Put Me Back Together

Songfacts®:

  • This lovesick ballad was written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo together with Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler of the All-American Rejects. Ritter told Rolling Stone: "I was playing Weezer songs when I was 13 at parties, so now I can die happy."
  • Both All-American Rejects and Weezer share the same label, and after a couple phone calls, Ritter and Wheeler found themselves being greeted by Cuomo in a shed behind his Malibu house, ready to pen a song. Ritter told Rolling Stone that once there, "I pulled out a chorus that I'd been carrying around for a couple years from my pocket. I thought there was a reason why I didn't use it, but I knew, after hearing him doing the song, I dropped to my knees and exalted to the sky."
    Ritter added regarding working with Cuomo on the track: "I brought out the chorus, I started writing the verse, he started writing lyrics, and you can tell his hand is in the lyrics. I just kept my head down, I was nervous as s--t. I was shaking in my boots, literally. I just kept my head down and hummed until he said 'That's cool.'"
  • Wheeler was apparently as starstuck as Ritter about working with the Weezer frontman. He told MTV News his side of the story of their collaboration: "A few weeks ago, we [went] to his house - so that was cool - sat in a room with three guitars, and just kinda, Ty had a little idea, and we kind of riffed on it," Wheeler added. "And then we never heard anything. So we're shooting our video for our next single, 'I Wanna,' yesterday, and our A&R guy comes to the shoot with a CD of the finished version, and I was like, 'Oh, so that happened!'
    And so I shot [Cuomo] an e-mail saying what a privilege it was working with him, and this sounds great, you guys did a great job with the song, you know, stuff like that," Wheeler continued. "And he replied back, and at the end, it said, 'Definitely miss your guitar playing on the final version.' So, I saved that e-mail, and it's probably gonna stay in my star file for quite a while."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"They're Playing My Song

It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.

The Evolution of "Ophelia"

The Evolution of "Ophelia"Song Writing

How four songs portray Shakespeare's character Ophelia.

Jack Tempchin - "Peaceful Easy Feeling"

Jack Tempchin - "Peaceful Easy Feeling"They're Playing My Song

When a waitress wouldn't take him home, Jack wrote what would become one of the Eagles most enduring hits.

Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward of The Moody BluesSongwriter Interviews

Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.

Country Song Titles

Country Song TitlesFact or Fiction

Country songs with titles so bizarre they can't possibly be real... or can they?

Artis the Spoonman

Artis the SpoonmanSong Writing

Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?