Walking Contradiction

Insomniac

Track 14 from Insomniac
Released 1995
Green Day has played this song live 10 times.



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Song Meaning

This song talks about how Billie Joe's life has become one big contradiction; his morals have been pushed aside for something much more commercial, and he's in too deep and "can't run away." This song presents the Catch 21 and Sod's Law all wrapped up into one catchy tune.

The video is one of Green Day's most well known music videos.

Lyrics

Do as I say not as I do because
The shit's so deep you can't run away
I beg to differ on the contrary
I agree with every word that you say
Talk is cheap and lies are expensive
My wallet's fat and so is my head
Hit and run and then I'll hit you again
I'm a smart ass but I'm playing dumb

Standards set and broken all the time
Control the chaos behind a gun
Call it as I see it even if
I was born deaf, blind and dumb
Losers winning big on the lottery
Rehab rejects still sniffing glue
Constant refutation with myself
I'm a vicitm of a catch 22

I have no belief
But I believe
I'm a walking contradiction
And I ain't got no right

Do as I say not as I do because
The shit's so deep you can't run away
I beg to differ on the contrary
I agree with every word that you say
Talk is cheap and lies are expensive
My wallet's fat and so is my head
Hit and run and then I'll hit you again
I'm a smart ass but I'm playing dumb

I have no belief
But I believe
I'm a walking contradiction
And I ain't got no right

I have no belief
But I believe
I'm a walking contradiction
And I ain't got no right

Live Performances

"Walking Contradiction" has been played 10 times live:

  • Jan 23, 2001 - Trotwood, OH, USA at Hara Arena
  • May 18, 1996 - Los Angeles, CA, USA at Saturday Night Special, Fox Studios
  • May 09, 1996 - New York, NY, USA at Late Show With David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theater
  • Apr 20, 1996 - London, , England at Hotel Babylon, ITV Studios
  • Mar 26, 1996 - Prague, , Czech Republic at Sportovní Hala
  • Mar 17, 1996 - Neuchâtel, , Switzerland at Patinoire du Littoral
  • Mar 13, 1996 - London, , England at Hanging Out, MTV Europe Studios
  • Mar 11, 1996 - London, , England at BBC Session, Maida Vale Studios
  • Feb 07, 1996 - Sydney, NSW, Australia at Hordern Pavilion
  • Nov 09, 1995 - Binghamton, NY, USA at Broome County Arena

Other tracks from Insomniac

1 Armatage Shanks
2 Brat
3 Stuck With Me
4 Geek Stink Breath
5 No Pride
6 Bab's Uvula Who
7 86
8 Panic Song
9 Stuart and the Ave
10 Brain Stew
11 Jaded
12 Westbound Sign
13 Tight Wad Hill
14 Walking Contradiction