Killing dreams as well as nightmares; Green Day explains ‘Restless Heart Syndrome’


Recently I watched an Internet interview program in which the three members of Green Day talked about their album 21st Century Breakdown.

Mike Dirnt, bass player, said the song “Restless Heart Syndrome” was about the “government-regulated emotions” allowed through prescription drugs, implicitly some of the mood and anxiety-related meds.

He seemed wary of the nation’s increasing dependence on such drugs:

“On the one hand you might be killing off old nightmares, but you could end up killing your dreams instead,” Dirnt said.

I wanted to concur. I have personally witnessed how medication can be a good and necessary thing for some people, but these days, I wonder if we Americans reach for drugs too quickly, without first doing the hard work of maintaining the soul.

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