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  1. When It's Time

    Well, I think it's finally time! In honor of Rob Cavallo's nomination for the Producer of the Year Grammy (partly based on his work on this song), this week's Song of the Week is When It's Time. Please use this thread to discuss your thoughts and feelings about the song. Billie Joe wrote this song for Adrienne before they were married. It was unreleased for many years until it was first heard by attendees at the Heart Like a Hand Grenade premiere in 2009. Other than one or two live performances during the 21st Century Breakdown, tour fans didn't hear it again until it was included in the American Idiot theatrical production. Most were delighted when it was then released on the AI Original Broadway Cast recording accompanied by a second version recorded by Green Day. This sweet song has special meaning for me and brings me to tears almost every time I hear it. I think this is a beautiful video from Denmark's Skive festival earlier this year: When It's Time Lyrics The words get trapped in my mind I'm sorry I don't take the time to feel the way I do 'Cause from the first day you came into my life My time ticks around you But then I need your voice As a key to unlock all the love that's trapped in of me So tell me when it's time to say I love you All I want is you to understand That when I take your hand its 'cause I want to We are all born in a world of doubt But there's no doubt I figured out I love you And I feel lonely for All the losers that will never take the time to say What is really on their minds instead they just hide away And yet they'll never have Someone like you to guide them and help along the way So tell me when it's time to say I love you So tell me when it's time to say I love you ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can nominate songs for discussion as Song of the Week in the Song Discussions thread, which contains links to each previous Song of the Week from 9/14/2009 forward in its original post.
  2. Favorite song from Shenanigans?

    Although the whole album is B-sides/outtakes/covers, I definitely enjoy most of the tracks on there. My favorite would probably be Desensitized, Scumbag, or Ha Ha You're Dead.
  3. HI, i'm trying to piece together the WHOLE setlist from their concert at the house of blues. If you find any of the songs i haven't found post them in the comments below. DON'T GIVE ME 15 SECOND CLIPS OF A SONG. GIVE THE SONGS IN THEIR ENTIRETY! These are the songs i've found so far. Don't Leave Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9fBIhNGwY8&index=5&list=PL7gBtqZR7EagNnQZPmkjv11EAZhi8b82S Only of You Sweet Children 409 in Your Coffeemaker At the Library I Was There Intro of World vs World/Disappearing Boy Paper Lanterns Road to Acceptance Green Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_XueIoyr6A Dry Ice 99 Revolutions Holiday Boulevard of Broken Dreams 2000 Light Years Away Private Ale Christie Road Stuart and the Ave. She Geek Stink Breath One for the Razorbacks Burnout Longview When I Come Around Basket Case Are We the Waiting St. Jimmy Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover) Radio (Rancid cover) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MWDsXWqnk King for a Day Shout Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Hey Jude (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Waiting Minority American Idiot Jesus of Suburbia the songs that have videos/links to them have been found!
  4. what do you think of my cover

    haha you're dead by green day cover please tell me what you think https://soundcloud.com/paul-ojeda-music/ha-ha-youre-dead-green-day-cover
  5. Restless Heart Syndrome is the 13th track off Green Day's 2009 album, 21st Century Breakdown. The song starts as a mid-paced, acoustic ballad describing a sort of medical disorder that is taking control of the victim's mind and emotions. Soon the song takes a dark dive, with electric guitar arpeggios and haunting vocal harmonies. Billie then gives us the message he seems to be telling us throughout the album- "Know your enemy", and is preceded by an epic, overdriven guitar solo and drums that seem to shake the foundations of the song. Despite being played very few times during the 21st Century Breakdown tour, it is one hell of a live song. Here is an incredible performance from the Fox Theater on April 14, 2009- It seems rather unlikely the band would perform this song again after Billie's unfortunate medical issues he has faced more recently, but I won't lose hope as Green Day tends to surprise us when we least expect it! Here is also the acapella vocal track, which I think is incredible- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4Xgcd-HTCo Here are the lyrics- I've got a really bad disease It's got me begging on my hands and knees So, take me to emergency Cause something seems to be missing Somebody take the pain away It's like an ulcer bleeding in my brain So send me to the pharmacy so I can lose my memory I'm elated, medicated Lord knows I tried to find a way to run away I think they found another cure For broken hearts and feeling insecure You'd be surprised what I endure What makes you feel so self-assured I need to find a place to hide You never know what could be waiting outside The accidents that you could find It's like some kind of suicide So what ails you, is what impales you I feel like I've been crucified to be satisfied I'm a victim of my symptom I am my own worst enemy You're a victim of your symptom You are your own worst enemy Know your enemy I'm elated, medicated I am my own worst enemy So what ails you is what impales you You are your own worst enemy You're a victim of the system You are your own worst enemy You're a victim of the system You are your own worst enemy
  6. This week’s Song of the Week is Wake Me up When September Ends. Please use this thread to discuss your thoughts and feelings about the song. Wake Me up When September Ends was first released on the American Idiot album in 2005 and later released as the album’s 4th single. The single peaked at #6 on the charts. This song is commonly understood to be about the death of Billie’s father; however, its performance in the American Idiot theatrical production demonstrated that it can apply to many stories – it’s really quite universal in nature. Here are a couple of videos of Wake Me up When September Ends being performed live. The first is on KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas (December 12, 2004) in honor of Johnny Ramone. Johnny had just died on September 15 of that year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoBaZmmdluM Wake Me up When September Ends Lyrics Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends Like my father’s come to pass Seven years has gone so fast Wake me up when September ends Here comes the rain again Falling from the stars Drenched in my pain again Becoming who we are As my memory rests But never forgets what I lost Wake me up when September ends Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends Ring out the bells again Like we did when spring began Wake me up when September ends Here comes the rain again Falling from the stars Drenched in my pain again Becoming who we are As my memory rests But never forgets what I lost Wake me up when September ends Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends Like my father's come to pass Twenty years has gone so fast Wake me up when September ends Wake me up when September ends Wake me up when September ends You can nominate songs for discussion as Song of the Week in the Song Discussions thread, which contains links to each previous Song of the Week from 9/14/2009 forward in its original post. I will start a new index for Songs of the Week since we’re starting over from scratch. Next week, you’ll be able to view the list of previous Song of the Week threads in the index.
  7. Dirty Rotten Bastards

    Hi guys, as you all may know, Green Day's 99 Revolutions tour is over, unless of course they have a few more club dates planned. Throughout the tour, they never played Dirty Rotten Bastards, not even once, so I want to hear your opinions. Could it be that Billie Joe found it too long and too fast to play live? (But, they've played Jesus of Suburbia and Homecoming live many times!) Billie Joe even said once that this would be an arena sing along type song! Do you think Mike would be able to pull off that killer bass solo live?
  8. Reject

