Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
|"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"|
|Single by Green Day|
|from the album Nimrod|
|Released||October 17, 1997|
|Genre||Acoustic rock, soft rock, alternative rock|
2:34 (album version)|
2:28 (music video)
|Songwriter(s)||Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool|
|Producer(s)||Rob Cavallo and Green Day|
|Green Day singles chronology|
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. Although written by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong before the release of the band's third album Dookie (1994), the song was not released until Green Day's fifth album, Nimrod (1997), and was the second single released from that album. An alternative version (in a different key, with a faster tempo and sparer arrangement) appeared as a B-side to the 1995 European single for "Brain Stew/Jaded". It has become a staple of the band's concerts and is usually played as the final song.
Although it was not issued as a single at the time of its release in the United States, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" sold over 2.6 million copies as a digital download in the country. The song was certified Platinum in the United Kingdom for sales of 600,000.
Writing and composition
Billie Joe Armstrong wrote "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" in 1990 about his girlfriend moving to Ecuador, with him naming the song "Good Riddance" to show anger towards his girlfriend. He did not show the song to his bandmates until the Dookie recording sessions in 1993. During the sessions, the song was determined to be too different from the rest of the songs on Dookie, and producer Rob Cavallo was unsure of how to structure the recording. When the time came to record Nimrod, Armstrong decided to use the song, and Cavallo suggested they add strings to the track. He sent the band to play foosball in another room while he recorded the strings, which took "like fifteen, twenty minutes, maybe a half an hour at the most." Cavallo reflected on his decision to add the strings "I knew we had done the right thing. It was a hit the second I heard it."
In comparison to previous Green Day material, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" features more mellow, contemplative lyrics with acoustic music. Band member Mike Dirnt said that the release of this song was probably the "most punk" thing they could have done. The song is more commonly promoted on the radio as "Time of Your Life", and it became a Billboard Country Rock chart-topper and an international hit, and was the only song from Nimrod that was a crossover success when released in single form.
The album version begins with Billie Joe Armstrong playing the wrong note on his guitar twice and softly proclaiming "fuck" before the actual song begins. Radio versions and the music video omitted this.
The music video was directed by Mark Kohr based on a concept by Billie Joe Armstrong. The video features Armstrong singing and playing an acoustic guitar in a bedroom (filmed in LA's Ambassador Hotel), intercut with "pull-in" shots of various people involved in mundane activities. All of the subjects are shown seemingly staring into space absent-mindedly. Band members Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool make cameo appearances in the video as a person pumping gas (Dirnt), and an injured bike rider being attended by paramedics (Cool). When the video came out, the name of the song was inverted, hence the video's title is "Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)". This title was also used on the single cover.
In 1998 Green Day won their first MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video for "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and they were also nominated for Viewer's Choice.
The video can be found on their music video compilation DVD, International Supervideos!.
To the band's surprise, the song became a hit at prom dances. Because of the song's lyrics, which many graduating seniors interpret as nostalgic and reflective of their time in high school, it has become a staple song at proms. Armstrong remarked that, in retrospect, the lyrics make sense when viewed that way. "The people that you grew up and braved the trials of high school with will always hold a special place. Through all the BS of high school you hope that your friends had the time of their life, and that's what the song is talking about".
In "Shades of Gray", the 19th episode of the fourth season of ER, PA Jeanie Boulet, played by actress Gloria Reuben, sang this song as a farewell to a young boy (Scott Anspaugh, son of Dr. Donald Anspaugh) who had died in her care.
On October 25, 2013, Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes released a country cover recording of the song on their YouTube channel. This recording subsequently appeared on their album "Frettening Behaviour".
On March 25, 2016, the Golden State Warriors used Green Day's song to honor David Lee in a tribute video. Lee played with the Warriors from 2010 to 2015 and became part of the 2014–2015 championship squad. 
This song has also been used on radio stations as a last song before changing formats. The most recent use of this song as a last song was on WISX in Philadelphia, when it dropped its Hot AC format for Rhythmic AC on June 29, 2017.
The song is covered by the protagonist John in the Vishal Gupta directed short film 'Yennam'. 
Credits and personnel
- Billie Joe Armstrong – acoustic guitar, vocals
- David Campbell – strings arrangement
- Conan McCallum – first violin
|1.||"Good Riddance" (album version)||2:34|
|2.||"Suffocate" (non-LP track)||2:47|
|3.||"You Lied" (non-LP track)||2:25|
|4.||"Good Riddance" (clean remix)||2:28|
|5.||"Desensitized" (non-LP track)||2:47|
|6.||"Rotting" (non-LP track)||2:50|
|1.||"Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)" (clean album remix)||2:28|
|2.||"Desensitized" (non-LP track)||2:47|
|3.||"Rotting" (non-LP track)||2:50|
|2.||"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (album version)||2:34|
|4.||"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (video)||2:29|
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