Welcome to Paradise

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Welcome to Paradise is a song by rock band Green Day. It first appeared on their second album Kerplunk. A new version appeared on the album Dookie.

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.