Basket Case

by Green Day

Duration:
3:01
Released:
Nov 29, 1994
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Lyrics for Basket Case by Green Day:

Verse 1
Do you have the time to listen to me whine
About nothing and everything all at once?
I am one of those melodramatic fools
Neurotic to the bone, no doubt about it

Chorus
Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up, I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid? Am I just stoned?

Verse 2
I went to a shrink to analyze my dreams
She says it's lack of sex that's bringing me down
I went to a whore, he said my life's a bore
So quit my whining 'cause it's bringing her down

Chorus
Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up, I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid? Huh yeah, yeah yeah

Bridge
Grasping to control, so I better hold on

Chorus
Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up, I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid? Am I just stoned?

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Song Facts

“Basket Case” spent five weeks at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart, becoming arguably Green Day’s signature song of the pre-American Idiot days.

It’s about Billie Joe Armstrong’s struggles with anxiety; before he was diagnosed with a panic disorder years afterward, he thought he was going crazy. Armstrong commented that at the time:

The only way I could know what the hell was going on was to write a song about it.

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