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Misunderstood Song #3

When it comes to a negative song being mistaken for a positive song, I could just say look here and pop off for the day but I will not. Instead I wrote another one.

Misunderstood Song #3: Good Riddance

What everyone thinks: That it’s a happy farewell song. Great for graduations.

The truth: GAH just look at the title! It’s a snarky break-up song to an ex-girlfriend.

The problem is, radios promoted this song under the title “Time of Your Life,” which that Greenday guy said was a far too “level-headed” title for it.

Most people on the street know it as their prom song, “Time of Your Life,” a sweet sappy goodbye. Rethink. Its proper given title is “Good Riddance.”

“Good Riddance.”

Now replay the lyrics, with the title and the context (a break-up) in mind.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

They’re a wee bit bitter now that you think of it aren’t they?

In Conclusion: Think about context before you ever play this song again. Graduation? No. Prom? No. Break-up? Yes. Glad to see someone leave forever? Yes.

I mean, it’s Good Riddance for crying out loud.

5 Responses to “Misunderstood Song #3”

  1. on 13 Jun 2008 at 12:52 am kemp

    I thought this song was Green Day saying goodbye to the punk community that once adored them, then scorned them after they became popular. Eh, who knows/

  2. on 15 Jun 2008 at 11:50 pm Lilly

    You guys are so dumb. You can’t say its about a break up. Its about a girl that gets a disease you idiots.

    Don’t presume anything.

  3. on 16 Jun 2008 at 4:54 pm Karen

    It’s not about disease. Here’s Billie Joe Armstrong (that Greenday Guy) himself:

    “At the time I wrote Good Riddance, I was breaking up with a girl that was moving to Ecuador, and I was trying to be as understanding about it as I could. I wrote the song as kind of a bon voyage.”


  4. on 24 Jun 2008 at 8:15 am R.L.

    To your comment, I was pretty glad to say good riddance to my high school.

  5. on 27 Jan 2009 at 6:40 pm Kirby L. Wallace

    Back in the 80’s our high school yearbook committee decided our graduation song should be “Time For me To Fly” (REO! woot!)

    Never mind that the song is about a guy DUMPING HIS GIRLFRIEND.

    “Hey, look! It says ‘Time for me to fly’. If you can just ignore that bit about ‘you make me cry’…, and that part about you being frigid, and those bits about, falseness, worn out relationship, jealousy and intolerance…

    “Yeah, except for all that, it’s pretty cool.”

    Thank God I don’t think like a high-schooler anymore. 😉

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