"Christian's Inferno" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
I got under the grip
Between this modern hell
I got the rejection letter in the mail and
It was already ripped to shreds.
Seasons in a ruin and
This bitter pill is chased with blood.
There's fire in my veins
And it's pouring out like a flood

Woah, Christian's inferno
Woah, Christian's inferno
Woah, Christian's inferno
Woah, Christian's inferno

This diabolic state is gracing my existence
Like a catastrophic baby
Maybe maybe you're the chemical reaction
I am the atom bomb
I am the chosen one
Toxin your reservoir
And then return man to ape

Woah, Christian's inferno
Woah, Christian's inferno
Woah, Christian's inferno
Woah, Christian's inferno


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"Christian's Inferno" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +4
    General CommentI noticed alot of people are talking about how Gloria and Christian are "friends" or "lovers", but according to a somewhat recent interview with the band, the story is not a love story at all. In fact, Gloria is the protagonist of the story and is just trying to get through her life without being changed from a Punk Rock chick to whatever this century is trying to make people. She is holding on to her ideas and although she does believe in the corruption of the government and the conspiracies, instead of just bitching about it, she is doing something about it. Christian is the antagonist of the story. He is being changed quickly. He learns of the problems of our society, but just becomes angry at everyone an everything. The two characters are foils and are enemies. Gloria is the "Last of the American Girls" because of how she is willing to stand up for her ideals. Christian is the "Enemy" because he is the "Silence" of the generation, as mentioned in the song "Know Your Enemy". This song is a direct reference to Christian's silence. Even though he becomes angry, he just lets things boil up and doesn't take action.
    BoboThePandaon July 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe laugh Billie does in this song is hilarious.
    prettyhandsomeawkwardon January 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis seems like an alternate reaction to "Letterbomb" from lyrics like "I got the rejection letter in the mail and/It was already ripped to shreds... ...Maybe maybe you're the chemical reaction/I am the atom bomb" Its like an instant reaction right after he got it. Maybe Christian is another alternate Jesus of Suburbia like St. Jimmy was? and i'm not sure if he meant the 'Christian's inferno" is meant as a reference to Dante's Inferno or not..
    SouthernPunk777on April 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes this song remind anyone else of The Network, or is it just me?
    Box3In3A3Cageon May 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea it sounds kinda like the network...but i was thinking more the artic monkeys
    ce3amoon May 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmmm...the dangers of religion or faith? "I am the atom bomb" Basically how religion can be an anathema for those with a grudge (who seek to justify revenge in the name of God) and therefore take away our restraint and "return man to ape." This one's kinda ambiguous, but as far as the love story, Christian's disillusionment?
    jmoreno86on May 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about someone "rejected" by the church due to "evil deeds"(that usually turn out to be imaginary evil due to the insane 'moral code' they preach) who decides to go renegade, because the "demons" attatched to the name he clings to are harassing him and trying to convince him he's "the chosen one", which, if he follows through with their intent, will end up killing him. The only "end" being his own demise.
    spicyfloon May 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone described this song as creepy.
    And I think that's a great way of describing it- and I love it, haha.

    Anyways, seems like Christian's kinda song of..."the last straw".
    He's ready to revolt.

    "I am the atom bomb
    I am the chosen one
    Toxin your reservoir
    And then return man to ape"
    - He's the leader? He's the DESTROYER of the "Modern Age" (Atom bomb..) and the CHOSEN one. He's the toxin in their reservoir...and he's living in a modern hell. He's ready to shut these people up and do something about it. I mean...just listen to it- he's fucking angry.

    Then it leads into Last Night On Earth- which kinda sounds like he's made his decision to do something about it... and he's writing a letter to Gloria explaining he's still there..blahblahloveloveblahblah, yeah..
    haha, good song.
    neuroticT0THAboneon May 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaha the rejection letter almost makes me think he was rejected in an application for a Catholic school because of his rebellious nature hahaha. Actually when I first heard that opening line I though it was about getting rejected by everyone. Its religion, school, family, friends, everyone but Gloria.
    Hero of the Dayon June 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningChristian's inferno appears to be the modern world ("the modern hell"). The speaker of the verse is Christian expressing a bitter tone after receiving a "rejection letter in the mail." In the May 2009 Rolling Stone interview, Billie Joe said that he wanted to make sure that "Christian's Inferno" wasn't going on in his own house. Maybe he's hoping that his own son isn't being pushed over the edge like Christian, the messiah ("I am the chosen one") who seems to have received the straw that will obliterate the camel's back ("I am the atom bomb ... / Toxin your reservoir / And then return man to ape."
    misterjason31on June 06, 2009   Link

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