Nuclear Family
Track 1 from ¡UNO!
Released 2012
Green Day has played this song live 17 time(s).
Lyrics
Gonna ride the world like a merry-go-round
Like a ferris wheel like it's breaking down
Drinking angel's piss gonna crash and burn
I just want some action so gimme my turn

Like a Chinese drama and conspiracy
It's the death of a nuclear family staring up at you
It's looking like another bad comedy
Just as long as it comes in high-fidelity for me too

Can you hear the sound coming over the hill?
Gotta move my feet it's coming in for the kill
Baby baby baby it's a blow out
Like a nuclear bomb and it won't be long 'til I detonate

Like a Chinese drama and conspiracy
It's the death of a nuclear family staring up at you
It's looking like another bad comedy
Just as long as it comes in hi-fidelity for me too

Gonna ride the world like a merry-go-round
Like a ferris wheel like it's breaking down
Screaming, screaming, screaming bloody murder
Like a nuclear bomb it won't be long 'til I detonate

Like a Chinese drama and conspiracy
It's the death of a nuclear family staring up at you
It's looking like another bad comedy
Just as long as it comes in high-fidelity for me too
Song Meaning
"I don't even know what the fuck 'Nuclear Family' is about!" -- Billie Joe

We'll try anyway. Based on the lyrics, the narrator seems to be reflecting on the current state of affairs, and the fact that society in general looks like it's declining. But, rather than wallowing in the misfortune brought on by these times, the narrator wants to live it up while he can. This is illustrated by the opening line, which dominates the verse and sets the tone for the song: "Gonna ride the world like a merry-go-round".
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