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"El Scorcho" Lyrics

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Goddamn you half-Japanese girls
Do it to me every time
Oh, the redhead said you shred the cello
And I'm jello, baby
But you won't talk won't look, won't think of me
I'm the epitome, of Public Enemy
Why you wanna go and do me like that?
Come down on the street and dance with me

I'm a lot like you so please
Hello, I'm here, I'm waiting
I think I'd be good for you
And you'd be good for me

I asked you to go to the Green Day concert
You said you never heard of them (How cool is that?)
How cool is that?
So I went to your room and read your diary
"Watching Grunge leg-drop New Jack through a press table"
And then my heart stopped:
"Listening to Cio-Cio San, 'fall in love all over again'."

I'm a lot like you so please
Hello, I'm here, I'm waiting
I think I'd be good for you
And you'd be good for me

How stupid is it?
I can't talk about it
I gotta sing about it
And make a record of my heart
How stupid is it?
Won't you gimme a minute?
Just come up to me
And say hello to my heart
How stupid is it?
For all I know you want me too
Or maybe you just don't know what to do
And maybe you're scared to say
"I'm falling for you"

I wish I could get my head outta the sand
'Coz I think we'd make a good team
And you would keep my fingernails clean
But that's just a stupid dream that I won't realize
'Coz I can't even look in your eyes without shakin' and I ain't fakin'
I'll bring home the turkey if you bring home the bacon

I'm a lot like you so please
Hello, I'm here, I'm waiting
I think I'd be good for you
And you'd be good for me
(I'm a lot like you) I'm a lot like you
(I'm a lot like you) I'm waiting
I think I'd be good for you
And you'd be good for me
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"El Scorcho" is a song by the American alternative rock band Weezer. It is the first single from the band's second album Pinkerton, released in 1996. The music video features the band playing in an old ballroom in Los Angeles (as revealed by Weezer's Video Capture Device DVD), surrounded by light fixtures of diverse origin, flashing in time to the music. The name of the song was supposed to have come from a packet of hot sauce from Del Taco, labeled "Del Scorcho".

The song was a somewhat unconventional single for the band, featuring a loose, often wandering riff, improvised-sounding vocal contributions from all the band members, and a sudden shift into double-time and a different music style for the bridge. The track failed commercially; several radio stations refused to play the song, and the video stiffed on MTV. This is considered to be one of the causes for the initial commercial failure of the album.

It was, however, extremely popular in Australia, and made it to #9 on the Triple J Hottest 100 chart, the national poll conducted by alternative rock station Triple J for the year's most popular alternative songs. It was subsequently released on the 1996 Triple J Hottest 100 compilation.

The song is available as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series of video games.

Lead singer Rivers Cuomo mentioned in a 2006 interview with the Harvard college newspaper, The Crimson, that the lines mentioning "Cio-Cio San" and "watching Grunge leg-drop New Jack" were actually taken from an essay from a classmate of his at Harvard in an Expository Writing class. The printed lyrics to the song identify these two lines as quoted with the enclosure of quotation marks. "...one example is, in 'Pinkerton,' in 'El Scorcho,' two lines in the song are actually taken from someone else's essay in my Expos class. Because at one point, we had to do a little workshop thing, and we each got assigned to review someone else's essay. So, I reviewed this one person's essay, and I liked some of the lines in it, so I took them and used them in the song." The actual meaning of "watching Grunge leg-drop New Jack through a press table" is a reference to ECW wrestler Johnny Grunge leg dropping New Jack, through a table, possibly referencing a photograph of Grunge wrestling New Jack that was published in Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Notably, Johnny Grunge was part of a tag-team known as "The Public Enemy", a connection to the "Don't Believe the Hype" quote earlier in the song.

The first line of the song has been mistakenly referenced to punk band Half-Japanese. The line "listening to Cio-Cio San" is in reference to Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly, The main characters of which are an American sailor—Pinkerton—and a Japanese girl named Cio-Cio San. The singer who played Cio-Cio San at the opera's premiere in 1904 was named Rosina Storchio though the alternate spelling indicates that this is likely an unintentional reference. This, in conjunction with the song "Pink Triangle", and the continued reference to the opera gives the album an overarching theme. Additionally, the line "I'm the epitome/of public enemy" is a lyric from Public Enemy's "Don't Believe the Hype".

The song also mentions the band Green Day in the lyric "I asked you to go to the Green Day concert/You said you never heard of them." In 2005 while on the Foozer tour, Weezer often changed the lyric to "I asked you go to the Foo Fighters concert" and changed it to "the Weezer concert" in late '05. During their stop in Chicago for Lollapalooza, this was again changed to "I asked you to go to the Pixies concert", who were playing just before Weezer on a nearby stage. At the Panic! at the Disco and Weezer 2016 Summer Tour, the line was sung "I asked you to go to the Panic concert".

For the single, Cuomo refused to make any "Buddy Holly"-like videos explaining "I really want the songs to come across untainted this time around...I really want to communicate my feelings directly and because I was so careful in writing that way. I'd hate for the video to kinda misrepresent the song, or exaggerate certain aspects." The final video featured the band playing in an assembly hall in Los Angeles, surrounded by light fixtures of diverse origin, flashing in time to the music. Matt Sharp appears wearing a FC Barcelona shirt. At the beginning of the video, a neon sign reads "Weerez", although at the end, it reads Weezer. It debuted on MTV's program 120 Minutes and only received moderate airplay on the channel. Mark Romanek directed the video.

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