My Best Friend

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"My Best Friend"
My Best Friend cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Make Believe
Released May 10, 2005
Format CD, Vinyl
Recorded Summer 2004
Length 2:48
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 520
Producer Rick Rubin
Status Officially released
Live debut October 4, 2005
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
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Make Believe track listing
"Pardon Me"
(8)
"My Best Friend"
(9)
"The Other Way"
(10)

"My Best Friend" is the ninth track from Make Believe.

Appearances

Overview

"My Best Friend" was a song that Rivers Cuomo had written for Make Believe, but was on the back burner for some time. When the band was asked to submit a track to the soundtack to the film Shrek 2, he offerred up this song. His logic was that the song, written about a big, funny, ogre-like friend of his, was perfect for the film. Ironically, the producers asked for a song that wasn't so obvious. So he rewrote the lyrics, and the band reworked the song a bit, and re-submitted it. In the end, the song was not used by the producers.

Band Commentary

Scott: That’s a wild…that’s one song that’s, like, kind of, like a wild card on the record, I gotta say. Cuz…that was…yeah, that’s a wild track. And we left it -
Pat: No one thought about that song for the longest time, the next thing I know, ‘we’re doing that song!’
Scott: Yeah, and when we kind of went back and tightened everything up, it was one of the songs that I think I left all of the bass from when we tracked it. That’s just nuts.
Pat: It’s on fire. That song sounds like it’s on fire to me.
Rivers: I’m trying to think of something interesting…
Pat: That it didn’t go with Shrek?
Rivers: It’s such a complicated story, I don’t know if it’s that interesting.
Scott: I’m glad that it didn’t, I can say that much.
Rivers: Yeah, that song has some weird karma with Shrek. I remember I originally wrote it about some guy I met, and then [the producers of the sequel to the film] Shrek asked us if we had a song, and then I thought, ‘oh yeah, I remember that song, let me think about showing it to them’, and they actually thought it sounded too much like it was written for Shrek. ‘Cuz this guy was kind of ogre-ish, and he made me laugh…
Brian: And you changed the lyrics for them, right?
Rivers: So I had to change the lyrics so it sounded less Shrek-like
Pat: Shrek-y?
Rivers: Shrek-ish!
Pat: Shrek-ish? Puck-ish?
Scott: It will live on longer than Shrek 2 will.
Rivers: I don’t know if it’s that interesting.
Brian: But it was also…I think at the moment when the Shrek people wanted it, it wasn’t complete either. And that would have been the version that would have been the first Weezer song people heard in 3 years, and it wasn’t actually finished to the best it could have been, so it’s a blessing that we got to work on it a little longer.
Rivers: Yeah, I feel the same way. It got so much better. I resang it, put the organ on it, it sounds way better. We put the drum sounds on it…

Personnel

Lyrics

When everything is wrong I'll come talk to you
You make things alright when I'm feeling blue

You are such a blessing and I wont be messing
With the one thing that brings light to all of my darkness

You're my best friend
and I love you, and I love you
Yes I do

There is no other one who can take your place
I feel happy inside when I see your face
I hope you believe me
Cause I speak sincerely
and I mean it when I tell you that I need you

I'm here right beside you
I will never leave you
and I feel the pain you feel when you start crying

Yes I do

See also

External links

Teenage Victory Songs entry for "My Best Friend"