"Uptight" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
I woke up on the wrong side of the floor.
Made, made my way through the front door.
Broke my engagement with myself.
Perfect picture of bad health, another notch scratched on my belt.

The future just ain't what it used to be.
I got a new start on a dead end road.
Peaked, peaked out on reaching new lows.
Owe, I paid off all my debts to myself.
Perfect picture of bad health, another notch scratched on my belt.

The future's in my living room.
Uptight, I'm a nag with a gun.
All night, suicide's last call.
I've been uptight all night.
I'm a son of a gun.
Uptight I'm a nag with a gun.


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"Uptight" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General Comment
    In an interview he was asked if the song is about suicide and he refused to discuss it, the only time i ever heard him do that, in later interviews he stated suicide is a serious subject that he isn't comfortable discussing in an interview due to the young fans Green Day are getting.
    rexmanningon January 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm..i guess its about being depressed, and being at a low point in life. thats how i see it anyways-- i can definately relate to it right about now. if im wrong then o well, just correct me
    lilemogrrlon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, it reminds me of a cocaine addict. Just talking about feeling shitty and many people get depressed whenn the coke weears off, "All night, suicide's last call
    I've been uptight all night" and it also keeps you up all night.
    onkidon September 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti always thought it was about sleeping with someone on a drunken night and promising themselves not to sneak out the front door in the morning and leave, but they do. and the guys just feeling like hes going on and on in a circle, like a routine of depression. dont know where i got that from. not sure about the rest of the song. lol. but i love the line,
    Another notch scratched on my belt
    its so cool. really catchy tune aswell.

    X peace X
    Billie_Joe_is_mineon June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally think it's about a drug addiction.

    "I got a new start on a dead end road " The dead end road being the addiction, a new start being a different drug.

    "Perfect picture of bad health " Self explanitory
    BillieKilledPunkon June 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally think it's about a drug addiction.

    "I got a new start on a dead end road " The dead end road being the addiction, a new start being a different drug.

    "Perfect picture of bad health " Self explanitory
    BillieKilledPunkon June 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's just about an unhealthy loser, with a life that isn't going anywhere at all.
    brain_stewon October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy view is that this song is a sarcastic take on a loser who wants to commit suicide. A middle class kid who could easily get out of the situation but just doesnt seem to see beyond the present moment.
    punker_rockeron December 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rocks. I love the line, "I woke up on the wrong side of the floor"
    TBOSMon December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a guy who lives alone, getting fat (another notch scratched on my belt), getting nowhere, and deciding his life just isn't worth living anymore.
    Ageless_strangeron February 07, 2005   Link

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