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Not really a serious thread here, but often times, Billie will change lyrics to songs, either with intention, or just because he flubbed the lyrics. Sometimes, he's just having fun at a live performance. What are some of the lyric changes that Billie Joe has made?

 

Off the top of my head:
- Changes "I'm taking heed" to "I'm taking speed" in "She"
- Changes "she" to "he" in "Basket Case." Billie said he did this when they recorded Dookie intentionally.

- At the end of "When I Come Around", the recording on the "Stuck With Me" single, Billie goes crazy at the end. Some of it I heard as "so I'm a corporate whore" before going into gibberish.

- The end of "Give Me Novacaine" is usually changed to "...so give me [current city]"

- "21st Century Breakdown's" lyrics were given a full-on change.

- At the end of "American Eulogy," Mike's lyrics were originally "I'm not a daydreamer and I'm not disengaged."

- "Haukshinka" was originally "a big hat and floppy curls" instead of "a cheap hat and cigarettes"


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Can you link me to the When I Come Around version from the Stuck With Me single? Never heard of that before.



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edit: I'm sure there's shit-ton's of changes he's made, I catch myself a lot of times getting so used to the alternate versions that I accidentally sing those. There's gotta be a few examples from demolicious


Edited by boringdays, 22 April 2014 - 10:16 PM.

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"I'm a loser, a drug user . . ." (and a user) - WICA

". . . and it sits on a thick white line" (thin white line) - GSB


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"I've heard it all before, Mike Dirnts a dirty whore" -when I come around

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There's another thread about this somewhere. Might be in a read-only forum.

 

This reminds me - Tman, you said you had the lyrics to the early version of Longview (can't find it on Youtube right now) but never posted them. Why not?

 

"Better Not Come Around", the early version of When I Come Around, originally just had the first verse repeated for the second verse.

A lot of the lyric pages we saw in Cuatro contain alternate lyrics.



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I heard it all before
So don't knock down my door
I'm a loser, a drug user
So I don't need no accuser
To try and drag me down because I know you're right
There goes Jason White
And my best friend Mr Mike
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
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- At the end of "When I Come Around", the recording on the "Stuck With Me" single, Billie goes crazy at the end. Some of it I heard as "so I'm a corporate whore" before going into gibberish.

It's not gibberish, he doesn't really go crazy either. He says "How now brown cow, no more bad town" and then he said those in reverse order on SNL too.

There's another thread about this somewhere. Might be in a read-only forum.
 
This reminds me - Tman, you said you had the lyrics to the early version of Longview (can't find it on Youtube right now) but never posted them. Why not?
 
"Better Not Come Around", the early version of When I Come Around, originally just had the first verse repeated for the second verse.
A lot of the lyric pages we saw in Cuatro contain alternate lyrics.

They're posted in the downloads section. I can repost them here if you like. They're slightly changed every show they played in 92
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So many gems from When I Come Around. My personal favourite is "How now brown cow" :D, heard often in the last chorus during Dookie times:

 

 

Also, "So go do what you like, I'm having sex with Mike"

 

They're posted in the downloads section. I can repost them here if you like. They're slightly changed every show they played in 92

When it used to be "Fucking myself through the night" instead of "Take me away to paradise"? :lol: That was an interesting line. I think there's a version where he sang "I'm feeling like a cat in heat" as well.


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It's not gibberish, he doesn't really go crazy either. He says "How now brown cow, no more bad town" and then he said those in reverse order on SNL too.
They're posted in the downloads section. I can repost them here if you like. They're slightly changed every show they played in 92

Yes. Also I'm sure you and/or Liam have some dates it was played at before Dookie was released.

 

When it used to be "Fucking myself through the night" instead of "Take me away to paradise"? :lol: That was an interesting line. I think there's a version where he sang "I'm feeling like a cat in heat" as well.

There are lots of different lyrics in really early versions.



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A few from Woodstock 94 come to mind here.

