I'm me
Me be
I am
I can
Sing and
Here me
Know me
If you want to destroy my sweater
Hold this thread as I walk away

Oh no
It go
It gone
Who I
I think
I sink
and I die
If you want to destroy my sweater
Hold this thread as I walk away
Watch me unravel I'll soon be naked
Lying on the floor, I've come undone

If you want to destroy my sweater
[I don't want to destroy your tank-top]
Hold this thread as I walk away
[Let's be friends and just walk away]
Watch me unravel I'll soon be naked
[It's good to see you lyin' there in your Superman skivvies]
Lying on the floor, I've come undone
[Lying on the floor, I've come undone]

Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by walshywalsh1

Undone - The Sweater Song song meanings
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  • +13
    General CommentI'm tired of reading crap about this song. Here is what it REALLY is about! In 1992 a song called The Sweater by Meryn Caddell came out. It was about a girl who borrows a sweater from a boy on a camping trip. The girl spends hours with the sweater after getting home and develops an attraction for the boy. She wears it to school and another girl gives her a note saying the boy just wants his sweater back. The girl takes it off and noticing it is 100% polyester considers outing the boy as a cheapskate.

    KROQ the alternative FM station played that song a LOT as they have a habit of doing. Weezer made a demo of Undone as an answer to the song and sent it to the station as a joke. The songs got played back to back quite a few times. Weezer got signed to Elektra in 1993 and the rest is history.
    GedofMyazon July 13, 2012   Link
  • +8
    General Commenthaha... yeah, it is funny. I can always tell a real weezer fan by this song... if you know the whole song (and by the whole song I mean the part w/ the guys and the party or reunion or whateve it is) then you listen to weezer way too much, which makes you a REAL weezer fan because as everyone knows, there is no such thing as way too much weezer.
    emo_SavestheDayon April 27, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI do indeed know what Rivers said about this song, so I guess that being that he wrote this song, he is the ultimate "song analyzer" but I still love to analyze this song. I think it is really about mental illness, or at least someone trying to hide their mental illness. The sweater is their comfort object, and it keeps the rest of the world from knowing about the mental illness of the character in the song. And people gradually remove bits and pieces of his sweater until it is fully gone and everyone recognizes it, or the character himself takes it apart by his mental illness gradually getting worse. And the sweater is fully gone when he gets diagnosed. Dig?
    And the parts like "I don't want to destroy your tank top" or the "Superman skivvies" line shows that while some people are clinging on to a "thread" and not going insane from the pressures of day to day life, they aren't letting anybody destroy their comfort object, and aren't destroying it themselves by revealing their near-insanity. The main character recognizes that these people have problems as well and doesn't want to destroy their comfort object because he realizes how painful it is when people do that to him.
    coolstorybro123on October 09, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think the beauty of this song is it can mean many things
    NYRmark62on September 20, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commenttrying to lose self consciousness and anxiety, and be free to live as themselves, undone from their social sweater
    moltoon May 25, 2008   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThe guys in Weezer apparently have smoked a lot of weed.
    So I always assumed this song was about the weird social cocoon you find yourself in when you go to a party where everybody's drunk, but you're completely stoned. The short lines “I'm me — Me be — Goddamn - I am” represents disjointed existential thinking. The singer finds his 'center' of self assurance in the fact that he is, he can, and he can sing. In this manner, he avoids stoned paranoia, and is content to just chill out. However in this situation some people, especially drunk people, will find it funny to try and disturb a drug user. The sweater is therefore the comfy high the singer is enjoying at the party, but this could potentially be ruined by others. The ease with which this is possible is represented by the simplicity of pulling a thread while he walks away. Later on the singer mentions that after unraveling his sweater, he'll be naked, and I take this to mean his ego will be fragile.

    The relevance of the tank top and superman skivvies I thought was the dress of the antagonist who seeks to ruin the singer's vibe. There's hope of a peaceful resolution in that the singer doesn't want to “destroy your tank-top” (ruin his good time) and they should just be friends and walk away. The superman skivvies seems like something a 'lad' (or 'frat-boy' in the US I'd imagine) would wear to a party but be embarrassed of when he passes out drunk and his friends steal his trousers (for a joke). At the end of the song, the negative consequences of both drugs are mirrored when “Lying on the floor, I've come undone” is repeated.

    Of course, it could still be about a relationship, but being Weezer I'm not so sure.
    onetwothreefourfiveon June 28, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is a song that is funnier then hell!! I have been a weezer fan since day 1.
    breeaaronon November 26, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about seeing old friends with whom you no longer identify with. You walk away, no remorse, they see you for the human-hater you are. Everyone wins, which is why it's funny. Man I hate everyone right now. Is that coloring my interpretation?
    smashinashwinon January 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone else think that this song has the weirdest lyrics ever? (Apart from Tourette's)
    foffofon January 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol
    i do...this is one of the strangest songs ever
    but damn, weezer rocks
    san_dimas_hs_ruleson January 07, 2002   Link

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