Toxicity Soundtrack Song 2: “Burnout” by Green Day



“Burnout” by Green Day


“In Which the Unlikely Occurs”

The second installment of the Toxicity prologue introduces the other two protagonists of the novel: Johnny Desperation and Addison Kane (we already met Addy’s father, Maddox, in the previous track). Throughout the book, the chapters will switch from Maddox, Addison, and Johnny’s perspectives. Their storylines will intertwine and clash together.

In the beginning of “In Which the Unlikely Occurs”, Johnny, Addison, and two other friends are getting high on a merry-go-round in the middle of their local park. They are teenagers staring at the sun, their whole lives ahead of them. While others their age are home trying to study and do good in school, these four just simply don’t give a shit. They’d rather burn out in the park and pretend reality is far away and the only things they need to care about is having a good time. I think many will be able to relate to this scene. It reminds me of my own childhood. It might remind you of yours.

I think it’s fairly obvious why I chose Green Day’s “Burnout” for the next track in the soundtrack. The whole song is about not growing up, not giving a shit. This life does not matter. None of these lives matter. So why bother?


I declare I don’t care no more
I’m burning up and out and growing bored
In my smoked out boring room
My hair is shagging in my eyes
Dragging my feet to hit the street tonight
To drive along these shit town lights

I’m not growing up
I’m just burning out
And I stepped in line
to walk amongst the dead

Apathy has rained on me
Now I’m feeling like a soggy dream
So close to drowning but I don’t mind
I’ve lived inside this mental cave
Throw my emotions in the grave
Hell, who needs them anyway

I’m not growing up
I’m just burning out
And I stepped in line
to walk amongst the dead


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