    This week’s Song of the Week is Reject, in honour of Billie Joe’s rejection off his Southwest Airlines flight two days ago due to his saggy pants. Thanks to KMH on the forum for the song suggestion. Reject is track 14 off Green Day’s 5th album, Nimrod, released in 1997, which reached the number 2 spot on the US Billboard 200 charts. The song was inspired by a couple of letters from 1996, sent after Insomniac’s release; one Billie Joe received from an irate parent complaining about Green Day’s “rubbish” music, and Billie Joe’s response, which contains the lines “That’s the difference between you and me. I do what I want… You do what you’re told”, which later made it in to the lyrics of Reject. Here are those letters, in all their hilarious glory (originally from greenday.net): The song’s theme stems from the same sentiment Billie gave out in his reply letter, about standing alone – rejected - and not being a part of the ‘social sect’: “I write music for myself and I’ll say anything I damn well please”. My favourite part of the song, lyrically and musically has to be the last ‘so when the smoke clears here I am, your reject all-American’, I love the visual, and the metaphor of the smoke from all the flaming the band received, not only from the parent who wrote the letter, but from every critic the band has ever had; they’ve been to ‘hell and back and hell again’, and yet here they still are. That line, layered with the dramatic, heart-beat-like drums and the snotty, nasal vocals just add to the defiant nature of the song, and the band in general. I couldn’t find any live videos of this song, but I did find this live recording from the band’s performance at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on November 14, 1997, which was released as a B-side of some Redundant singles. Lyrics: Who the hell are you to tell me, What I am and what's my master plan? What makes you think that it includes you? Self-righteous wealth? Stop flattering yourself. So when the smoke clears here I am, Your reject all-American, Sucking up to your social sect, Making you a nervous wreck, To hell and back and hell again I've gone, You're not my type. Not my type. What's the difference between you and me? I do what I want, and you do what you're told, So listen up shut the hell up. It's no big deal. And I'll see you in hell. So when the smoke clears here I am, Your reject all-American, Sucking up to your social sect, Making you a nervous wreck, To hell and back and hell again I've gone, You're not my type, Not my type, Not my type, You’re not my type. So when the smoke clears here I am, Your reject all-American, Falling from grace, right on my face, To hell and back and hell again I've gone. ********************************************************************************************************* You can nominate songs for discussion as Song of the Week in the SotW Nominations and Archive thread, which contains links to each previous Song of the Week in its first post.
  9. Note: Calendar of songs is located at the bottom of this post. We know that a lot of you have missed it, so we will be bringing Song of the Week back! This time around we're opening SOTW up to anyone and everyone who wants to take a song and make it their own. Heres how it'll work. Me, Ben(Deathstroke) and Lone will be maintaining this post for songs that will go a month out. If you see a song that you'd like to write the OP(Opening post in the thread) for, it is important that you send your application in one (not three) PM to Ben, Lone and me. We want it to be as easy as possible, because who would do it if it were too complicated? In a way this will be a weekly competition where the best application get to write the whole OP and post it when its due to be posted. In the application, we want to see your first paragraph, shortly about your personal reason to want to write it and we want to see an outline as to where you'll go next. You don't have to write out the whole thing (and, please, don't), but we need to see your ideas and direction for the thread. Here is approximately how we would like the post to be: First paragraph: Basic song info. What album was the song off of? Who wrote it? Was it a single, and if so, how did it do in the charts? Was there anything particularly noteworthy about this song? Second paragraph: Meanings. Has the band talked about the song's meaning? If so, what did they say? If they haven't talked about it, what do you think the song is about? Most importantly of all, what does this song mean to you? Why did you want to write the OP for it? Third paragraph: Anything else you want to say about the song. Maybe it's a song that you think was a forerunner to Green Day's later music. Maybe it's the only Green Day song without any lyrics. Maybe Billie Joe decided to take a minute halfway through this song and smash his guitar. Whatever you'd like to say about this song that isn't covered above. And, of course, the OP should end with the song's lyrics and a YouTube video of the song being performed live. If a live performance of the song hasn't been documented, then use a lyric video or something like that. The applications are due every Sunday in the week before its supposed to be posted. This is so that we have time to look through the applications, let the best contestant know and they have time to write the whole OP before the next Sunday. Oh, and did we mention this is a SOTW reboot? That means that all Green Day songs are back on the table, so if you missed out on the Jesus of Suburbia or Minority discussions last time around, here's your chance! If there's a song you'd like to see on the calendar, reply here with it. Just understand that we're not going to do JOS, Homecoming, Basket Case and Good Riddance in the first four weeks! We will announce what songs we are taking applications for here, so check in every week if you'd like to participate! 2/24/2013: Holiday - written by me 3/3/2013: Maria - written by Ben 3/10/2013: Longview - written by Katie 3/17/2013: American Eulogy - written by Stan 3/24/2013: 1,000 Hours - written by Todd 3/31/2013: Scattered - written by Ceadog 4/07/2013: Geek Stink Breath - written by musso_kn 4/14/2013: Castaway - written by José 4/21/2013: X-Kid - written by Backseat Coberator 4/28/2013: Ha Ha You're Dead - written by Jude 5/5/2013: Android - written by Fae 5/12/2013: Are We The Waiting - written by James 5/19/2013: She - written by Garet 5/26/2013: Brain Stew - written by kaylubd 6/09/2013: ¡Viva la Gloria! - written by Maria Gloria 6/16/2013: Macy's Day Parade - written by Sarcasm 7/24/2013: Rusty James - written by Abir 8/4/2013: Only of You - written by The Tman 8/11/2013: Restless Heart Syndrome - written by Asa Troublemaker 8/18/2013: All By Myself written by Sarcasm 9/1/2013: Wake me up when September Ends written by Overjoyyed 9/8/2013: Minority (Taking applications until September 1st) Feel free to start applying! You don't have to wait until the last day. If it's a song a couple of weeks out you would like to write the OP for, you can apply as soon as it's announced that the song will be up
  10. SotW: Minority