 

"Oh no a brown cow"/"When I come around"

 

"This time we'll blast it out my ass"/"This time we'll blast it all to hell" (I think this one has been used outside of the WS94 show but I can't remember which ones)



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Nuclear Family: "I just want some action so give me Mike Dirnt"


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Nuclear Family: "I just want some action so give me Mike Dirnt"

Hes never actually sang that (that we've got proof of)

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It's not gibberish, he doesn't really go crazy either. He says "How now brown cow, no more bad town" and then he said those in reverse order on SNL too.
They're posted in the downloads section. I can repost them here if you like. They're slightly changed every show they played in 92

Please do :)



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Yes. Also I'm sure you and/or Liam have some dates it was played at before Dookie was released.

 

There are lots of different lyrics in really early versions.

The first appearance of Longview was 1992-05-28 WFMU Studios, East Orange, New Jersey. They played it during a soundcheck break after replacing a string It's behind the DJ talking, and then the DJ starts playing a Manliftingbanner song, so you can't make out the lyrics, but that's the earliest version.

Spoiler

 

The second version, 1992-06-08 The Outhouse, Lawrence, Kansas 

Spoiler

 

The third version, from 1992-08-28 Sproul Plaza (Where they also played Best Thing in Town and Haushinka for the only time live)

Spoiler
Next version is from the next night, at Gilman Street (1992-08-29)
Spoiler
 
And this one was 1992-09-25 at Gilman (no video)
Spoiler
1992-10-04 The Nappy Dugout, Vancouver
Spoiler
 
 
You can see this song was very inconsistent- the lyrics were different from one night to the next

Please do :)

I was working on it ;)


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Well I do know for sure he changes WMUWSE to different dates ( I think to match his father's actual time since he has passed, not for sure, could use a fact check on that one )

Recently on at least one Jesus of Suburbia he changes "Or am I just Unemployed (overjoyed)"



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"If Adrienne can hear me..." 


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The first appearance of Longview was 1992-05-28 WFMU Studios, East Orange, New Jersey. They played it during a soundcheck break after replacing a string It's behind the DJ talking, and then the DJ starts playing a Manliftingbanner song, so you can't make out the lyrics, but that's the earliest version.

Thanks a ton, mate :D


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It's not gibberish, he doesn't really go crazy either.

Really? Can you interpret the deep lyrical meaning of "I'm a loser, and a user LA LA LA LA LA LA LA"?



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"If Adrienne can hear me..." 

I checked once, and I'm pretty sure the studio version is the ONLY time that he doesn't sing that, every live performance he does I think.

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Also, the additional line at 1:44 here (can't tell what he's saying):


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Really? Can you interpret the deep lyrical meaning of "I'm a loser, and a user LA LA LA LA LA LA LA"?

not on mobile since you put it in a weird font :P

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Mike sometimes changes the lyrics of American Eulogy from "With money to burn on a minimum wage, I don't give a shit about the modern age," to "I'm not a daysleeper and I'm not disengaged, I don't give a shit about the modern age." I know they were the original lyrics but it's good to hear him do them live, since they're far better lyrics than those that ended up on Breakdown.


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and I fell For Snoo!  I was SOOO hoping they would say that on Demolicious.  Then we would for sure that Green Day and the Network have nothing to do with each other.  Haha.  


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on the irving plaza one theres the mike dirnts a dirty whore (already be posted) then laughing then one line and make sure you do it with mike, more laughing 



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and I fell For Snoo!  I was SOOO hoping they would say that on Demolicious.  Then we would for sure that Green Day and the Network have nothing to do with each other.  Haha.  

Mike already confirmed they were the network during billie's rehab

Mike sometimes changes the lyrics of American Eulogy from "With money to burn on a minimum wage, I don't give a shit about the modern age," to "I'm not a daysleeper and I'm not disengaged, I don't give a shit about the modern age." I know they were the original lyrics but it's good to hear him do them live, since they're far better lyrics than those that ended up on Breakdown.

when else did he sing that besides the first performances?
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I forget where this is, though


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Just remembered the best one! When Tre alters the line "Oh yeah did I mention" hehe:

 



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Just remembered the best one! When Tre alters the line "Oh yeah did I mention" hehe:
 

actually, I think that's the original lyrics, dating back to 1992.

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actually, I think that's the original lyrics, dating back to 1992.

I had no idea the song even existed then! Is there a recording of it?




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