"Paper Lanterns" as written by and Billie Joe/kiffmeyer Armstrong....
Now I rest my head from
Such an endless dreary time
A time of hopes and happiness
That had you on my mind
Those days are gone, and now it seems
As if I'll get some rest
But now and then I'll see you again
And it puts my heart to the test

So when are all my problems going to end?
I'm understanding now that
We are only friends
To this day I'm asking why
I still think about you

As the days go on I wonder
(Will this ever end?)
I find it hard to keep control
When you're with your boyfriend
I do not mind if all I am is
Just a friend to you
But all I want to know right now
Is if you think about me too

So when are all my problems going to end?
I'm understanding now that
We are only friends
To this day I'm asking why
I still think about you

So when are all my problems going to end?
I'm understanding now that
We are only friends
To this day I'm asking why
I still think about you


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"Paper Lanterns" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +1
    General CommentNo matter how over your exes you might be, it still burns to see them with new people.

    That's just how life goes.
    Tig45on February 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song explains almost exactly how I feel about my ex-boyfriend. Only I'd change the lyric "When your with your boyfriend" because he doesnt have a boyfriend, or a girlfriend for that matter. Id change it to "When your with your friends" and it would work perfectly.
    eLeCTRiCgrrrlon April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can really relate with Billie Joe in this song. "I do not mind if all I am is just a friend to you But all I want to know right now is if you think about me too...?" Love it!!
    saves_the_day_girlon April 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow...no one has said anythin here for awhile, but i just wanna agree wit electricgrrrl!
    sparky_monkeyon August 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds like a punk song, but the lyrics make it more like an emo song. the song is good, and 1039 Slapped Out Happy Hours is a good cd. but its just gotta emo look to it
    GreenDayisaNFGon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont know why people rate songs as "Emo" i mean correct me if im wrong but arent all songs Emotional ? but anyway this is one of my favorite GD songs...and i defintly can relate to it
    antiworkshopon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti cant exactly relate to this song, but ive been on the other end of it, but it was my ex gfs. horrible
    1000_hourson September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay i hate you greendayisnfg green day is not emo and i bet you are emo oh sry i bet your mom is emo!
    ryanilano11on March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I'm 100% related to this song... is amazing, and profound and deep... Is about loving somebody and never stop loving that person... so just wondering if that feeling is ever going to end. But hey! we all been there at least one time, loving a person that you only think of the times you share with them! I love the song... but I hate myself from thinking in the person I love, because I don't want to love him! But anywy the song ROCKS! or should I say; PUNKS? lol
    punker girlon July 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCliched riff. But good song.
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    Jakeberton June 11, 2004   Link

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