sea Lyrics
Who live in small city of Japan
And you heard me on the radio
About one year ago
And you wanted to know
All about me and my hobbies
My favorite food and my birthday
Why are you so far away from me?
I need help...
This song is about a Japanese fan's letter that Cuomo gave her a slice of the songwriting money -- is the masterpiece, building to ever-greater intensity as Cuomo wails about the most distant of all his unattainable girls. At the end, the chorus swells: "I've got your letter/You've got my song." Unrealized fantasy is enough happiness for anyone, Cuomo is saying -- and he sings it with enough passion to make you believe it too.
This song was written after the Rivers went back to Harvard following the success of the Blue Album. He got a fan letter from a Japanese girl (Rivers has a big Asian fetish). Also, the theme of the album deals with River's identification with US sailor Lt. Pinkerton in the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly. In the play, Pinkerton falls in love with a young Japanese girl (Cio Cio San - "Butterfly"), gets illegitimately married, goes back to the states and marries another woman, even though Butterfly is with Pinkerton's child. Pinkerton still does nothing about it, resulting in Butterfly's suicide.
Rivers was depressed at the time of the Pinkerton and SFTBH writings, so he comes off very weak and callow. The whole album deals with the same theme throughout.
In short, this song is not about the Japanese fan who sent him the letter, but his feeling of depression, apathy, and ineptitiude (he was extremely shy, pretty much up until Make Believe and his marriage to Kyoto Ito).
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