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Green Day - American Idiot



The title refers to the state of the United States at that point in time. It speaks of a nation controlled by the new, biased media, and how the singer is not part of a "Redneck Agenda" discontent with how things are going. It was released during the 2004 presidential campaign, where George W. Bush was re-elected.


Billie Joe Armstrong was inspired to write this after hearing a jingoistic Lynyrd Skynyrd song being played on his car radio, whilst driving to the studio.


"It was like, I'm proud to be a redneck and I was like, Oh my God, why would you be proud of something like that? This is exactly what I'm against. When he got to the studio, Armstrong furiously penned this song. He said: "I looked at the guys like, Do you mind that I'm saying this? And they were like, No, we agree with you. And it started the ball rolling."


Billie Joe Armstrong told Spin magazine in November 2004 regarding the American Idiot album:


"It's about the confusion of where we're at right now. My education was punk rock - what the Dead Kennedys said, what Operation Ivy said. It was attacking America, but it was American at the same time."



Lyrics


Don't wanna be an American idiot


Don't want a nation under the new media


And can you hear the sound of hysteria?


The subliminal mind fuck America



Welcome to a new kind of tension


All across the alienation


Where everything isn't meant to be okay


Television dreams of tomorrow


We're not the ones who're meant to follow


For that's enough to argue



Well maybe I'm the faggot America


I'm not a part of a redneck agenda


Now everybody do the propaganda


And sing along to the age of paranoia



Welcome to a new kind of tension


All across the alienation


Where everything isn't meant to be okay


Television dreams of tomorrow


We're not the ones who're meant to follow


For that's enough to argue



Don't want to be an American idiot


One nation controlled by the media


Information age of hysteria


It's calling out to idiot America



Welcome to a new kind of tension


All across the alienation


Where everything isn't meant to be okay


Television dreams of tomorrow


We're not the ones who're meant to follow


For that's enough to argue

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