Welcome to day two of Green Day Week, as part of our Artist Focus series. There’s three more days of this to follow, let us know what you think of it, how it makes you feel, all that stuff that people share with random strangers on the internet.
So, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) is one of Green Day’s earlier songs – actually written in 1990, released in 1997 and reviewed in 2018. What a journey.
I didn’t actually know that Green Day were around that long ago – it seems crazy to think that they were around that long ago – I didn’t know they existed til American Idiot, and here they are a whole decade before, releasing songs I didn’t know existed.
It’s a very calm, sobering song, as you’ll note from the video embedded below – acoustic guitar, nothing too flashy in the way of sound, and the dulcet tones of Billie Joe Armstrong.
Now, can we first just acknowledge how many people are looking in the middle-distance, wistfully? It’s crazy. Absolutely crazy.
I’ve re-analysed the lyrics and there’s a single line that stood out to me.
For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while
Which very definitely highlights that it was, in his eyes, a wonderful relationship which he is sad to see ending under any circumstance. So lyrically, it’s sound. It works, it sounds good, it’s enjoyable, yadda yadda yadda.
Musically, it’s acoustic perfection, to me. It works, it sounds good, it’s enjoyable, yadda yadda yadda. I enjoy the song. That’s all there is to it. I enjoy the song.