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"Brain Stew" is the tenth track on Insomniac, as well as the third single from the album released as "Brain Stew/Jaded" and as a promotional single by itself. It was also rereleased as the 10th song on International Superhits! and the 7th song on God's Favorite Band.


The song is named after Billie Joe's close friend, James Washburn also known as Brain Stew.

Song Meaning

"Brain Stew" is about Billie Joe's struggles with dealing with insomnia. This is reflected in the song's original title "Insomniac".


"Brain Stew" was first released on Green Day's fourth studio album, Insomniac on October 10, 1995. It was later released as the third single from the album on July 3, 1996 as a medley version with "Jaded" and released as a standalone promotional single on June 24, 1996.

Other Versions



Track Listing

Promotional Single

No. Title Length
1. "Brain Stew" 3:13

Live Appearances

"Brain Stew" has been played at nearly every one of Green Day's concerts since its release. There have been several notable performances of this song, including being played in front of over 130,000 people at the Milton Keynes National Bowl during the American Idiot World Tour.


"Brain Stew" is one of Green Day's most popular songs, being consistently listed amongst fan's favorite songs. It is also one of only 8 songs to be featured on both of Green Day's "greatest hits" albums.


[Verse 1]
I'm having trouble trying to sleep
I'm counting sheep, but running out
As time ticks by, still I try
No rest for cross-tops in my mind

On my own, here we go

My eyes feel like they're gonna bleed
Dried up and bulging out my skull
My mouth is dry, my face is numb
Fucked up and spun out in my room

On my own, here we go

[Verse 2]
My mind is set on overdrive
The clock is laughing in my face
A crooked spine, my senses dulled
Past the point of delirium

On my own, here we go

My eyes feel like they're gonna bleed
Dried up and bulging out my skull
My mouth is dry, my face is numb
Fucked up and spun out in my room

On my own, here we go


Green Day


  • Rob Cavallo – producer
  • Green Day – producer
  • Kevin Army – engineer
  • Richard Huredia - engineer
  • Bernd Burgdorf – engineer
  • Jerry Finn – mixing


External links

See Also

veGreen Day discography
Albums Studio

39/SmoothKerplunk!DookieInsomniacNimrodWarning:American Idiot21st Century Breakdown¡Uno!¡Dos!¡Tré!Revolution RadioFather of All Motherfuckers1972


1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy HoursInternational Superhits!ShenanigansDemoliciousGreatest Hits: God's Favorite Band


The Original Broadway Cast Recording (Selections)


Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking ParkingFoot in MouthTune In, Tokyo...Bullet in a BibleLast Night on Earth (Live in Tokyo)Awesome as FuckOn the RadioWoodstock 1994Scratch the SurfaceBBC Sessions

Extended Plays Studio

1,000 HoursSlappySweet Children


Oh LoveOtis Big Guitar Mix


Live TracksLive in Japan21 GunsLive at the WhiskyThe BBC Sessions Part 1 (Part 2)


LongviewWelcome to ParadiseBasket CaseWhen I Come AroundGeek Stink BreathStuck with MeBrain Stew/JadedHitchin' a RideTime of Your Life (Good Riddance)RedundantNice Guys Finish LastMinorityWarningWaitingPoprocks & CokeI Fought the LawShoplifterAmerican IdiotBoulevard of Broken DreamsHolidayWake Me Up When September EndsJesus of SuburbiaThe Saints Are ComingWorking Class HeroThe Simpsons ThemeKnow Your Enemy21 GunsGoing to Pasalacqua2000 Light Years AwayChristie RoadJ.A.R.DesensitizedEast Jesus Nowhere21st Century Breakdown21 Guns (Cast Version)Last of the American GirlsWhen It's TimeDon't Want to Know If You Are LonelyOh LoveKill the DJLet Yourself GoStray HeartX-KidBang BangLetterbomb (Live)Still BreathingRevolution RadioFell for You (Otis Mix)Father of All...Xmas Time of the YearOh Yeah!DreamingHere Comes the ShockPollyannaRock and Roll All Nite (Live from Hella Mega)Holy Toledo!

Box Sets

Green Day BoxDookie/InsomniacSingles BoxFoot in Mouth/Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking ParkingDookie/NimrodUltimate Collectors BoxThe Green Day Collection21st Century Breakdown/American IdiotThe Studio Albums 1990–2009Uno... Dos... Tré!The Ultimate American IdiotBoombox and Cassette

Standard Tracks

Armatage ShanksBratStuck with MeGeek Stink BreathNo PrideBab's Uvula Who?86Panic SongStuart and the Ave.Brain Stew/Jaded (Medley) • Westbound SignTight Wad HillWalking Contradiction

Bonus Tracks

I Want to Be on T.VArmatage Shanks (Live in Prague)Brat (Live in Prague)Geek Stink Breath (Live in Prague)Stuck with Me (Live in Prague)Brain Stew (Live in Prague)Jaded (Live in Prague)Walking Contradiction (Live in Prague)86 (Live in Prague)

Bold text denotes the song was released as a single.

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