"Westbound Sign" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
Boxed up all of her favorite things
Sold the rest at a rainy yard sale
Big plans and leaving friends and a westbound sign
Weighed out, her choices on a scale
Prevailing nothing made sense
Just transportation and a blank decision

She's taking off
Taking off
Taking off
Taking off

No time and no copping out
She's burning daylight and petrol
Blacked out the rear-view mirror
Heading westward on
Strung out on confusion road
And ten-minute nervous breakdowns
Xanax, a beer for thought
And she's determined

She's taking off
Taking off
Taking off
Taking off

Oh, is this salvation?
Or an escape from discontent?
Will she find her name
In the California cement?
Punched out of the grind
That punched her one too many times
Is tragedy 2000 miles away?
She's taking off


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"Westbound Sign" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General CommentA great song worthy of more comments. Sounds very punk to me and maybe isn't viewed because it, and may or may not deal with domestic violence. But that's just my theory.
    afi808on October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGood interpretation.
    fuckyouallon March 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think billie joe wrote this song about his wife, adrienne, when she ran away from home cause she couldnt take it been alone and just the pressure and all, etc,. billie was missing at home.
    greendazeon April 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah that would make sense i suppose. good tune. great song :D.

    X peace X
    Billie_Joe_is_mineon June 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a girl that's leaving an abusive relationship to follow her dreams. the "punched her one too many times" line makes that pretty clear
    terrancenphillipon June 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think the punching isnt literal. i like the adrienne theory
    greenvelveton November 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe Adrienne theory is correct.

    It's just about her moving to where Billie was going to be.
    Theo Reoon November 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Green Day song. And it's hard to pick just one.
    kiddiebomberon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIy's odd that Disney is hoing to use this for the movie "Cars". I never thought Disney wold use a GD song.
    I agree with the Adrienne theory.
    knuxmanon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHi.. a small detail...right before the 1st chorus on the 9th and 10th line I think it´s "just refutation and a quick decision", and other minor details that don´t really change ideas of the song.. overall a great song, i love it!! and it should have more comments! :)
    Lat|noXXXon May 25, 2005   Link

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