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“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

This song by Green Day is, I think, about saying good-bye. The title, Good Riddance, is something we say when we are glad that something or someone is no longer here. I think the title is facetious (joking; being funny). He is not really glad that the person he is saying good-bye to is gone.

This song is dedicated to P.D.M. It is not “good riddance” but a loving farewell to one of the best men who ever lived.

~ Lucy

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
by Green Day

Another turning point (time to make a major life change), a fork stuck in the road (a place or time where/when more than one option or way is possible)
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of (accept a bad situation and make it as good as possible) this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable (not able to know the future), but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life (a great experience; the most enjoyable, interesting, and exciting experience of your life).

So take the photographs, and still frames (each individual picture in a film) in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos (permanent pictures on your body made with ink) of memories and dead skin on trial (being judged)
For what it’s worth (even though it may not be important) it was worth all the while

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

12 Responses to ““Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day”

  1. Peter Says:

    I know this song. I really like it. :)

  2. suakii Says:

    Oops…
    This video is not available in my country.

  3. Alexander Says:

    This video is not available in some countries.

  4. Serge Says:

    Is P.D.M. a well-known person?
    Thank you

  5. Warren Says:

    An appropriate and touching farewell, Lucy. Best. Warren

  6. Dong Says:

    It’s really great song. As for the lyrics, “For what it’s worth” means “even though it may not be important”? I didn’t know that….. I always consider ‘For’ in the beginning of the sentence as “Because.” That’s why sometimes I don’t understand some articles exactly.
    Thanks Lucy, I feel like I’m becoming newer and newer everday…(I’m not sure this expression is correct, though)

  7. ESLPodcast Google Group Says:

    I also like Green Day´s song.

  8. Masaharu Kurosawa Says:

    Oh my god!!
    I can’t listen to this song!
    This video is no longer available.

  9. Dr. Lucy Tse Says:

    I’m sorry to hear that the video is not working in some countries. Here is the link to the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZuJIr_uW3M
    I hope you can at least view it there.

    No, P.D.M. is not a famous person, but is someone who is loved by many, many people.

    ~ Lucy

  10. Roman Says:

    Where does this abbreviation come from? What does it stand for? I’m asking just of curiosity, because I can’t find it in any dictionary :)

  11. Humberto Says:

    Thanks, Dr. Tse ….I clicked on your link I could view the video .. Great song

  12. michael Says:

    farewell