"21st Century Breakdown (Demo)" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
Born into Nixon, I was raised in hell
A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled
The last one born and the first one to run,
My town was blind from refinery sun

My generation is zero
I never made it as a working class hero
21st century breakdown
I once was lost but never was found
I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
To the 20th century deadline

I was made of poison and blood
Condemnation is what I understood
Video games of the Tower's fall
Homeland security could kill us all

My generation is zero
I never made it as a working class hero
21st century breakdown
I once was lost but never was found
I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
To the 20th century deadline

We are the class of the class of thirteen
Born in the era of humility
We are the desperate in the decline
Raised by the bastards of 1969

My name is no one, your long lost son
Born on the fourth of July
Raised in the era of heroes and cons
That left me for dead or alive

I am a nation, a worker of pride
My debt to the status quo
The scars on my hands there a means to an end
Is all that I have to show

I swallowed my pride and choked on my faith
I've given my heart and my soul
I've broken my fingers and I've lied through my teeth
The pillar of damage control

I've been to the edge
And I've thrown the bouquet of flowers left over the grave
I sat in the waiting room, wasting my time
And waiting for Judgment Day

I praise liberty
The freedom to obey
Is the song that strangles me
Well don't cross the line

Oh, dream, America, dream
I can't even sleep
From the light's early dawn
Oh, scream, America, scream
Believe what you see
From heroes and cons


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"21st Century Breakdown" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +2
    General CommentPretty much American Idiot with a twist, nothing special.
    jpj rockson March 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI WANT THIS ALBUM
    ThexHappyxPillon March 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuh.
    lol no.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on March 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm really looking forward to the new album. Slighty new direction again, with emphesis on American Idiot. Old stuff is still the best. Green Day still showing they are still amazing =) Cant wait for world tour..

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    twistedggon March 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't wait. I love this song already.
    xxmodernloveon March 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionFrom what I've heard so far, I agree with you Nac2045.

    The instrumentals sound pretty good. The vocals seem typical-Green Day. This album, to me, just seems like an extension of American Idiot. Which isn't a bad thing. I was just hoping they could whine about something else for this new album. Ah well. I'm still a die-hard Green Day fan.
    BBassiston April 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song serves well as an introduction into another album based on a socio-political commentary of the youth, as well as the people who should be taking the power into their own hands, instead of drinking the "poison" the "bastards of 1969." Its an attack on the ideals of the previous generation and this generation for failing to man up and change things; a call to arms, so to speak.
    "My generation is zero
    I never made it as a working class hero."
    In a nutshell: the old American dream is dead, what is the next generation going to do?
    Hope the rest of the album provokes as much discourse as this song did. Also, the music has improved: Butch Vig is a genious.
    jmoreno86on April 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningFirst off.
    This song is about Kurdt Kobain growing up learning guitar and partying in a logging town where pretty much everyone does some kind of labor for a living, which is kind of what kurts dad wanted, but didnt get out of him
    Oh yea, and, ummm am i the only one who actually listend to the song and noticed that these are not the right lyrics??

    the RIGHT ones are
    eh-hem:

    Born into Nixon, I was raised in hell
    A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled
    The last one born and the first one to run
    My town was blind from refinery sun.

    My generation is zero
    I never made it as a working class hero
    21st century breakdown
    I once was lost but never was found
    I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
    to the 20th century deadline

    I was made of poison and blood
    Combination is what I understood
    Video games till the towers fall
    Homeland security could kill us all

    My generation is zero
    I never made it as a working class hero
    21st century breakdown
    I once was lost but never was found
    I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
    to the 20th century deadline

    We are the cries of the class of '13
    born in the year of humility
    we are the desperate in the decline
    raised by the bastards of 1969

    My name is 'No one' your long lost son
    born on the 4th of July
    raised in the era of heros and cons
    Who left me for dead or alive

    I am a nation a worker of pride
    My debt to the status qou
    The scars on my hands are a means to an end
    it's all that I have to show

    i swallowed my pride and i choked on my pain
    I'd given my heart and my soul
    I've broken my fingers and rott through my teeth
    The pillar of damage control

    I've been to the edge and I've thrown the bouquet (hey!)
    What follows rolls over in graves
    I sat in there waiting you're wasting my time
    We're waiting for church today!

    Praise Liberty!
    The freedome to obey!
    It's a song that strangles me
    Well don't cross the line

    Oh, dream, America dream
    I can't even sleep from the light through the dark
    Oh, scream, America scream
    Believe what you see

    From Hero's and Cons.



    cskibaon May 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's pretty much feeling what everyone who bothers to read once in a while is feeling, like the world is a circus and we're the jugling monkeys.
    spicyfloon May 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThose Still are not the correct lyrics
    These are the right lyrics
    Get it Right


    Born into Nixon I was raised in hell
    A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled
    The last one born, the first one to run
    My town was blind from refinery sun

    My generation is zero
    I never made it as a working class hero

    21st Century Breakdown
    I once was lost but never was found
    I think I am losing what's left of my mind
    To the 20th Century Deadline

    I was made of poison and blood
    Condemnation is what I understood
    Videogames to the tower's fall
    Homeland Security could kill us all

    My generation is zero
    I never made it as a working class hero

    21st Century Breakdown
    I once was lost but never was found
    I think I am losing what's left of my mind
    To the 20th Century Deadline

    We are the class of 13
    Born in the era of humility
    We are the desperate in the decline
    Raised by the Bastards of 1969

    My name is no one
    The long lost son
    Born of the 4th of July

    Raised in an era of heroes and cons
    That left me for dead or alive

    I am a nation
    A worker of pride
    My debt to the status quo

    The scars on my hands
    And the means to an end
    Is all that I have to show

    I swallowed my pride
    And I choked on my faith
    I've given my heart and my soul
    I've broken my fingers
    And lied through my teeth
    The pillar of damage control

    I've been to the edge
    And I've thrown the bouquet
    Of flowers left over the grave
    I sat in the waiting room
    Wasting my time
    And waiting for judgement day

    I praise Liberty
    The "Freedom to Obey"
    Is the song that strangles me
    Don't cross the line

    Dream, America dream,
    I can't even sleep
    From the lights early dawn
    Scream, America scream
    Believe what you see from heroes and cons?
    Voonztaon August 13, 2009   Link

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