"Nice Guys Finish Last" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
Nice guys finish last
You're running out of gas
Your sympathy will get you left behind
Sometimes you're at your best
When you feel the worst
You feel washed up like piss gone down the drain

Pressure cooker pick my brain and tell me I'm insane
I'm so fucking happy I could cry
Every joke can have its truth but now the joke's on you
I never knew you're such a funny guy

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine

Living on command
You're shaking lots of hands
You're kissing up and bleeding all your trust
Taking what you need
Bite the hand that feeds
You lose your memory and you've got no shame

Pressure cooker pick my brain and tell me I'm insane
I'm so fucking happy I could cry
Every joke can have its truth but now the joke's on you
I never knew you're such a funny guy

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine


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"Nice Guys Finish Last" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +5
    General CommentI guess it's normal to think this song is referring to nice guys going after girls. That was my reaction when I listened to this song back in the day. Listening to it now, though, I think it's just making fun of the concept of being the "nice guy" in general.

    I feel like the "finish last" part is referencing how so many "heroes" end up getting fucked over in reality. A lot of the other lines in the song seem like obvious references to the traditional definition of good guys and bad guys in comic books, and I think the rest of it is just making fun of how "good guys" work. They side step shame they've got with convenient amnesia, they make promises they can't keep, their highs are great, but their low points are terrible and dramatic, they brown nose a lot, and they can think incredibly highly of themselves on the inside.
    Naota391on January 06, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWhile the beginning does seem to indicate that yeah, being the "nice guy" can suck, much of the song also seems to be a condemnation of the "nice guys" who have something of a superiority complex BECAUSE they view themselves as nice.
    scorpyxon March 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlets just be friends...
    greenvelveton November 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is only true until the college/university years. That is because teenage girls *generally* (note: some, not all!) aren't very smart about which guys they choose. They tend to go for punk or good looking, and/or popular guys more than anything. I think this is just because they are young, like most of the guys, who probably won't be such assholes later on anyways.

    I guess the point is... this song isn't about that. It's about sticking up for yourself. Don't use being nice as an excuse for being a wussy. It's not. You can be a nice guy and still have a goddamn backbone.

    The guy who's gf left him after 4 months that he did everything for her... maybe it's because you were doing whatever she wanted. You were essentially her lapdog, buddy. I'm not saying be mean, or an ass, but don't just do whatever the girl you like wants... that's no good for either of you.

    I'll break it down for you...

    Guy being nice, but a wussy with no spine: Bad
    Guy being a jerk, treating people badly: Bad
    Guy being nice, but with some backbone and willing to stick up for himself: Good

    If you don't stick up for yourself, you will finish last. If you're the type of person who always waves other people ahead in line-ups and always lets others go first, etc., you will finish last. Not neccesarily a bad thing... many would rather finish last and be ultimately "nice" than stick up for their place... but don't whine about finishing last if this is the case.

    I think that's what this song is saying, anyways; Stick up for yourself once in a while, because if you're always "nice" people will just step all over you.
    Splitfuseon February 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat song. the bell thingy in the background in teh bit where it goes "Pressure cooker pick my brain and tell me I'm insane" is (almost) the same rhythm as in the "it's not over untill your underground..." bit of letterbomb on the american idiot album...

    Also, just to clear things up, this song isn't just about relationships. It's about the fact that PEOPLE (not just guys) 'too nice' usually help others advance through life, even if it means they get slowed down... (did that make sence?)

    oh well

    >great song
    scattered_nimrOdon March 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like nice guys ......
    -ME-on March 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNO, YOU GUYS SUCK! why are you so sexist? oh yeah probably because you spent your entire lives so far playing halo in your moms basement, therefore you have never even had a relationship.


    And this song isnt about girls. nice GUYS finish last?
    NotaShattyFatmason April 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThose of you making who are comments about how girls suck because they won't date you need to shut the fuck up. You're not a nice guy, and I really don't think you should consider this song your anthem in any way because it is, in fact, making fun of you. I agree with scorpyx when he/she says that this song seems to be condemning the "nice guy" stereotype that a lot of you are emulating. Ever heard of Nice Guy Syndrome? It's not a good thing.
    sevenpeefiveon September 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits mental
    cheeky_beanon May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnice guys finish last, so very true, girls suck!
    nbk54321on May 15, 2002   Link

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