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Is Green Day leading us through?


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I think it comforts me to know that other people have gone through / are going through the same troubles as me, so when I listen to songs like Lazy Bones for example I feel that at least I'm still a part of something in my sadness. 


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Yes. When I was a teenager, songs on Dookie and some of the older albums were very comforting and relatable. As I'm getting older and experiencing more of the world, the political songs are beginning to mean more and more to me. I feel like I've really connected with Walking Contradiction lately. When I was 15, I just liked the song, but now I relate it to politicians and businesses' double standards and back stabbing, and even some of the people I have come up against in the work place. I feel like every year I have new experiences that connect me more to Billie's lyrics and it's nice to know others are going through similar things in their lives.


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I find Lazy Bones really easy to relate to. I don't have insomnia or any drug addiction or anything like that, but several nights a week I just can't sleep and it makes me really depressed and angry because I have to get up anyway at 7 to go to my "job" working for less than minimum wage on too little sleep and people I generally don't like but don't have a choice not to be with every day. Many of Green Days songs are easy to relate to because the issues Billie writes from isn't rare stuff, it happens to everyone.
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My father introduced me to Green Day when I was in kindergarden, and kindergarden is where I was bullied a lot(emphasis!), so I used Green Day to comfort myself.

 

It was funny, no matter how much I asked to be taken out of the YMCA(where I was being bullied), my parents didn't.



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my relatable song at the moment is Brat, because i tend to be a bratty teen (20) and has needs. No parents around, though i have guardians that love me. my mother was not there for me since the beginning of time. She's in prison. My dad gave me the world though. He's in prison too. both are more than likely not to ever be released.


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When I was fourteen and angry at the world (mostly because I had been banned from listening to Green Day, oddly enough), American Idiot, "Jesus of Suburbia" and "Homecoming" especially, was a godsend—it was so good to know that I wasn't alone in the things I was feeling. More recently, I take an odd sort of comfort in "East Jesus Nowhere" now that I'm preparing to come out of the closet about my atheism to intensely Christian family and friends.

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What up with the gif answers? :lol:

 

Anyway I may not listen to them that much anymore but Green Day will always be more than just a music band to me.It sounds stupid but as most people said they helped me accept who I am growing up.Like it's ok to be different and I don't need to be like the others that I was trying so much.



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Green Day music is leading me through my life since 2004. They didn't save my life, no. But I'm sure that without them, I wouldn't be the same person. They had impact on my music taste, my mind, my character. Definitely Green Day is more than band to me - it's my passion. 



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After an hard break up that left me on pieces I held on them real tight, cause at that point they were the only thing that kept me from breaking down completely.. and I was so invested on that relationship that I gave up on music for a long time, and them being the first thing that I listened to after months was a breath of fresh air, I know It's clichè as fuck but It was like coming home, to my old self that I thought I hated so much when in reality I hated who I had become.. so yeah, I owe them so much.



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"Armatage shanks" and "Panic Song". That is all.

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Ever since I got into them back in 2004, there has ALWAYS been a Green Day song that relates to how I'm feeling at the time. I can't remember all the individual instances, but more recently (2009-2010), Green Day got me through my gap year. It was the biggest mistake I've ever made to take a gap year, and I was just so lonely, miserable and isolated, Green Day really helped me through it. It's not an exaggeration, although I feel slightly embarrassed to admit it, that their music made me feel like I had a purpose in life and wasn't completely without value. Currently, X-Kid hits home with masses of power. It sums up how I feel to perfection and it helps me to know I'm not the only one in this position. It's just so, so perfect lyrically it's as if I wrote it myself, it chokes me up every time. And, more generally speaking, without them I wouldn't have ended up on GDC, and I love this place. Again, it stops me feeling lonely and isolated even though my social life has been on its arse for months.

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Green Day definitely got me through some really tough times over the past several years. I can say with confidence that I probably would have been a lot worse off if it wasn't for the solace their songs brought me, and still bring me.

Wake Me Up When September Ends and Whatsername always strike a chord with me (particularly "Remember, whatever, seems like forever ago" - it took me a while to actually get through that song without choking up, honestly), not because I lost my father like Billie did, but because he's never really been in my life and knowing that a member of my favourite band went through a kind of similar thing always made me feel better.

And Billie's voice always makes me feel happy, and I know that sounds corny, but it's true. Listening to their music gives me a much different feeling than any other band does and I'm just so, so grateful that I decided to look them up on Youtube that one day almost five years ago.

