Talks about the music of Green Day, especially the literal analysis of the lyrics of their 2 songs- American Idiot and Jesus of Suburbia.

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Tales of Green Day

Back after filling the past 10 years with mediocre albums, Green Day's American Idiot snagged six 2004 Grammy nominations, and won a 2004 Grammy for Best Rock Album. Some people call their music "punk rock", which makes me immediately thinking about the songs which are popular within the groups of wild children who appear in the streets. If their music is only expressing the craze of adolescences and has not got much meaning then why are so many people flooding to the record stores and the Internet to purchase and download American Idiot? I've been wondering the same question until I actually heard their songs...

American Idiot-the anti-war anthem

American Idiot was recorded around the time that United States began their invasion on Iraq and this song was also written due to the same event. It is very obvious that the invited reading of this song is that American's invasion on Iraq is so wrong, it is such an unwise thing to do.

People who are supporting George W. Bush's idea are all blindfolded by his propaganda.

Green Day conveyed the message of intense dislike for war and President Bush by belting out "Don't want to be an American idiot/ Don't want a nation under the new mania/ And can you hear the sound of hysteria..."

Throughout the whole song, there are quite a few words and phrases such as "American idiot", "new mania", "hysteria", "redneck agenda" and "paranoia" which cogently speak out the disagreement to war and of course audiences are strongly positioned.

Also in the song it says, "One nation controlled by the media". It is a condemnation to Bush's government of how they controlled the media to fool people's views. Every word in the song is so full of emotions, each...