Basket Case chords by Green Day


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Basket Case | Chords and lyrics

Verse 1

| Eb5 | Bb5 | C5 | G5 | Ab5 | Eb5 | Bb5 | Bb5 |
Do you have the time, to listen to me whine, about nothing and everything all at once?
| Eb5 | Bb5 | C5 | G5 | Ab5 | Eb5 | Bb5 | Bb5 |
I am one of those, melodramatic fools. Neurotic to the bone, no doubt about it.

Chorus 1

| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 | Eb5 |
Sometimes I give myself the creeps.
| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 | Eb5 |
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me.
| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 D5 | C5 |
It all keeps adding up, I think I’m cracking up.
| Ab5 | Bb5 |
Am I just paranoid? Or am I just stoned?

Instrumental 1

||: Eb5 Bb5 C5 | C5 Bb5 Eb5 :||

Verse 2

| Eb5 | Bb5 | C5 | G5 | Ab5 | Eb5 | Bb5 | Bb5 |
I went to a shrink, to analyze my dreams, she says it’s lack of sex that’s bringing me down.
| Eb5 | Bb5 | C5 | G5 | Ab5 | Eb5 | Bb5 | Bb5 |
I went to a whore, he said my life’s a bore, so quit my whining ’cause it’s bringing her down.

Chorus 2

| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 | Eb5 |
Sometimes I give myself the creeps.
| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 | Eb5 |
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me.
| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 D5 | C5 |
It all keeps adding up, I think I’m cracking up.
| Ab5 | Bb5 |
Am I just paranoid? Ah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Instrumental 2

||: Eb5 Bb5 C5 | C5 Bb5 Eb5 :|| x4
| Ab5 | Ab5 | Bb5 | Bb5 N.C |
Grasping to control, so I better hold on.

Instrumental 3

||: Eb5 | Bb5 | C5 | G5 | Ab5 | Eb5 | Bb5 | Bb5 :||

Chorus 3

| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 | Eb5 |
Sometimes I give myself the creeps.
| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 | Eb5 |
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me.
| Ab5 | Bb5 | Eb5 D5 | C5 |
It all keeps adding up, I think I’m cracking up.
| Ab5 | Bb5 |
Am I just paranoid? Or am I just stoned?

Outro

||: Eb Ebsus4 Eb | Eb/C Ebsus4/C | Ab5 C5 | Bb5 :|| x4
| Ab5 Eb5 | Bb5 |


Basket Case (tune guitar 1/2 step down) chords and lyrics


Verse 1

| E5 | B5 | C#5 | G#5 | A5 | E5 | B5 | B5 |
Do you have the time, to listen to me whine, about nothing and everything all at once?
| E5 | B5 | C#5 | G#5 | A5 | E5 | B5 | B5 |
I am one of those, melodramatic fools. Neurotic to the bone, no doubt about it.

Chorus 1

| A5 | B5 | E5 | E5 |
Sometimes I give myself the creeps.
| A5 | B5 | E5 | E5 |
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me.
| A5 | B5 | E5 D#5 | C#5 |
It all keeps adding up, I think I’m cracking up.
| A5 | B5 |
Am I just paranoid? Or am I just stoned?

Instrumental 1

||: E5 B5 C#5 | C#5 B5 E5 :||

Verse 2

| E5 | B5 | C#5 | G#5 | A5 | E5 | B5 | B5 |
I went to a shrink, to analyze my dreams, she says it’s lack of sex that’s bringing me down.
| E5 | B5 | C#5 | G#5 | A5 | E5 | B5 | B5 |
I went to a whore, he said my life’s a bore, so quit my whining ’cause it’s bringing her down.

Chorus 2

| A5 | B5 | E5 | E5 |
Sometimes I give myself the creeps.
| A5 | B5 | E5 | E5 |
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me.
| A5 | B5 | E5 D#5 | C#5 |
It all keeps adding up, I think I’m cracking up.
| A5 | B5 |
Am I just paranoid? Ah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Instrumental 2

||: E5 B5 C#5 | C#5 B5 E5 :|| x4
| A5 | A5 | B5 | B5 N.C |
Grasping to control, so I better hold on.

Instrumental 3

||: E5 | B5 | C#5 | G#5 | A5 | E5 | B5 | B5 :||

Chorus 3

| A5 | B5 | E5 | E5 |
Sometimes I give myself the creeps.
| A5 | B5 | E5 | E5 |
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me.
| A5 | B5 | E5 D#5 | C#5 |
It all keeps adding up, I think I’m cracking up.
| A5 | B5 |
Am I just paranoid? Or am I just stoned?

Outro

||: E Esus4 E | E/C Esus4/C | A5 C#5 | B5 :|| x4
| A5 E5 | B5 |


Basket Case chords and progressions

Using the classic I – V – VI movement, making all chords 5 chords for the verse, in combination with IV – V – I for the chorus, familiarity is firmly established in Basket Case chord movements.

The twist needed to not make it all too predictable lies in going to III – IV – I – V at the end of the verse. Here the verse chords are in the key of E. Try to imagine them as a sound by thinking of the roman numerals – this is the best way to remember them.

| E5 (I) | B5 (V) | C#5 (VI) | G#5 (III) |
| A5 (IV) | E5 (I) | B5 (V) | B5 (V) |

For the chorus, there’s a chromatic chord in the bVIIx, leading us to VI. Look like this in the key of E.

||: A5 (IV) | B5 (V) | E5 (I) | E5 (I) :||
| A5 (IV) | B5 (V) | E5 (V) D#5 (bVIIx) | C#5 (VI) |
| A5 (IV) | B5 (V) |


Green Day’s signature song

Basket Case is a single from Green Day’s third album Dookie (1994). The album in general and Basket Case, in particular, brought Green Day worldwide fame.

Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the tune about his struggle with anxiety, he once commented: “The only way I knew how to deal with it was to write a song about it.”

Green Day may have had many hits since then which have kept them on top, but Basket Case will forever be their signature song.


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Green Day Biography

Green Day’s third album, Dookie (94), took the band to superstardom. With fifteen million copies sold, they became everyone’s favorite punk trio.

After a few more albums, Green Day released American Idiot (04). This firmly established them as one of the best-known bands in the world.

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