"Words I Might Have Ate" as written by and Billie Joe/pritchard Armstrong....
Now it seems I can't keep my mind off of you
My brain drifts back to better days we've been through
Like sitting on blacktop of the school grounds
The love I bitched about I finally found

But now it's gone and I take the blame
So there's nothing I can do but take the pain
Why?

Now I dwell on what you remind me of
A sweet young girl who sacrificed her love
As for me I am blind without a cause
And now I realized what I have lost

It was something real that I could have had
Now I play the fool whose stable soul's gone bad
Why?

Tell me the words I might have said
That's pumping pressure deep inside my head
Was it bad enough to be too late?
Just tell me the words I might have ate.


Lyrics submitted by onearmedscissor

"Words I Might Have Ate" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General CommentThis is probably about a relationship that went wrong, and Billie-Joe is saying that sometimes you don't realize what the other person meant to you until it's over, and he's willing to take the blame and the pain for it, and he's kind of asking why it went wrong, thus, "The Words I Might Have Ate." This is my personal favorite song, aside from the obvious favorites like Basketcase, Longview, Welcome to Paradise, Minority, etc...
    greendayfan02on July 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song has such a fun melody..
    fuckyouallon September 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, i can relate to this song many times over. you dont realise what u had untill its gone.great song all round.
    1000_hourson September 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. i can relate to it quite a bit. im normally am quite nieve and just dont get things.....well....not too often. but when i do i've fucked it up real bad.........i love the lines,
    Now it seems i cant keep my mind off of you
    My brain drifts back to better days we've been through
    and.......
    But now it's gone and i take the blame
    So there's nothing i can do but take the pain
    Why?
    my life.

    X peace X
    Billie_Joe_is_mineon June 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me a lot of the Beatles for some reason, especially the intro
    terrancenphillipon June 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOkay this is one of the best songs ever! It makes me tremble every single time I hear it. Is just about a girl who loves this boy, but his guy never look at what that girl meant to him. So he kept her waiting- So when this girl stop caring for him he realizes what he had lost. I think is about a relashonship that doesn't even started. Because he never really care about her... but as time pass he discover what he had lost and he regrets it a lot.
    punker girlon July 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentactually the begenning of this song reminds me of the song "magic bus" by The Who. A band who probably inspired Green Day.
    toolphileon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Tell me the words i might have said
    That's pumping pressure deep inside my head
    Was it bad enough to be too late?
    Just tell me the words i might have ate"

    Aah, guys. Don't we all shove our feet in our mouths when we're around chicks? I like this song, because it's not really Green Day's stereotype 3-chord rock song. The title describes it pretty well :)
    fledgehogon July 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGood call greendayfan02. I agree it's about not knowing what you have until it's gone. Like, you don't really appreciate what you have until you've lost it.
    GreenDayGirl1991on August 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNOT 3-chord-rock-song? So i guess you're not a musician.

    The song is about a classical teenager or children's love, probably the first experiences with relation ship. So billie asks himself what he could have done differently when looking back at the case. And he certainly wants to know how he should behave, how he could have done better in this relationship FROM the former partner. He maybe hopes for a second chance(was it bad enough to be too late?). His mind keeps dwelling on this love-matter. But until the last lines of the lyrics, you see that he is seemingly accepting, that it's his fault, but by asking why, he expresses that he actually shouldn't give it all up yet.
    Frankozon September 20, 2005   Link

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