Jesus of Suburbia Lyrics - Green Day

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Part I: Jesus Of Suburbia
I'm the son of rage and love
The Jesus of Suburbia
From 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
At 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 in my private womb
While the Moms and Brad's 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 where 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 (4x)

I don't care.....

Everyone's 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! (5x)

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 breath
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
To the lights of masochists

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...
Are you leaving home?

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Best Green Day Song/Video Ever | Reviewer: Jeebus of Selfservia | 11/27/12

I'm born in 79, raised in Queens, NY. I was 14 when Basketcase came out while dating a girl who lived just across the city line in Nassau county. I HATED alternative rock and how these guys were trying to change the sound of punk.. My girlfriend and all her friends loved Green Day and I didn't get it.. Now I do. Seeing this music video I realize now, even though they lived RIGHT outside the city boarder.. this was how they lived as teenagers.. Outsiders, lost, insignificant to ppl like me from the city who lived a MUCH different lifestyle as a teen. They hit the nail on the head with these lyrics.. They're game changers, they were in 94 and will continue to do so as my generation grows further away from the years we squandered as lost teens.. Even someone like myself from the city.. Who crossed the tacks in search of something more.. Are you leaving home?

he is right | Reviewer: Sarah.L | 10/30/12

'City of the damned' reminds me of where I live. Bunches of kids running around swamped in muck. Not caring if they blow the world up. Not caring about anyone but themselves. It's a horrible truth. He can see what I see.

Jesis of Suberbia: Life As We Know It | Reviewer: Jess | 12/10/11

This song relates to each and everyone of us in some way. We get that feeling (at least I do) from the first line "I'm the son of rage and love , Jesus of Suberbia" We all face being enraged and the pain of love, but once you reach that certain point "this is how i'm suppose to be in a land of make believe that don't believe in me" it's when you think to yourself f**k society and what others think anf you just pretty much stop caring at that point.

This daughter of rage and love salutes you Green Day. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/29/11

Green Day at their best. This is, and always will be, my favourite song. For SO many reasons. For the incredible story that has been created. For how it speaks to so many people and yet connects to me personally. This is just nine minutes of understated genius. I love you, Green Day.

Land of Make-Believe | Reviewer: Display Name | 7/12/11

This song.

This song is like the punk equivalent of "Paradise By The Dashboard Lights". It takes one song, ONE, and makes it into a nine-minute novel.

The difference is, Green Day didn't stop the story at "You're leaving home". They took the novel and added more songs until they had a series that could easily rival Harry Potter if it were actually written out as books.

For all those people thinking this "disrespects God", you clearly aren't getting the message. In fact, this is probably one of the closest things Green Day has made to a Christian song. It describes, as Anonymous said, the life of a reject: Only wanting to help others, but being misunderstood, mistreated, and mistaken for an emotionless ragdoll for others to beat on whenever they feel like releasing the anger that comes from having to put up with someone who's not as "perfect" as they are.

It's the kind of song that you can match to your own life no matter who you are. I, personally, relate to it as the story of the typical reject mentioned above, following his life as he realizes what's wrong with his life, learns to ignore the hate others show toward him, and figures out what's really important in life.

Part 1 shows the chaos that his life is in, searching for anything to fill the emptiness that others have left in him. He seeks porn, drugs, alcohol, anything to forget his problems, and then progresses even further into his self-destruction when these "problem-solvers" cause even more problems.

Part 2 details his visit to a place he knew as a child, a place where he learned his bad habits from rejects just like him. He sees the "positive" messages scrawled on the worn-out walls and realizes he's leading himself downward with his habits. The graffiti teaches him that he needs to do something to turn his life around, and he begins to shun his bad habits, looking around and seeing that no, everything isn't fine. There are people on the streets, abused children, addicts just like him. And nobody cares.

Part 3 is the initial shock of this revelation, where the one who society rejected begins to reject society. He shuns those who brought him down, and begins seeking to help others, and himself, find a place in the world.

Part 4 skips ahead to a wedding scene. A beautiful bride stands next to her groom before the crowd...The crowd containing the Jesus of Suburbia, happy for the bride but crying out of sorrow rather than happiness, knowing that the groom loves her for her looks and her success whereas he loves her for her. Nevertheless, he doesn't stand when the audience is asked to state any objections, and the wedding continues. He is next seen sitting on a therapist's couch, as the therapist next to him listens to what he has to say about things in the hopes that venting will release his sorrows.

The guitar solo brings us to a view of his house, where he prints out a letter and prepares a noose, too depressed by the way things are to continue. Before ending it all, however, he hears a knock on the front door of his house.

