The song deals with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s struggle with addiction and trying to stay sober. Armstrong says the song “was one of those songs that was kind of easy to write because it was so personal to me. We’ve seen so many of our peers struggle with addiction and mental illness. This song is all about the pain that comes from those experiences.”
The accompanying black and white video, directed by Ryan Baxley, starts with Armstrong face down on the floor as he sings “I was sober now I’m drunk again / I’m in trouble and in love again / I don’t want to be a dead man walking / I don’t want to be a dead man walking.” What follows is a night a partying, performing, and drinking with the boys, which starts out as good time and quickly turns into a nightmare.
Watch it below.
Saviors arrives on January 19th. Pre-order it here.