Billie Joe has stated that this was the first song he ever wrote, at the young age of 14, not long after the passing of his father when his mother found a new love interest. Most fans familiar with the song are surprised to learn that it is not about one of his own romantic interests, but rather about his mom.

In the key of D!

Green Day: Why Do You Want Him? lyrics and chords

The guitar solo is played over the chords of the verses.