Hitchin' a Ride

Nimrod

Track 2 from Nimrod
Released 1997
Green Day has played this song live 0 times.



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Song Meaning

This song describes, metaphorically of course, the narrator's struggles with alcohol. The use of words like "fermented," "happy hour," "cold turkey," and "inebriated" all point to drinking. Throughout the song, the narrator struggles with both his desire to continue drinking, and the desire to kick his bad habit. He experiences relapses and regrets them, all while trying to find a way to quit.

Additionally, at the time this song was written, Billie Joe Armstrong was battling somewhat of an alcohol addiction.

Lyrics

Hey mister, where you headed?
Are you in a hurry?
I need a lift to happy hour
Say oh no
Do you brake for distilled spirits?
I need a break as well
The well that inebriates the guilt. 1,2. 1,2,3,4.

Cold turkeys getting stale, tonight I'm eating crow
Fermented salmonella poison oak no.

There's a drought at the fountain of youth, and now I'm dehydrating
My tongue is swelling up, as say 1,2. 1,2,3,4.
Troubled times, you know I can not lie
I'm off the wagon and I'm hitchin' a ride

There's a drought at the fountain of youth, and now I'm dehydrating
My tongue is swelling up, I say Shit!

Live Performances

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Other tracks from Nimrod

1 Nice Guys Finish Last
2 Hitchin' a Ride
3 The Grouch
4 Redundant
5 Scattered
6 All The Time
7 Worry Rock
8 Platypus (I Hate You)
9 Uptight
10 Last Ride In
11 Jinx
12 Haushinka
13 Walking Alone
14 Reject
15 Take Back
16 King for a Day
17 Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
18 Prosthetic Head