"21st Century Breakdown (Demo)" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
Born into Nixon, I was raised in hell
A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled
The last one born and the first one to run,
My town was blind from refinery sun

My generation is zero
I never made it as a working class hero
21st century breakdown
I once was lost but never was found
I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
To the 20th century deadline

I was made of poison and blood
Condemnation is what I understood
Video games of the Tower's fall
Homeland security could kill us all

My generation is zero
I never made it as a working class hero
21st century breakdown
I once was lost but never was found
I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
To the 20th century deadline

We are the class of the class of thirteen
Born in the era of humility
We are the desperate in the decline
Raised by the bastards of 1969

My name is no one, your long lost son
Born on the fourth of July
Raised in the era of heroes and cons
That left me for dead or alive

I am a nation, a worker of pride
My debt to the status quo
The scars on my hands there a means to an end
Is all that I have to show

I swallowed my pride and choked on my faith
I've given my heart and my soul
I've broken my fingers and I've lied through my teeth
The pillar of damage control

I've been to the edge
And I've thrown the bouquet of flowers left over the grave
I sat in the waiting room, wasting my time
And waiting for Judgment Day

I praise liberty
The freedom to obey
Is the song that strangles me
Well don't cross the line

Oh, dream, America, dream
I can't even sleep
From the light's early dawn
Oh, scream, America, scream
Believe what you see
From heroes and cons


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"21st Century Breakdown" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    Song MeaningFirst off.
    This song is about Kurdt Kobain growing up learning guitar and partying in a logging town where pretty much everyone does some kind of labor for a living, which is kind of what kurts dad wanted, but didnt get out of him
    Oh yea, and, ummm am i the only one who actually listend to the song and noticed that these are not the right lyrics??

    the RIGHT ones are
    eh-hem:

    Born into Nixon, I was raised in hell
    A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled
    The last one born and the first one to run
    My town was blind from refinery sun.

    My generation is zero
    I never made it as a working class hero
    21st century breakdown
    I once was lost but never was found
    I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
    to the 20th century deadline

    I was made of poison and blood
    Combination is what I understood
    Video games till the towers fall
    Homeland security could kill us all

    My generation is zero
    I never made it as a working class hero
    21st century breakdown
    I once was lost but never was found
    I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
    to the 20th century deadline

    We are the cries of the class of '13
    born in the year of humility
    we are the desperate in the decline
    raised by the bastards of 1969

    My name is 'No one' your long lost son
    born on the 4th of July
    raised in the era of heros and cons
    Who left me for dead or alive

    I am a nation a worker of pride
    My debt to the status qou
    The scars on my hands are a means to an end
    it's all that I have to show

    i swallowed my pride and i choked on my pain
    I'd given my heart and my soul
    I've broken my fingers and rott through my teeth
    The pillar of damage control

    I've been to the edge and I've thrown the bouquet (hey!)
    What follows rolls over in graves
    I sat in there waiting you're wasting my time
    We're waiting for church today!

    Praise Liberty!
    The freedome to obey!
    It's a song that strangles me
    Well don't cross the line

    Oh, dream, America dream
    I can't even sleep from the light through the dark
    Oh, scream, America scream
    Believe what you see

    From Hero's and Cons.



    cskibaon May 18, 2009   Link

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