|Album track by Weezer|
|Released||May 10, 2005|
|Producer(s)||Weezer, Rick Rubin, Chad Bamford|
|Live debut||April 29, 2005|
|Make Believe track listing|
- This page is for the Weezer song. For the song by The Special Goodness, see Pardon Me (The Special Goodness).
"Pardon Me" is the eighth track from Make Believe.
- Make Believe (2005)
"Pardon Me" is first known to have been demoed acoustically at Rod Cervera's studio on June 21st, 2003 and again on August 3rd. The song continued to be worked on several times throughout November. The song was included on Rivers Cuomo's "A-list" during the album's production around February of 2004. The song was excluded from the final track list until shortly before release, when the songs "Average Person", "Losing My Mind", "You're the One" and "Love Is the Answer" were excised in favor of "Pardon Me", "My Best Friend", and "The Other Way". The mastering for Make Believe was finished April 6th, 2005, only a month before the album's release.
- Scott: It’s funny, in the studio it seemed like a lot of chord changes and when we play it live, it really takes on its own, kind of, life form which never ceases to amaze me. To me, it almost seems complicated, but then again it’s so simple and so clear and people really seem to get off on it.
- Brian: I think this was a song that I fought for at Rick Rubin’s house. [laughs] ‘Wait, we forgot about this song!’ I remember running out to my car, and grabbed—we must have, 75 to 100 - not even exaggerating - CD’s of demos and B-sides—or what we consider might be B-sides, A-Lists that turn into B-Lists, B-Lists that turn into A-Lists…it gets really confusing and it’s easy to forget about things. But I made everyone listen to it, and I think 3/4ths of the way into the song it comes back around to that one moment..and everything sounds so good at Rick Rubin’s house, because he has this uber-sound-system, and it just was, like, apparent that we had to do it. And I thought it was just an unbelievably sincere message that Rivers was conveying and that - I don’t know if he knew the weight of what he was saying. It was really great.
- Pat: Yeah, I love the way when I listen to that song I hear someone really being very..it just sounds like, okay, this guy has something he wants to say, I love that. It sounds very truthful.
- Brian: Also, it’s a personal lyric but it’s extremely universal because, you know, it’s hard to say “I’m sorry” in any sense, it’s hard to admit fault, and I just think it’s a song for all guys that don’t know how to express themselves, so that they can at least sing that lyric to whoever they harm—their girlfriend, or whatever.
- Pat: Yeah, like George Bush could go to North Korea and say, “I’m really sorry”.
- Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, lead vocals
- Patrick Wilson – percussion
- Brian Bell – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, piano
- Scott Shriner – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Rick Rubin - producer
- Rich Costey - mixing
I tried my best
I gave my all
Sometimes my best wasn't good enough
Sometimes I let you go
Sometimes I hurt you so
I know that I can be the meanest person in the world
So I apologize to you
And to anyone else that I hurt too
I may not be a perfect soul
But I can learn self control
So pardon me, pardon me, pardon me my friend
I never thought
Was more important than the plans
But now I feel the shame
There's no one else to blame
For all the broken hearts scattered on the field of war
And in my heart I feel its true
So I'll be there with you