    There are a lot of testaments to Green Day's strength as a band. Whether you choose to favor their extremely healthy work ethic and devotion to a live show and their fans, their persistent and adaptable energy to bring things to new creative highs or maybe it's just their killer jeans and hair that do it for you. Whatever. Another big testament is that one of Green Day's lowest commercial slumps has still sold 1.2 million copies, and even though we know better now, Warning wasn't always thought of the fan-dubbed masterpiece we know it to be. Long, long ago, it wasn't uncommon to only jam the singles. "Minority" is a song from Green Day's sixth studio album, Warning, and served as the band's lead single. Written by the band's lead vocalist Billie Joe, it debuted in late August of 2000 and held on to the number one spot on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart for five weeks. The track is a shiny, in-your-face fuck you to everybody who has ever pushed you down. An anthem for insubordinates who are tired of putting up with schtick. The song talks about finding yourself and staying true to your own colors, a DIY train of thought that shines in any remotely punk community. "Minority is about being an individual. It's like you have to sift through the darkness to find your place and be that individual you want to be your entire life," Armstrong has said about the song. This song has also been a staple in the band's live show for a while now, and rightfully so. Mike Dirnt, bassist and Billie Joe's long-running BFF has said of the song "When we play 'Minority', that's the point which I always think the floor's gonna cave in." If Green Day disbanded after Warning came out, I have no doubt in my mind that of all their songs, this one would jump out at me even more. It's a stripped down message hidden in power pop bottle, laced with infectious harmonicas and acoustic guitar. The idea of being lost and hurt within yourself is a universal one and Green Day doesn't beat around the bush with this song. It's catchy, it's fun to scream along to, but most importantly it's a subtle reminder of our strength. It's what picks us up when we fall and it's what makes us wanna run when all we've been doing our lives is crawling. When people scream out the lyrics and well up at the sight of the song being played back to them, it's a reminder for Billie Joe and the guys that what they consistently do over and over again better than so many other bands is instill a sense of hope and originality. I wanna be the minority, you wanna be the minority and, hell, most of the Authority probably wants to be the minority. I think we all owe the band that is so unapologetically themselves, unafraid to be stripped down and bare in a setting with a punk twist, a band whose ultimate message has never strayed too far from something individual even if it's not all that terribly unique of a message: be yourself. So thanks Green Day, and I don't think I'm the only one when I say that I would not be nearly as good at being myself if it weren't for you guys. Enjoy the band's 2005 Milton Keynes performance, captured for their first live DVD Bullet in a Bible, and read the lyrics below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsOOA7ajSXo I want to be the minority I don't need your authority Down with the moral majority 'Cause I want to be the minority I pledge allegiance to the underworld One nation underdog There of which I stand alone A face in the crowd Unsung, against the mold Without a doubt Singled out The only way I know 'Cause I want to be the minority I don't need your authority Down with the moral majority 'Cause I want to be the minority Stepped out of the line Like a sheep runs from the herd Marching out of time To my own beat now The only way I know One light, one mind Flashing in the dark Blinded by the silence of a thousand broken hearts "For crying out loud," she screamed unto me A free for all Fuck 'em all You're on your own side 'Cause I want to be the minority I don't need your authority Down with the moral majority 'Cause I want to be the minority One light, one mind Flashing in the dark Blinded by the silence of a thousand broken hearts "For crying out loud," she screamed unto me A free for all Fuck 'em all You're on your own side 'Cause I want to be the minority I don't need your authority Down with the moral majority 'Cause I want to be the minority The minority I want to be the minority The minority I want to be the minority
  11. Wake Me up When September Ends is the fourth single off the smash hit album American Idiot. The single was released on June of 2005 and did well on the Billboard top 100 charts reaching the 6th spot (but was #1 in the Canadian charts). The song could also be found on the live CDs/DVDs Bullet in a Bible and Awesome as Fuck. The cinematography of the accompanying music video directed by Samuel Bayer was quite astounding telling a story which was really poignant at the height of the Iraq war of a young couple in love who have to deal with the realities of enlisting in war. Billie Joe Armstrong spoke about the meaning of the song in a 2005 interview in Star Tribune: "I originally wrote it about my father who died actually 23 years ago today," the frontman of America's biggest rock band said before going onstage. "I always remember that because Johnny Ramone died the same day. I never sang about my father before. I kind of stayed away from it." The song lyrics are clearly heartfelt and personal to Billie Joe but he also stated that the song in general is “about a sense of loss, a sense of innocence that's lost” which makes this song very meaningful to a lot of people even though they have not had the exact same loss of a father. Many peoples personal attributions to this song are about the tragedy of 9/11. Billie also dedicated a live performance of this song to Hurricane Katrina victims and survivors. I always loved this song from the beginning but the lyrics only really meant something to me 3 years ago when my own father died of cancer. One of my best friends wrote me a heartfelt condolence letter that included the lyrics “Like my father comes to pass 19 years has gone so fast” (as I was 19 at the time) and gave it to me at the funeral. That was one of the most heart wrenching but most thoughtful things I have ever had to read. The lyrics “the innocent can never last” has also a very important meaning to me as I felt like I changed after my dad died; that this event was the end of my childhood/teenage-hood. “Wake me up when September Ends” lyrics said exactly what I felt at the time but could not put into words myself. The lyrics: Summer has come and passed. The innocent can never last Wake me up, When September ends. Like my father's come to pass, seven years has gone so fast. Wake me up, When September ends. Here comes the rain again, Falling from the stars; Drenched in my pain again, Becoming who we are. As my memory rests, But never forgets what I lost. Wake me up, When September ends. Summer has come and passed. The innocent can never last. Wake me up, When September ends. Ring out the bells again. Like we did when spring began. Wake me up, When September ends. Here comes the rain again, Falling from the stars; Drenched in my pain again, Becoming who we are. As my memory rest, But never forgets what I lost. Wake me up, When September ends. Summer has come and passed. The innocent can never last. Wake me up, When September ends. Like my father's come to pass. Twenty years has gone so fast. Wake me up, When September ends. Wake me up, When September ends. Wake me up, When September ends.... In a recent Rolling Stone’s article (March 2013), Billie Joe referenced this performance of the song and said how difficult it was as it was his fathers 30th death anniversary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR4YtlR3TkE
  12. SOTW All by Myself

    Hold your applause, it's time to fiddle yourself in ecstasy while thinking inappropriate thoughts. But before you start playing your clitar DJ style or stroking your flesh-flute, take a few seconds to witness greatness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Z81V7_IjE I'm not gonna post the lyrics due to the majority of young people people on the board. But kids, trust your instincts. We've all been there, ferociously whacking our reproductive organs using olive oil from your moms fridge as lube while thinking of Jeniffer Anistons nipples in the re runs of Friends. The fact that Cool just so magnificently captures the essence of Onan's sins, it's breathtaking. It's Art with a capital a. Forget all you've ever learned about dirty songs, Cool is the prodigy on this field. Fuck he owns the field. The first time I heard ABM, I was blindsided. Sandra Bullock. It's not just the way the song was placed on the album (Dookie), that was subtle, it's the long wait after F.O.D that mentally prepared your brain to be blown so hard your grandmother got a nosebleed. This song is one of the rare spoofs during a good Green Day show, Tre will take the mic, a guitar and play it to his best ability. That moment is also when you learn why he isn't the main guitarist, he sucks. Thanks god that he is pretty. If you've seen this song live, your life probably changed drastically. It removes any sapoisexual tendencies you may have had, and got you thinking of one thing, and one thing only. You. The best sex you can have is with yourself. So when you Right Hand-a-Rama to this post, don't think of whatever it is you're watching on pornhub, think of you. you are beautiful. Happy fapping.
  13. SOTW Only of You

