Green Day originally cut "Welcome to Paradise" for their 1992 indie disc Kerplunk, but when they signed to Warner Bros. they decided to recut it for their major label debut Dookie. While it didn't do quite as while as "Longview," "When I Come Around" or "Basket Case," it became one of their most well-known tracks and was a highlight of their Woodstock '94 set. The song was inspired by the group's early days when they dropped out of school and moved out of their parents' homes to face the real world. "I still have nightmares about being behind in my classes," Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone in 1994. "I'll have these dreams where I'm getting an incomplete in class." He paused and laughed. "When I was going in to drop out of high school, I gave one teacher my dropout slip. He just looked at me and said, 'Who are you?'"