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Song of the Week this week is the cynical In The End, the penultimate track off Green Day's 1994 major-label debut, Dookie.

Billie Joe wrote In The End "about my mother's husband", rather than about a girl he was interested in, and can almost be taken as a follow-up to the song Why Do You Want Him? off 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. The lyrics are a pretty scathing barrage of questions ("is this what you really want?) and observations ("all brawn and no brains") about his mother's relationship with his step-father. Musically, In The End is one of the fastest tracks off Dookie, and it is also one of the shortest, although it still manages to fit two verses, three choruses and a bridge into less than two minutes of song.

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any live recordings of In The End out there, which is a real shame because I'd imagine it's super energetic when performed live. Here's the studio version:

Lyrics for the song can be found here, and this is In The End's Song of the Week thread, where you'll find some member-discussion. Feel free to stop by and post your opinion or nominate next week' song.
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