"Coming Clean" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Iii Wright and Michael Pritchard....
Seventeen and strung out on confusion
Trapped inside a roll of disillusion
I found out what it takes to be a man
Now mom and dad will never understand

Secrets collecting dust but never forget
Skeletons come to life in my closet
I found out what it takes to be a man
Now mom and dad will never understand
What's happening to me

Seventeen and coming clean for the first time
I finally figured out myself for the first time
I found out what it takes to be a man
Now mom and dad will never understand
What's happened to me

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"Coming Clean" as written by Frank E. Iii Wright Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +5
    General CommentNo idea why I'm replying to an old topic, but this song is about Billie Joe coming to terms with his bisexuality. I have the article to prove it, and Billie quotes"I think I've always been bisexual." To everyone who says he isn't, or that it's just a phase, it isn't. Why would Billie lie about being bi? As for "but he loves Adrienne, he can't be bi! hes with a girl" Not all bisexual people fall in love with someone of the same sex, it just means they like the same sex. Billie can still be bi and be in love with Adie.

    To the biphobic/homophobic fans of Green Day: you guys aren't true fans if you can't tolerate them, or their sexual prefences. Green Day are in no means homophobic(which people have claimed to say) especially since an opening band for a concert was once Pansy Division,and Billie saw fans flipping the band off, in which Billie said he was appalled by the homophobic fans.

    As for the song: I love it. It's a song I feel I can relate too, and I think it's amazing. It's definatly one of my favorite songs.
    Comsieon October 19, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGuys, it's about BJA being bisexual.
    For those of you saying that he can't be bi 'cause he's with a woman, you don't get it. Just because you're bi doesn't mean you have to be with someone of the same sex. It means you are attracted to both the same sex and the opposite sex. Jeez, it's not that complicated. I've understood since I was ten.
    GreenDay123on December 27, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBillie Joe has admitted to being bisexual enough times. It's rather hurtful when you don't believe them. For instance, a lot of the time, gay guys believe bisexual men are either straight guys who are desperate or lying to themselves, and women tend to think it makes you off limits somehow. If he says he is, it's only right we should believe him.

    "...she probally didn't believe him (and i wuoldn;t believe him ether, i mean come on he is too hot to be bi-sexual i mean he is fine!) but kissing..."

    Because bi people are naturally unattractive and if they're good looking then clearly they're straight? That's some weird blend of deluded optimism and biphobia.
    Zytheon January 02, 2006   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationUm, it's actually about Bille Joe being bi, he said it himself.
    BillieJoeArmstrongIsAmaxingon July 28, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHow about everyone continues commenting with the same exact interpretation? Because, really, we don't get it yet.
    AgentFloridaon August 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a homosexual kid that hides it form everyone and he's trying to come clean with everyone.
    ImAllWoundUpon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also think this is one of Green Day's most underrated songs. It's really catchy. "Secrets collecting dust but never forget" is such a great line. I think I might agree with kodiakbear, but there could be a more metaphoric meaning behind it. Great song!
    Insomniac86on July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWatch the ultimate albums Dookie show on VH1 it explains it.
    fuckyouallon August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat about for people who don't have sky or didn't catch the show? I think it's about confusion about the future and not being sure what to do
    Green_Daveon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about coming out of the closet.
    onkidon September 09, 2002   Link

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