Rating: 4.6/5. From 74 votes. Show votes.
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Release Date: February 1, 1994
Length: 39:38
Studio: Fantasy Studios
Label: Reprise Records
Producers: Rob Cavallo & Green Day
Notes: Green Day’s debut album on a major label and their best selling release with sales of over 10 million in the US alone. The album was recorded in three weeks between September and October of 1993. The original title was supposed to be ‘Liquid Dookie’ but it was deemed to be too gross.

Tracklist:

  1. Burnout
  2. Having A Blast
  3. Chump
  4. Longview
  5. Welcome To Paradise
  6. Pulling Teeth
  7. Basket Case
  8. She
  9. Sassafras Roots
  10. When I Come Around
  11. Coming Clean
  12. Emenius Sleepus
  13. In The End
  14. F.O.D.

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1. Burnout

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In this song the narrator is describing his apathetic state and his lack of interest in anything at all. He declares that he doesn't care about anything anymore, he has no purpose and no will. His life has no meaning and he "steps in line to walk amongst the dead". The song is often seen as a description of life in punk style.

Aside from being an ode to indifference, this song could also be considered an expression of frustration associated with growing up. The narrator shows his desire to never grow up but stay young and immature forever, protecting himself from the pressures of the adult world. He kills his misery in constant intoxication, which causes the rain of apathy to get him closer and closer to drowning - but he doesn't mind because he would rather drown in apathy than face real life.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

I declare I don't care no more
I'm burning up and growing bored
In my smoked out boring room

My hair is shagging in my eyes
Dragging my feet to hit the street tonight
To drive along these shit town lights

I'm not growing up,
I'm just burning out
And I stepped in line to walk amongst the dead

Apathy has rained on me
Now I'm feeling like a soggy dream
So close to drowning but I don't mind

I'll live inside this mental cave
Throw my emotions in the grave
Hell, who needs them anyway

I'm not growing up,
I'm just burning out
And I stepped in line to walk amongst the dead

2. Having A Blast

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Rating: 4.4/5. From 64 votes. Show votes.
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"I wrote 'Having A Blast' in Cleveland in 1992. Had a great show at Euclid tavern but the rest of the night was miserable."

- Billie Joe Armstrong

If you perceive the lyrics of this song literally, you’ll see a man who comes to a public place with “explosives duct-taped” to his spine and a murderous plan settled in his brain. He’s going to kill himself and everyone around him and won’t listen to anyone trying to stop him or calm him down. This literal vision of the song gave birth to a theory that the song might be about suicide bombing. However, a closer look at the lyrics along with the fact that at the time the band hasn’t yet started expressing their views on serious political issues shows that most likely the song is about the destructive strength of anger and spiteful memories.

The narrator is so mad at someone or something in his past (“Do you ever think back to another time?”), some painful memory that scarred him so much that he’s unable to forget it, that he is now mad at the whole world and is ready to “lead a long trail of destruction” as if hurting people around him would avenge his own pain. He’s so irritated and angry that all the small things that bug him keep adding up and override all goodness in him, turning him into a killing machine that doesn’t care about anyone or anything anymore. He’s so blinded by his anger that everything around him, including other people, becomes nothing and all he wants to do is destroy any source of irritation and all the “bullshit that confronts” him just to satisfy the burning anger inside of him. And in that process he also destroys himself.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

I'm taking all you down with me
Explosives duct taped to my spine
Nothing's gonna change my mind

I won't listen to anyone's last words
There's nothing left for you to say
Soon you'll be dead anyway

Well, no one is getting out alive
This time I've really lost my mind and I don't care
So close your eyes and kiss yourself goodbye
And think about the times you spent and what they've ment
To me it's nothing

I'm losing all my happiness
The happiness you pinned on me
Loneliness still comforts me

My anger dwells inside of me
I'm taking it all out on you
And all the shit you put me through

Well, no one here is getting out alive
This time I've really lost my mind and I don't care
So close your eyes and kiss yourself goodbye
And think about the times we spent and what they've meant
To me it's nothing

Do you ever think back
To another time
Does it bring you so down that you thought you lost your mind?

