"Rusty James" as written by and Billie Joe/pritchard Armstrong....
This whiskey sour, amateur hour
Raise your glass and toast your friends
Some day we will fight again, well
Your enemies, your tragedies
Pocket knifes and rusty chains
Where in the hell is the old gang, yeah?

And all the losers
Can't even win for losing
And the beginners
Don't even know what song they're singing

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

This broken scene is turning green
Brass knuckles left in the rain
Death wish kids among the living
I want to ride on the divided
Anything but the mainstream
Where the fuck is your old gang, man?

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

So long
Didn't even say goodnight
So long
There's nowhere to go
When you're hiding in plain sight

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound


Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by Ryder556, xcaver123

"Rusty James" as written by Frank E. Iii Wright Billie Joe Armstrong

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    My InterpretationI think it relates to 90's punk rock (a.k.a. the type of music Green Day does) where they're kinda saying that the punk rock scene has dried up and they feel like they're the only ones left. Like the independence movement among teens of the time had died as those teens grew up and became adults and moved into mainstream society like everyone else had. With it the music they listened to died as well or the bands sold out and went mainstream. So now Billie's kind of saying that he feels like the last gang in town, because all the losers (everyone else) can't even win for losing (sold out or died off), and everyone who's just joining the scene now is only doing it because it's cool, not because they actually believe in the same things.
    drummerpon October 15, 2012   Link
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    General Commenta kinda of an anthem for a gang who celebrate theirselves! could be!
    Fede987on October 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI know this song's title comes the SE Hinton book and 1983 Francis ford Coppola movie, rumble Fish starring Matt Dillon, Mickey rourke, and Diane Lane. The name Rusty James is the main Character of the story, played by matt Dillon. This song really runs parallel with that story because Rusty james' brother used to be the president of his local gang, and Rusty James thought gangs really meant something back then but he learns gangs really weren't anything and while he wants to be just like his brother, he doesn't have the brains to be a gang president. he'd only be the second lieutenant. Hope this gives you some perspective where the title and under meaning of the song comes from. i highly recommend you check out this amazing book and equally amazing and beautiful movie. One of my favorites and one of FFC's best!
    bridgetmwon June 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt a little mixed of how billy and his band want to celebrate this 90's punk band as being the "last gang" and a mixed of a book where rusty Jame feel he the last of his gang because time has change when there no more Soc vs greaser, no more rumbles. and everyone move on to their individual path. And it tragic because Motorcycleboy try to convince him to give up this, so the song is like viewing in motorcycleboy point of view. It a sad meaning if you think about it, because billy and his gang feel that they are not ready to accept the change and just like how the old days are of the punk rock band. while back in the book, as much Rusty jame hate changes too, like billy and his band members,there has to be a time to let go and adapt the change. very sad meaning really...but sometime for rusty jame case it for his own good...sometime bad or not, I do sometime missed the old days.
    satroxxx13on July 17, 2014   Link

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