The beginning of Heart Songs starts off very slow, an almost un-weezer sound.  Rivers references pre-weezer events and artists, still in this odd sounding tone.  Gradually the instrumentals get louder and more distinct, as instruments are added.  This takes about the first half of the song, but then suddenly, the electric guitar and orchestral background sounds are added, leading into the full blast of Weezer's trademark sound.

This song represents the band's struggle in finding identity.  The first half of the song is simply explaining all the different musical inspirations that shaped Rivers' style.  The first half of his life was spent trying to find his musical identity, from Michael Jackson's pop hits to Nirvana's hard shreds.  Not surprisingly, the first large shift in instrumentals came "back in 1991" when he discovered Nirvana: "then I heard the chords that broke the chains."  The music escalates from there, and leads up to a (proportionally) short climax.  This is because Weezer's success seeds from the confused times, when the listener has no idea whether the song will remain acoustic and solemn or become larger and noteworthy.

Whether this is the intention Weezer had in writing it, or if I'm just a crazy fan trying to find meaning in it all, I don't know. But if Rivers intentionally integrated such brilliance into three minutes, the themes of the song alone deserve to be noted, whether you enjoy the song or not.

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The song represents all of Rivers' biggest influences (his heart songs) and then transitions into the moment that he discovered his sound through Nirvana's Nevermind record.  It esclates to Weezer utilizing that newfound sound to write songs that somehow have become other people's biggest influences.  A circle of life thing.  I'm sure you're right in that the building of the guitars on the bridge/nirvana part is referencing weezer/nirvana's sound (or at least how he interpreted it).  I think that's all there is to it though.  imo.

it took you four years to figure out the incredibly obvious meaning of heart songs? 

Do you just go on this website be a jerk to EVERYONE?!
Do you just go on this website to be a jerk to EVERYONE?!

Do you just go on this website to b**** at HAPPY OTTER?!

Well four years ago I was twelve and had never heard of Weezer...and four years ago you were probably at the same dead end job you are now.  Congrats bro

happy otter said:

it took you four years to figure out the incredibly obvious meaning of heart songs? 

lolol

No placemats, it's mainly to talk about Weezer. But he's not the only one who has nothing but rude things to say, Alderworst and sometimes yourself also fall into that category. I'm just pleading for you folks to give it a rest and try to have a decent discussion about this amazing music we all seem to enjoy.

are you lost?

Indierocks said:

try to have a decent discussion about this amazing music we all seem to enjoy.

yeah happy otter.....you are such a loser.  In the last four years I discovered Pearl Jam AND Hootie and the Blowfish.....what have you done with YOUR life??

Kevin Schulte said:

Well four years ago I was twelve and had never heard of Weezer...and four years ago you were probably at the same dead end job you are now.  Congrats bro

happy otter said:

it took you four years to figure out the incredibly obvious meaning of heart songs? 

could have just used songfacts.com

I love the "do you believe what I sing now" musical part from "the world has turned"  that pops up in heartsongs...

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