"Horseshoes and Handgrenades" as written by and Van/armstrong Morrison....
I'm not fucking around
I think I'm coming out
All the deceivers and cheaters
I think we've got a bleeder right now
Want you to slap me around
Want you to knock me out
Well, you missed me, kissed me
Now you better kick me down

Maybe you're the runner-up
But the first one to lose the race
Almost only really counts in
Horseshoes and hand grenades

I'm gonna burn it all down
I'm gonna rip it out
Well, everything you employ
Was meant for me to destroy
To the ground now
So don't you fuck me around
Because I'll shoot you down
I'm gonna drink, fight, and fuck
And pushing my luck
All the time now

Maybe you're the runner-up
But the first one to lose the race
Almost only really counts in
Horseshoes and hand grenades

Demolition, self-destruction
What to annihilate
The age-old contradiction
Demolition, self-destruction
What to annihilate
The old age

I'm not fucking around
I think I'm coming out
All the deceivers and cheaters
I think we've got a bleeder right now
I'm not fucking around
G-L-O-R-I-A


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"Horseshoes and Handgrenades" as written by Tre Cool Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +1
    General CommentI wish this song could be the next single, but all the f-bombs will prevent that I'm sure...

    It brings up an interesting point though, CxLTxN, that there is a kit of parts that Green Day songs always seem to fit into. It's brought me to a theory that I now believe in because of what I've heard over the last 20 years. Green Day remains so accessible because of the fact they use simple rock chord progressions infused with energy that no one else can match. But they acclaim fame based on the layering of sophisticated commentary underneath that basic musicianship. The match of music and lyrics is unparalleled by any other rock band out there right now.

    "Almost only really counts in horseshoes and hand grenades" is a cliche, but it comes to life in the energy of this song.

    I love how he spells Gloria's name at the end. It sounds like a cautionary tale of anarchy.
    davidecoyoteon May 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust another great green day **** YOU song!
    buddy23on May 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome
    i_luv_potcon May 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is pretty much a rip off of Main Offender by The Hives. I like this song better though.
    CxLTxNon May 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS SONG IS NOT FUCKIN AROUND!
    ITS EPIC GODDAMNIT!!!!
    speakingincoloron May 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmerica's self-destruction via military-industrial complex, or is that WAY too left field?
    jmoreno86on May 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHell yeah this song is epic!!!!! Fucking love it!
    greendayfan4everon May 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Demolition, self-destruction
    What to annihilate
    This age-old contradiction"

    Could be a subtle reference to "Walking Contradiction".
    TutorMeon May 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShould say "Want to annihilate"
    TutorMeon May 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the frustration of knowing you will never come in first place.
    spicyfloon May 24, 2009   Link

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