    Sorry for the delay, I'm watching an awesome zombie movie This weeks song of the week is Only of You. The third track off of Green Days debut EP, 1000 Hours. It was released in 1989 through Lookout records, and happens to be one of a few really old songs that Green Day has continued to play throughout recent times. Words by Billie Joe, Music by Green Day is what it says on the inner sleeve of the EP, keep in mind Green Day back then had John instead of Tre. The song has to do with love at first sight, and how the narrator is longing to be with the person they laid their eyes on. The narrator doesnt care if its hard to be with their love, the narrator just wants to share their love. (I know that we're worlds apart, but I just don't seem to care). The narrator wants to take their friendship to the next level, because the narrator loves this person so much that just being friends isnt enough. (I know that we're only friends, I hope this feeling never ends) Pretty much I chose to write about this song A: because I love it, B: Im a teenage guy, I connect to it, and C: No one else did, so I stepped up and took it so we can get on with other sotws, cause I love seeing other peoples great song reviews. Heres one of my favorite live versions- Green Day at the American Idiot finale, 4/24/11, with Billie dressed in his role as St. Jimmy. Billie opened their set with Only of You, and it mustve surprised every person in the crowd that even know this song. It begins at 2:25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMdInD-bJo4 Lyrics (Straight from GDA since a-z lyrics has them wrong) I wish i could tell you But the words would come out wrong Oh if you only knew The way I felt for so long I know that we're worlds apart But I just don't seem to care These feelings in my heart Only with you I want to share The first time I caught a glimpse of you Then all my thoughts were only of you I hope that when time goes by You will think the same about me Many nights awake I lie I only wish that you could see I know that we're only friends I hope this feeling never ends If I could only hold you It's the only thing I want to do
  14. SOTW "Rusty James"

    This time the Song of The Week is Rusty James. It is from the 1st installment of Green Day's Trilogy, iUno! which was released on 25th September 2012 and the song features 2nd last in the album. The song has got somewhat a catchy tone to it(and many people claims it to be Vol 2.0 of the track Scattered from Nimrod). Songfacts.com quotes Rusty James as "the song which finds Bille Joe Armstrong singing about Green Day's place in music after so many years, as he celebrates the punk-rock bromance of "the last gang in town."" from the mouth of Billie Joe Armstrong: "The song title is from the name of a character in the book Rumble Fish . The song itself is about my old punk-rock scene and the survivors of initial starters of that scene and how some of them didn't really live up to their promises and just became finger pointers a little bit. And then they disappeared. And just the feeling that Green Day, we're still here. Where are you? What happened to all the values that you were bringing to the table? Now you're gone. All the things you were telling people to fight for, you're not fighting for them anymore. So that's probably one of the more bitter songs I've written." --As given in GDA The above lines are in reference to the SE Hinton book and 1983 Francis ford Coppola movie, Rumble Fish starring Matt Dillon, Mickey rourke, and Diane Lane. The name Rusty James is the main Character of the story, played by matt Dillon. This song somewhat really runs parallel with that story. Lyics: Intro And yeah,got this fan made video from Youtube.I think it's awesomely mixed. Enjoy..
  15. SOTW Macy's Day Parade

    So this song of the week is Macy's Day Parade. Apart from being one of the easiest songs to play on guitar and the only obscure B/W video, it doesn't seems like many people have a deep relationship to this song. Deathstroke seems convinced it's only a rendition/milker from the Good Riddance concept (taken even further with 21 Guns, those dicks), even if the same subjects are hardly, if at all, touched. Alright, boring statistics: Well, the song itself didn't do too good, and the only thing that won/was nominated for was listed on GDA and it doesn't say if they won or not, so here are the warning stuff, as exciting as it was 13 years ago. Warning isn't about a certain topic like AI and 21stcbd, it's rather just a turn in a different direction for the band, displaying a less negative and bitter side of them. Well MDP changed that, ending the album with a bitter serenade dedicated to no one about how Billie learned the hard way, growing up realizing whats what in the world and how to apply his knowledge to his life, how he can be happy without dwelling on the past and discovering that all that he ever wanted was happiness (aaw). A call for duty can be as simple as a boring job, a job is a duty however boring, and it's also a dream many share. Being able to live with a stable job, average income and a solid time frame, most likely bearing roots from Billie lacking the freedom of a good economy in his youth, something many can relate to. In MDP (patent pending), the band plays a tune that is in a limbo between happy and sad. It also mildly touches the anti war subject, and just tickles the balls of what is the darkest part of consumerism: a fire sale on caskets. "The difference between thieves and crooks" is a line that many beats with a question mark. I've never quite gotten it either. It sounds like a crook is a way of life, lying and cheating, manipulating your way forward, while the thief simply takes what he wants and moves on. The song as a whole can be view many different ways, this is just my take on it. This is one of the videos that are posted on youtube, and yup, it's in slow motion for us but sped up to the speed of light for him. Give him a round of applause for not collapsing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j2aRHWcizs Lyrics: (Blame the gramatical errors on a GDA editor. If you have a complaint about the lyrics, PM Matt, Andres, Florence, Jimmy or Liam. Please do this again and again until the issue is fixed.) Today's the Macy's Day Parade the night of the living dead is on its way with a credit report for duty call it's a lifetime guarantee stuffed in a coffin 10% more free Red light special at the mausoleum v Give me something that I need satisfaction guaranteed to you what's the consolation prize? economy sized dreams of hope when I was a kid I thought I wanted all the things that I haven't got oh. I learned the hardest way Then I realized what it took To tell the difference between thieves and crooks A lesson learned to me and you Give me something that I need Satisfaction guaranteed Because I'm thinking about a brand new hope the one I've never known cause now I know it's all that I wanted what's the consolation prize? economy sized dreams of hope Give me something that I need Satisfaction guaranteed Because I'm thinking about a brand new hope the one I've never known and where it goes and I'm thinking about the only road the one I've never known and where it goes Because I'm thinking about a brand new hope the one I've never known cause now I know it's all that I wanted
  16. SotW: ¡Viva La Gloria!