Do you ever want to lead a long trail of destruction
And mow down any bullshit that confronts you

Do you ever build up all the small things in your head
To make one problem that adds up to nothing
To me it's nothing

3. Chump

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Rating: 4.0/5. From 60 votes. Show votes.
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The narrator in this song expresses his hatred towards some unidentified person. He doesn't explain why exactly he hates them, he just states that they are the reason of his misery because apparently they did something that makes the narrator mad.

There is a legend that Armstrong wrote this song about a boyfriend of a girl he fancied, and even though he’s never actually met that person, he had a reason to hate them. If the legend has its truth then it would explain certain parts of the lyrics, such as “maybe it’s just jealousy…” or “you still got one over on me” - obviously, the author was jealous of the guy who dated the girl he liked and that apparently was a good enough reason for Armstrong to start hating the “chump".

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

I don't know you but I think I hate you
You're the reason for my misery
Strange, how you've become my biggest enemy
And I've never even seen your face

Maybe it's just jealousy
Mixed up with a violent mind
A circumstance that doesn't make much sense
Or maybe I'm just dumb

You're the cloud hanging out over my head
Hail comes crashing down welting my face
Magic man, egocentric plastic man
Yet you still got one over on me

Maybe it's just jealousy
Mixed up with a violent mind
A circumstance that doesn't make much sense
Or maybe I'm just dumb
I'm a chump

4. Longview

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Rating: 4.6/5. From 67 votes. Show votes.
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"When Billie gave me the shuffle beat for Longview I was flying on acid so hard. I was laying up against the wall with my bass lying on my lap. It just came to me. I said 'Bill, check this out. Isn't this the wackiest thing you've ever heard?' Later, it took me a long time to be able to play it, but it made sense when I was on drugs."

- Mike Dirnt

"Our friend/roadie Kaz Hope, suggested we call our song Longview because the 1st time we played (it) was in Longview Washington in spring 1992."

- Billie Joe Armstrong

“Longview” is a term that refers to planning out one’s future. It might mean that the narrator of this song is looking at his life wondering what to do next and whether he even has a future. He’s an unemployed young man who spends most of his time at home watching TV, masturbating and getting high. He’s realistic about the fact that this all isn’t going to get him far, so he asks “peel me off this Velcro seat” as he knows it’s time to actually do something already, but he’s too lazy to even take a shower.

When you get lazy and stop doing anything you eventually get caught up in the cage of your apathy (“I locked the door to my own cell and I lost the key”) and you can’t motivate yourself to do anything at all anymore. He wants to do something with his life but at the same time looks for excuses not to. As his mother tells him to get a job he mentions that she doesn’t like her own job as if to say “well, what’s the point?” And in the end even masturbation loses its fun only to prove once again that the narrator drowned in the deep well of his own laziness.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

I sit around and watch the tube but nothing's on
I change the channels for an hour or two
Twiddle my thumbs just for a bit
I'm sick of all the same old shit
In a house with unlocked doors
And I'm fucking lazy

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

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

I got no motivation
Where is my motivation
No time for motivation
Smoking my inspiration

I 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 lazy

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

5. Welcome To Paradise

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"It’s about West Oakland, living in a warehouse with a lot of people, a bunch of artists and musicians, punks and whatever just lived all up and down, bums and junkies and thugs and gang members and stuff that just lived in that area. It’s no place you want to walk around at night, but it’s a neat warehouse where you can play basketball and stuff."

– Billie Joe Armstrong

The song is not only about a ‘slum’ that the author used to live in, it’s also about leaving your parents’ house. When you leave home and start a life of your own, you don’t always get a house with 3 bedrooms and a swimming pool right away. In fact, most of the time you have nothing and have to live in some broken house with a bunch of friends. At first it scares you (“Dear mother, can you hear me whining…”), you panic and doubt you will ever succeed in this independent life you’ve decided to live, you think of quitting everything and going back home (“It makes me wonder why I’m still here…”). But people adapt to just about everything and soon you make friends and get used to your new living conditions. The new place becomes your home (“For some strange reason it’s now feeling like my home”).

