"When I Come Around" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
I heard you crying loud, all the way across town
Cause you been searching for that someone
And it's me out on the prowl
As you sit around feeling sorry for yourself

Well, don't get lonely now, and dry your whining eyes
I'm just roaming for the moment
Sleazin' my back yard so don't get
So uptight you been thinking about ditching me

No time to search the world around
'Cause you know where I'll be found
When I come around

Well, I heard it all before, so don't knock down my door
I'm a loser and a user so I don't need no accuser
To try and slag me down because I know you're right

So go do what you like, make sure you do it wise
You may find out that your self-doubt means nothing
Was ever there
You can't go forcing something if it's just not right

No time to search the world around
'Cause you know where I'll be found
When I come around

No time to search the world around
'Cause you know where I'll be found
When I come around

When I come around


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"When I Come Around" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright, Michael Pritchard

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    General CommentAm I the only one that hears the apathy in this song? It seems to me that this guy's attitude is that the future of the relationship is out of their control. It seems like they're fighting over his drug use "I'm a loser and a user so I don't need no accuser to try and slag me down because I know you're right", and that he's thinking that maybe it's not worth the effort, like it's impossible for them to ever be together forever.
    Regos the Saneon September 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the bass riff in this song. Mike Dirnt is just amazing. I hope they never quit making great music.
    jumpsundayon May 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me it seems the character feels his relationship (probably girlfriend, cause it says 'ditching me', but could be parents etc.) is choking, and for now he just needs to get a lot of freedom. when he's ready to have a tight relationship again he'll come around and let himself been found. so in the song he ask people not to be angry or say, but to just let him go his own way and trust him eventually everything will turn out fine.
    MapleLeafon November 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song makes me happy
    Mr.Wayon June 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about when someone's pressuring you to do something, like maybe getting into a more comitted relationship with them (or something like that...how would I know, I've never been in love). Deep down you know it's the right thing to do, but you're just not ready for it yet, so you lash out at whoever's pressuring you, telling them to quit "feeling sorry for yourself", that you're "just roamin' for the moment", and that "you can't go forcing something if it's just not right"--meaning that they should just drop the idea of being more committed and all that, because you don't think it's the right thing to do at the moment. Basically, you're torn: half of you wants to remain the way you are with the person, not very serious, but the other half just knows it's only a matter of time until you're ready for it; the person pressuring you just has to wait for "when you come around".
    Sandwich-Mastaon July 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentqtywuh:
    the girl is trying to find the perfect guy and he thinks its him but she doesnt notice him like that. when she finally realizes it, its too late and hes already moved on, "You can't go forcing something if it's just not right" pretty much is how he feels about her wanting to hook up. make sense with your personal problem??
    blackmyeyeson December 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentblackmyeyes--I think the song is along those lines too. I don't understand the way other people are interpreting it. There is a huge amount of apathy in the lyrics. Here's my reasoning:

    I heard you crying loud,
    all the way across town
    --She got hurt by some other guy,

    You've been searching for that someone,
    and it's me out on the prowl
    --and is looking for him for comfort and attention, once again. This is probably a repeat pattern for them.

    As you sit around feeling sorry for yourself
    Well, Don't get lonely now
    And Dry your whining eyes
    I'm just roaming for the moment
    Sleazin' my back yard so don't get so uptight
    you been thinking about ditching me
    --He is saying that he's right where he was the last time this happened. He's laid back about it, and he knows that she is just using him to lift her spirits. She doesn't realize what she is doing and is confused about what she wants.

    No time to search the world around
    Cause you know where I'll be found
    When I come around

    I heard it all before
    So don't knock down my door
    --Again, this is a repeat pattern.

    I'm a loser and a user so I don't need no accuser
    to try and slag me down because I know I'm right
    --She is letting out her frustration on him. She's probably mad that he is so laid back and not babying her. He's not interested enough in her, isn't giving her enough attention. Since he's so laid back, he's saying "whatever, you're right."

    So go do what you like
    Make sure you do it wise
    --He's telling her, in an apathetic way, to go and find the right person this time, that won't hurt her.

    You may find out that your self doubt means nothing
    was ever there
    --Since she keeps leaving him for other guys, she really doesn't want him. If it's that easy to leave him, then there is nothing meaningful between them.

    You can't go forcing something if it's just
    not right
    --Pretty blatant.

    No time to search the world around
    Cause you know where I'll be found
    When I come around (2 times)
    When I come around (sev times)

    That's my interpretation. I may be biased, since I've been through the same thing for the past 10 years, although, sadly I feel that I may be the girl in this situation.
    untruewordson September 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really really miss the old Green Day. This has been my absolute fave GD song for a long long time. I got the American Idiot CD but I can't listen to it over and over again the same way that I can listen to their old stuff forever and not get sick of it.
    punkmeetsindieon October 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttimeless
    deliiroaron June 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. ive got every album they've ever made!!!!! dookie is by far the best, and this is by far one of the best songs they've ever done!!! i think its meaning is pretty self explanatory...........
    demon_babeon February 01, 2002   Link

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