"Letterbomb" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
Nobody likes you
Everyone left you
They're all out without you
Having fun

Where have all the bastards gone?
The underbelly stacks up ten high
The dummy failed the crash test
Collecting unemployment checks
Like a flunkie along for the ride

Where have all the riots gone?
As your city's motto gets pulverized
What's in love is now in debt
On your birth certificate
So strike the fucking match to light this fuse

The town bishop is an extortionist
And he don't even know that you exist
Standing still when it's do or die
You better run for your fucking life

It's not over 'till you're underground
It's not over before it's too late
This city's burnin'
It's not my burden
It's not over before it's too late

There's nothing left to analyze

Where will all the martyrs go when the virus cures itself?
And where will we all go when it's too late?

And don't look back

You're not the Jesus of Suburbia
The St. Jimmy is a figment of
Your father's rage and your mother's love
Made me the idiot America

It's not over 'till you're underground
It's not over before it's too late
This city's burnin'
It's not my burden
It's not over before it's too late

She said, I can't take this place
I'm leaving it behind

Well she said, I can't take this town
I'm leaving you tonight


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"Letterbomb" as written by Frank E. Michael Pritchard

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    General CommentThis song is about Whatsername breaking up with St. Jimmy. I am of the opinion that St.Jimmy/Jesus of Suburbia are one and the same. Whatsername doesn't like Jimmy's attitude, and prefered the Jesus of Suburbia "fight ofr the city" attitude. Whereas St. Jimmy says "It's not my burden".

    Letterbomb could not have opened the album, or the chronology wouldn't add up.

    And Whatsername is a kind of "looking back/what if" song, wrapping up the loose ends (in this case Jesus' feelings for Whatsername).

    The albums a rock-opera. American Idiot set the scene, Jesus of Suburbia introduced the main character, and two songs after Boulevard of Broken Dreams St. Jimmy comes on the scene, stating early on "up on the Boulevard...". The Blvd of Broken Dreams is a problem, Jimmy being the solution, his tougher, in-the-city alter-ego.

    Novacaine is Whatsername's perception of Jimmy/Jesus (or as is on that songs board: Jesus asking Jimmy for help)... and She's a Rebel is his perception of her.

    Extraordinary Girl is both of their views (and I think the song could be reworked as a kick-ass duet). Letterbomb fits in after that.

    September may be put there for you to think it's Jesus coping without her, and maybe it is, but more cprrecly (with the "seven years" and "twenty years" lines) is about Billie Joe's father's death.

    Homecoming is Jesus gathering the Underbelly (the gang to come home with him, and their various responses (as sung by Tré and Mike). They return and Whatsername sums up the ending, as a kind of afterthought.
    Sig V.2on August 29, 2007   Link

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