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"Longview"
File:Longview.jpg
Released February 1, 1994
Format CD
Recorded September–October, 1993
Genre Punk Rock
Label Reprise Records
Producer Rob Cavallo
Green Day
Singles Chronology
Next Single "Welcome to Paradise"
(1994)
"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.
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Versions

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

Video

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