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"Jesus Of Suburbia" by Green Day from 'American Idiot,' available now. Directed by Samuel Bayer.
Featuring Lou Taylor Pucci, Kelli Garner & Deborah Kara Unger.

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"Jesus Of Suburbia" Lyrics: [Part 1]
I'm the son of rage and love
The Jesus of Suburbia
From the bible of none of the above
On a steady diet of
Soda pop and Ritalin
No one ever died for my sins in hell
As far as I can tell
At least the ones I got away with

And there's nothing wrong with me
This is how I'm supposed to be
In a land of make believe
That don't believe in me

Get my television fixed
Sitting on my crucifix
The living room or my private womb
While the Moms and Brads are away
To fall in love and fall in debt
To alcohol and cigarettes and Mary Jane
To keep me insane,
Doing someone else's cocaine

And there's nothing wrong with me
This is how I'm supposed to be
In a land of make believe
That don't believe in me

[Part 2: City Of The Damned]

At the center of the Earth
In the parking lot
Of the 7-11 where I was taught
The motto was just a lie
It says home is where your heart is
But what a shame
Cause everyone's heart
Doesn't beat the same
It's beating out of time

City of the dead
At the end of another lost highway
Signs misleading to nowhere
City of the damned
Lost children with dirty faces today
No one really seems to care

I read the graffiti
In the bathroom stall
Like the holy scriptures of the shopping mall
And so it seemed to confess
It didn't say much
But it only confirmed that
The center of the earth
Is the end of the world
And I could really care less

City of the dead
At the end of another lost highway
Signs misleading to nowhere
City of the damned
Lost children with dirty faces today
No one really seems to care

[Part 3: I Don't Care]

I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't
I don't care if you don't care

I don't care

Everyone is so full of shit
Born and raised by hypocrites
Hearts recycled but never saved
From the cradle always to the grave
We are the kids of war and peace
From Anaheim to the middle east
We are the stories and disciples
Of the Jesus of suburbia
Land of make believe
And that don't believe in me
Land of make believe
And I don't believe
And I don't care!
I don't care! [x4]

[Part 4: Dearly Beloved]

Dearly beloved are you listening?
I can't remember a word that you were saying
Are we demented or am I disturbed?
The space that's in between insane and insecure
Oh, therapy, can you please fill the void?
Am I retarded or am I just overjoyed
Nobody's perfect and I stand accused
For lack of a better word, and that's my best excuse

[Part 5: Tales Of Another Broken Home]

To live and not to breathe
Is to die In tragedy
To run, to run away
To find what you believe
And I leave behind
This hurricane of fucking lies

I lost my faith to this
This town that don't exist
So I run
I run away
To the light of masochist
And I leave behind
This hurricane of fucking lies
And I walked this line
A million and one fucking times
But not this time

I don't feel any shame
I won't apologize

When there ain't nowhere you can go
Running away from pain
When you've been victimized
Tales from another broken home

You're leaving...
You're leaving...
You're leaving...
Ah you're leaving home...

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"Jesus of Suburbia"
Single by Green Day
from the album American Idiot
ReleasedOctober 25, 2005
FormatDigital download, CD single, vinyl
GenreAlternative rock, punk rock, progressive rock
Writer(s)Billie Joe Armstrong / Green Day
ProducerRob Cavallo, Green Day
Green Day singles chronology

"Jesus of Suburbia" is a song by the American rock band Green Day. It was released as the fifth and final single from their seventh album, American Idiot. The studio version of the song, a five movement piece, runs just over 9 minutes and was considered to be unfriendly for radio, so it was cut down to 6½ minutes for the radio edit. The long version was still played on many album rock and alternative rock radio stations. At most live shows on their 21st Century Breakdown World Tour, the band will pick a member from the audience to play guitar for the song. The single has sold 204,000 copies as of July, 2010[1]

Track listings

  • The promo's "radio edit" is not actually censored, merely shortened.

10" vinyl

Side A

  1. "Jesus of Suburbia" - 9:09

Side B

  1. "St. Jimmy" (Live) - 3:07


  1. Jesus of Suburbia (Video) - 11:48
  2. Jesus of Suburbia (Live Video) - 11:10
  3. Bullet in a Bible (Video Trailer) 2:33

Song information

"After you write a song like that, it was like, 'I can't turn back now.' You can't all of a sudden say, 'I want to write a normal record."