    ¡Viva La Gloria! is the fourth track from Green Day's album 21st Century Breakdown, written by Billie Joe Armstrong. It's also included on the live album Awesome as F**k. It was played quite a few times on the 21st Century Breakdown tour, but remains one of the "rarer" live songs from the album. 21st Century Breakdown is a concept album that revolves around a young couple, Christian and Gloria. This song is a serenade from Christian to Gloria, and introduces the character of her as well as their relationship. Throughout the album, Christian is portrayed as a dark person who hates everything, but Gloria is his light in the dark. She's a positive and strong girl who has "found a home in all your scars and ammunition" despite maybe a difficult childhood. Christian is hailing her, telling her to never burn out and not to look back on the past; he admires her for trying to hold the torch while all he can imagine is wanting to burn everything down. Although there's already references to her flaws and the struggles of their lives, Gloria is portrayed as standing tall above the ruins regardless. It's a harsh contrast to the mocking ¿Viva La Gloria? [Little Girl], when she's portrayed in a completely different light; she's fallen apart and turned to drugs. Billie Joe has said that Christian and Gloria represent two different sides of him - Gloria the positive one he would like to think is dominant, and Christian the darker side. He chose the name Gloria as a play on "glory", but said he also considered the name Emily. Gloria is portrayed in several different ways in the album art: For me personally, this is my favourite song of all time. I had a difficult childhood and was going through some dark times when 21st Century Breakdown came out, and although it's cliché, it was this song that helped me through. Even though she's just a vague figment of Billie Joe's imagination, Gloria somehow gave me faith in the world again. She comes across as so strong and positive in the song, and at the time gave me someone to admire and look up to. I thought that if she could be like that, I could be too. Those few months were probably the darkest of my life, but I left the past behind and came out of it an optimistic, ambitious and strong young woman. This song will always have a special meaning to me because of that. Here's a video of ¡Viva La Gloria! live in Japan: http://youtu.be/5NA8Dbj0Xyc Lyrics: Hey Gloria, Are you standing close to the edge? Look out at the setting sun The brink of your vision Eternal youth is the landscape of a lie The cracks of my skin can prove As years will testify So say your prayers and light a fire We're gonna start a war Your slogan's "a gun for hire" It's what we waited for Hey Gloria, This is why we're on the edge The fight of our lives been drawn to This undying love Gloria, viva la Gloria You blast your name in graffiti on the walls Falling through broken glass That's slashing through your spirits I can hear it like a jilted crowd Gloria, where are you Gloria? You found a home in all your scars and ammunition You made your bed in salad days Amongst the ruins Ashes to ashes of our youth She smashed her knuckles into winter As autumn's wind fades into black She is the saint on all the sinners The one that's fallen through the cracks So don't put away your burning light! Gloria, where are you Gloria? Don't lose your faith to your lost naivete Weather the storm and don't look back on last November When your banners were burning down Gloria, viva la Gloria Send me your amnesty down to the broken hearted Bring us the season that we always will remember Don't let the bonfires go out! So Gloria, Send out your message of your light that shadows in the night Gloria, where's your undying love? Tell me the story of your life
  17. Sotw: Brain Stew

    “Brainstew” is the tenth track and the third single from the band's fourth studio album Insomniac. Actually, the single that was released is combined with another song “Jaded” as they flow continuously from one track to other on the album. The lyrics were written by Billie Joe Armstrong. Speaking in terms of record sales, this album didn't fare as well as its predecessor Dookie, but this single did pretty well. It reached #3 on the US modern Rock Tracks and #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billie has previously stated that the song deals with not getting any sleep and since he had a baby around the time of the song's release, this was something he knew about really well. I do agree that it is about insomnia, but lines like “A crooked spine/My senses dull/Crossed the point of delirium” can be referencing drugs as well. It wouldn't surprise me if this was the true or second meaning of the song as Billie has had some past experience with drugs, but whether you're strung out on drugs or just can't get any sleep, the song is pretty relatable. This track represents the whole album pretty well. It's a darker themed track for the band with references to insomnia and even gruesome visual lyrics, such as “My eyes feel like they're gonna bleed/dried out and bulging out my skull.” Though the riff is fairly simple, it's the brutal, aggressive sound of it that really gives the song its edge. There's also a constant build up throughout where the music grows more and more chaotic as the song goes on kind of like it's trying to show what your mind goes through on a sleepless night. This is one of my all time favorite Green Day songs. When I first heard it, I instantly fell in love with the riff. This is one of the songs that made me grab a guitar and try to learn it for myself. On those rare occasions when I do play guitar I always go for this song first. I also love all the visual details we get from the lyrics, even if they are a bit brutal. When Billie sings “My mouth is dry, my face is numb/fucked up and spun out in my room” I can actually see and feel what's going on and that's what makes it so much fun. Also, even though it's one of their slower paced songs, especially when compared to “Jaded,” it gets you pumped up, especially during the musical outro when everything comes together in this mass of sound. One of the best moments of my life was when I finally heard it live at the Chicago concert. Sure, Billie messed up a few of the lyrics, but that just made the performance more memorable for me. Besides, he recovered from it pretty well. Lyrics: I'm having trouble trying to sleep I'm counting sheep but running out As time ticks by And still I try No rest for crosstops in my mind On my own... here we go My eyes feel like they're gonna bleed Dried up and bulging out my skull My mouth is dry My face is numb Fucked up and spun out in my room On my own... here we go My mind is set on overdrive The clock is laughing in my face A crooked spine My sense's dulled Passed the point of delirium On my own... here we go My eyes feel like they're gonna bleed Dried up and bulging out my skull My mouth is dry My face is numb Fucked up and spun out in my room On my own... here we go This live performance comes from Bullet in a Bible, which is still one of my favorite all time live DVDs
  18. When I Come Around

    I know, I know, it's taken me long enough to come around . I apologize for the horrible lateness of this post, but my internet access has been horribly inconsistent while traveling. Hopefully this time has been eventful enough that no one's sitting around bored and waiting for me. This week's Song of the Week is When I Come Around. Please use this thread to discuss your thoughts and feelings about the song. Green Day's first album on a major label, Dookie, was produced by Rob Cavallo and Green Day. It was released on February 1, 1994. Dookie reached number 2 on the charts and has gone platinum ten times. The single, When I Come Around, reached number 1 on the charts. I love this song – the bouncy feeling, the unabashed sleaziness of some of the lyrics, the sound in general. It's high on my list of favorites. Now I have a question for everyone who's shared this song with me at recent shows: What's my favorite line? Did anyone notice and can remember? If you're observant at all, you should know by now. If you haven't been with me, go ahead and try to guess. Sorry I couldn't do a very thorough search for videos in my current situation, but here are two for you to enjoy (be sure you notice the changed lyrics in the second one). When I Come Around Lyrics I heard you crying loud, All the way across town. You've been searching for that someone, And it's me out on the prowl - As you sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Don't get lonely now. Dry your whining eyes. I'm just roaming for the moment Sleazin' my back yard so don't get so uptight You been thinking about ditching me. No time to search the world around Cause you know where I'll be found When I come around. I heard it all before So don't knock down my door. I'm a loser and a user so I don't need no accuser To try and slag me down because I know you're right. So go do what you like. Make sure you do it wise. You may find out that your self doubt means nothing Was ever there. You can't go forcing something if it's just not right. No time to search the world around Cause you know where I'll be found When I come around When I come around <repeat multiple times> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can nominate songs for discussion as Song of the Week in the Song Discussions thread, which contains links to each previous Song of the Week from 9/14/2009 forward in its original post.
  19. SotW: She

