Green Day’s…’Disguised’ love songs?

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Punk rock/Metal
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While sitting in my room, in an over sized Nirvana t-shirt, I stopped and listened to the lyrics of one of the songs from Green Day’s newest album UNO!

A couple of songs really stuck with me, such as: ‘Stay The Night’, ‘Fell For You’, ‘Sweet 16’ and ‘Oh Love’. Partly because I’m a hopeless romantic and to me, Green Day are great at writing ‘disguised’ love songs, a talent that is also possessed by Coldplay . I say disguised because theses songs are definitely about love, but they’re not the straightforward ‘I love you’ songs…….if that makes sense. For example, in Green Day’s song ‘Sweet 16’ Billie Joe Armstrong (Who has an AWESOME name by the way) sings

“Stab at my heart like a dart board,

brown skinned girl that i dream about, a long long time now from the Midwest to the beach,

Old days are fine, but are left so far behind, From California to Jane Street,

Kids alright, alright as they’ll ever be,

‘Cause you will always be my, You will always be my sweet 16”

Throughout the song he talks about how although the times when they were young and free have passed, he still loves whoever he is singing about like a he’s sixteen again. He does not, however sing “I love you” at all. instead he uses other words that create an even more imaginative and powerful picture in your head. The message that is created in my imagination when I listen to that song is “No-one is too old to love someone with the same ecstasy they had when teen angst, acne and low self esteem were the worst concerns in life.”

What about you?

Let me know,

Roseby

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