“Some call it slums, some call it nice” – it’s only slums when you look at it from a distance. But when you live and breathe it – it becomes nice because it is your home. Not your parents’ home, but one of your own – and it’s Paradise.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

Dear mother
Can you hear me whining?
It’s been three whole weeks
Since I left your home
This sudden fear has left me trembling
‘Cause now it seems that I
Am out there on my own
And I’m feeling so alone

Pay attention to the cracked streets
And the broken homes
Some call it slums
Some call it nice
I want to take you through
A wasteland I like to call my home
Welcome to paradise

A gunshot rings out at the station
Another urchin snaps and
Left dead on his own
It makes me wonder why I’m still here
For some strange reason it’s now
Feeling like my home
And I’m never gonna go

Pay attention to the cracked streets
And the broken homes
Some call it slums
Some call it nice
I want to take you through
A wasteland I like to call my home
Welcome to paradise

Dear mother
Can you hear me laughing?
It’s been six whole months since that
I have left your home
It makes me wonder why I’m still here
For some strange reason it’s now
Feeling like my home
And I’m never gonna go

Pay attention to the cracked streets
And the broken homes
Some call it slums
Some call it nice
I want to take you through
A wasteland I like to call my home
Welcome to paradise

6. Pulling Teeth

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Pulling Teeth is a tongue-in-cheek story about an unusual abusive relationship where the female beats up the male and not vice versa. The one thing that is quite typical is that the abused person is in denial - he screams "oh God, she's killing me", yet tells himself "she takes good care of me, just keep saying my love is true". Scared of the violence, he still doesn't want to end this relationship.

The song is, of course, not a tragic tale of domestic abuse, but more of a friendly joke. It is said that Pulling Teeth has been inspired by a strange occasion in Mike Dirnt's life - after a pillow fight with his girlfriend, he ended up with both elbows broken. Armstrong found that funny and wrote a song about the 'violent' girlfriend.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

I'm all busted up
Broken bones and nasty cuts
Accidents will happen
But this time I can't get up

She comes to check on me
Making sure I'm on my knees
After all she's the one
Who put me in this state

Is she ultra violent?
Is she disturbed?
I better tell her that I love her
Before she does it all over again
Oh God, she's killing me

For now I lie around
Hell that's all I can really do
She takes good care of me
Just keep saying my love is true

Is she ultra violent?
Is she disturbed?
I better tell her that I love her
Before she does it all over again
Oh God, she's killing me

Looking out my window for someone that's passing by
No one knows I'm locked in here
All I do is cry

For now I lie around
Hell that's all I can really do
She takes good care of me
Just keep saying my love is true

7. Basket Case

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This song is a vivid description of emotional instability. Its common knowledge that Armstrong was suffering from anxiety and panic disorders at the time when he wrote this song: "The only way I knew how to deal with it was to write a song about it". Everything in this song reflects mental unsteadiness: being overwhelmed ("Do you have the time to listen to me whine, about nothing and everything - all at once"), self-doubt and confusion ("Am I just paranoid? Am I just stoned?"), self-contradiction and inconsistency ("I went to a whore, he said my life's a bore, and quit my whining 'cause it's bringing her down'"). Behind the joke-like lyrics and the slightly comic mental institution video, lies an implication of great emotional pressure that damaged mental health is causing.

The song is also describing the relationship problems that emotional instability is initiating ("Do you have the time to listen to me whine..?") - mental disorders tend to be very consuming and your loved ones have to face tolerating your obsessiveness and your issues. That doesn't always work perfectly well.

Also, the line "I went to a whore, he said my life's a bore, and quit my whining 'cause it's bringing her down'" could be a description of problems with the choice of sexual preference - problems that cause more anxiety, hesitation and lack of confidence.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

Do you have the time
To listen to me whine
About nothing and everything all at once
I am one of those
Melodramatic fools
Neurotic to the bone
No doubt about it

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid
Or am I just stoned

I went to a shrink
To analyze my dreams
She says it's lack of sex that's bringing me down
I went to a whore
He said my life's a bore
So quit my whining cause it's bringing her down

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid
Or am I just stoned

Grasping to control
So I better hold on

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid
Or am I just stoned?

