Pig

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"Pig"
Pig cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Red Album) (Deluxe Edition)
Released June 11, 2008
Recorded July-October 2007
Length 4:02
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Weezer
Status Officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
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Weezer (The Red Album) (Deluxe Edition) track listing
"Miss Sweeney"
(11)
"Pig"
(12)
"The Spider"
(13)
Deliverance at Hand! track listing
"Piece of the Pie"
(11)
"Pig"
(12)
"Respect"
(13)

'Pig" is the twelfth track off of The Red Album (Deluxe Edition).

Appearances

Overview

Release

"Pig" was the first new song of the Red Album era to be heard by fans. The song was leaked as an acoustic home demo on various music blogs in April of 2007, featuring only lead singer Rivers Cuomo performing on the track. The metadata from the song showed that it belonged on an eighteen-track demo album entitled Deliverance at Hand! as the twelfth track. Fans would later discover that Deliverance at Hand! was a collection of Cuomo's demos from the period between the release of Make Believe and The Red Album. A full-band recording of "Pig" was later released as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Weezer (The Red Album).

"Pig" is one of the three post-Pinkerton Weezer songs to feature a harmonica, the others being "Freak Me Out" and "Cleopatra." Cuomo sings his own backing vocals for this song. The production of the percussion in "Pig" is also notably unique.

Song structure

"Pig" is uniquely simple. The song features very atypical structure, as it builds to an emotional peak without a distinct chorus or set of verses. The vocal melody remains constant for most of the song. The song features synthesizer strings.

Differences between versions

The most-discussed differences between the demo and the officially released version of "Pig" pertain to lyrics. The band chose to add background noises into several sections of the song, and this has been met with a largely negative response from fans. Likely sung by guitarist Brian Bell or bassist Scott Shriner, a background noise of a whiplash sound was added after the lyric "my friends all made the whip-lash sound." Additionally, hand-claps were added after the lyric "and everyone clapped when I asked her to marry me."

Other notable differences include the near-removal of the harmonica melody from the song and a loud hit of the snare drum at the song's close. Fans have speculated that this addition is supposed to represent the slaughtering of the pig.

Possible inspiration

In June of 2006, Cuomo was interviewed by Beliefnet, a spiritual website. In the interview, Cuomo discussed reading Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. He mentions, "One thing that really struck me is, what he writes about for some reason comes across as so cruel. Like there's so little feeling of compassion or regret that he has to kill the animals to survive. I'm not sure what to make of it yet. The way he describes it is so cold...It never occurred to him that the suffering of the animals is something to worry about or to feel sorry about. And maybe that was just a product of the times or maybe some Christian philosophy that justifies it; I'm not sure. Really the thing that strikes me most about it is: Maybe there's something in me that's reacting to this and that maybe other people wouldn't notice it."

Although not confirmed, it is possible that this contributed to Cuomo's inspiration for "Pig," as it was written around this time period.

Reception

"Pig" is very well-liked by Weezer's online fan community. Teenage Victory Songs, a Weezer songblog, called the song "as grand a triumph as anything Cuomo — maybe anyone — has ever achieved through song." TVS also placed "Pig" in it's Very Best category. Fans praise the song's sincerity and emotional power, and often call it one of Cuomo's best songs ever. The original demo was well-received also, however, which has caused a minor debate as to which version of the song is superior.

Personnel

Lyrics

When I was a baby I was so happy.
I played with my friends in the mud.
Wilbur and Jack and Otis and Beatty,
We were a gang, you gotta believe me.
Momma would scold us if we got too rough
She didn't care, she was proud of us.
I ran around and talked to the animals,
Tellin' 'em stories of savage cannibals.

Then I got older and noticed a girl.
At first I was sure I didn't exist to her.
I sulked around but I didn't know why.
Then she put her cheek on my shoulder and I
Was lookin' at her and she was lookin' at me.
We started to smile it was our destiny.
Tina was her name. She was my cutie-pie.
I forgot about the things that I used to like.

I spent all my time followin' her around.
My friends all made the whip-lash sound.
But they understood. They was happy for me and.
And everyone clapped when I asked her to marry me.
And she said "yes" and we felt so fine.
We lost track of the passin' of time.
Before I knew it we had our own babies:
Gina and Shannon and Keebie and Gabe

But now I've got to die.
I've lived a good life I've got no complaints.
I'd like to thank farmer Pete.
For bringing me scraps of food that i could eat.
He always had a smile on his face.
He didn't want to think of this day.
It's finally here.
It's finally here, oh.

Oo-oo, they called me Pig.
Oo-oo, they called me Pig.

When I was a baby I was so happy.
I played with my friends in the mud.

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