Green Day – Too Dumb To Die (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
Green Day has released a lyric video to their hit single “Too Dumb To Die” from their 2016 album ‘Revolution Radio.’ The lyric video is quite entertaining and rich with content. Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead vocalist and a lyricist of the song is questioning the fine points in society and wondering what he can do. He shares his personal experiences from childhood and now that he is grown up, he has an inquisitive mind about his experiences. But he boldly says that he is too dumb to find a solution to any of these questions-hence the reference ‘too dumb to even die.’
Green Day members Tré Cool, Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong have contributed to the lyrics of the song and in production. The song was originally released back in October, 2016.
Watch Lyric Video for “Too Dumb To Die”
Let us go through some of the lyrics and try to make some sense into this mystically crafted song.
Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Too Dumb To Die”
Oh, oh I love you
Oh, oh I do
I got a sentimental illness for you
Please don’t go away, oh yeah
This could be about anybody or anything. However, the widely accepted idea behind these lines is his love for music. “Sentimental illness” is being so emotional towards something or someone that it makes you seem sick-more or less ‘love sick.’ Billie is praying for music not to leave him.
I was a high school atom bomb
Going off on the weekends
Smoking dope and mowing lawns
And I hated all the new trends
Billie reverts back to his school days in “Too Dumb To Die” single. An atom bomb is a very destructive nuclear bomb. Billie says he was an atom bomb during weekends when he was schooling. So most likely he was a calm and quite boy in school. During the weekends he would blow off steam, creating havoc, smoking and ‘mowing lawns.’ He hated the new trend, probably because he couldn’t afford any of them.
Looking for a cause
But all I got was Santa Claus
I’m hanging on a dream that’s too dumb to die
I feel like a cello
Lost somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high, too scared to dream
But too dumb to die
The sad reality of Christmas is revered here. Christmas is supposed to be such a holy and blessed day-a cause. But it has become so commercialized now, even Santa Claus’s are up for sale.
The ‘dream’ mentioned here by Billie could be The American Dream, which he considers to be dead now.
When questioned about the line “I feel like a cello,” Billie answered, “I think a cello can be a really kinda deep and sad-sounding instrument, it’s a really beautiful instrument. I think, in the symphony, it tells the story of something that is hitting the bottom of your heart or something, so that’s where I got that.”
Billie is a strong advocate of homosexuality and he says he is lost somewhere over the rainbow. Rainbow colors are a symbolism of homosexuality and there could be a connection of this lyric with his personal life.
My daddy always was on strike
Going off with the teamsters
He said that “Everything will be alright…
Not every Sunday can be Easter”
Billie says his father was always on strike or leave from work, going off to nonsense with his friends. But he did not forget to reassure Billie that everything will be alright, but everyday will not be full of joy and laughter.
The picket line screamed:
“Woah! Don’t cross
Don’t cross the line because you’ll be a scab, not a martyr!”
The line that should not be crossed is the police ‘do not cross’ lines. Genius defines the remaining lyric as “Furthermore, scabs are workers called in when companies would fire striking workers. This is a callback to Billie’s childhood memories of his dad’s striking Sundays. The point of view these lines let out is one of leftist ideals, which is why, though threatening, it’s an overall positive depiction. Ultimately, any picket’s goal is to put injustice on perspective, and here the scabs to be disposed off would be the cops and corporates, instead of those more damnified by capitalism, the workers – even the actual scabs.”
With that we conclude our review of Green Day’s “Too Dumb To Die.” Although Billie is trying to say he is dumb to resolve any of the issues in the society, he is quite clever in putting the lyrics together to give out the meaning.
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