21st Century Breakdown Lyrics

Green Day


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E., Iii Wright, Frank Edwin Wright Iii, Michael Pritchard, Mike Dirnt, Mike Ryan Pritchard, Tre Cool
album: Track 2 in album 21st Century Breakdown
release date: 2009-5-12
popularity : 16 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Alternative Rock/Punk
length: 5:09
composer: Green Day
lyricist: Billie Joe Armstrong

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Green Day 21st Century Breakdown cover art
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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


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Song of the Century
  • 2 21st Century Breakdown
  • 3 Know Your Enemy
  • 4 ¡Viva la Gloria!
  • 5 Before the Lobotomy
  • 6 Christian’s Inferno
  • 7 Last Night on Earth
  • 8 East Jesus Nowhere
  • 9 Peacemaker
  • 10 Last of the American Girls
  • 11 Murder City
  • 12 ¿Viva la Gloria? (Little Girl)
  • 13 Restless Heart Syndrome
  • 14 Horseshoes and Handgrenades
  • 15 The Static Age
  • 16 21 Guns
  • 17 American Eulogy: Mass Hysteria / Modern World
  • 18 See the Light