Welcome To Paradise

Album: Dookie (1994)
Charted: 20 56
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  • Dear mother can you hear me whining?
    It's been three whole weeks
    Since that I've left your home
    This sudden fear has left me tremblin'
    'Cause now it seems that I am out there on my own
    And I'm feeling so alone

    Pay attention to the cracked streets
    And the broken homes
    Some call it slums, some call it nice
    I want to take you through
    A wasteland I like to call my home
    Welcome to paradise

    A gunshot rings out at the station
    Another urchin snaps and left dead on his own
    It makes me wonder why I'm still here
    For some strange reason it's now
    Feeling like my home
    And I'm never gonna go

    Pay attention to the cracked streets
    And the broken homes
    Some call it slums, some call it nice
    I want to take you through
    A wasteland I like to call my home
    Welcome to paradise

    Dear mother, can you hear me laughing?
    It's been six whole months since that
    I have left your home
    It makes me wonder why I'm still here
    For some strange reason it's now
    Feeling like my home
    And I'm never gonna go

    Pay attention to the cracked streets
    And the broken homes
    Some call it slums, some call it nice
    I want to take you through
    A wasteland I like to call my home
    Welcome to paradise, oh paradise Writer/s: Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank Wright, Mike Pritchard
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 25

  • Bellus0077 from Detroit I remember when this song came out and I always would write down lyrics to songs in a notebook. My parents found it and at 15 put me in a rehab facility bc they claimed the saying was about suicide and wouldn’t listen to me saying “I just listened to the song and wrote the lyrics to know them!” They didn’t believe me. I had to spend 3 mos in a juvenile rehab facility bc they thought I was suicidal. Worst summer EVER. The next year they sent me overseas as an exchange student to STUDY AND PERFORM MUSIC!!! Bc I “was so gifted w music”. I was like WTF?!?! Anyhow when I listen to the lyrics I can see it from a parents POV but I WISH the internet was around back in those days. It was just starting. So we had internet but it wasn’t ANYTHING what it is today. I like to visit msg boards here amd there and read others take on songs and share my story. I still feel no shame in being a musician and writing lyrics down to learn them and the beats and what not.
  • Joaquin from Tx I honestly love this song its classic green day i mean who wouldnt like it but honestly my favorite part is when Billie Joe gets a piece of paper and burns it on the stage that was honestly just really cool
  • D. Jones from CalgaryAs a bass player, I must say that the bass solo is excellent. Then the drums join, and the guitar and it's a bulidup and it's amazing. Best part of the song.
  • Sc from Anchorage, AkI think the chorus of the Foxboro Hot Tubs song "Dark Side of Night" sounds exactly like the chorus of "Welcome to Paradise"...Billie could've done that to hint at the fact that FBHT is a pseudonym for Green Day.
  • Layton from Paris, Txi heard this song on kerplunk an just bought it this weekend on Dookie. i really like it its creative
  • Joaquin from San Francisco, Cathis is an amazing song!!!!
    it reminds me of the year I lived in Vermont.
    I went to a school there which i was forced to make my home
    it all fell apart and felt like prison
  • Bob from Dumbsville, BelarusMike Dirnt's bass solo on this song is second only to John Entwistle's on My Generation.
  • Steph from Socal, Caif you play the intro riff backwards, it's basically the main riff to "blitzkrieg bop" by the ramones
  • Michael from Tucson, AzAh, classic Green Day... the way things used to be. Except for the whole drug phase that they went through. Welcome to paradise is a perfect example of good Green Day.
  • Sarah from Sandiego, CaThis song is so cool I love it it's one of my favorite songs ever mde i luv this its the best older song to me behind waiting and she.
  • Eileen from San Diego, Cai love the way this song starts out. right in the beginning. this is a.........pretty old song. but it is so cool. and i never get tired of it. thank you very much
  • Bob from Rio Vista, CaActually, it wasn't about a "slum" in Oakland. They made several friends in that part of Oakland and had a great time there.
  • Tanya from London, EnglandYeah, I've got videos of jesus of suburbia and he always smiles after he says unemployed. It could also be to put a deeper meaning to the song. Like, jesus is unemployed then he gets a job in east 12th street. Or east 12th street could be jesus getting arrested for drink driving. coz apparently Billie Joe had to go to some place in oakland called east 12th street to fill out paper work when he got arrested for DUI. And also ofcourse "she had enough and he had plenty" with a glass of wine next to it in the inlay, suggests he was out on the piss lol
  • Paul from Castalia, NcMary, Philadelphia, he only changes the lyrics to unemployed during a live show to mix things up. You know kina like a joke.Example. A band named Creedence Clearwater sings this song called "theres a bad moon on the rise" but during a live show they say "theres a bathroom on the right".
  • Michael from Monroe, MiSome of you people need to stop flooding the comments. You are making stupid ones.
  • Tanya from London, Englandthis is about him n mike livin in the dumps. mike rented a room out at billie joes for a while then moved out to a squat. then billie joe joined him n had a pretty good time gettin high. thats what i read anyway. FIRST PLAYING OF GREEN DAYS NEW VIDEO, JESUS OF SUBURBIA (which is out oct 24th i think), CHANNEL 4, 10.30pm, FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER!!!!!! tape it coz it probs wont get played in full alot as its over 9 mins long. THEN, MILTON KEYNES DVD/CD (BULLET IN A BIBLE) OUT 14TH NOVEMBER. woooooooohooooooooooooo
  • Josh from BrisbaneI have an interview on cd where Billie describes this song as being about the first place he lived after moving out of home. It was a warehouse full of musicians and whatnot.
  • Tanya from London, Englandwhich do u guys prefer? the welcome 2 paradise on kerplunk or dookie? i'm no too sure. Atfirst i prefered the one on kerplunk coz it was different to what i was used to (i heard the dookie one first) but now i dont know. anway, amazin song. green day never fail to please. and they f*ckin rock live!!!!!
  • Christa from Makati, OtherSarcastic song??? I don't think so...They loved that place, as far as I know...
  • Biggestgreendayfan from Los Angeles, Cathis is the most sarcastic green day song ever it mean he lives in a crap shack
  • Aaron Hetherington from Bradford, EnglandThis Song Is About Just Telling The World About Living On The Street And That It Becomes Your Home Etc. It's Possible That They Have Been Chucked Out Too....' Dear Mother Can You hear me Whining'.....but im 99.99% sure they havent.


