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This week’s Song of the Week is the punchy Governator, originally released in 2004 as a b-side of the American Idiot single.

Governator is an unusual song for Green Day as it was both written and sung by Mike. It’s this fact, coupled with the song’s punctuated, simple guitar and drums that have lead fans to draw comparisons between it and the sound of Green Day’s (reported) side-band The Network. Both the title and lyrics of the song make reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who at the time of the song’s release was the Republican Governor of Green Day’s home-state, California. The “I’ll be back” chorus of the song references the Terminator movies, and the song seems to draw comparisons between the destructive action of the movie and the media coverage of the ongoing ‘War on Terrorism’ (“it makes great television watching the world end”), just as American Idiot’s lyrics do.

There’s no live footage of Governator out there (in fact, Mike said he didn’t remember the words when the song was requested in 2009 in Australia), so here’s the studio version for your enjoyment:


Lyrics:

He's at it again
And he's gonna win
Gonna take it for a hell ride anyway
He's on your side
Gonna throw you aside
And let the vultures pick apart what's left

Seems like everything was just a fraction of a second from being okay
So run and hide 'cause we're all gonna die
And let the vultures pick apart what's left

I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back
He's at it again, He's at it again
And it makes great television watching the world end

He's at it again
He's gonna win
Gonna take it for a joyride anyway
You're standing in line, better make up your mind
And let the bastards pick apart what's left of you

Seems like everything was just a fraction of a second from being a dream
So run and hide 'cause we're all gonna die
Let the government decide what's left

I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back
He's at it again, He's at it again
And it makes great television watching the world end

I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back

Walk around I see
Million possibilities
Well I know
Nowhere to go
And I can't comprehend
Things this real seems so pretend
I know...I don't know

But I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back
And it makes great television watching the world end
I'll be back, I'll be back, I'll be back
And it makes great television watching the world end
I'll be back

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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.
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Mike Dirnt got a little offended when I asked why they didn't use Governator for Money Money 20/20. In his opinion it sounds NOTHING like a Network song :)
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Mike Dirnt got a little offended when I asked why they didn't use Governator for Money Money 20/20. In his opinion it sounds NOTHING like a Network song http://www.greendaycommunity.org/public/...


Not that I would want to offend Mike, but this song for me is a less entertaining version of Spike.

I'm not a fan of this song, but it's still really cool to hear things coming from Mike.

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I've always really liked this song. I tend to like anything Mike sings though.

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You're right about it being one of the more unusual Green Day songs lol But I've always liked it cause Mike wrote and sang it :happy:

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I like Mike singing but I was never a huge fan of this song. I've only listened to this fully a couple times.

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Iv allways loved this song this is one of my favorate B-sides. I have allways wondered if this song was writen in the American Idiot sessions or if it was a hold-over from the Cigarettes and Valentines sessions.

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It makes great television watching the world end!

Classic Green Day sound IMO.

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I don't like this song so much... but the one thing I love is that Mike sings it :happy: <also all the "hey hey hey hey hey hey hey hey hey hey hey hey's> :lol:

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I like the idea of Mike writing and singing songs (and J.A.R is one of the best songs Green Day have done), but I really dislike this song. The music is nothing special, and the lyrics are completely uninspired, to the point of being embarrassing. Not to mention that, despite the fact that he was a Republican, The Terminator wasn't all that terrible of a governor, and pretty moderate.

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I like Mike singing but I was never a huge fan of this song. I've only listened to this fully a couple times.


Same with me!

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I like this song, and AI b sides are very under rated.

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Mike Dirnt got a little offended when I asked why they didn't use Governator for Money Money 20/20. In his opinion it sounds NOTHING like a Network song http://www.greendaycommunity.org/public/...

Maybe he was offended that you implied that they we're The Network :creep:
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Yeah, I'm a fan of this song, actually. Maybe it's because I don't listen to themes or lyrics too much, but I dunno, I just find it really nice to listen to. Either way the world needs more of Mike's punk rock chops.

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I've always liked mikes writing. JAR, Scumbag etc, Govetnator is no exception. Really like this song glad to see it get some love. Let's hope mike gets to sing on something in the trilogy.

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it's a nice song..most because of its fun about schwarzennegger and the terminator... and for our luck it is just a b-side.. i think it would be odd on a green day album

but anyways i like it... i'll be back

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Not that I would want to offend Mike, but this song for me is a less entertaining version of Spike.

I'm not a fan of this song, but it's still really cool to hear things coming from Mike.


Totally agree with you. It just doesn't do anything for me, which makes me sad because I love Mike so much. It's just that the vocals get a little irritating.

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...why not Let Yourself Go?


Too late now. Maybe next week

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In my community college days, I remember playing this one on the radio a few times. Someone called up and said, "that band kind of sounds like Green Day." True story.

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I like this song. Its one of my favourites. Mainly cos its sung and written by The Mike Dirnt ! I'll love anything that Mike will offer ! Well, I'm a Mike fanatic, so yeah ! :D

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...why not Let Yourself Go?

Because everyone is already talking about it in the live video thread. Making a SotW would be redundant.
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I came in here to say that song sounds like it belongs on Money Money 2020 and I see others think so as well. We can't be wrong heh

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I don't like this song at all. Terrible lyrics and music, the only good thing is the bass - line.

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(in fact, Mike said he didn’t remember the words when the song was requested in 2009 in Australia),

Ok, I have to admit Mike let me down here because I love Governator. What a shame, because if he had remembered the words we would have got a live version for it and see what Mike's voice can really do live. I wonder if now he learned the lesson and memorised the lyrics again...

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Great song! Mikes doing a great job here playing bass and singing.

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I don't think I've ever heard the song. If I did I must not have liked it too much :P

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I love this song! It's one of my favorite b-sides. Mike has such a great voice for punk rock, way more than Billie, so I love the punchy punk rock vibe this song has. Mike can't sing as well as Billie, but that's what makes it so great. :D The vocals are less melodic and more shouting, which is not for everyone, but I love it. Reminds me Rancid.

There has to be at least one song on the trilogy that is written and sung by Mike only! :runaround:

We also need to have another b-sides album so I can have songs like these on a real CD. :lol:

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I love Mike in American Eulogy, but for some reason I could never get into this song... the lyrics just sort of annoy me after a while. I would still like to hear more from him though.

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I love Mike in American Eulogy, but for some reason I could never get into this song... the lyrics just sort of annoy me after a while. I would still like to hear more from him though.

Yeah I love when Mike sings in American Eulogy ! I just wait for that part when I listen to the song ! He should do a bit more vocals like he did in American Eulogy song ! :lol:



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