"Private Ale" as written by and Billie Joe/pritchard Armstrong....
I wander down these streets all by myself
Think of my future now
I just don't know
I don't see to care
I stop to notice that
I'm by your home
I wonder if you're sitting all alone
Or is your boyfriend there

Because I feel so right
Let my imagination go
Until you're in my sight
And through my veins
Temptation flows

So I sit down here on the hard concrete
Think of my future now
I just don't know
I don't seem to care
So I sit across the street from your home
I wonder if you're sitting all alone
Or is your boyfriend there


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"Private Ale" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General Commentthe lyrics to this song are so simple but i love them. i think its about someone he likes but she has a boyfriend so he cant really do anything about it except use his imagination. im in the exact same position right now. all the older green day songs are so easy to relate to..
    acid1039on September 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyup, i agree. basically ur right. all old green day songs are easier to relate to because back then they were more my age, im 16 now, so obviously the song '16' i will be able to relate to and so will older ppl.
    1000_hourson September 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually, Green Day, all of their songs, are relatable at any age. Take Insomniac, that whole album is about being somewhat pissed off, and correct me if I am wrong, but isn't everyone pissed off at some point? The only difference between new Green Day and old is that the newer songs are relatable on more then just the outer shell of emotions.
    fuckyouallon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentActually I think Billy Joe wrote this song for his wife, he wrote the song because he wanter her to like him.
    Kerplunk809on June 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn the very beginning of the song, theres a few guitar licks that sound very similar to those in 1,000 Hours. It almost seems that this song somewhat of a continuation of 1,000 Hours.
    Pyrotechnicon March 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBack on their albums on lookout! their lyrics were easier to relate too, but a lot less sophisticated and they generally seemed to revolve around Mr Armstrong's lady friends or just plain apathetic boredom.
    ArianeTheFoolon January 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhy is it that no one ever writes for any of the good songs that came out before dookie like "at the library" or "dissapearing boy" or "dry ice"
    kissmygreenass123on July 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe song to me is about a guy that has a crush on this gal but she has a boyfriend so the only way is to use his imagination.
    about every song of green day there is something that i can relate to which is one of the reasons i love their music.
    MusicFanatic29on August 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe song to me is about a guy that has a crush on this gal but she has a boyfriend so the only way is to use his imagination.
    about every song of green day there is something that i can relate to which is one of the reasons i love their music.
    MusicFanatic29on August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have asked this before (under Android), but what the hell is with that voice in the middle
    MilfordMiron September 12, 2006   Link

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