"Song of the Century" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
Sing us a song of the century
That's louder than bombs
And eternity
The era of static and contraband
That's leading us into the promised land
Tell us a story that's by candlelight
Waging a war and losing the fight

They're playing the song of the century
Of panic and promise and prosperity
Tell me a story into that goodnight
Sing us a song for me

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"Song of the Century" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General CommentIt's a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement that the world is listening with high expectations (and some with arms folded skeptically) to this album. Let's be honest, American Idiot shocked a lot of people that Green Day was more than a bunch of snot-nosed garage band punks.

    And yes, it's also a great table-setter for 21st Century Breakdown, letting the listener know this will be in the same vein as the previous album, another poignant social commentary on the modern American landscape.

    What really catches my ear is the last line, "sing us a song, FOR ME". Just as Jesus and Jimmy before, selfishness and self-delusionment is going to play a role in this story, although the characters seem to be a bit more figurative than before.

    I'm going off first listen for now, maybe more to come...
    davidecoyoteon May 17, 2009   Link

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