 

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Green Day has definitely helped me through some tough times. I started listening to them when I was 14 and it made my teen angst days easier to deal with. I didnt feel alone. I think with every record, I learned life lessons and related to them differently as I grew older. When you see them live, I feel like everyone has that feeling of togetherness and that hope is not lost. They're one of the few bands that has stuck with me up into adulthood. I can still play almost any of their records and relate. Lately, its been Nimrod. But most of all, without sounding cheesy, they've lead me to meet some amazing friends. <3


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Thank you guys for all of your posts on this thread so much. Honestly, I was in a fairly dark place upon starting this thread, but to not only see how everyone's pulled through their issues, but also came together to support one another, I feel so much better. Green Day has helped me, and now so has the the Green Day community. This is why I come here, and this is why I believe in Green Day and the fanbase. Thank you all so much, and feel free to continue posting. 

LONG LIVE GREEN DAY  :yay: 


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I wouldn't say anything Billie could write would automatically change my way of thinking, but I certainly respect his opinion on matters a lot more than almost, or basically just anyone. I'd use his point of view on certain things as an idea of how I could handle things but only because I agree with him, not just because he said it. He wrote a lot of songs about drugs in his past but I think the notion of drugs is ridiculous. I still like songs like Geek Stink Breath though. So basically, they don't lead me, they just offer guidance when I need it. And they reinforce my means of thinking. But then again I discovered Green Day just a few months or so before American Idiot came out and fell in love with them automatically, but I was a little kid at the time, maybe growing up listening to stuff like American Idiot and Minority have been what developed my way of thinking, because those two songs pretty much sum up everything about my view on how I should act and how the world is. I don't really know. 

 

I should add and as cliche and stupid as it sounds, without them, I'd not listen to music. At all. I wouldn't play guitar, and I'd just be an entirely different person, and if the last 2 and a half years (highschool ftw) would have been as hard for me as they have been, I'd probably be dead. So yeah. I guess that's a big part of the whole leading me through idea, too. 



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I know it's more of a serious topic, and most of the topics here are more fun I thought it would be something different. I go through times when I feel stuck, i don't feel like I have a purpose and i get anxiety attacks but Green Day actually helped me to be happy they make me feel like I'm never alone their music makes me feel better when I'm going through something I can drift away and put them on.
They truly are my heroes and I love them they taught me to never give a shit about what anyone has to say about you or do anything just for the approval of someone else.
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Mmm. This is very personal topic truly, but not Green Day alone.

But music as a whole has helped though many dark times. Listennig to it, playing it, writing it, whatever. I am not sure if it has saved my life literally, but there were times it was my only joy so it may as well mean yes. And I'm certain it has change my wievs of life. Without music I'd be completely different person. And great to hear Green Day is THE BAND for you. I honestly believe everyone needs one. ( amd no, I wasn't talking about the Band.)

People never underestimate the power of music.
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Not really. Only except that I almost certainly wouldn't have started playing guitar if it wasn't for Bullet in a Bible.


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Not really. Only except that I almost certainly wouldn't have started playing guitar if it wasn't for Bullet in a Bible.


while Green Day was one of those bands that made me to start playing guitar, they and bands like them is as well one of the reason why I still can't really play that much :P

Thou shall always go over the fence where it is the lowest, you know :S

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I know it's more of a serious topic, and most of the topics here are more fun I thought it would be something different. I go through times when I feel stuck, i don't feel like I have a purpose and i get anxiety attacks but Green Day actually helped me to be happy they make me feel like I'm never alone their music makes me feel better when I'm going through something I can drift away and put them on.
They truly are my heroes and I love them they taught me to never give a shit about what anyone has to say about you or do anything just for the approval of someone else.

I've merged this with a similar thread we had a while back :)



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A lot of their lyrics have a deeper meaning to them and even if they don't they're fun songs that make you smile or bring you comfort what I love about Green Day is they're so honest yet their also very melodic punks the songs get stuck in your head and you fall in love with a lot of their songs and albums, their meanings can be interpreted in your own way Green Day will find a wy to make me smile

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Whenever I'm feeling depressed/angry at the world/generally messed up, putting on headphones and listening to Green Day has fixed it. The knowledge that someone else has felt the same as me and managed to come through to become as awesome as Bille Joe just raises my spirits.


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Green Day for me.. .. it's like everything.. saved me from doing wrong things.. made my day every time... lyrics written by billie joe is something that i can relate to my life especially Uno and Tre... the thing i've longed for is some friends... and i'm that unlucky person who don't have true friends.. they're all mean and they come to me only when they need something.. every one have a relationship in their teen years.. same as me .. it did happened for 2 months and BANG!!.. whatsername was there for me.. whenever i feel alone.. -- boulevard of broken dreams was there for me... whenever i  wished i have friends - Stay the night was there for me.. when i just wanted to tell everyone that i don't care - Jesus of suburbia was there.... to recall that pleasant memories - Time of your life was there for me... to feel stright - Reject was there for me..-- to withstand the scoldings of my parents i have one special song -  forgotten.... THANKYOU GREEN DAY FOR BEING THERE FOR ME WHEN I JUST WISHED I WERE DEAD!!


