"Sit around and watch the tube but, nothing's on / Change the channels for an hour or so / Twiddle my thumbs just for a bit / I'm sick of all the same old sh--"
Such lyrics from the song "Longview" may not get quoted in local tourism brochures, but 17 years after it was released, it's perhaps the best-known musical work named for the city.
Green Day put the song about teenage alienation on its third album, "Dookie." It was the band's first single to top the modern rock chart in the U.S. and it got heavy airplay on MTV. The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1994.
In 1994, Green Day's press agent told a Daily News reporter the group first played the song in Longview.
The group played here three times, said T.J. McNeely, who is booking a Saturday show including the son of Green Day writer Billie Joe Armstrong. Local venues included Cafe Forum, a teen club on Vandercook Way, and Rainbow Rocks, which eventually became Reid's Pit Stop on Commerce Ave.
McNeely said Green Day had already written "Longview" before they played it here.
Armstrong was once quoted as saying the song is about "boredom, masturbation and smoking dope."
He told VH-1, "I was coming from a lonely guy's perspective: No girlfriend, no life, complete loser."
Today, of course, Green Day is a big winner in the entertainment world. The group eventually won five Grammys. Last year, the stage version of its album "American Idiot" was nominated for several Tony awards on Broadway.
McNeely said he's invited the elder Armstrong to attend the Saturday show in the community that put his band on the musical map. "Maybe he'll be there Saturday night. I doubt it."