    And On The Basket case Thing , How Are Them Lyrics Confusing, Iit just like telling a story...The song is more personal to billie joe and mike because they both have panic attacks .....and the song is about HAVING panic attacks....
  • Katie from Ont., CaOk!I honestly dont think you get the meaninmgs of green dya and there lyrics? When they talk about the CRACKED streets, there giivivng a discription of how they remember the place?NOT giving a discription on how the cracks look?If you dont beleive me, look at the lyrics.And the reason why they say "I went to a whore, HE said my lifes a bore, so quit complaning casue its bringing HER down? They probably said it because the whore is suppose ot be giving advise to the guy, saying stop complaining! notice i little before it says he went to a whore, the other perosne told him its LACK of sex? that probably happens when your complaining to much? im mshure that would get annoying fast. Dont ask silly questions like that if your on a site that explains all the songs? haha
  • Jim from Pittsburgh, PaOr like in basket case where it says, "I went to a whore, HE said my lifes a bore, and quit my whining cause its bringing HER down"
  • Mary from Philadelphia, PaI think it could be both. They seem to like confusing people with there lyrics, like in "Dearly Beloved" on the American Idiot CD, sometimes they'll say "Am I retarded or am I just overjoyed" and sometimes they'll say "Am I retarded or am I just unemployed."
  • Eric from Springfield, MoI've always wondered...are the lyrics in this song 'cracked streets' or 'crack streets'? Most lyrics places I've looked at say cracked but I watched this thing on like MTV and they were talkin bout this song, and also bout like living on the crack streets. but they never said this is what they said in the song.
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