    "She" is the eighth track off of Green Day's 1994 release "Dookie" and was the thirteenth track on their 2011 live cd/dvd "Awesome As Fuck". The song is a little over 2 minutes, like the majority of their songs. The song was written by Billie Joe about an ex-girlfriend. The song was released as a radio only single in 1995. "She" came in at 5th on the US Modern Rock Chart and 18th on the US Mainstream Rock Charts. The song was written about an ex-girlfriend of Billie Joe. She wrote a poem about him with a similar title. Armstrong then wrote the song to her. They broke up shortly after. The girl Billie talks about shows up in songs like "Sassafras Roots", "Chump", "Whatsername", and "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)". At one of Green Day's secret shows at Red 7 before they played "Amanda", Billie Joe stated the following about a reoccurring dream about a girl. "So this reoccurring dream happened and it started with this song called She, and then it kinda traveled to another song um called, uh, fucking, what the fuck was it? It was on Insomniac (goes on trying to remember song name) And then it traveled all this way over to American Idiot to this song called Whatsername. And now it's traveled all this way and I say fuck it, I'm gonna name the girl, fuck it, it's been fucking 19 years ago this song's called Amanda." With that being said, the person Billie is talking about in "She" was possibly a girl named "Amanda". Fast Fact: In 1994 during the Dookie Tour, Billie performed the song naked. Personally, this song is one of my favorites off of Dookie. With that catchy bass line and drum duo in the intro. Then kicks in with that distinct distorted guitar that everyone knows about. Also probably one of the first Green Day songs I've heard. Why did I want to write this OP? Because this song is truly amazing. This song is amazing live. When they played it live in Pittsburgh on Easter, the whole pit exploded. I was everywhere when they played it. I've loved this song for as long as i could remember. My parents bought the CD, that got handed down to my brother, then to my sister, then to me, and hopefully to my kids and my grandchildren. So in all, this song is awesome. I can see myself listening to this song in 30 years and looking back on the days of 2013. Oh, how could i forget, the lyrics: She... She screams in silence A sullen riot penetrating through her mind Waiting for a sign To smash the silence with the brick of self-control [Chorus:] Are you locked up in a world That's been planned out for you? Are you feeling like a social tool without a use? Scream at me until my ears bleed I'm taking heed just for you She... She's figured out All her doubts were someone else's point of view Waking up this time To smash the silence with the brick of self-control [Chorus] EHHHHHH,AHHHHHHHHHH!!! [Chorus] The live performance comes from a concert in 1994 that aired on MTV, "Jaded In Chicago". One of the best Green Day performances ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkySGM7gysg You worry, You worry, You worry, You worry, You worry, You worry, You worry, You worry.
  20. SotW: 1,000 Hours

    This week's SotW is 1000 Hours, the very first song off of Green Day's very first release, their 1000 Hours Ep. Recorded December 1988 and released April 1989, It was the foundation of Green Day's future. It was written and composed solely by Billie Joe, for his then-girlfriend Erica Paleno, although other sources claim it was for Green Days first bassist, Sean Hughess sister, Jennifer Hughes.In a Kerrang interview, when asked what song embarresses Billie the most, he said 1000 hours "because not only was it not for a band to play or to play as a band, it's just the sappiest song about a girl to the point where it's like a bad John Hughes movie. 1000 Hours is a love song, about a deep, passionate relationship. The chorus says it all Moving closer, a kiss we'll share. Passionate love to be all night long... Its about feeling the strongest love youve ever had, and embracing it Nothing's more, than what our love is for As for me, I think this song is describing a fantasy about wanting to be with the person you love, but never actually getting to be with them. This song hasnt really been played live since 1991. From 1992-94, the first verse was played alongside songs like Resolution, Bang Your Head, Rock You Like a Hurricane, Master of Puppets and Eye of the Tiger in a medley after some performances of Paper Lanterns. After that, it disappeared again, only to resurface in 2002 when it was briefly played during the bridge of 2,000 Light Years Away. Then, it came back again in 2009, being briefly played with Mother Mary in the end of Hitchin a Ride. Then, finally, it got played in full band in 2010 in Quebec, unfortunately, there is no recording of it on the internet. Theres also a FAKE video of 1000 Hours from Milton Keynes 2005, so dont fall for that. Heres Green Day playing at the Den, in Wigan, December 21st, 1991 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEvtdwFdSSw Starlit night The moon is shining bright You are the one I need Up at your window I see a shadow Silhouette of your grace Here's this flower I picked for all the hours That you've spent with me The one I love That I've been dreaming of Sailing across the sea Let my hands flow through You hair. Moving closer A kiss we'll share Passionate love to be all night long We'll never break, as one too strong Nothing's more Than what our love is for As I kiss your cheek Oh so softly Hands flowing down my back 1,000 hours, I'll never leave Our romance Is a Love trance And now we'll never part 1,000 hours Of such a love shower We'll never stop, once we start
  21. SotW: Ha Ha You're Dead