Billie Joe Armstrong, Christian Science Monitor, 2005[2]

The song was co-written by Green Day (with Billie Joe Armstrong writing the lyrics), and was co-produced by Rob Cavallo. Parts I, II and III of the song are in the key of C sharp major. Part III transitions out by playing a C#5/G#5 chord progression, and ends on the G#5 chord, which changes the key to G sharp major and introduces part IV, "Dearly Beloved". In part V, "Tales of Another Broken Home", the key is changed to G#7 for most of the movement, save for the bridge near the end of the track, which is once again in G sharp major. Following the bridge, part V reverts back to its original tempo and key for the song's outro. "Tales of Another Broken Home" mimics the Johnny Cash song "Ring of Fire".

In this song, Green Day detail the life and times of a so-called Jesus of Suburbia, the fictional protagonist of American Idiot. His real name is Jimmy, which is revealed in the extended music video when a girl calls him that and in the cut version of the video when he writes "Saint Jimmy" on a bathroom stall (later on in the American Idiot album, he forms an alter-ego called Saint Jimmy and believes that it is not himself but a whole different person. He still refers to himself as the Jesus of Suburbia and is called that by Whatsername in "Letterbomb"). The name "Jesus of Suburbia" may just mean he is the savior of the rebels in suburbia. He is a resident of Jingletown, USA, and the son of a divorced mother. His younger years were spent on a "steady diet of soda pop and ritalin", watching television, using drugs, and loitering in front of convenience stores. Although everything seems alright at first, Jimmy feels trapped and bored in Jingletown and longs for escape, as he narrates in "City of the Damned".

In a coming of age move, Jimmy leaves Jingletown by the end of the song to explore The City. His exploits in The City are not described in this song, but are described in greater detail in the rest of the album, especially in "Holiday" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". Nevertheless, to describe the essence of the personality of Jimmy, Green Day proclaims, "I'm the son of rage and love. The Jesus of Suburbia, from the bible of none of the above, on a steady diet of soda pop and ritalin..."

"Jesus of Suburbia" has five movements:

  • I. "Jesus of Suburbia"
  • II. "City of the Damned"
  • III. "I Don't Care"
  • IV. "Dearly Beloved"
  • V. "Tales of Another Broken Home"

The song was also featured on their live album, Bullet in a Bible.

Music videos

Two versions of the "Jesus of Suburbia" music video exist, directed by Samuel Bayer (who also directed the music videos for the first four singles released from the American Idiot album). The official music video premiered on October 14, 2005 in the UK and on October 25, 2005 on the MTV network for viewers in the US. One version is a 12-minute edit, complete with a plot and dialogue; the other is a six and a half-minute director's cut, inclusive solely of the music itself and devoid of additives. The six-minute version is censored, whereas the twelve-minute version is not. The video starred Lou Taylor Pucci as St. Jimmy. Jimmy's love interest (Whatsername) was played by Kelli Garner. Jimmy's mother was portrayed by Canadian actress Deborah Kara Unger. Although Billie Joe was originally tipped to provide the acting role of the main character, this was altered during pre-filming.

The plot of the video essentially follows that of the song. The video pays homage to "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins--it also made use of the snorricam which created the videos' notable up close shots in the convenience store and party scenes.

Backup guitarist Jason White appears briefly on Jesus of Suburbia's television during Part 4 (Dearly Beloved).

Live performances

It has been played at most of their concerts since its release. At many concerts on the 21st Century Breakdown World Tour they pick up a fan from the crowd to play guitar on the song.

Critical reception

People Magazine called the song "epic" and a "magnificent nine-minute rock opera." It is often recognized as one of Green Day's greatest songs.[3] It was recently voted the greatest Green Day song of all time in a Rolling Stone readers poll.[4]

External links

  • Green Day plan ambitious video for next single
  • Think Green Day's "September" Clip Is Epic? Just Wait For "Jesus Of Suburbia"
  • Jesus of Suburbia at The Internet Music Database


  1. ^;_ylt=Ag7rS27uHeYYrHY3kL07gqYPwiUv?page=2#comments
  2. ^ Newman, Melinda, Teitelman, Bram, Brandle, Lars (2004-10-09), "A Smart Start For Green Day". Billboard. 116 (41):67
  3. ^ Charaipotra, Sona (2004-09-27), "Green Day (Music)". People. 62 (13):47
  4. ^ Rolling Stone. Readers’ Rock List: Green Day Songs

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