"Nuclear Family" as written by and Billie Joe/pritchard Armstrong....
Gonna ride the world like a merry-go-round
Like a Ferris wheel like it’s breaking down
Drinking angel’s piss, gonna crash and burn
I just want some action so gimme my turn

Like a Chinese drama and conspiracy
It’s the death of a nuclear family staring up at you
It’s looking like another bad comedy
Just as long as it comes in hi-fidelity for me too

Can you hear the sound coming over the hill?
Gotta move my feet, it’s coming in for the kill
Ba-baby, baby it’s a blow out
Like a nuclear bomb and it won’t be long ’til I detonate

Like a Chinese drama and conspiracy
It’s the death of a nuclear family staring up at you
It’s looking like another bad comedy
Just as long as it comes in hi-fidelity for me too

Gonna ride the world like a merry-go-round
Like a Ferris wheel like it’s breaking down
Scream, scream, screaming bloody murder
Like a nuclear bomb and it won’t be long ’til I detonate

Like a Chinese drama and conspiracy
It’s the death of a nuclear family staring up at you
It’s looking like another bad comedy
Just as long as it comes in hi-fidelity for me too

Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three
5-4-3-2-1


Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by Ryder556

"Nuclear Family" as written by Frank E. Iii Wright Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General CommentTo me, it seems like this is about a guy going through a mid-life crisis. He wants to leave his mundane existence behind and go in search of something more exciting. He wants to be wreckless, and live for the moment. The 'Nuclear Family' reference could be something to do with our protaganist leaving his family behind in order to re-discover his youth. I could be way off, but listening to all three albums as a collective, it seems like a recurring theme.
    kittyhudsonon December 11, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti might be wrong but it seems to me like someone who wants to live like no tomorrow, and after that paying the price for that!
    Fede987on October 07, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt feels to me like it's just sort of a general rebellious nature and...sort of the sense of "screw the man" that punk rock (like Green Day) is sort of based off. It's just saying "I'll do what I want, screw anyone who tells me otherwise". And so the whole thing about it being the end of the nuclear family refers to the concept they had in the 50's and early 60's about what a family was, and that now it's time to break out of the grip of that ideal and explore who we can be without trying to focus too much on what anyone else wants.
    drummerpon October 15, 2012   Link

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