    Ha Ha You’re Dead is the closing song for Green Day’s B-Sides, rarities and miscellaneous, and covers compilation album entitled Shenanigans released 2002. The song’s lyrics were solely written by Mike Dirnt. It is the only original song from Shenanigans the other 13 tracks being covers, or b-sides to previous singles released by the band. The song is openly expressing Mike’s feelings of hate towards another individual. By breaking down the lyrics this person has obviously hurt many people. “You were an asshole” “How Many Feelings Can You Steal?” Mike’s hatred is strong enough to outweigh any feelings of guilt as he is openly laughing and enjoying this person's death literally or figuratively I am not sure. To me this song is just about being sick of dealing with someone elses shit and the feeling of them being gone is so strong and freeing. The song is also brutally honest and very relatetable to me. On a personal note this song is very important to me, there have been people in my life (and everyone else's at some point I am sure) that I have been hurt by to the point of hatred. This song at times has been almost an anthem of sorts for me to channel my feelings towards these certain people in my life. Now that I have moved on from high school in retrospect when I think back on them and how I have overcame them and how they have no affect on my life anymore and I'll probably never see them again my first thoughts are Ha Ha You're Dead. Ha Ha You’re Dead is one of only 3 Green Day songs to be solely written by Mike Dirnt the other two being J.A.R (Jason Andrew Relva) and Emenius Sleepus. (he has co-written others but these 3 he gets the sole credit for.) I believe it is a song that is often forgotten about and not given enough credit and should be in a lot more live setlists and its a high energy song that would be great performed live. Looked for a live video but came up with nothing to my knowledge no live recording has been recorded so settled for a lyric video. Lyrics How do you get your sleep at night? How did you get your noose so tight? Like chewing on tinfoil its so much fun Gonna be dead before your gone 'Cause look how things have gotten And I'll be happy so I wont pretend And I'll be cheering that you're going down And I'll be laughing, I'll be laughing How many feelings can you steal? Gotta be part of your appeal I can see through you cause you're wearing thin Like chewing on tinfoil once again 'Cause look how things have gotten And I'll be happy so I wont pretend And I'll be cheering that you're going down And I'll be laughing, I'll be laughing (CHORUS): Ha ha you're dead And I'm so happy In loving memory Of your demise When your ship is going down I'll go out and paint the town Ha ha you're dead Ha ha you're dead Ha ha you're dead (CHORUS) Ha ha you're dead The joke is over You were an asshole And now you're gone As your ship is going down I'll stand by and watch you drown Ha ha you're dead You're gonna be dead Just remember what I said Ha ha you're dead Ha ha you're dead Ha ha you're dead
  22. SotW: X-Kid

    "X-Kid" is the fifth song from Green Day's eleventh studio album ¡Tré!. Like a majority of Green Day's releases, Billie Joe Armstrong is credited as the author of the song's lyrics while the entire band is credited as having composed the music, though in this particular case Green Day is Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool, and Jason White. The song is the first and only single from ¡Tré!; it peaked at 23 and 35 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts and the US Billboard Alternative Charts, respectively. For all you Canadian GDCers (HA!), "X-Kid" peaked at 18 on the Canada: Active Rock music chart. The song also has a relatively simple music video composed of a single still-camera shot that films an old Cassette tape play (and then rewind) the song. “X-Kid” has been described by a few of us here on GDC as a very emotional and powerful song, and rightfully so: the song was inspired by the tragic suicide of one of the band’s friends. To make the circumstances behind the song’s origins even more heartbreaking, this unfortunate event occurred on the final day of the 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. Every member of the band, particularly Billie Joe, was devastated by the news. Here and there, the song seems to make specific references to this friend and his life, and there seems to be a focus on the motivations behind his suicide. Billie also seems to be comparing himself heavily with this fallen friend and mentioning the connections they had to each other; it’s very likely that Billie sees a lot of himself in this person. The song isn't just about these circumstances though; the meaning goes beyond the terrible event that inspired its writing. Billie has stated in several interviews that the song is about “failing to grow up,” a phenomenon that he believes has affected him and the bands group of friends. After all, what happens to punks when they age? Do they really “grow-up” or do they just “get old”? Are they adults or just grown children? The song poses this question and the title—“ex kid”—alludes to this existential theme. Personally, “X-Kid” means a lot to me. At this point in my life—that dreaded first year out of High School—I’m feeling that pressure that comes with growing up. Without venting too much, I've been feeling the burden of diving head first into the adult world while also knowing that I’m still an immature kid. All around me I’m seeing kids working 9-5, kids losing their heads in drinks and drugs, and kids having kids. Because of these reasons, the song’s themes have connected and resonated with me perfectly. As for why I wanted to write this OP, I wanted to write it not just because of the connections mentioned above but also because this song absolutely blows me away. The first time I heard it on GDA from that ¡Cuatro! clip I couldn't believe what I was hearing. From the moment I heard that crisp E chord ring out for the first time I knew I was listening to something incredible. I was at a loss for words. And this feeling only increased as the vocal tracks built up with “I fell in love/but it didn't catch your fall.” I had chills so great that my face went numb. And then Tré came in with those massive drums that alternate note counts in the second verse, and then Billie Joe’s massively moving solo, and on top of all that, hugely personal lyrics that get amplified even more by those excellent harmonies throughout. It just kept getting better and better. To me this song is the epitome of how utterly awesome the Trilogy is. When I hear this song, I hear the best band in the world. Green Day has done it again. Lyrics: Hey, little kid Did you wake up late one day? And you're not so young but you're still dumb And you're numb to your old glory Now it's gone. I fell in love but it didn't catch your fall Then I crashed into a wall Then I fell to pieces on the floor Now you're sick to death Bombs away Here goes nothing, the shouting's over Hey X-Kid, bombs away Here goes nothing, the shouting's over and out over and out again I once was old enough to know better then I was too young to care but who cares, I probably would but Hollywood is dead and gone You fell in love but then you just fell apart. Like a kick in the head You're an X-Kid and you never even got started again Bombs away Here goes nothing, the shouting's over Hey X-Kid, bombs away Here goes nothing, the shouting's over and out over and out… And you were searching your soul And you got lost and out of control You went over the edge of joking Died of a broken heart Hey, little kid Did you wake up late one day? and you're not so young but you're still dumb You're an X-Kid and you never even got started again Bombs away Here goes nothing, the shouting's over Hey X-Kid, bombs away Here goes nothing, the shouting's over And hey X-Kid, bombs away Here goes nothing, the shouting's over And hey X-Kid, bombs away Here goes nothing, the shouting's over and out over and out over and over and out Live performance from one of the Illinois shows: Green Day Community PSA: If you're interested in hosting upcoming Song of the Week threads and writing the OP like I did here, don't hesitate! 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  23. SoTW: Geek Stink Breath

