"16" as written by and Billie Joe/kiffmeyer Armstrong....
Every night I dream the same dream
Of getting older and older all the time
I ask you now what does this mean
Are all these problems just in my mind?
Things are easy when you're a child
But now these pressures have dropped on my head
The lengths I've gone are just long miles
Would they be shorter if I were dead?

Every time I look in my past
I always wish I was there
I wish my youth would forever last
Why are all these times so unfair?

Look at my friends and see what they've done
Ask my self why they've had to change
I liked them better when they were young
Now all these times are rearranged
I look down, and stand there, and cry
But nothing ever will be the same
The sun is rising; now I ask why
The clouds have fallen; here comes the rain

Every time I look in my past
I always wish I was there
I wish my youth would forever last
Why are all these times so unfair?

Every night I dream the same dream
Of getting older and older all the time
I ask you now what does this mean
Are all these problems just in my mind?
Things are easy when you're a child
But now these pressures have dropped on my head
The lengths I've gone are just long miles
Would they be shorter if I were dead?

Every time I look in my past
I always wish I was there
I wish my youth would forever last
Why are all these times so unfair?


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"16" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General Commentwhen we're young we wish we were older. but when we are older we wish for our youth again. life isn't fair.
    nerdypunkchickon April 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah thats so true, once I turned 16 I stopped wanting to get older...whats the point?
    GabeM19on June 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song by green day. I think it's because it's the song that i can relate to the most. The lyrics describe all my feelings about the sh*t that has happened to me the past few years. its just a great song.
    chorts29on June 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti can relate to most green day songs thats why they are the shit band.
    Isaiahon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all you guys I can relate to it to when im 16 now i spent ages wishing i'd get here and now it sucks.
    'look at my friends and see what they've done ask myself why they've had to change' thats my favourite line its good cause its true.
    terraryzinon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGreat Lyrics
    MuRdErDoLLz_PuNkon September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah I think a lot of it has to do with how our friends (who once were in the same situation) are out partying and what not and we're tryin to get thier but sometimes it seems we're wasting our time
    McShineon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah. i love this song, i just think the same that you guys do about it. its really good. being a teenager sucks. but i think if you can get through teenage years then you can get through practically anything.

    X peace X
    Billie_Joe_is_mineon May 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song just goes hand in hand with Green Day's song "I Was There." That one is an optimistic, hopeful look at the future, and this one is bitter and pessimistic. Most people feel both of these feelings when they're growing up, and both songs perfectly describe the feelings.
    terrancenphillipon June 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBillie Joe and John had really opposite views on their past

    BJ: Every time I look in my past, I always wish I was there
    John: I look into the past, and I want to make it last, I was there
    juffon October 09, 2004   Link

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