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It's about West Oakland, living in a warehouse with a lot of people, a bunch of artists and musicians, punks and whatever just lived all up and down, bums and junkies and thugs and gang members and stuff that just lived in that area. It's no place you want to walk around at night, but it's a neat warehouse where you can play basketball and stuff.

Billie Joe Armstrong

Welcome to Paradise is the second single by the American punk rock band Green Day. It is the fifth track on the band's third album, Dookie and was released on October 4, 1994 through Reprise Records.

Concept

The song was written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool. It is based on the band's experience moving out of their parents' houses and into an abandoned house in Oakland, California where the band members, along with a number of others, lived without paying rent. The house was quite broken-down but to them it became home, and this sentiment is described in the song.

Billie Joe Armstrong said this of the song: :It's about West Oakland, living in a warehouse with a lot of people, a bunch of artists and musicians, punks and whatever just lived all up and down, bums and junkies and thugs and gang members and stuff that just lived in that area. It's no place you want to walk around at night, but it's a neat warehouse where you can play basketball and stuff."

The song is played with the guitar tuned a half-step down, as are many of their  Dookie songs.

The song is sung as Billie Joe Armstrong is talking or sending a message to his mother, after moving out of her house. The first verse is Armstrong talking to his mother after three weeks of leaving her place, telling her that he's scared about being on his own. The second part describes Armstrong writing to her after six months of living at his own place, now being happy to live on his own.

Tracks

  1. "Welcome to Paradise" - 3:45
  2. "Chump" (live) - 2:44
  3. "Emenius Sleepus" - 1:44
  • Tracks 2 recorded on March 11, 1994 at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida

Charts

Chart (1994) Peak Position
Australia (ARIA) 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 20
US Alternative Songs (Billboard) 7

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