    Geek Stink Breath is the fourth track and first single from Green Day's fourth studio album and second major label release, Insomniac. Complete with a heavy distorted guitar sound and a rather graphic music video, the song signifies a departure from the more melodic, light hearted numbers that made Dookie such a massive success. Despite the change in style, Geek Stink Breath still performed moderately well in the charts, reaching 27 on Billboard Hot 100 and 16 on the Offical UK Singles Chart. Written by Billie Joe, who was experimenting with a lot of drugs at the time, the song's lyrics are quite clearly a straightforward description of the effects of regular methamphetamine abuse. The line 'my pulse is beating out of time' is a reference to the way in which meth can accelerate and deregulate heart rate, while the phrase 'killing my complexion' alludes to the rashes and scars that can break out as a result of constant usage. Of course, the video draws on another problem associated with meth use: rotting teeth. According to a biography I recently watched, the footage in the dentist's office was not staged. In fact, the patient, who had a history of meth abuse, was a good friend of the band. As it stands, the closest I've ever been to smoking something involved me - nearly - burning my mouth off with a hot barbecue skewer (don't ask!). I've never swallowed anything much stronger than a couple of capsules of paracetamol. Yet, Geek Stink Breath remains one of the my favourite Green Day songs. On one hand, the aggressive guitar tone is almost infectious. However, being the nerdy biologist, chemist and (hopefully!) future pharmacist that I am, I also find the effects of certain substances on the human body, and the way in which in this song cleverly summarises the complications induced by meth, tremendously fascinating! I was also at one point, at the naive age of twelve, rather 'scared' by the opening of this song. From what I can tell, someone lets out what I like to call a 'monster burp'. When I was younger, the noise simply hurt my ears. Anyway I leave you with the lyrics and a live performance on Saturday Night Live in 1994: I'm on a mission I made my decision To lead a path of self destruction A slow progression Killing my complexion And it's rotting out my teeth I'm on a roll No self control I'm blowing off steam with methamphetamine Don't know what I want That's all that I've got And I'm picking scabs off my face Every hour my blood is turning sour And my pulse is beating out of time I found a treasure filled with sick pleasure And it sits on a thick white line I'm on a roll No self control I'm blowing off steam with methamphetamine Don't know what I want That's all that I've got And I'm picking scabs off my face I'm on a mission I've got no decision Like a cripple running the rat race Wish in one hand shit in the other And see which one gets filled first I'm on a roll No self control I'm blowing off steam with methamphetamine Don't know what I want That's all that I've got And I'm picking scabs off my face http://www.youtube.c...h?v=7yYeVgg3g_Q
  24. SoTW: Scattered

    SCATTERED The fifth track from 1997's Nimrod, Scattered has become a firm fan favourite. Although never released as a single, it is commonly found amongst the favourites of many Green Day fans. Clocking in at 3 minutes, it's one of the longer songs from the album, although it follows Green Day's usual straightforward song structure. The song meaning, as far as I can tell, is fairly straightforward, someone who's made a mess of a relationship and is yearning to get it back again. As far as I know, there're no existing interviews dealing with the meaning. If anything, the lyrics are actually strangely straightforward for Billie The first verse has our protagonist reminiscing while looking at old photographs, thinking about how their life feels meaningless without the person they lost. They've learnt from their mistakes, and regret the choices that lead them to this point. In the chorus the protagonist thinks about how the person they've hurt is with them in the "past and present", and hopes they'll be in their "future too", because they'd give anything for it to happen. In the second verse, we're given an incredibly visceral description of the emotional suffering this relationship breakdown has caused our protagonist. Finally, in the bridge, they ask if they can give the relationship another chance. The most interesting thing about Scattered is how it fits into the story that's told by the opening songs of Nimrod. Nice Guys Finished Last has the protagonist of the story becoming jaded and cynical about life, and Hitchin' A Ride is them burning out. The Grouch is the bitter regret afterwards, and Redundant is a lament to a broken relationship. Scattered is where the pieces start to come back together, and the healing of the relationship can begin. On a personal note, Scattered is one of my favourite ever Green Day songs, because it really feels like Billie is writing from experience. Plus I know all too well the feelings expressed within the words. Lyrics I've got some scattered pictures lying on my bedroom floor. Reminds me of the times we shared. Makes me wish that you were here. 'Cause now it seems I've forgotten my purpose in this life. All the songs have been erased. Guess I've learned from my mistakes. Open the past and present. Now and we are there. Story to tell and I am listening. Open the past and present. And the future too. It's all I've got and I'm giving it up to you. Loose ends tied in knots. Leaving a lump down in my throat. Gagging on a souvenir. Lodged to fill another year. Drag it on and on until my skin is ripped to shreds. Leaving myself open wide. Living out a sacrifice. If you got no one and I've got no place to go, would it be alright? Could it be alright? Below is the most recent performance of Scattered, last year at Irving Plaza. Probably one of the best too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NbX00rloao Hey, look at that, Céadóg managed to go an entire post without using a gif. Yeah, right BONUS: I translated it into Irish because I planned on covering it, but thankfully for your eardrums I was too busy. Here's the lyrics if anyone is interested
  25. SoTW: Longview

    The SotW this week is the legendary, Longview. Longview was the first major-label single by Green Day and it is the fourth track on their third album, Dookie, which was released in 1994. This song was heavily aired on MTV and is one of the bands well-known songs. Longview did alright in the charts too, it came #33 in the Australian ARIA charts, #30 in the UK singles chart and #1 in the US alternative songs chart (Billboard). This was Green Day’s first single to top the Modern Rock Chart in America. In 1995, Green Day received four Grammy Award nominations, including Best Hard Rock Performance for "Longview". The band won Best Alternative Music Performance for Dookie. Rolling Stones ranked it #3 on the list of Best Singles of 1994. The song describes extreme boredom. Lyrically, the song is about a day spent sitting around the house, doing absolutely nothing, masturbating, and smoking marijuana until you become bored again. The song captured the attention of many youth at the time with its references to masturbation. Mike Dirnt has revealed that the famous bass line intro to this song was written one night while he was high on LSD; “When Billie gave me a shuffle beat for Longview, I was frying on acid so hard. I was lying up against the wall with my bass lying on my lap. It just came to me.” In an interview with Guitar Legends magazine 2005, Billie Joe states; "It's about boredom, and smoking dope." Teenage years are supposedly the most reckless years of your life but at the same time, it can be quite dangerous if you fall into the clutches of boredom; believe me as a teenager I can relate to that. Longview, to me, represents how boredom can make even stupid things seem pretty sensible at the time and even if they’re not, you’re bored so you don’t give a shit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE3Dsk2YGwE. This is a live performance of Green Day’s Longview from Bullet In A Bible and it has some Green Day moments at the end Bite my lip and close my eyes Take me away to paradise I'm so damn bored I'm going blind And I smell like shit Peel me off this velcro seat and get me moving I sure as hell can't do it by myself I'm feeling like a dog in heat Barred indoors from the summer street I locked the door to my own cell And I lost the key I got no motiviation Where is my motiviation? No time for motiviation Smoking my inspiration Sit around and watch the phone, but no one's calling Call me pathetic, call me what you will My mother says to get a job But she don't like the one she's got When masturbation's lost its fun You're fucking breaking Bite my lip and close my eyes Take me away to paradise I'm so damn bored I'm going blind And loneliness has to suffice Bite my lip and close my eyes Slipping away to Paradise Some say, "Quit or I'll go blind" But It's just a myth