"Sassafras Roots" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Iii Wright and Michael Pritchard....
Roaming 'round your house
Wasting your time
No obligation, just
Wasting your time
So why are you alone?
Wasting your time
When you could be with me
Wasting your time

Well, I'm a waste like you
With nothing else to do
May I waste your time, too?

Warding off regrets
Wasting your time
Smoking cigarettes
Wasting your time
I'm just a parasite
Wasting your time
Applying myself to
Wasting your time

Well, I'm a waste like you
With nothing else to do
May I waste your time, too?

So why are you alone?
Wasting your time
When you could be with me
Wasting your time

Well, I'm a waste like you
With nothing else to do
May I waste your time, too?
May I waste your time, too?
May I waste your time, too?
May I waste your time, too?


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"Sassafras Roots" as written by Frank E. Iii Wright Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +1
    General CommentEverybody prefers wasting time with a good friend than alone... is like no matter what you are doing you are always better with that person.
    punker girlon July 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom the Encyclopedia Of Legal Psychoactive Herbs

    SASSAFRAS -- _Sassafras officinale albidum._ Family Laureaceae
    (Laurel family).
    Material: Aromatic root-bark of North American tree.
    Usage: Brewed as tea (1 oz./1 pt. water). Oil fraction extracted
    in alcohol or distilled. Safrole is not water-soluble. Starting dose
    100-200 mg of extracted and dried oil.
    Active Constituents: Safrole (non-amine precursor of MDA [3,4-
    methylenedioxyamphetamine]).
    Effects: Tea in large doses acts as stimulant and induces
    perspiration. Safrole (MDA) stimulant, hallucinogen; aphrodisiac in
    large doses, euphoriant in small doses.
    Contraindications: Safrole is toxic to liver (avoid repeated
    use). Increases incidence of tumors in laboratory animals. Excessive
    doses may cause vomiting, shock, aphasia, and death by central
    paralysis of respiration. Normal use as tea is safe.
    Supplier: Fresh root wild, eastern USA, collected in early spring
    or autumn. Dried root, MGH; young trees, RCS.
    adsfkahsdfon March 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's just a great love song.
    TooMuxFunkon April 29, 2013   Link
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    General Comment
    I remember reading somwhere that Billie Joe wrote this about a girl he used to date before he met Adrienne - some girl who went off to join the Peace Corps or something. Can anybody verify?
    DookieRookieon February 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song means that someone is alone and they want to like be with you and waste time with you becuz since they already are its better if its with you.
    punkrockgrlon November 25, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs sad as it may sound, this song describes me completely. All in all, I just don't like wasting time by myself. I'd rather waste time with someone else.
    smallz0410on July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel this way completely... I'd rather be with my gf and not do anything then to not be with her at all... :)
    blinkbomberon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song totally fits my and my friends lives. all we do is waste our time.. it just depends on who we're wasting it with. we basically get together and do the same stuff thatwe wouldbedoing by ourselves.. its sorta gay but it beats being alone somtimes. this songs awesome.. i absolutely love green day..
    lilemogrrlon August 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis really is me too, i would rather waste time with my gf then be alone and waste time, its just sorta a way how ppl r
    GreenDayisaNFGon August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely one of my favourite Green Day songs. I agree with what you all said. Just hanging around with your friends, wasting time...
    Karlon April 18, 2004   Link

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