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I heard Green Day was in 2004/05 with Boulevard of broken dreams.

 

Since then they do have an impact on me, espacially the lyrics from the older albums, cause they were the same age at the time that I am now.

So as Billie puts it in an rare Interview "Girls are my ultimate frustration of life" as well. Though I'm not desparate, but still :D

Some songs are just impersonating so well.

That in combination with partly genius lyrics, a crunchy sound, kick ass loud guitars, catchy melodies , epic solis (you just can't sit when "The Judges Daughter" is playing, admit it!) and song meaning to THEM (!) [passion] is what makes them a huge influence to me :)

 

Also I'm unable to attach a GIF correctly..


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Often after something bad in my life I drank and only made ​​things worse, or hid everything is not facing the front ... But when you hear something that changes your life, when the lyrics make so much feeling for you, al the magic happens  ;)  I love this band! :D



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I don't know, I don't want to say saved me or changed my life... but they did something for me that I can't really explain. I found Green Day and American Idiot when I was 13, I had heard them many times before but that was the first time I really listened.  That time in my life could really only be explained as chaos. My family was falling apart due to alcoholism, school was a nightmare and my heart was about to fucking burst from all anxiety, pain, confusion and stress.

 

When I heard American Idiot, I felt like there was someone out there who understood how I felt. Someone who put words to my feelings in a way that I couldn't do myself. After that I dove in to Green Day land, heard their other records and became a fan. I devoted pretty much my entire life to this band and their music, they were something I could love from afar. Something that was always around, something to lean on to, something that didn't hurt. They were safe. 

 

A few years went by and finally life started to clear up. Things got better. They still mean the same things to me and I love their music dearly but now they're not as much a savior as they are a close friend.

If that makes any sense. 


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Ever since I got into them back in 2004, there has ALWAYS been a Green Day song that relates to how I'm feeling at the time. I can't remember all the individual instances, but more recently (2009-2010), Green Day got me through my gap year. It was the biggest mistake I've ever made to take a gap year, and I was just so lonely, miserable and isolated, Green Day really helped me through it. It's not an exaggeration, although I feel slightly embarrassed to admit it, that their music made me feel like I had a purpose in life and wasn't completely without value. Currently, X-Kid hits home with masses of power. It sums up how I feel to perfection and it helps me to know I'm not the only one in this position. It's just so, so perfect lyrically it's as if I wrote it myself, it chokes me up every time. And, more generally speaking, without them I wouldn't have ended up on GDC, and I love this place. Again, it stops me feeling lonely and isolated even though my social life has been on its arse for months.

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I know this is quite an old comment but I onced just burst out crying listening to X-kid. It's such a tragically beautiful song and easy to relate to.

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Just today one of my friends ditched me just when I had gotten my hopes up that for once they'd come through for me an d so I listened to rotting, on the wagon, a lot of the sad songs it makes me feel like for once someone's listening and understanding me. All I've wanted my whole life was to have one good friend that would actually care about me Green Day's like that friend they remind me there's hope, sometimes you just need to laugh at yourself, it's okay to say something stupid sometimes.
I feel like they're telling me one day it will get better
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What's been interesting is that as I get older, Green Day's music comforts me in different (and similar) ways to when I was younger. In high school, some 10 years ago, listening to a song like Coming Clean and Minority was a huge eye-opening thing for me. It introduced me to new ideas about acceptance. It comforted me in feeling like it was alright to be different. That's a huge deal to a weird nerdy gay kid growing up in a small rural town with a population of 1500 and still managed to have 3 churches that would fill up on Sundays. Everyone seemed to be very different from me, and Green Day's music really helped me feel like "hey, that's alright." 

 

Now there are times where I'm feeling a bit fucked up and can listen to an old Green Day song an it comforts me in a nostalgic way. Sort of like a safety blanket that I can wrap myself up in. Then they release a song like Lazy Bones that once again gives me those thoughts of "hey, you're not the only person who's fucked up" and brings me the same comfort as Coming Clean did 10 years ago. 

 

Nothing but respect for this post mate.

 

I don't have much stories to share as i'm a new fan haha.


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I don't really have anything of great depth to share, but I know I would not be the person I am today without Green Day. Billie's very open struggle with anxiety has helped me deal with some struggles of my own, and I definitely think they are a huge reason as to why I'm not afraid to be myself.

 

In all sincerity, I think this thread is beautiful.




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