American Idiot
Green Day Lyrics


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Don't wanna be an American idiot
Don't want a nation under the new mania
Hey can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind-fuck America

Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alien nation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay
Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue

Well maybe I'm the faggot America
I'm not a part of a redneck agenda
Now everybody do the propaganda
And sing along to the age of paranoia

Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alien nation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay
Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue

Don't wanna be an American idiot
One nation controlled by the media
Information Age of hysteria
It's calling out to idiot America

Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alien nation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay
Television dreams of tomorrow




We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Green Day's song "American Idiot" are a commentary on the state of American society and politics in the early 2000s. The singer is rejecting the idea of being an "American idiot" - someone who blindly follows the government and media without questioning their motives or actions. They don’t want a nation under the “new mania,” which can be interpreted as the new wave of nationalism and patriotism that came about after 9/11. The singer asks if others can hear the sound of hysteria, which represents the fear-mongering and panic that was prevalent in American culture.


The subliminal mind-fuck America is a criticism of the media and government's manipulative tactics. The singer feels like they're being brainwashed and controlled by the images and ideas that are constantly being fed to them through TV and other forms of media. The singer then welcomes the listener to "a new kind of tension," representing the heightened political and social atmosphere at the time. They comment on the fact that "everything isn't meant to be okay" and that the "Television dreams of tomorrow" are not something that they want to follow.


The chorus is a repetition of the opening lines, emphasizing the singer's desire to reject the "American idiot" label and the control that the media and government have over society. They feel that it's calling out to the "idiot America," which can be interpreted as a call to wake up and take control of one's own thoughts and beliefs.


Line by Line Meaning

Don't wanna be an American idiot
I don't want to be perceived as a foolish or ignorant American.


Don't want a nation under the new mania
I don't want the country to be controlled by a new ideology that results in mass hysteria.


Hey can you hear the sound of hysteria?
Can you hear the clamor and confusion that comes with hysteria?


The subliminal mind-fuck America
The subtle manipulation of the American psyche to promote a particular agenda is taking place.


Welcome to a new kind of tension
Welcome to the stress and anxiety brought about by the current political climate.


All across the alien nation
All across the divided country.


Where everything isn't meant to be okay
In a time when everything feels unsettled.


Television dreams of tomorrow
Television programs that perpetuate an idealized image of the future.


We're not the ones who're meant to follow
We don't have to blindly follow the status quo.


For that's enough to argue
Challenging the norm will spark debate.


Well maybe I'm the faggot America
I may be considered un-American for my beliefs or lifestyle.


I'm not a part of a redneck agenda
I don't agree with the political views and actions of a certain group.


Now everybody do the propaganda
Now, the distorted messaging is being forced upon everyone.


And sing along to the age of paranoia
And blindly buy into the fear and uncertainty that's plaguing the country.


One nation controlled by the media
The media seems to hold most of the power in shaping public opinion.


Information Age of hysteria
The digital age has amplified the hysteria and confusion that's already present.


It's calling out to idiot America
It's appealing to those who have chosen not to think for themselves.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Michael Ryan Pritchard, Frank Edwin III Wright, Billie Joe Armstrong

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Me, age 13: "wow this song is so deep, he's talking about society"
Me, age 20: "nah this is a teenagers' song, it's way too simplistic to call all Americans idiots"
Me, age 27: "oh no actually he was right"

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