Warning (Green Day song)

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Single by Green Day
from the album Warning
Released December 11, 2000
Format CD single, Video promo
Recorded 2000
Genre Folk punk, alternative rock
Length 3:41
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Billie Joe Armstrong
Producer(s) Green Day
Green Day singles chronology

"Warning" is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. It is the second single and title track from their sixth album, Warning.

Billie Joe Armstrong has said that the original concept was to create a song whose lyrics were made up of all signs and labels, and the idea grew from there.

The song was a number three modern rock hit in the US and entered the Billboard Hot 100. The song also made it into the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart in the UK.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Warning" premiered on MTV in January 2001. It was directed by Francis Lawrence and shows the life of a young adult in his early twenties who does dangerous, socially unacceptable and trivial things during his day. It is revealed his name is John Earle.

The video starts off with the man waking up at 6:30. He sleeps on a dirty mattress and bedding on the floor and is wearing a dirty pair of white underpants. His house is squalid and the band plays in his kitchen,which he fails to notice. At the end of the video, he returns home late at night. Because he left on his appliances, the popcorn machine has overflowed, the lights are all on and his toaster is burning.

He returns to his bed for night, throwing his dirty clothes on the floor and not changing his underwear. When the man has gone to sleep, his clock switches back to 6:29.

The list of things he does, in order, are:

  1. Removing the label "do not remove" his mattress
  2. Stretches in his underwear in front of the window
  3. Puts shampoo in his eyes
  4. Using cotton swabs to clean his ears
  5. Swallowing toothpaste
  6. Running with scissors
  7. Drinking out-of-date milk
  8. Leaving all electrical items on
  9. Leaves toast in the toaster (after the chorus when the camera shows Billie Joe,the toaster has blown up and smoking)
  10. Leaves the popcorn machine on
  11. Uses tupperware as a cover for a blender
  12. Does not close the front door of the house
  13. Looking directly at the sun
  14. Driving with his knees while holding the phone in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other
  15. Running through a red light
  16. Eating by the pool before going swimming
  17. Eating food that has fallen on the floor
  18. Diving into the pool
  19. Ignores the inscription "No running" and runs around the pool
  20. Leaving his car keys in the ignition and the door open
  21. Manages a machine under the influence of drugs
  22. Not wearing safety equipment
  23. Eating whilst at work
  24. Says to a female worker "nice ass",in which she slaps him
  25. Runs through rush hour traffic
  26. Walks through a police shootout and nearly gets shot
  27. Watching the food cook in the microwave
  28. Eating food with hands covered in oil
  29. Running down the middle of the street at night wearing black clothing
  30. Taking candy from a stranger and eating it
  31. Littering
  32. Eating raw chicken
  33. Looking directly into the television with his face inches from the screen(the picture on the TV is of himself)
  34. Does not brush his teeth before going to bed
  35. Does not change his underwear before pulling the covers over his head

Track listing[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "Warning" (Album Version)
  2. "Scumbag
  3. "I Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely" (originally performed by Hüsker Dü)

CD 2[edit]

  1. "Warning" (Album Version)
  2. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)
  3. "Suffocate"

Limited Edition Card Sleeve Version[edit]

  1. "Warning" (Album Version)
  2. "Scumbag"

Warning/Minority AU Single[edit]

  1. "Warning"
  2. "Minority"
  3. "Scumbag"
  4. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)

7" Adeline[edit]

Side A

  1. "Warning"

Side B

  1. "Scumbag"
  2. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)

7" Reprise[edit]

Side A

  1. "Warning"

Side B

  1. "Suffocate"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 19
New Zealand (RIANZ)[1] 37
UK (UK Singles Chart)[2] 27
US (Alternative Songs)[3] 3
US (Billboard Hot 100) 114


  1. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Green Day - Warning". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  2. ^ "ChartArchive - Green Day". Chartstats.com. 2013-03-11. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Green Day - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 

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