8. She

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"(The song) 'She' is about a girl named Amanda. So is Sassafras Roots (title by Mike) and so is "Whatsername".. Ooh.. That's a good factoid."

- Billie Joe Armstrong

The girl described in this song suffers from having turned into someone she really is not. She shaped herself into who other people wanted her to be and now feels insecurity and doubts caused by trying to match the expectations (“All her doubts were someone else's point of view”). And although she did her best trying to fit into a certain scheme she is now miserable because there is no way for her to move forward or do anything with her life (“Are you feeling like a social tool without a use?”). And now that she’s realized it, it’s time to “smash the silence”, stop acting and finally be who she really is.
- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

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

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

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

9. Sassafras Roots

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Rating: 3.9/5. From 56 votes. Show votes.
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Sassafras is one of the main ingredients in root beer, so the title of the song might be referring to the consumption of that drink.

The narrator's words are directed towards a friend or someone that he wants to spend time with. He points out that this person does nothing but waste their own time all alone, and offers them to waste time together. "Well, I'm a waste like you, with nothing else to do, may I waste your time too?" - this is basically an odd way of saying "May I keep you company?"

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

Roaming 'round your house
Wasting your time
No obligation, just
Wasting your time
So why are you alone?
Wasting your time
When you could be with me
Wasting your time

Well, I'm a waste like you
With nothing else to do
May I waste your time, too?

Warding off regrets
Wasting your time
Smoking cigarettes
Wasting your time
I'm just a parasite
Wasting your time
Applying myself to
Wasting your time

Well, I'm a waste like you
With nothing else to do
May I waste your time, too?

10. When I Come Around

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In this song, the narrator is telling his partner not to force it. He's talking about their relationship, pointing out that it's not always been going great and now it's at some turning point when they might actually break up. He admits that he's been indecisive and reluctant ("I'm a loser and a user"), and tells his partner that they can just go ahead and leave him ("So, go do what you like"), yet he expresses his belief that they won't find someone else just because they're too tired of waiting for him to make the decision, because "you can't go forcing something if it's just not right".

The actual meaning of the song is said in the chorus - after all the irritation and sarcasm in his words about this relationship, the narrator says that no matter what they'll still be together and all his partner really needs to do is wait a little while till he comes around. "No time to search the world around" - he's right here, just not quite ready for the next step yet, but he will be.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

I heard you crying loud
All the way across town
Cause you been searching for that someone
And it's me out on the prowl
As you sit around feeling sorry for yourself

Well, don't get lonely now
And 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

Well, 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

11. Coming Clean

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The narrator of this song is a teenager who’s beginning to grow up and hence has to deal with the confusion and disillusionment of facing the truths and realizations of adult life. Like most people he has his secrets and as a child he never dared talk about them, but they are still there and he now understands that it might be time to reveal them. He finally figured out himself and it’s time to come clean.

This song was most likely inspired by the issue of homosexuality and how people are afraid to come out of the closet. The author talks not only about his own experience (“I think I’ve always been bisexual” - Armstrong), but also about that of people around him – his homosexual uncle and bisexual ex-girlfriend. Sexuality is a serious issue because a lot of people still haven’t evolved enough to accept someone who’s different from themselves or what is currently considered to be “the norm”. The issue is especially big for teenagers because at that age a lot of people still haven’t formed their beliefs and tend to go by the principles of what’s “in” or just plain mock someone if there’s a reason to mock them.(“People get attacked just because someone insinuates something about their sexuality. I think that’s gruesome.” - Armstrong). And coming clean at that stage is very hard and takes a lot of courage (“I found out what it takes to be a man”).

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

Seventeen and strung out on confusion
Trapped inside a roll of disillusion
I found out what it takes to be a man
Now mom and dad will never understand

Secrets collecting dust but never forget
Skeletons come to life in my closet
I found out what it takes to be a man
Now mom and dad will never understand
What's happening to me

Seventeen and coming clean for the first time
I finally figured out myself for the first time
I found out what it takes to be a man
Now mom and dad will never understand
What's happened to me

12. Emenius Sleepus

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This song can be interpreted in two different ways. The narrator could be talking to an old friend that he hasn't seen for a really long time, and now when they've finally met again, he sees how much this person has changed. He mentions that a long time ago they used to be the same, but now this old friend is so different from what they used to be that it's making the narrator sick and he wants to go back home.

