Welcome to Paradise
Song meaning[change | change source]
The song is about the urban life of people in West Oakland and it's based on the band members lives in a rundown warehouse in West Oakland.
The song was written by Billie Joe Armstrong.
Music video[change | change source]
The music video shows Billie Joe (Green Day's singer) playing a West Oakland citizen who watches a dangerous notoriety caused by a group of thugs then he goes home to watch the citizens and what they do each day.
Differences between Kerplunk and Dookie version[change | change source]
The Kerplunk version has a slower sound and the Dookie version is more fast paced and also both versions have slightly different lyrics. The original version of the song from Kerplunk was not a single but the Dookie version was.
The album cover for Dookie in fact, shows a comedic depiction of chaos happening in West Oakland.
In the booklet for the Dookie album a cartoonish drawing in West Oakland is shown.