"Rusty James" as written by and Billie Joe/pritchard Armstrong....
This whiskey sour, amateur hour
Raise your glass and toast your friends
Some day we will fight again, well
Your enemies, your tragedies
Pocket knives and rusty chains
Where in the hell is the old gang, yeah?

And all the losers
Can't even win for losing
And the beginners
Don't even know what song they're singing

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound
Alright

This broken scene is turning green
Brass knuckles left in the rain
Death wish kids among the living
I want to ride on the divided
Anything but the mainstream
Where the fuck is your old gang, man?

And all the losers
Can't even win for losing
And the beginners
Don't even know what song they're singing

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

So long
Didn't even say goodnight
So long
There's nowhere to go
When you're hiding in plain sight

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound

Well there's no one left around
And you're the last gang in town
And your heart can't even break
When it doesn't even pound


Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by Ryder556, xcaver123

"Rusty James" as written by Frank Edwin Iii Wright Billie Joe Armstrong

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My InterpretationI think it relates to 90's punk rock (a.k.a. the type of music Green Day does) where they're kinda saying that the punk rock scene has dried up and they feel like they're the only ones left. Like the independence movement among teens of the time had died as those teens grew up and became adults and moved into mainstream society like everyone else had. With it the music they listened to died as well or the bands sold out and went mainstream. So now Billie's kind of saying that he feels like the last gang in town, because all the losers (everyone else) can't even win for losing (sold out or died off), and everyone who's just joining the scene now is only doing it because it's cool, not because they actually believe in the same things.
    drummerpon October 15, 2012   Link

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