The other interpretation of this song has to do with self-digging. The narrator is talking to himself, asking himself what went wrong, "did anybody ever say 'no', ever tell you that you weren't right?" He realizes that the mistakes he made and the cruelty of life itself turned him into something he doesn't want to be - he makes himself sick now.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

I saw my friend the other day
And I don't' know
Exactly just what he became
It goes show

It wasn't long ago
And I was just like you
And now I think I'm sick
And I want to go home

How have I been how have you been
It's been so long
What have you done with all your time
And what went wrong

I knew you back when
And you, you knew me
And now I think you're sick
I want to go home

Anybody ever say no?
Ever tell you that you weren't right?
Where did all the little kid go?
Did you lose it in a hateful fight?
And you know it's true

It wasn't long ago
And I was just like you
And now I think I'm sick
And I want to go home

12. In The End

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This song is about people who only care about their image and convenience. They don't need a relationship based on real feelings - all they need is "someone to look good with". They are hypocritical and only use people for as long as they need them ("How long will he last before he's a creep in the past...").

One might think in this song the narrator is talking to his ex-girlfriend who's left him for someone who was more useful for her at the moment. However, the author stated that the song is about his mother: "That song is about my mother's husband, it's not really about a girl, or like anyone directly related to me in a relationship. In the End's about my mother." In this case, the chorus of the song probably means that he's so disgusted with his mother's hypocrisy that even if she ever wants to reconnect with him, he doesn't want anything to do with her anymore. Doesn't want her to "pop up again" and be his "special friend" because even if she does, it will all be just an act.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

All brawn and no brains
And all those nice things
And you finally got what you want
Someone to look good with
And light your cigarette
Is this what you really want?

I figured out what you're all about
And I don't think I like what I see
So I hope I won't be there in the end
If you come around

How long will he last
Before he's a creep in the past
And you're alone once again?
Will you pop up again
And be my special friend
'Till the end?
And when will that be?

I figured out what you're all about
And I don't think I like what I see
So I hope I won't be there in the end
If you come around

12. F.O.D.

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Fuck Off and Die... a song describing a truly horrible feeling that a lot of us have to experience at some point in life. And that would be having to deal with a person you absolutely cannot stand. That often happens with a colleague, boss, classmate or even a parent - you have to see that person every day, communicate with them and pretend that your relationship is fine, while in your dreams you see yourself slowly cutting their head off and enjoying every second of it. And, of course, every once in a while you have major fights - torching the bridge between you, but you still have to see each other every day, so you keep putting those fires out.

But the hatred and irritation keep "burning in your guts", and one day you just spew it all out telling the object of your disgust how much you really despise them - telling them to fuck off and die. What a relief...

Musically the song consists of 2 parts - the quiet one and the loud one. This basically demonstrates the 2 stages of this hateful relationship - first you deal with that person and keep suppressing your anger, and then you spit it all out. And this bottled up rage is so destructive for your dignity that when you finally burst, you feel almost proud of finally telling the truth - and the more insulting it is the better you feel.

- song meaning courtesy of GreekStinkBreath.net

Something's on my mind
It's been for quite some time
This time I'm on to you

So where's the other face
The face I heard before
Your head trip's boring me

Let's nuke the bridge we torched two thousand times before
This time we'll blast it all to hell
I've had this burning in my gut now for so long
My belly's aching now to say

Stuck down in a rut
Of dislogic and smut
A side of you well hid

When it's all said and done
It's real and it's been fun
But was it all real fun?

Let's nuke the bridge we torched two thousand times before
This time we'll blast it all to hell
I've had this burning in my guts now for so long
My belly's aching now to say
To say

You're just
A fuck
I can't explain it 'cause I think you suck
I'm taking pride
In telling you to fuck off and die

I've had this burning in my guts now for so long
My belly's aching now to say
I'm taking pleasure in announcing this to you
So listen up 'cause you might miss

You're just
A fuck
I can't explain it 'cause I think you suck
I'm taking pride
In telling you to fuck off and die
Goodnight

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