"Red Tide" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
Baby's in her hour of darkness
Everything she feels is hopeless
Disconnected from the dance hall
Trippin' on her heart of purple

Is this passion or
Or your red tide

Faces of her bleak expression
Taking on her town's impression
'Tis the season's witching hour
As the summer loses power

Is this passion or
Or your red tide

Baby's breakin' your kiss goodnight
This is where her heart will not die

Is this passion or
Or your red tide

Or your red tide

Or your red tide


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"Red Tide" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    My InterpretationI used to think this song was called Red TIE.

    You know how if you are hooking up with someone you put a tie on the door so people know not to go in? I thought it was basically saying "does this relationship have substance or is it just another hookup?"
    KayKay2322997on May 01, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis makes me laugh.

    because it always makes me think its about getting your period XD
    duckkkkon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthanks for ruining this song for me. seriously, what's the matter with you lady??
    MissNeuroticon March 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's pretty obvious it's about PMS. When I first heard the chorus, I laughed out loud so hard. Very smooth, Billie XD I think the narrator is confused about how his lover/'Mary' is acting (as most men are loll) during her "hour of darkness". He doesn't know how to interpret her behavior, or if she really is upset or it's just her "red tide". Hence the line "Is this passion or... Or your red tide?" She may be moody and distant now ("Mary's breaking your kiss goodnight"), but it will pass, and she still loves him ("This is where her heart will not die", meaning his kiss/lips).
    idonthavefleason March 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOO...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How do you people think like that????? Not in a million years would I ever think that way. YYUUUUU...!!! But I guess that's cause I'm neurotic... And also, now when I think about it kinda does make sense. I don't wanna listen to this song anymore. I also wanna remove my ovaries.

    Someone give me a better explanation to this song please?
    MissNeuroticon March 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my least favorite song on the record, but I totally agree with the above assessments here.

    Loosely translated, the narrator is asking, "You still love me, even if you're a bitch for a while, right?"
    rage.loveon April 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlright then, but I think it's gross.
    MissNeuroticon April 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAy, MissNeurotic

    I've never heard this song, but it's plain to see that it's all about a period... :\
    carrera13on April 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the songs slow tempo and melody. I think it's cool how Billie sings this one, it's very different. But I dont think it's about a period. How can you connect, Disconnected from the dancehall.
    Tripping on her heart of purple.....to a period?
    I think it's about a summer fling or just a relationship, the guy is wondering is this passion (true love) or just a fling (tide). Don't know why he calls it red though.
    CateJello65on May 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAh... haha. Thank you so much.
    MissNeuroticon May 07, 2008   Link

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