Part 5 reveals the knock on the door to be the same woman from the wedding. She stands at his doorstep, in tears, explaining how her husband is an abusive, self-helping user. She asks for hospitality and, of course, receives it, as the JoS quickly realizes how much he actually has left to live for.

Great | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/30/11

This song is amazing, and is a perfect description of the life of a reject.

And so what if it disrespects "God" ? In America, people have the right to say that, because of a little thing called the 1st Amendment, but idiots like you don't realize it's existence, nor what it stands for.

the truth | Reviewer: chloe | 4/10/11

this song to me speaks the truth of how life works. nothing is perfect and we are acused for it. people need to get over themselfs and see that. this song has everything in a "normal" american life from drugs to heart break. im gald we finaly have a band that can help communicate that with the rest of the world

Should be America's theme song... | Reviewer: Geena | 4/6/11

This song, Jesus Of Suburbia, is one of thouse songs that will be stuck in your head for who knows how long and a song that should have been America's theme song in 2007. Don't get me wrong, but i was born in 98, so im 13, and Green Day is in my blood. I may have not known all of their songs, but i do kno the most important songs they have ever made... and thats the honest truth, even Jesus Of Suburbia. Oh, and there is NONE, NO bad things or rude thing in this song, by the way. Billie has a way with words, Tré has a way with humiliation, and Mike has a way with Bass Put this all together, and you get the best band in the world:)

reviewer | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/29/11

okay first of all you all like thi song but there is something I DON'T like about it. i thought inmy opinion it was a bit rude i really did love green day they were my favourite rock band but this song sounds fishy and i hate when people disrespect god so for you people like this song listen to wthe words and lyrics.

My favorite song ever | Reviewer: Thomas | 6/20/10

This is my favorite song ever. It describes so much. Even if the song was just lyrics with bad music it would still be amazing. But that's not the case. The song combines awesome lyrics with awesome music. It's lyrical GENIUS! This is my favorite part of the song:

"Everyone's 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."

It speaks the truth.

Amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/19/10

Its hard for me to admit since I like only old groups mostly, that this song is amazing. I used to dislike Green Day, because I saw only what I wanted "some group in my generation that wears guyliner that I have to hate" but I was wrong, I like them now, and this song is damn beautiful.

Simply amazing. Period. | Reviewer: | 5/9/10

this song changes lives. I've loved green day since I was 9, in 2004. I recently fell back in love with them once I moved to the suburbs with my grandmother after problems back home in the city revolving running away and drug use. This song just speaks my feelings, emotions, actions, everything. Living down in Atlanta Ga in the suburbs surrounded by idiots really made this song speak to me. I feel like me and Jimmy are in the same boat... In a way.
"Home is where you heart is, but what a shame; everyone's heart doesn't beat the same" how living with his family, who are obviously conservative, he questions himself in 'dearly beloved' if he is insane of just different, but still loves his family; Just can't be around them. He realizes his life doesn't have to be like this. This song is so realistic, that's why I love Green Day, they're not revolving around selling albums and commercial bullshit. They're my first and foremost favorite band of all time, I don't see that changing.

JESUS OF SUBURBIA: AN ANTHEM | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/20/10

This is the best song I have heard in a very long time. The lyrics reflect the struggle of every teenager, plus the teenager growing into adulthood. I'm a 62 girl, and never related to Baba O'Reilly like was mentioned above. But this song is an anthem, a classic and should go down in rock history as one of the songs which really has a voice, a story and a real, true meaning. Greenday do have something to say and Jesus of Suburbia and the story of Jimmy is something that needs to be listened to and taken notice of unlike some of the trash gracing our airwaves today. GREENDAY ROCKS!!

City of the true... | Reviewer: Calli | 2/1/10

I live in Abberdean,Washington.I know what city of the dammed means.Kids in my neiborhood,And weirdoes like me from other neiborhoods,Think this song is our outcast anthem.Green day is an ispiration.

"Dearly beloved,Are you listining?
I can't remember a word that you are saying"

Pureley my life's story.

Old School | Reviewer: Brad | 10/28/09

I was born in 63. Never related to Baba O'Reily and My Generation. Didn't listen to Green day until 2004 and never heard Jesus of Suburbia until I went through a life change in 2007. Thank God for Green day! I'm an old school rocker and notice that we all pull something different from this great can call this an adolescent anthem I chose to listen and reflect on choices. This is a classic. I don't share and or write my opinions on the net but I like to take this song out like an old photogragh. Never related to Baba O'Reily and My Generation. Thanx Green Day.

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