Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) [Official Music Video]
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Good Riddance is one of the most popular Green Day songs. The song was used in the 2-hour finale of the Seinfeld show, and ever since then has been frequently played at weddings and graduations. It has over a dozen interpretations ranging from death to being drunk. Some consider this song a betrayal of the punk roots, others say this is the most punk thing the band has ever done. Like most good songs, Good Riddance means something different to each of its listeners. Armstrong wrote this song when his girlfriend was moving to Ecuador.
His meaning was clear. Unlike all the toothless ex-punks and bloated superstars who littered the music business, Green Day would never surrender their distortion pedals or rework their hits on acoustic guitars for the benefit of a cross-legged audience. Until the release of Nimrod in , Armstrong was true to his word. So it came as a real surprise when the GD faithful reached the 17th track of the new album, only to be confronted with delicate work of acoustic picking and swooping strings. Where once he had yelped about masturbation, Armstrong was now singing about forks in the road and lessons learnt in time. Where previously his songs had been thrashed out with youthful abandon on an old Fernandes Stratocaster covered in punk rock stickers, this one found him strumming a Guild acoustic with skill and precision. It was Green Day, but not as we knew it.