My Best Friend
|"My Best Friend"|
|Album track by Weezer|
|Released||May 10, 2005|
|Producer(s)||Weezer, Rick Rubin, Chad Bamford|
|Live debut||October 4, 2005|
|Make Believe track listing|
"My Best Friend" (previously known as "You're My Best Friend") is the ninth track from Make Believe.
"My Best Friend" was a song that Rivers Cuomo wrote and was in contention for the album that would become Make Believe, but was shelved for several months during the album's production. It was excluded from the final track list until being brought back mere months before the album's release. When the band was asked to submit a track to the soundtack to the film Shrek 2, Cuomo offered up the song, believing that a song written about a big, funny, "kind of ogre-ish" friend of his was perfect for the film. The producers, however, felt that the song was too obvious, so Cuomo rewrote the lyrics, and the band reworked the song before re-submitted it. Ultimately, the song was not used for the film. The band would, however, contribute a cover of the Monkees song "I'm a Believer" to the soundtrack of the 2010 film Shrek Forever After. "My Best Friend" would eventually appear during the credits to the 2010 film Yogi Bear.
Band Commentary (originally featured on weezer.com)
- 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…
- Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, lead vocals
- Patrick Wilson – percussion
- Brian Bell – rhythm guitar, synth, backing vocals
- Scott Shriner – bass guitar, vocals
- Rick Rubin - producer
- Josh Abraham - mixing
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