Sex, Drugs & Violence
Track 6 from ¡TRÉ!
Released 2012
Green Day has played this song live 2 time(s).
Lyrics
All my life, trouble follows me
Like a mystery girl
I’ve been chasing 'round a memory
Like a mystery girl

I’ve been getting lost searching my soul
All around this town
I took a wrong turn at growing up
And it’s freaking me out

Back at school, it never made much sense
Now I pay, but I can pay attention
Teaching me the hardest lessons of my life

Too dumb to die I guess
But that’s the way it goes
Sometimes, I must regress to

Sex, drugs and violence
English, math, and science
Safety in numbers
Gimme, gimme danger

Well, I don’t wanna be an imbecile
But Jesus made me that way

All my life, I’ve been running wild
Like a runaway
Wherever the night takes me
Like a stowaway

Back at home, it never made much sense
Now I pay, but I can pay attention
Teaching me the hardest lessons of my life

Too dumb to die I guess
But that’s the way it goes
Sometimes, I must regress to

Sex, drugs and violence
English, math, and science
Safety in numbers
Gimme, gimme danger

Back at home, it never made much sense
I can pay, but I can pay attention
Teaching me the hardest lessons of my life

Too dumb to die I guess
But that’s the way it goes
Sometimes, I must regress to

Sex, drugs and violence
English, math, and science
Safety in numbers
Gimme, gimme danger
Song Meaning
This song is about the narrator feeling sorry for himself, more than anything else. But, he thinks he has justified reasons to do so. The lines "I took a wrong turn at growing up" and "Back at school it never made much sense" mean that the narrator considers part of his childhood to be a failure of sorts, in that he didn't pick up on the values that others tried to instill in him. Additionally, the refrain seems to imply that the narrator never understood "English, math, and science" or "safety in numbers," but is able to identify with the dirtier parts of human nature, like "sex, drugs, and violence." Lines like "I don't want to be an imbecile / But Jesus made me that way" and "Too young to die I guess / But that's the way it goes" show that the narrator reluctantly accepts himself and who he has always been. He realizes that there's no sense in fighting it, or trying to change what he truly is (or what he isn't).
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