"Chump" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Iii Wright and Michael Pritchard....
I don't know you but I think I hate you
You're the reason for my misery
Strange, how you've become my biggest enemy
And I've never even seen your face

Maybe it's just jealousy
Mixed up with a violent mind
A circumstance that doesn't make much sense
Or maybe I'm just dumb

You're the cloud hanging out over my head
Hail comes crashing down welting my face
Magic man, egocentric plastic man
Yet you still got one over on me

Maybe it's just jealousy
Mixed up with a violent mind
A circumstance that doesn't make much sense
Or maybe I'm just dumb

I'm a chump

Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Chump" as written by Frank E. Iii Wright Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +3
    General CommentGood song. Carries nicely into Longview and provides rather a resting point between Burnout/Having a Blast, and Longview?Welcome to Paradise. While not as exciting as the 4 songs I just mentioned, and while not their best song on Dookie, nor in general, it is still rather good. Just the other day at school, I was listening to it in class and this guy came up and asked what I was listening to. I said 'Green Day" and he said 'Urgh' but then said their old stuff's good and I told him I had Dookie and he said good stuff, and this guy at the mall was saying that Green Day is only good on their new stuff... why do you hafta pick 1 or the other? My opinion: if it's Green Day, it's great. I like it all. Yes, even Chump.
    Green Day rules oyaon September 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really doesn't hold much of a meaning to myself anymore. I believe the song is about when Billie Joe's (Green Day's guitarist/singer for those who don't know) girlfriend Adrienne (who is now his wife) moved away and had another boyfriend for a while. The lyrics just fit "i don't know you, but i think i hate you. You're the reason for my misery" etc. It just fits.
    Wazooon June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song that leads into longview
    RaMoNeSon July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood call Wazoo! I don't know how accurate it is, but it sure as hell fits into the song! I feel this is one of the most underrated Green Day songs. "Chump" has so much energy and such a catchy chorus. The transition into Longview was very cleaver. This is a great song!
    Insomniac86on July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, definately underated in the Green Day collection. There were rumors about this song being about Kurt Cobain, but I agree with it being about Adrienne.
    Good_OL_MCon July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not about Kurt Cobain, if u read an old intervew(i 4get what magizine) he actually says that he likes Nirvana.
    fuckyouallon August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah u all pretty much covered it, but still its a great song
    GreenDayisaNFGon August 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe part about "i dont know you but i think i hate you, your the reason for my misery" is talking about the boyfriend that adrienne had while billy joe and her were not together.
    ForeverBelovedon July 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJealousy.
    Jakeberton June 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Or maybe I'm just dumb"

    I personally don't think it's about Nirvana, but compare that to... "Dumb".

    "I think I'm dumb"

    Just a thought, I still don't think it's about Nirvana.
    kelaron October 06, 2004   Link

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