"Brain Stew" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
I'm having trouble trying to sleep
I'm counting sheep but running out
As time ticks by
And still I try
No rest for crosstops in my mind

On my own, here we go

My eyes feel like they're gonna bleed
Dried up and bulging out my skull
My mouth is dry
My face is numb
Fucked up and spun out in my room

On my own, here we go

My mind is set on overdrive
The clock is laughing in my face
A crooked spine
My senses dulled
Passed the point of delirium

On my own, here we go

My eyes feel like they're gonna bleed
Dried up and bulging out my skull
My mouth is dry
My face is numb
Fucked up and spun out in my room

On my own, here we go


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"Brain Stew" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +4
    General CommentI think this song is the anthem for frying your brain with drugs, specifically methamphetamine since I know that was a habit the Green Day members had around the time Insomniac was made. Although with my own experiences with cocaine binging this song completely describes the after affects to me, even down to the prolonged speech in the verses and guitar riffs.

    You want to sleep after heavy use of drugs, and you feel worn down but after you take a lot of stimulants you cannot sleep no matter how hard you try and you would must definitely do something like count sheep at times just sitting there wishing the after affects of the drugs you took were done and over with lying in bed in self induced agony. If you had more you would take them but you don't so on top of dealing with the come down you're now dealing with fiending out for more drugs.

    Your eyes have been wide open for so long from being up for so long that repercussions from that are setting in (exaggerated bleeding). Your mouth is dry because you get dehydrated frequently on stimulants, and especially if you snort your drugs your face will go numb but even if you don't it will. Your just tripping out all by your lonesome in your room, trying to get through it by yourself.

    Your body is tired but your mind and thoughts are moving at a fast pace that you can't keep up with, as time keeps passing and your still just as fucked up. As far as your body chemistry goes your altering many things so a crooked spine from drugs happens and your senses will either be dulled or heightened. Now you're on the verge of complete irrational thinking, along the lines of a legitimate crazy person because of the drugs and insomnia from not being able to sleep.

    Also "here we go" tells me this is a reoccurring theme in the subject of this songs life, he's prepared for it and knows whats coming but at the same time it sucks but the short high is always worth it to him for the long come down and after affects.



    AbsentMindedon July 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI completely agree with Methany!! I downloaded this song while doing methamphetamines and it described EXACTLY how I felt! I mean, c'mon, anyone that has ever done any type of sp33d would know that this song is definitely talking about the effects of it. Geez, 'fucked up and SPUN out in my room'...HELLO PEOPLE! Some people just need to feel the effects and THEN listen to this song while on them. Nuff Sed.
    everythingiseventualon August 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentman i can relate to this song......i dont think i've slept once in the past month.
    Jemmaon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always woundered who sung that.. sweetness
    blueglitz27on May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUppers in general. For anyone who has ever experianced A binge on any stimulant ( Blow, E, Meth, or Adderal) this song explains it's self.Just insomnia alone would probably not derive lyrics such as "My eyes feel like they're gunna bleed. Dried up and bulging out my skull. Mouth is dry, face is numb. Fucked up and SPUN out in my room"
    Spunon March 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know Green Day has come out and said that this song is about Insomnia when Billie had his son. But I am willing to bet his publicist or manager or someone important at the time told him he should say something like that to keep a somewhat clean image as they climbed to fame. But let's face it people, anyone who has done coke or speed or any type of upper for an extended period really knows what this is about. Maybe he was writing this about a previous time in his life when he was using or whatever, but this isnt about insomnia. You dont use lyrics like "my face is numb" and "my body's spun" to describe not being able to sleep. This song is about laying in bed at 2 or 3am after you've done your last line of an 8ball of coke and your "mind's on overdrive" thinking about the hundred things you think you have to get done or want to do, with a numb face from the coke and you watch the hours tick by on your alarm clock because you have no chance of sleeping. Your eyes are huge and you have a sort of dull feeling to everything around you, especially if you get no sleep and go to work the next day. Every lyric points directly to an upper high, and a terrible comedown.
    marnold300on April 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA lot of drugs prevent you from sleeping. Psychedelics and stimulants keep you up, even weed interrupts later stages of sleep. This song is just about being fried.

    I love the guitar riff, it just sounds like taking a chainsaw to your mind. It's almost too accurate.
    Tig45on April 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, this song is about insomnia.... Billie wrote it when his son kept him awake at night.
    paperlanternson January 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIve had the guitar beat part thing stuck in my head for weeks and i never knew that it was by Green Day...In my opinion....Dookie is the best album ever..The new stuff it shit.
    PuNkRaWkDoRkon May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, simple but it works. the lyrics discribe exactly how i feel in the mornings... but bj wrote it after joey was born and was keeping him up every night, poor guy heh
    NihilisticFerreton June 01, 2002   Link

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