Jesus of Suburbia

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Jesus of Suburbia is an alternative rock song by Green Day. The music was composed by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool, the lyrics were written by Armstrong and he also performed the vocals. It was originally released on the album American Idiot on 2004-09-01 and released as the album's fifth and final single on 2005-10-25. The single was released in several different formats including CD, maxi CD, 10" vinyl, DVD, and digital download. The majority of the singles have a live version of St. Jimmy as their B-side. The album version has a length of 9:08, but a much shorter radio edit was made with a length of 6:26. The song is a narrative about a character named Jesus who is raised in a typical American suburb. He grows disenfranchised by his own boredom, use of drugs, and time wasted on therapy to change himself, that he leaves the city to be productive.

It wasn't until a couple months after the album was released that I decided to listen to American Idiot, and while I generally liked the entire album, I didn't remember how I felt about Jesus of Suburbia the first time I heard it. However, I do remember becoming a fan of it shortly after that; primarily because the music is so epic. While I view the character from the video as a crybaby, as a kid who grew up in the suburbs, I can certainly relate the to boredom and monotony of it all.

Lyrics

Part I: Jesus Of Suburbia

I'm the son of rage and love
The Jesus of Suburbia
The bible of none of the above
On a steady diet of
Soda pop and Ritalin
No one ever died for my
Sins in Hell
As far as I can tell
Least the ones I got away with

And there's nothing wrong with me
This is how I'm supposed to be
In a land of make believe
That don't believe in me

Get my television fix
Sitting on my crucifix
The living room on my private womb
While the Moms and Brads are away
To fall in love and fall in debt
To alcohol and cigarettes
And Mary Jane
To keep me insane
Doing someone else's cocaine

And there's nothing wrong with me
This is how I'm supposed to be
In a land of make believe
That don't believe in me

Part II: City of the Damned

At the center of the earth
In the parking lot
Of the 7-11 were I was taught
The motto was just a lie

It says home is were your heart is
But what a shame
'Cause everyone's heart
Doesn't beat the same
It's beating out of time

City of the dead
At the end of another lost highway
Signs misleading to nowhere
City of the damned
Lost children with dirty faces today
No one really seems to care

I read the graffiti
In the bathroom stall
Like the holy scriptures of a shopping mall
And so it seemed to confess

It didn't say much
But it only confirmed that
The center of the earth
Is the end of the world
And I could really care less

City of the dead
At the end of another lost highway
Signs misleading to nowhere
City of the damned
Lost children with dirty faces today
No one really seems to care

Part III: I don't care

I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't care
I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't care
I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't care
I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't care
I don't care...

Everyone is so full of shit
Born and raised by hypocrites
Hearts recycled but never saved
From the cradle to the grave
We are the kids of war and peace
From Anaheim to the Middle East
We are the stories and disciples of
The Jesus of suburbia

Land of make believe
And it don't believe in me
Land of make believe
And I don't believe
And I don't care!
And I don't care!
And I don't care!
And I don't care!
And I don't care!

Part IV: Dearly beloved

Dearly beloved are you listening?
I can't remember a word that you were saying
Are we demented or am I disturbed?
The space that's in between insane and insecure

Oh therapy, can you please fill the void?
Am I retarded or am I just overjoyed?
Nobody's perfect and I stand accused
For lack of a better word, and that's my best excuse

Part V: Tales of another broken home

To live, and not to breathe
Is to die, in tragedy
To run, to run away
To find, what you believe

And I leave behind
This hurricane of fucking lies
I lost my faith to this
This town that don't exist
So I run, I run away
The lights of masochist

And I, leave behind
This hurricane of fucking lies
And I, walked this line
A million and one fucking times
But not this time

I don't feel any shame
I wont apologize
When there ain't nowhere you can go
Running away from pain
When you've been victimized
Tales from another broken home

You're leaving...
You're leaving...
You're leaving...
Ah, you're leaving home...

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