"21st Century Breakdown" 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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    General CommentYou people are complete idiots this song isn't about Anti-war, Anti-America, or about the album. (it's only partly a concept album) This song in it's self is about Billie Joe Armstrong who was born in 1972 (hence the born into Nixon) the song talks about how he was born the youngest of six kids into an era after the Hippies and rebels and was raised by his parents who were fifties Teamsters. The song also explians the part of his life where his father died (sat in a waiting room) and when his mother married a man everyone hated (I was once lost but never was found) the song also talks about that kids of the class of 2013 who would be born around the mid 1990's have to deal with the problems about the 21st century when the 1990's were good.
    VarGulF42on May 29, 2009   Link

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