"When I Come Around" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
I heard you crying loud, all the way across town
Cause you been searching for that someone
And it's me out on the prowl
As you sit around feeling sorry for yourself

Well, don't get lonely now, and dry your whining eyes
I'm just roaming for the moment
Sleazin' my back yard so don't get
So uptight you been thinking about ditching me

No time to search the world around
'Cause you know where I'll be found
When I come around

Well, I heard it all before, so don't knock down my door
I'm a loser and a user so I don't need no accuser
To try and slag me down because I know you're right

So go do what you like, make sure you do it wise
You may find out that your self-doubt means nothing
Was ever there
You can't go forcing something if it's just not right

No time to search the world around
'Cause you know where I'll be found
When I come around

No time to search the world around
'Cause you know where I'll be found
When I come around

When I come around


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"When I Come Around" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General Commentblackmyeyes--I think the song is along those lines too. I don't understand the way other people are interpreting it. There is a huge amount of apathy in the lyrics. Here's my reasoning:

    I heard you crying loud,
    all the way across town
    --She got hurt by some other guy,

    You've been searching for that someone,
    and it's me out on the prowl
    --and is looking for him for comfort and attention, once again. This is probably a repeat pattern for them.

    As you sit around feeling sorry for yourself
    Well, Don't get lonely now
    And Dry your whining eyes
    I'm just roaming for the moment
    Sleazin' my back yard so don't get so uptight
    you been thinking about ditching me
    --He is saying that he's right where he was the last time this happened. He's laid back about it, and he knows that she is just using him to lift her spirits. She doesn't realize what she is doing and is confused about what she wants.

    No time to search the world around
    Cause you know where I'll be found
    When I come around

    I heard it all before
    So don't knock down my door
    --Again, this is a repeat pattern.

    I'm a loser and a user so I don't need no accuser
    to try and slag me down because I know I'm right
    --She is letting out her frustration on him. She's probably mad that he is so laid back and not babying her. He's not interested enough in her, isn't giving her enough attention. Since he's so laid back, he's saying "whatever, you're right."

    So go do what you like
    Make sure you do it wise
    --He's telling her, in an apathetic way, to go and find the right person this time, that won't hurt her.

    You may find out that your self doubt means nothing
    was ever there
    --Since she keeps leaving him for other guys, she really doesn't want him. If it's that easy to leave him, then there is nothing meaningful between them.

    You can't go forcing something if it's just
    not right
    --Pretty blatant.

    No time to search the world around
    Cause you know where I'll be found
    When I come around (2 times)
    When I come around (sev times)

    That's my interpretation. I may be biased, since I've been through the same thing for the past 10 years, although, sadly I feel that I may be the girl in this situation.
    untruewordson September 25, 2008   Link

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