Oh yeah
Alright

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

Oh yeah
Alright
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 heartbreaker
Say it ain't so
My love is a lifetaker

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 waterslide away from me
That takes you further every day
So be cool

Say it ain't so
Your drug is a heartbreaker
Say it ain't so
My love is a lifetaker

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 Steven's
Awakens ancient feelings
Like father, stepfather
The son is drowning in the flood

Yeah, Yeah
Yeah, Yeah

Say it ain't so
Your drug is a heartbreaker
Say it ain't so
My love is a lifetaker


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by amandagisele


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  • +11
    General Comment"It's such a complicated story, way too complex to write a song about. I should never have done it. I was really afraid of alcohol at the time. I didn't drink till I was 21, not even a sip. I was petrified of alcohol. "Say it ain't So" was about when I was 16. I opened up the refrigerator and I saw a can of beer. All of a sudden I made the connection that my step-father was leaving...because my father started drinking when he left my mother."

    straight from the man himself. so quit yer whinin'
    SweetSuz00on April 16, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentmy fave song by my fave band-hell, i even named my youngest Rivers! i'm not too sure what rivers was going for when he wrote it, but i DO know how it makes me feel....my dad was a raging alcoholic that was never around for he was too busy drinking, shooting pool, and whoring....when i was about ten, he remarried, cleaned up, found God, and then suddenly became too good for ME! 23 years later we barely talk, no matter how hard I try....so no matter what he was really trying to say, i know that every single time I hear this song (and i've been listening to it since i was 16) i swear he wrote it just for me....
    sarad77on September 01, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentA lot of people seem to be confused about the "Flip on the tele: wrestle with Jimmy" line. Steve (his step-father) was having a struggle with alcohol at this time. Jimmy, in this case, is a reference to Jim Beam. This line is pretty straight forward at this point. His step-father, Steven, is watching television, while downing Jim Beam. Also, people are some how screwing up the "bottle of Steven's" line. The 's is there to show possession. The bottle belongs to Steven (his step-father.) This whole song is about the struggle with alcoholism.
    notnatedon April 21, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song is definetl about a guy whos dad was an alchoholic, even if it ist eally abour rvers experiance. and i think that th habit rubbed off on the son and he drinks b/c of some girl he loves that doesnt love him back or at least the habbit rubbed off on theson ( like father, step father, the son is drowningin the flood) but my opinon is possibly wrong. whatdo u think
    chrisypoo13on January 21, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about alcoholism.

    "Like father, stepfather, this son is drowning in the flood" obviously hints at alcoholism. Plus, there are a lot of references to beer and other alcoholic drinks.
    monalisasmiles4youon October 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is about his fater's drinking problems and his own tendency to follow in his dad's footsteps. I know there is more to it than that though, anyone got a better idea?
    mattmc387on December 08, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song..i don't really pay attention to the lyrics as much as the music..*sigh* good things happen when this song comes on.
    weezerific:cutleryon January 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah that's just what i got out of it, and i listen to it, what, like everyday? this is my fav. song ever-i wish weezer would tour to nashville
    Lindzy1124on December 13, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has been one of my favorite songs ever since I first heard it. I just had to say that.
    babytexon December 14, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is about a son who remembers daily about a father's drinking problem. I also think that the mother remarried another alcoholic and that he was tormented by the memories of both father figures. Rivers might have written this song about a childhood friend.......
    Steppenwolfon February 12, 2002   Link

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