"86" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
What brings you around?
Did you lose something the last time you were here?
You'll never find it now
It's buried deep with your identity

So stand aside and let the next one pass
Don't let the door kick you in the ass

There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
Don't even try

Exit out the back
And never show your head around again
Purchase your ticket
And quickly take the last train out of town

So stand aside and let the next one pass
Don't let the door kick you in the ass

There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
Don't even try

There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
There's no return from 86
Don't even try


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

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  • +1
    General Commentoh my god. wow. what shits people really are. greenday dont deserve anything like that, i cant believe how much shit they've had to put up with in the past few years. people should be so ashamed of themselves. wat shits.

    X peace X
    Billie_Joe_is_mineon May 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song, and several others on insomniac, particularly stuart and the avenue, r absolutely amazing. why they werent included on superhits, god only knows. rock on insomniac, you under estimated beast of an album!!!
    mightybearon February 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I was little, I used to sing this song to myself as:
    "There's no return from 80's sex!"

    I like my version better.
    truthbealiaron June 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe songs is about when Green Day signed with Reprise Records and was not allowed to play at 924 Gilman St. because Gilman St. only allowed local bands signed to non-major record labels to play. Many of the local punk bands marked signing to major labels, "selling out", this is why it was banned. The term 86 comes from the year 924 Gilman St. opened, in 1986.
    TheCloWn27on October 02, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song is about GD selling out and signing with a big record company. The lyrics are from the point of view of their old fans.

    To be 86'ed is to be kicked out of something. Hence...GD is longer welcome back in their old community.
    thegitsfanon September 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen its over...its over. move on already.
    nerdypunkchickon April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen someone is banned from a club, they call it 86. Green Day were banned from a club, I forget the story, but they wrote this song about it.
    retired_schizoon June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti guess its about a club... i dont kno. hahaha thats my name. w/e. um, but i found out today that sometimes they mark your time card at work with an "86" if you're fired. but i guess it pretty much means the same thing in the song. like nerdypunkchick says: when its over...its over and just move on.
    idontknoon June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought this song was about they year 86, like maybe it was a bad time in his life and he needed to move on and forget about it. but the club thing seems more likely. ah well. feck it.
    FREAKISH_FIREFLYon June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey were'nt banned from a club dumbass..... the club where they were first introduced to punk music disowned them after they became so called " sellouts"... they were'nt barred... but it said on the bathroom wall something like death to billy joe... i dunno.... i know they were'nt barred though... i think nerdypunkchick put it best
    punkness05on July 03, 2002   Link

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