"Disappearing Boy" as written by and Billie Joe/kiffmeyer Armstrong....
Now you see me, now you don't
Don't ask me where I'm at
'Cause I'm a million miles away
Treated like a forbidden heel
Don't say my thoughts are not for real
Or you won't see me again

Am I here or am I there
Or am I playing on the stairs?
Am I in my room with my toys?
I am the disappearing boy

When I walk in crowded rooms
I feel as if it is my doom
I know that I don't belong
In that room I see her
I see her, and she's with him
I turn, and then I'm gone

Don't call me up 'cause I'm not home
My whereabouts are now unknown
I vanished from all your joy
I'm the disappearing boy

I have my doubts
Of where I belong
It's something to think about

Don't call me up 'cause I'm not home
My whereabouts are now unknown
I vanished from all your joy
I'm the disappearing boy


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"Disappearing Boy" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General CommentI think it's generally about not being very social. Sort of not always wanting to walk in a room full of people and talk just 'cuz. He doesn't feel like he fits in with most people so that is why he doesn't feel comfortable walking in crowded rooms.

    "I have my doubts of where I belong" he doesn't know exactly who can understand him and in which group of people he 'belongs' to.

    Also, the part about "In that room I see her, I see her and she's with him" this is just an added detail of how the girl he likes is with another guy, and he just sits back and walks away wishing she wasn't with him. This just adds to his alienation, even the girl he loves doesn't want him.

    He feels that no where he goes, he will be accepted or understood. "Disappearing Boy" is just a funny way of saying that he won't be caught seen with anyone anymore because he knows he doesn't really belong.

    Very similar to "I want to be Alone" in this sense.
    People In Planeson October 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI thought the line "I vanished from all your joy" was "I am frustrated by your joy." That's how I hear it, anyway.
    paperbackwriter1993on July 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBillie Joe is my hero. This song has got to be one of the best GD songs ever. This song fits me perfectly...
    gdno1knowson May 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwww.... yeah, this is an awesome song. It's about a guy who can't get over the fact that the one he loves is with someone else. He doesn't want to be involved in everyone else's happiness since he's miserable, so he becomes the "disappearing boy". I liked the lines "Treated like a forbidden heel / Don't say my thoughts are not for real / Or you won't see me again". I think this is saying that no one understands what he's going through with this, and trying to convince him that he's overreacting would alienate him further.
    Yeah, Billie Joe is just awesome.
    SweetestSirenon June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGREEN DAY ARE MY HEROS :-)
    yeah this song is definitely one of my faves off of 1039/SOSH...sometimes i really feel like this song is speaking to me cuz im pretty shy...especially in the lines, "when i walk in crowded rooms, i feel as if it is my doom..." wow i love this song
    GreenDayRMyHeroson June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClassic Green Day song...nuff said.
    Insomniac86on July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment39/Smooth is by far the best Green Day album, and this is probibally 1 of the best songs on it.
    fuckyouallon August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the greatest songs lyrically and i love the sound as well, this is green day at its best
    GreenDAyRUles80on August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreen day is a great band! this song is totally AWESOME!
    I think is about a guy who loves a girl that is with someone else.
    my favorite part is: "In that room I see her, I see her and she's with him i turn and then I'm gone" I couldn't think of anything most painful that seeing the person you love with another person... it hurts like hell, so you just want to turn your back and go!
    Is a great song!
    punker girlon July 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti agree with fuck u all. 1039/smooth is green day at their best
    amazing song.
    Don't call me up 'cause I'm not home
    My whereabouts are now unknown
    I vanished from all your joy
    I'm the disappearing boy
    - i had that bit in my head 4 ages
    Minifin4BillieJoeon October 20, 2004   Link

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