"She's a Rebel" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
She's a rebel
She's a saint
She's salt of the earth
And she's dangerous

She's a rebel
Vigilante
Missing link on the brink
Of destruction

From Chicago to Toronto
She's the one that they
Call old whats her name

She's the symbol
Of resistance
And she's holding on my
Heart like a hand grenade

Is she dreaming
What I'm thinking
Is she the mother of all bombs
Gonna detonate

Is she trouble
Like I'm trouble
Make it a double
Twist of fate
Or a melody that

Sings the revolution
The dawning of our lives
She brings this liberation
That I just can't define
Nothing comes to mind

She's a rebel
She's a saint
She's salt of the earth
And she's dangerous

She's a rebel
Vigilante
Missing link on the brink
Of destruction

She's a rebel
She's a rebel
She's a rebel
And she's dangerous
She's a rebel
She's a rebel
She's a rebel
And she's dangerous


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"She's a Rebel" as written by Frank E. Michael Pritchard

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    General CommentI like how Give Me Novacaine leads right into it. It kind of a hint at the fact that Whatsername is Jimmy's new drug of choice. The lyrics seem to only flatter her in his eyes, intoxication and infatuation on his part.

    The line, "the dawning of our lives" is a reference back to the song Holiday, where our hero can't imagine having to live under the present adminstration.

    She actually offers hope (in a very personal way) for the future: "she brings the liberation"

    It's all a set-up, of course, for tracks 9, 10 ,11, fuck the whole album is brilliantly composed.
    davidecoyoteon October 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just love the way billie says the word "saint"
    underratedon December 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe unsung hero of this album.
    hurstieon September 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, to me this song just screams green day
    TheFedman2002on September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song..probably one of my favorites on the new album which kicks hardcore ass..yay green day w00t
    x.solastsummer.xon October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentx.solastsummer.x is right.
    greenvelveton October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song!!!! i just got the cd last week, and i love every song on it!!!!!this song is truley green day
    greendayrox_3on November 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with davidecoyote but i also think theres something else. I believe that yes, all the songs on American Idiot, are in referance to eachother- that it tells a story, but i also think that each song can be individually depicted. This song is what made me realize this.

    As you all provobly know, This is a political CD with what we have also figured out, a twist of personal experience and emotion towards what we can only imagine or identify through the lyrics. But as i already commented, i think the songs can stand alone and tell a completly differnt story. I think that, "She's a rebel," not only is what davidecoyote has to say, but on the other hand, is speaking about America...



    "America's a rebel,
    America's a saint,
    America's the salt of the earth,
    America's Dangerous.
    America's a rebel,
    America's vigilante,
    AMERICA IS THE MISSING LINK ON THE BRINK OF DISTRUCTION.
    America is the one they call "Old WHATSHERNAME".....

    **and America's holding on my heart like a handgrenade






    America is the basis of the CD, america is who we are. We make up America, Therefore, we are all the rebels, and we are all the saints, and the nations views are holding on his heart like a handgrenade. He is just trying to tell us how effected he is by politics and our America's decisions.




    sn-hanoi2459

    (i love to death talking about music, so im me if you do too)
    whatshernameon November 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love talking bout music too but is getting hard and harder with time cos ppl join music stiles and musicians with politics and i hate talking about money and politics
    blueyedragonon December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdon't worry about it dude, shit happens, and if you love talking about music too, talk about music that doesn't have to do with it, avoid it. don't listen to that music.
    whatshernameon December 21, 2004   Link

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