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The Best Lyrics From The American Idiot Album

I have a very unique and amazing opportunity to play in a Green Day Tribute show on March 7th at the Redstone Room in the River Music Expereince that features early favorites from the band, as well as their rock masterpiece, the American Idiot album. This is a dream come true for the 8th grade girl that listened to Holiday and Boulevard on loop 5 times a day. After being immersed in this project and the fact that I just bought tickets to see them perform in July, all I have listened to in my free time is American Idiot  to the point where I am kind of obsessed and have really been taking the time to listen to some of the lyrics. With that in mind, I decided to share with you all my favorite lyrics from each of the songs off the album from these punk rock masters.

“Where everything isn’t meant to be okay”

There is a much deeper and more critial outlook on the lyrics in this song, but I always liked this line because out of context, it feels more like a message that things don’t always have to be okay. It’s okay to not be okay or not have everything figured out sometimes. Then you can go on from there and not get hung up on the imperfections.

“To fall in love and fall in debt”, “I read the graffiti in the bathroom stall / Like the holy scriptures of a shopping mall”, “The center of the Earth is the end of the world” and “In a land of make believe that don’t believe in me”

This song is so long, I couldn’t pick just

one. But all of these lines just flow off the tongue and are fun to sing along with. Plus, when you take a second to think about the words, you realize how deep they are at the same time.

“Hear the drum pounding out of time”

This line has always made me smile because I just think it’s cool. It emphasizes how bad things can be if the drummer is out of time… That’s usually when things fall apart. I always wished there was a way that the drummer could have played out of time for a measure and then turned the beat back around, but that’s okay, this is still easily one of my top Green Day songs.

“My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me”

This line honestly hits super hard, especially if you’re feeling a little down. I thought this line was so well crafted because you don’t realize how alone you are until you notice all you have left is your shadow. When I sang this to myself as a kid growing up, I didn’t realize the complexity behind one of my favorite songs.

“Forget me nots, second thoughts live in isolation / Heads or tails and fairy tales in my mind”

The whole start of the second verse shows depth to Billy’s lyrical genius. Every word he put in these songs were so well crafted, even he knew that he had crossed boundaries with his songwriting abilities. How many times a day can we all relate to something like this with constantly going back and forth trying to figure out what is real or fake and realistic versus a daydream.

“My name is Jimmy and you better not wear it out”

I don’t know why, but I always liked the cockiness of this phrase. You can tell he is entering his rebellious phase because he feels he is so much better. We should never be cocky to this level, but having the confidence to be proud of who you are is certainly key!

“Drain the pressure from the swelling / The sensation’s overwhelming”

The way these lyrics hit super hard in the first chorus after the lull of the beginning is amazingly powerful. It gets me head banging every time!

“She brings this liberation / That I just can’t define”

This took a little digging, but not only is this a catchy part of the melody, it also emphasizes how sometimes we can find something in life so freeing and beautiful, yet have no words to describe it at the same time.

“She’s an extraordinary girl / In an ordinary world”

I like this line so much that I thought about painting a canvas of it or getting a sticker with it for my water bottle. These lyrics are so uplifting to me and I love thinking about how much the character loves this girl. I also love any play on words that incorporated the ordinary in extraordinary :)

“It’s not over before it’s too late”

The concept of never giving up is so important. It’s like Yogi Berra always said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” So as long as it isn’t too late, go for whatever it is!

“Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars / Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are”

Being able to sing about your emotions is one thing, but to express them in such an eloquent way is completely another. Billy executes this in such a powerful way, I love every lyric he selected for the song, but especially these. To paint the picture that we are drenched in the pain that shapes us into who we become is amazing. We can all immediately relate to this because we have all been there in one way or another.

“Jimmy died today / He blew his brains into the bay”

For those of you that don’t know, American Idiot is a concept album which means there is a story throughout the progression of the songs. This song in particular holds a crucial turning point for that story. Similar to when the character in Pink Floyd’s The Wall breaks down the wall to break free, Jimmy kills himself, bringing him back to who he was before his rebellious phase. Not only is it a powerful line, but the music is big and open as well at that part and it gets me everytime.

“Now I wonder how whatsername has been”

As time goes by, it’s important to remember all parts of life that shape who we are including the people and memories even when they are painful. We all have those moments when we wonder how someone has been, but probably don’t reach out. In his case, it has been so long that he doesn’t even reamemebr her name, but remembering forever the impact she had on him. It’s an interesting ending to the album considering we get no closure as listeners as to what happens to the main character of the story.

Thank you for indulging in my current Green Day obsession and I hope you enjoy the show Saturday night! Thanks!

Math Teacher by day, bass player by night and a bee for life <3
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