"Church on Sunday" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
Today is the first day of the rest of our lives
Tomorrow is too late to pretend
Everything's all right
I'm not getting any younger as long as you don't get any older
I'm not going to state that yesterday never was

Bloodshot deadbeat and lack of sleep
Making your mascara bleed
Tears down your face
Leaving traces of mistakes

If I promise to go to church on Sunday
Will you go with me on Friday night?
If you live with me, I'll die for you
And this compromise

I hereby solemnly swear to tell the whole truth
And nothing but the truth is what I'll ever hear from you
"Trust" is a dirty word that comes only from such a liar
But "respect" is something I will earn...
If you have faith


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Church on Sunday" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +1
    General CommentJesus H. Fucking Christ, Billie isn't jewish. Some of you go off on the most bizarre tangents at times.

    As to the meaning, here it is from the horse's mouth:
    In a NY Rock interview from 2000 Billie says,
    "Church on Sunday deals with compromises in the relationship I have with my wife. You have to compromise in every relationship. If you want it to work out you've always got to look ahead, have a future in front of your eyes and work on your relationships, no matter if they're with your partner or with friends. There will always be problems, but you've got to find solutions, or at least try to find solutions. I really hope there is a solution for every problem".

    Here's the URL if you want to read the whole thing.
    nyrock.com/interviews/2000/…
    tovangaron February 06, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationI like the domestic abuse interpretation. Below is what I thought before I read that one. I'm not putting this forward as a definate interepretation, more of an alternative for you to look at.

    I see this as a political song. Greenday is singing as the Conservative movement in the United State. Essentially they're argueing that the coalition of the religious right and the Republican party is a 'compromise', although if they agree to 'live together' (e.g., the religious right votes Republican, and the Republican party throws them a few scraps of meat every so often), they'll 'live and die' for it - well the Republican party was definately alive a while ago, and it looks like Greenday were very prophetic, as what brought down the Republicans in '08 was the religious right (personified in Sarah Palin as veep candidate).
    djbthirteenon May 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey you have some of te lyrics wrong, my b/f has the cd, and he always listens to this song, and he said this song is fer me, and i read the lyrics form his book, and theya re wrong, so i was just letting you know, in a lil while i will post the right ones up, ok, buh bye--nat
    natnatnat666on April 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentok well i tried to make a lil better change, lol
    natnatnat666on April 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is great, and especially because it's so easy to play on guitar. But 'Warning' is full of those songs, and I when I put it on, I just grab my guitar, tune it up and play along. Love Green Day
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    Geeky_Dawgon May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the only songs on the warning cd that i can actually listen to. its so cute :)
    Madame Meon May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first i heard this song i really wanted to go to church on sunday with my mom. but this so is so cool
    MxPxGuyon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think its basically about that he's hurt this girl a made her cry 'making your mascara bleed' and he's saying he's sorry and he'll do anything to see her on friday night including going to church on sunday
    terraryzinon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, possibly best on the warning album
    GreenDayisaNFGon August 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentamazing song that i can get away with playing at a small christian school in michigan because it talks about church
    kten80on September 03, 2002   Link

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