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Elon Musk Now Has a Theme Song, Courtesy of Weezer's Former Bassist

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Elon Musk Now Has a Theme Song, Courtesy of Weezer's Former Bassist

Calling Elon Musk a hero isn’t exactly doing anyone any favors: In fact, Musk himself isn’t doing most people any favors. The tycoon speaks mostly in future tense, the future in which AI will dream of electric sheep and wake up with a solution to transporting remaining humans to a rotating city on the rings of Saturn or elsewhere—but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Musk’s vision of the future is based on the escapism that Matt Sharp (frontman for The Rentals, formerly Weezer’s bassist) must have felt acutely while writing “Elon Musk is Making Me Sad.”

“[‘Elon Musk is Making Me Sad’] is not a tribute to Musk … I was trying to get off this blue marble as quick as I could, I think,” Sharp told Wired, explaining that he was incorporating science fiction themes in order to process his father’s death (Elon Musk is the most real-life science fiction character this planet has). In the song, Sharp depicts himself and Musk as little boys in 1982, weathering divorce and enjoying the middle-class comforts of their Commodore VIC-20 home computers with differing aptitudes. Sharp, of course, laments the fact that he has not been as successful as his Tony Stark counterpart and also begs Musk to “make [him] the first one out of that door / first boots out on the Martian floor.”

Sharp works with the interplay between being saved (escaping, futurism, embracing the end of the world), and standing your ground to confront your own human failings and process your feelings (hippie trash, earthlings). Musk then becomes a godlike figure that removes Sharp’s burden to choose: “Elon! Tell me I’m saved; tell me I’m saved! Elon tell me I’m saved (Send me away!) You have the power to save, you have the power to save me!” Sharp sings.

As we float down from the pews of this lofty ode, it’s important to remember that the only people that currently receive the benefits of Musks’ enterprise are either so rich that they aren’t worried about being ground-level for an apocalyptic showdown, or they’re his investors. The two aren’t mutually exclusive, and worrying this much about the future is still another way to say “anxiety.”

“Elon Musk is Making Me Sad” features Nick Zinner (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and The Gentle Assassins Choir, and was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, many, many more) and Matt Estep—listen below and use the lyrics to wail along.

“Elon Musk is Making Me Sad” Lyrics:

Let me tell you a tale about a rivalry
Grab an Eagle Number Two and keep the score
There were these two young boys that came from average broken homes
With all the luxuries the middle class affords

Oh, Lord …

Elon’s making me so sad cause I calculated the math of our birthdates
And I had a head start out of the start gate, 2 years plus 86 days, but that all went to waste
Oh, Elon you’re making me so sad cause the race that I wanted to have was not much of a race
And I tried, Love! And for a moment I thrived, Love! But could not keep my stride up to keep pace

But for a second, there’s no question, I had the lead in ninety-five
I mismanaged my advantage; like a rocket ship he blasted by
To incredible heights, incredible heights

In nineteen eighty-two, on Christmas day
Santa gave us each a brand-new Commodore
I used mine to make fake I.D.’s and buy beer in junior high
While my foe studied every bit of that 8bit whore

Are you keeping score?

Cause, Elon’s making me so sad cause I calculated the math of our birthdates
And I had a head start out of the start gate, 2 years plus 86 days, but that all went to waste
Oh, Elon you’re making me so sad cause the race that I wanted to have was not much of a race
And I tried, Love! For a moment, I thrived, Love! But could not keep my stride up to keep pace

But for a second, there’s no question, I had the lead in ninety-five
But the small ambitions of a musician, I could not keep my eye on the prize
I watched him fly by, to incredible heights

When it’s time to say goodbye, what will they write on my tombstone?
Just that last little line from the Happy Days Video

Not so good, Jonze

Hey, Elon! (Hey, Elon!) I don’t know what I have become (Hey, Elon!)
I need someone to help change my fate

I think you can save me! (Can you save me? I think you can save me!)
Do you think you can save me? Do you have the power to help me escape?

Oh, Elon! Let me be the first one, of your new civilization to be saved
Yes! I’ll try, Love! I swear to you I can thrive, Love!

This time I’ll keep my stride up and keep pace
Only you can change my Q-score! Make me the first one out of that door
First boots out on the Martian Floor to proclaim…
Oh, that Elon! Sent me all the way, Son, a hundred thirty-nine million miles away!

Elon! Send me away; send me away! Elon, send me away (Tell me I’m saved!)
Elon! Tell me I’m saved; tell me I’m saved! Elon tell me I’m saved (Send me away!)

You have the power to save, you have the power to save me!
You have the power to save, you have the power to save me!

And then I will say, I went to Mars and won the race! Yeah, I will say, I took first-place!
Oh, I rode that Old Heart of Gold the whole way and in the end, hey! I won the race!
Oh, oh! Elon! Let me win the race; win the race! Oh, Elon! Let me take first place!
Elon! Tell me I am saved; I am saved! Elon tell me I am saved!
You have the power to save; you have the power to save me!
(Elon, tell me I am saved!)
You have the power to save; you have the power to save me!
(Tell me I am saved!)
You have the power to save me! You have the power to save me! (Send me away!)
You have the power to save!

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