"All His Suits Are Torn" as written by and Mike Burkett....
Billy Cobin lost it all
We knew he would eventually
Some wonders why he took the fall
Others just ask who the hell is he
And why should we care for him?

A baggy man with baggy clothes
A face made of paper mache
He lost his humor years ago
Along with his molars
His head planted beneath his shoulders

Kill the pain, integrity don't keep you warm and sane
Don't throw me out with the bath water
Don't want to be, anyone who would want to know me

Billy Cobin had a time, Billy Cobin had a place
Following his fifteen minute climb
Billy took a seven second leap a cannonball
Plunge off the deep


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"All His Suits Are Torn" as written by Mike Burkett

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  • +4
    General Commentthat's the point...to all of us billy cobin is just "some guy" who committed suicide, but he had a family, he had a whole life just like us, and somewhere along the line it all went wrong...this kind of thing happens everyday but just because it's not someone famous or someone we know doesn't make it any less meaningful or tragic
    blienkon August 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think Blienk might be right. When I listened to this song I always imagined Billy Cobin as a poor person living on the streets that once had it made. A little different from what you said. You say it focused on somebody's fall, but nobody cares because they aren't famous. I think it focuses more on the person's fall after they had it all and Nofx is trying to say that just because you have something one day doesn't mean you're not gonig to be poor and hungry the next. So you should be grateful for what you have.
    drkshadow03on August 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNice interpretation drkshadow, that works well too.

    Lots of people dismiss NOFX because lots of their songs are about drugs or transexuals or whatever, but this song really shows how amazing they are, considering this song can be so meaningful when it's only a little over 2 minutes long. I love the line "Kill the pain, integrity won't keep you warm and sane". You could live all yourife being a good honest hard-working person and end up like Billy Cobin with nothing to show for it...sad but true.
    blienkon August 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Billy Cobin had a time, Billy Cobin had a place
    Following his fifteen minute climb
    Billy took a seven second leap a cannonball
    Plunge off the deep."
    the image behind that is so creepy.
    one of the most depressing but good nofx songs
    rush68on April 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about someone who lost their mind and committed suicide. Everyone (especially in a scene) has probably known a "Billy Cobin". A guy in the background who doesn't know everyone, and isn't really a known person, but is still around. Reminds me of my ex-girlfriends brother, because when we were growing up he was a regular guy, but was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20's. He was really talented too, and could've been a great muscian. Of course no one know's his name now-a-days. These "Billy Cobin's" are all around us.
    Unknown81on June 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKudos to:
    riotgrrl
    blienk
    drkshadow

    wonton seriously? nuh-uh.

    and quadruple kudos to goldsac. Fahoo, you're completely missing the point. don't get me wrong, i think Kurt Cobain did some great shit, it's just some people are so lost up their own asshole tickling their prostate and just completely ejaculating about Kurt Cobain.
    yawnton April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*dont wanna be, anyone who would wanna know me*

    classic...

    i love this song! how come no one has posted?
    asilbaby23on May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. i think nofx's bests are their slow, somewhat depressing songs...
    riotgrrlon June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho's Billy Cobin though?
    Smaxelon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthats what i wanna know
    xserialchrisxon July 22, 2002   Link

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