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"It's about boredom, and smoking dope."
Billie Joe Armstrong

"Longview" is Green Day's first single. Released on February 1st, 1994 from the album Dookie. The music video to this song received heavy airplay on MTV. This song is what broke Green Day into the mainstream popularity.

The song, written by Billie Joe Armstrong, describes a boring day spent at home, doing nothing, smoking marihuana.

Mike Dirnt once stated that the bass line you hear in the beginning of the song was written one night when he was tripping acid. At the shows in the 21st Century World Tour, Billie Joe picks a random audience member to sing onstage.

Versions

  • Live version found on the Foot In Mouth EP, Live Tracks EP, and the "Basket Case" Single.
    • The live version found on the "Basket Case" was recorded on March 11th, 1994 at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • On International Superhits! without the fade from "Chump".
  • A live version from the Bullet in a Bible tour.

Track Listings

  1. "Longview" – 3:59
  2. "Welcome to Paradise" (live)
  3. "One of My Lies" (live)
  • Live tracks recorded March 11, 1994 at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida

Lyrics

Sit around and watch the tube but, nothing's on
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
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 breaking
Bite my lip and close my eyes
Take me away to paradise
I'm so damn bored I'm going blind!!!
And loniness 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
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