Untitled
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. Untitled (2:49)
    Available on We Are Bacteria.
 
Lyrics:
Untitled [Version (a)]:

When there is nothing to say
You keep going away
The day is solid and gray
I think the problem is this

Seen a nature so tall
The summer runs through it all
Come a long way to crawl
Into our seperate cells

Then there's nothing to give
You love the way that you live
You put your bones on the bridge
And now I'm walking there too

I wish I had a disease
The goal to be seven seas
Do whatever you please
I'll do whatever I can

Where are you going? Are you with it?
Are you breaking? Taking your time?
And if you want to show me something
I think it's already mine

I wouldn't bother your lies
I wouldn't take a disguise
I'm unemployed, in your house
Just to catch you off guard

Come on out of your shell
You hang your head like a bell
Your locket fell in the well
And my pockets are empty

Where are you going? Are you with me?
Are you breaking? Taking your time?
And if you want to show me something
I think it's already mine

No, there is nothing to say
I think I'm going my way
The day is solid and gray
I'm feeling sorry for you

I wish I had a disease
The goal to be seven seas
Do whatever you please
I'll do whatever I can

Where are you going? Are you with it?
Are you breaking? Taking your time?
And if you want to show me something
I think it's already mine
 
The Song:

This untitled song was released on the J. Church fan club release in 1995, limited to just 100 copies. Beck was stealthily credited as Mr. Hansen, and he also gave "Glut" to the release. The lead guitarist of J. Church, Lance Hahn, toured with Beck in 1994 and/or 1995. Beck.com calls this song a "demo."

Both this and "Glut" remind me of the alt-rock radio grunge of 1993 or 1994. This one, though, in my opinion, is a bit more memorable than a lot of those songs tended to be. The guitar riff is catchy and the song has a groove. The lyrics flow very naturally, especially over the galloping bass and swirling guitar, but they're not the most intriguing words Beck has ever written. Lines like
There is nothing to say, I think I'm going my way
The day is solid and gray, I'm feeling sorry for you
are fairly standard. Bordering on cliche, which is not Beck's style. It doesn't help that Beck sounds bored singing this either. Really the most noteworthy thing about it is that Beck hijacked the "Do whatever you please / I'll do whatever I can" lines from here and put them in "Lord Only Knows."
 
Live:

Played live once:
October 25, 1994

I don't think this has ever been played live, though "Glut" was performed frequently in 1994, so perhaps there's a bootleg of this waiting to be discovered?

UPDATE: Yes! There is a live version now out there. It's from October 25, 1994 in Providence, RI. It's not bad at all, with lots of momentum, as Beck incomprehensibly mumbles the lyrics.