She (Green Day song)

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Green Day - She cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Dookie
Released May 5, 1995[1]
Format Promo CD
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop punk[2], punk rock[3]
Length 2:14
Label Reprise, WEA International
Songwriter(s) Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo and Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"When I Come Around"

"She" is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. It is the eighth track on their third album, Dookie and was released as the fifth and final single. The song was written by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong about a former girlfriend who showed him a feminist poem with an identical title.[4] In return, Armstrong wrote the lyrics of "She" and showed them to her.[4] She later dumped him and moved to Ecuador, prompting Armstrong to put "She" on the album. The same ex-girlfriend is the topic of the songs "Sassafras Roots", "Chump", and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".[4] It is one of the few Green Day singles that did not have a music video.

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PopMatters listed "She" as the eighth best Green Day song, citing ""She" is sensitive without being soft; in between Armstrong's empathetic declarations of "Scream at me / Until my ears bleed / I'm taking heed / Just for you", the band is hammering away at its instruments with amped-up intensity."[2]


Chart (1995) Peak
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[5] 41
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 18
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[7] 5


  1. ^ Green Day Album & Song Chart History | Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  2. ^ a b AJ Ramirez. "Nice Guys Finish Last: The Top 15 Green Day Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Green Day - Fantasy Studios" (PDF). Fantasy Studios. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-24. Issued in February 1994, Dookie would spawn five hit singles — ‘Longview’, ‘Welcome To Paradise’ (a re‐recording of a track on Kerplunk), ‘Basket Case’, ‘When I Come Around’ and ‘She’ — and, with worldwide sales of over 16 million units, would prove to be the group’s most popular work, while establishing them at the forefront of the neo-punk scene. 
  4. ^ a b c "Billie Joe Armstrong Interview on VH1". VH1. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.

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