Jesus of Suburbia song meaning
"It broke every rule people thought Green Day were supposed to be. Lyrically, it's everything about my past, but at the same time, written on the outside as well. That song is like purging everything, throwing it out." - Armstrong.
Jesus of Suburbia
This is the introduction of the album's leading character. He describes himself as "the son of rage and love", living on a "steady diet of soda pop and Ritalin" and "doing someone else's cocaine". He sarcastically mentions that this messed up life he's living is completely normal for him: "there's nothing wrong with me, this is how I'm supposed to be", and goes on with his story about the "land of make believe" that he lives in.
City of the Damned
The motto says "Home is where your heart is", but it doesn't mean that this works for everyone; some people just don't fit in. Jesus points out that people don't really care about anyone but themselves these days ("Lost children with dirty faces today no one really seems to care"), and surrounded by this indifference he states that now he doesn't care either.
I Don't Care
Jesus gives his opinion on the world - "everyone is so full of shit, born and raised by hypocrites". He says that if no one cares about him, there is no reason for him to care about anyone else ("I don't care if you don't"). He's tired of this "land of make believe" that doesn't believe in him.
This part shows a softer side of Jesus' personality. His disguise of sarcasm covers his cry for help ("Oh therapy, can you please fill the void?"). He's tired of being alone and rejected, of not fitting in. He wants to break free.
Tales of Another Broken Home
Jesus states that he's not living, he's just existing - "to live and not to breathe is to die in tragedy". And he decided to run away and try to find something worth living for. He doesn't want to walk that same line anymore, doesn't want to keep living a life that he has no faith in. He feels no shame for leaving - "running away from pain when you've been victimized". He doesn't know what's waiting for him, he just wants to start a new life.