This Is Such a Pity

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"This Is Such A Pity"
This Is Such A Pity cover
Single by Weezer
Album Make Believe
Released May 10, 2005
Format CD, Vinyl (album only)
Recorded Summer 2004
Length 3:24
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 719
COR# 369
Producer Rick Rubin
Status officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Prodigy Lover"
(RC# 718)
"She Who Is Militant"
(RC#719)
"?"
(RC# ?)
Weezer singles chronology
"Perfect Situation"
(2005)
"This Is Such a Pity"
(2006)
"Pork and Beans"
(2008)
Make Believe track listing
"Perfect Situation"
(2)
"This Is Such A Pity"
(3)
"Hold Me"
(4)

"This Is Such a Pity" is the fourth single and third track from Make Believe.

Appearances

  • Make Believe (2005)
  • "This Is Such a Pity" promo CD (radio mix) (2005)

Overview

The song employs the use of a Casio keyboard and has an 80s, Cars-like feel to it. Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo has expressed that "Pity" is his favorite song on the record.

The song was released in early 2006 as Make Believe's' fourth single, but only at the promotional level. No video or retail singles were produced.

In the live performance for the Japanese Across The Sea DVD and TV special, guitarist Brian Bell introduces a new move: "The Power Rise."

Band Commentary

Scott: That song was tough, and it was the first song we tried to track at Grandmaster, I think, it was like the first night, and we probably retracked the basic drums for that, like four or five different times and it was almost going to get thrown out. But somehow, at the last minute, it came together, and it sounds absolutely magical to me. And that’s one of my favorite songs on the album.
Pat: Yeah, it sounds awesome. Wicked melody.
Rivers: Yeah, that might be my favorite song on the record. I really like the solo Brian came up with too.
Brian: Ironically [laughs], I don’t play any of the guitars on it—but most all the guitars on it in the studio—and I don’t play of them live, which I think it kind of funny. It’s really fun to watch Bobby and Rivers play that song every night. It feels like—
Rivers: You’re the composer and we’re the performers
Brian: Yeah, yeah! It’s neat, it’s really cool. I love the notes that Rivers added to the solo. I feel that that song could be—that Weezer might—things that Weezer can do and go in the future, as far as texture, and the use of clean guitars. I don’t think there’s any distorted guitars on that song.
Rivers: All the keyboard sounds are from a $75 Casio.
Brian: We even tried using expensive Moogs and things, to try to, like, “this can’t be good enough, a $75 Casio?” and the tones just didn’t blend. And we ended up using the Casio.
Scott: It’s got a really cool, super consistent, like, kind of level from start to finish, which I think is really neat.

Incarnations

The version found on the promo CD single is a 'radio mix', and is slightly different than the album version. The most noticeable difference is the lack of a drum fill near the end of the song, although there are several other subtle differences throughout.

"This Is Such a Pity" shares its Catalog Of Riffs number with an early Album 5 demo track, "She Who Is Militant". The songs only share a mild similarity in one chord progression. Also listed with the same COR were other songs, assumed to share different elements of "This is Such a Pity" and "She Who Is Militant" as well as other unheard sections. These titles include:

Additionally, a snippet of a demo version was played by Rivers in part 5/6 of his "Let's Write a Sawng" videos, which can be found on YouTube.

Curiously, multiple artists from Scandinavian countries have 'borrowed' elements of this song for use in their own material. One case in particular sounds almost exactly the same, down to the vocal melodies, but the lyrics are not a direct translation of the original English lyrics. None of these examples list Cuomo as a songwriter of paid any royalties to him.

Personnel

Lyrics

How is your heart little darling?
I didn't mean to get so mad.
Let me just hold you closely.
How did things get so bad?
I know how to pick on you.
You pushed me over the edge.
We caused so much agony.
We can't seem to move ahead.

This is such a pity.
We should give all our love to each other.
Not this hate that destroys us.
This is such a pity.
(This is a pity)

What kind of future will we have?
Will we ever find peace?
Everybody thinks we're crazy.
They're about to call the police.
I don't wanna be a chump.
You think I'm a fascist pig.
Right now everything is black.
I don't think we'll ever give.

We should give
All our love
(Destroys us)

See also