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My Best Friend

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"My Best Friend"
My Best Friend cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Make Believe
Released May 10, 2005
Format CD, vinyl, digital
Recorded Summer 2004
Length 2:48
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 520
Producer(s) Weezer, Rick Rubin, Chad Bamford
Status Officially released
Live debut October 4, 2005 in Champaign, IL
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Make Believe track listing
"Pardon Me"
(8)
"My Best Friend"
(9)
"The Other Way"
(10)

"My Best Friend" (previously known as "You're My Best Friend") is the ninth track from Make Believe.

Appearances

Overview

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…

Band commentary[1]

"My Best Friend" was written by Rivers Cuomo and demoed by Weezer in 2003 in contention for what would eventually become the band's fifth album, Make Believe. 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.[2] When the band was asked to submit a track to the soundtrack to the animated 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. Karl Koch has expressed preference for the song's original lyrics,[3] Ultimately, the song was not used (the film instead featuring the song "Accidentally in Love" by Counting Crows). 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.

The song has been performed live only once, at a concert in Champaign, Illinois in October of 2005.

"My Best Friend" appears during the credits to the 2010 film Yogi Bear.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Weezer You're My Best Friend June 21, 2003[4] 8295 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA Acoustic demo
Weezer You're My Best Friend August 3, 2003[4] Rod Cervera's studio, Los Angeles, CA Acoustic demo
Weezer You're My Best Friend October 5, 2003[4] 8295 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA Acoustic demo, verses 4 and 5
Weezer You're My Best Friend October 5, 2003[4] 8295 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA Acoustic demo, verses 7 and 6
Weezer You're My Best Friend October 7, 2003[4] 8295 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA Acoustic demo, verses 4 and 5
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 5, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 5, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 5, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA Selected as best take
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 6, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 6, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA Selected as best take
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 7, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA Selected as best take
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 11, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA Version 1
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 11, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA Version 2
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 11, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA Version 3
Weezer You're My Best Friend November 11, 2003[4] Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA Version 4
Rivers Cuomo You're My Best Friend You're My Best Friend (voc intro).mp3 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 0:34 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo You're My Best Friend You're My Best Friend (voc intro) (c.mp3 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 0:34 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years Duplicate file
Rivers Cuomo You're My Best Friend 12 520 You're My Best Friend.mp3 April 23, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:53 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Weezer My Best Friend December 2003—Spring 2005[1]
  • Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA
  • Grandmaster Recorders, Los Angeles, CA
  • Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2:48 Make Believe
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Personnel

Audio

Lyrics

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

You're my best friend
And I love you
And I love you
Yes, I do

I'm here right beside you
I will never leave you
And I feel the pain you feel when you start crying

You're my best friend
And I love you
And I love you
Yes, I do
You're my best friend
And I love you
And I love you
Yes, I do
Yes, I do
Yes, I do

See also

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