Billie Joe Armstrong's impromptu participation in a 2014 protest march in New York City was the inspiration for this anti-establishment anthem. "I was in a car coming from Brooklyn to Manhattan and there was these protesters for Ferguson
holding up traffic all the way back across the bridge," the Green Day frontman recalled to Rolling Stone
"I got to where I was staying at and I could see on 8th Avenue there was all the protesters out there and I was just looking out and I wrote about it the day after," he continued.
"I walked out and marched with people a little bit but I was mostly kind of observing and seeing what was happening. It was a trip to see people rebel against the old order. I was just watching this controlled chaos, and it was going and happening all over the country. I was feeling that people don't want to feel obsolete in the things that we care about. That's sort of what the song is about."