Green Day just released their excellent 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, earlier this month. In our review we highlighted “Say Goodbye” as a standout track, and its new lyric video keeps up the impression. The song is musically different for Green Day, treading into rather bluesy and bombastic new territory. But lyrically it’s right up their alley. Billie Joe Armstrong tackles societal and political issues, calling out the rampant police violence and rising fear among Americans in particular. The lyric video illustrates these themes, as well as religious hypocrisy and its ineffective prayers.
The “Say Goodbye” clip walks a fine line between lyric video and music video. The words on the screen eventually fade away into equally descriptive illustrations. Images of rats in traps, mice on wheels, praying statues, and police cars certainly bring the morbid undertones and meaning to life.
Check out the “Say Goodbye” lyric video below:
Green Day has been generous the videos this album cycle. Make sure you also check out the lyric videos for “Ordinary World,” “Youngblood,” “Still Breathing,” and “Revolution Radio.” Each of those songs highlights a different sound and mood found on Revolution Radio. The music video for the first single, “Bang Bang,” also packs quite the punch.
You can buy Revolution Radio on iTunes or Green Day’s official website now. Green Day also has an extensive tour planned for 2017 – check out dates and tickets while there’s still time. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day news.