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

"This Is Such a Pity" shares an entry in the Catalog O' Riffs with the song "She Who Is Militant", originally demoed in 2002 during early sessions for the band's planned fifth album. "She Who Is Militant" shares few similarities with "This Is Such a Pity" other than a similar chord progression, though the song underwent multiple iterations unheard by fans, described as "early versions" of "Pity" in the Weezer Recording History, titled "Tell Me What You Did", "What Is Going On", and "Happy On Your Own". These iterations were demoed at S.I.R. Studios in 2004 during pre-production on Make Believe. "This Is Such a Pity" was included on Rivers Cuomo's "A-List" during pre-production in July of 2004.

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.

There are several subtly different versions of "This Is Such a Pity" across various releases. The first mix, included on initial pressings of the album, contains less reverb than later versions, and includes a drum fill near the end of the song (around 3:03) that was removed from subsequent versions. The second version, initially released on iTunes and some pressings of Make Believe, notably lacks emphasis on the word "that" in the final verse. The final, "Radio Mix" of the song features more reverb on the vocals.

A partial clip of Rivers Cuomo's demo of the song was appended to the end of part 5 of the video series Let's Write a Sawng [1], the collaborative project in which Cuomo and fans created the song "Turning Up the Radio".

Multiple songs of Nordic origin have been accused of plagiarizing "This Is Such a Pity", including the song "Du Kommer Aldrig Mer Vara Ensam" by Swedish musician Lasse Lindh, as well as "Turhaa" by Finnish Anna Eriksson.

Personnel

Audio

Demos

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