I'm Just Being Honest

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"I'm Just Being Honest"
I'm Just Being Honest cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Black Album)
Released March 1, 2019
Recorded 2018
Length 3:57
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo/Ammar Malik/David Hodges
Producer Dave Sitek
Status officially released
Weezer (The Black Album) track listing
"Piece of Cake"
(5)
"I'm Just Being Honest"
(6)
"Too Many Thoughts in My Head"
(7)
"本音なんだ。"
本音なんだ。 cover
Album track by Scott & Rivers
Album ニマイメ
Released April 12, 2017
Length 3:25
Label SMJ
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo/Scott Murphy/David Hodges
Status officially released
ニマイメ track listing
"スコリバのテーマ"
(8)
"本音なんだ。"
(9)
"ハミングバード"
(10)


"I'm Just Being Honest" (本音なんだ。Real Intention) is the ninth track from the 2017 album "ニマイメ" (Naimaime) by Scott & Rivers and the sixth track from the 2019 album The Black Album by Weezer. The latter was leaked online on February 26, 2019.

Background

The Japanese version of the song heard on the Scott & Rivers album was released in 2017, with the English version by Weezer following in 2019. Both versions contain virtually the same lyrical content. It is currently unknown which version was written first. The song was a collaboration between Rivers Cuomo and musician/producer David Hodges. Scott Murphy also receives a writing credit on the Japanese version, with songwriter Ammar Malik receiving a credit on the English version.

Rivers Cuomo is not known to be of Irish descent, and the lyric “Maybe it’s because I’m Irish” is likely an allusion to a a line from the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption, in which the (obviously African-American) character Red utters the same phrase.

Lyrics

Walk into the venue
You slip me your CD
Ask me if I'd listen
Give you my critique

I listen to it
But half-way through it
I had to quit
Your band sounds like shit

So, here we go
Don't get mad at me
I'm just being honest
I should have lied
And though you're mad at me
I'm just being honest

Walk into the bedroom
You were standing there
Turn around and smiled at me and said
You just cut your hair

But then I told you
I thought you looked better before
You said "I hope you like sleepin' on the floor"

So, here we go
Don't get mad at me
I'm just being honest
I should have lied
And though you're mad at me
I'm just being honest

How 'bout from now on
You'll write the script
I'll read the lines?
So, here we go
Don't get mad at me
I'm just being honest

And now I'm starin' at a napkin
With seven digits that I can't make out
She wrote it down in purple lipstick
I should have never
I should have never opened up

And maybe it's because I'm Irish
I just couldn't keep my big mouth shut
Is that an eight? Is that a zero?
I should have never
I should have never opened up

So, here we go
Don't get mad at me
I'm just being honest
I should have lied
And though you're mad at me
I'm just being honest

How 'bout from now on
You'll write the script
I'll read the lines?

So, here we go
Don't get mad at me
I'm just being honest

Whoa-oh (I'm just being honest)

See also