Disappearing Boy

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"Disappearing boy was inspired by an incident at the River Theater in Guernville. GD wasn't playing. Weird gig. Broken heart.[1]"
Billie Joe Armstrong

Disappearing Boy
Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong
Song length: 2:52
Album: 39/Smooth (1990)
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1991)
Previous song: "I Was There"
Next song: "Green Day"

"Disappearing Boy" is the fourth song on 39/Smooth and the compilation album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours.

This song was played in almost every live performance prior to the Dookie era. It was one of the songs played at the Sweet Children reunion at the House of Blues on April 17, 2015.[2]

Song meaning[edit]

"Disappearing Boy" is about the narrator feeling invisible around others because they pay little to no attention to him. It's also about the narrator's panic and anxiety attacks and his mom's new boyfriend who he dislikes.

According to Billie, the song was inspired by an incident where Green Day had a scheduled performance at the River Theater in Guerneville, California but ended up not playing there.


Main article: Disappearing Boy/lyrics