The Longshot EP

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Release Date: April 12, 2018
Length: 8:02
Studio: OTIS
Label: Crush Music
Producer: Billie Joe Armstrong
Mixing: Chris Dugan
Engineer: Chris Dugan
Artwork: Greg Schneider (layout)
Musicians: Billie Joe (vocals, guitar, bass, drums)

Notes: Three song digital EP released a week prior to the full Love Is For Losers LP release. Two limited edition 7″ versions of the EP were also released with one being available for Record Store Day (300 copies) and the other at The Longshot live shows (1,000 copies). The 7″ version did not include ‘Chasing A Ghost’.

Tracklist:

1. Love Is For Losers

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The song begins after the author just broke up with his SO (I'm riding shotgun in a car that's broken down). He feels lost and has no idea what to do (this city's like a ghost town and I'm feeling like a stranger and I'm stranded in the dark) now that all the time he spent on her is now freed up with emptiness. The more time goes by, the more the author convinces himself that love is for losers and idiots.

The author is giving up (my heart is a has-been) as he tries again and again to find someone new to love but fails (I searched the winter for the bride of Frankenstein). He is convinced that what he's looking for is never coming back again (we all look out of illusions, say goodbye to an old flame) and that falling in love again will only cause more pain (they say love is pain all in my lonesome).

- song meaning written by u/potlah on r/GreenDay

I'm riding shotgun
In a car that's broken down
Nowhere to run in this city's like a ghost town
And I'm feeling like a stranger
And I'm stranded in the dark

Hey kid, love is for losers now
Alright
Stupid kid, you're a loser now
Alright

My heart's a has-been
For my long lost Valentine
I searched the winter
For the bride of Frankenstein
Well we all got our delusions
Say goodbye to an old flame

Hey kid, love is for losers now
Alright
Stupid kid, you're a loser now
Alright
Get it out

It goes to show ya
Well they say that love is pain
Only the lonesome
Got nowhere to run for the tears to go away

Hey kid, love is for losers now
Alright
Stupid kid, you're a loser now
Alright
(Get it out)

2. Taxi Driver

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The author is sick of his mundane life and being confined to his day-to-day office work (I got a suitcase in my hand, I don't even know just where I am) to the point where even his taxi driver knows who him quite well (just take me to my destination). One day, the author tells his friend, the taxi driver, to go bring him somewhere new (*I don't wanna ride, I need a lift to drive me to the late-night shit), somewhere far away from where he is where he can do whatever he likes just for a day (somewhere out of your jurisdiction/ So take me down the motorway that I went to another day).

He’s sick of his life, and if possible, he even hopes that he could get out of his lonely, copy-paste lifestyle (Are we alone and are we all we'll ever know? / So when the hope comes I'm a go!). The driver keeps going and the author dozes off as he daydreams about the infinite possibilities down the road trip (taxi driver, I'm rolling like a stone) since he doesn’t have much to lose aside from his job (give me a sign, give me a home; damned if I do, damned if I don't).

- song meaning written by u/potlah on r/GreenDay

I got a suitcase in my hand
I don't even know just where I am
Just take me to my destination
I don't wanna ride, I need a lift
To drive me to the late night shit
Somewhere out of your jurisdiction

Are we alone?
And are we all we'll ever know

Taxi driver
I'm rolling
Taxi driver
I'm rolling
Taxi driver
I'm rolling like a stone

So take me down the motorway
That I went to another day
I'll take the side street out of vision
Give me a sign, give me a home
Damned if I do, damned if I don't
Oh, taxi driver works a mission

Are we alone?
And are we all we'll ever know

Taxi driver
I'm rolling
Taxi driver
I'm rolling
Taxi driver
I'm rolling like a stone

I don't wanna get around
I wanna get a new ride
I gotta get along
So when the hope comes
I'm a go

Are we alone?
And all we are we'll never know

Taxi driver
I'm rolling
Taxi driver
I'm rolling
Taxi driver
I'm rolling like a stone

Taxi driver
I'm rolling like a stone

3. Chasing A Ghost

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The song starts with the author in a dying party (piss stains and cigarettes, this party’s getting dull) and the author himself is getting tired from partying all night (I’m looking for a bump and a wall to call my own, I’m feeling like a moron, bitter and withdrawn). As the drugs wear off, the author gets back to his usual depressive demeanor (where are the good times gone? I got the tears oh baby) and his reasons for partying and getting high become more apparent.

The author describes how he's chasing a ghost by trying to get back with his ex or getting a quick hook up to forget her (but when the thrill is gone, and I’m staring at my phone; thanks for the company, but I’m still standing alone). All he sees as the party ends are couples being happy (everyone is happy and everyone is gay, feeling the spirits and twisting the night away) while he leaves the place to continue on his own (here’s to the painkillers on Saturday night).

No matter how he tries, he can't feel the same as he used to (it ain’t the same, ain’t it a shame, she was my last hurrah and always got me stoned) as his ex gets with someone else (so if you see him tell him that I said hello) while he's still stuck alone. The author realizes he needs to get over her (I miss the times we spent, and now I gotta go) but not now (thanks for the sympathy and the punch in the nose).

- song meaning written by u/potlah on r/GreenDay

Piss stains and cigarettes
This party's getting dull
I'm looking for a bump
And a wall to call my home
I'm feeling like immortal
Bitter and withdrawn
Standing in the shadows
Where all the good times gone

I got the tears, oh baby
Crying in my soul
Hang from the chandelier
From a long long time ago
Chasing a ghost
Chasing a ghost

Everyone is happy
And everyone is gay
Feeling the spirits
And twisting the night away
But when the thrill is gone
And I'm staring at my phone
Thanks for the company
But I'm still standing alone

I got the tears, oh baby
Crying in my soul
Hang from the chandelier
From a long long time ago
Chasing a ghost
Chasing a ghost

It ain't the same
Ain't it a shame?
Here's to the painkillers, oh yeah
On Saturday night

So if you see him
Tell him that I said hello
I miss the times we spent
And now I'm gonna go
She was my last hoorah
And always got me stoned
Thanks for the sympathy
And the punch in the nose

Chasing a ghost
Chasing a ghost (woo)
Chasing a ghost (alright)
Chasing a ghost