Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Lyrics - Green Day

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I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But It's home to me and I walk alone

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of broken dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I'm the only one and I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk a...

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Till then I walk alone

Ah-ah Ah-ah Ah-ah Aaah-ah
Ah-ah Ah-ah Ah-ah

I'm walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line of the edge
And where I walk alone

Read between the lines
What's fucked up and everything's all right
Check my vital signs to know I'm still alive
And I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk a...

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Till then I walk alone

Ah-Ah Ah-Ah Ah-Ah Aaah-Ah
Ah-Ah Ah-Ah

I walk alone
I walk a...

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of broken dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I'm the only one and I walk a...

My shadow's only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Till then I walk alone

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Ive been thinking... | Reviewer: Summer | 7/11/13

Okay people say that emo's love this song but never listened to Dookie or Nimrod. Well thats bull because.
1.Im emo and i've listened to Dookie and Nimrod

2. How the hell would anyone know that emo's never listened to them if they dont know all emo's.

So get your facts straight

p.s. love this song

I pity his shadow | Reviewer: cavecanem | 9/30/12

Trite lyrics straight off the back of a high school spiral note book, probably composed in a civics class fugue.

Plus Billy Jane or whatever the hell his name is sounds like he has a perpetual sinus infection. Maybe he can get something for that in rehab.

Ok... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/26/11

@JW, thank you for chewing out all of the children on here.

Although American Idiot is classified as "Punk Rock," Green Day as a band that outputs music tends to jump from punk to other genres. It is hard to classify them, so please do not try. This song is a great song for those who are willing to take it as they offer it.

wonderful | Reviewer: kaiju | 10/15/10

i first heard this song five years ago i'm thinkin on the radio. evr since then i have loved green day and this song. now i have all their cds and have seen them in concert. this is the best band ever.


Against the mainstream? | Reviewer: Kelso | 3/26/10

If a punk band is a band that goes against a mainstream, then Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones, etc, wouldn't be classified as punk bands!

To me, punk is an attitude. Carefree nature. Not like hippy carefree, but you don't care what people think and you don't care about much else.

I don't mean that all punks should go out and trash the city and cause an anarchy and just be a problem, they should just express their troubles through music. Which is what Green Day have done.

They have lost it in their new album, but I was blown away by American Idiot. Just the more I listen to the whole album, the deeper a connection I feel.

I have listened to their older stuff, I'm a Dookie fan and I love good Riddance, so I'm not just an American Idiot only fan.

Emo Kids | Reviewer: nixk | 12/31/09

I hate how emo kids are obsessed with this song and say they love this band although if you ask them they will say theyve never heard of Dookie, or Nimrod, etc. EDUCATE YOURSELVES.

Great song, just wish people would listen to their old stuff more, its much better :]

Green Day is amazing.

Oh Good Lord, People! | Reviewer: JW | 4/21/09

@Jonathan: "This does go against the main stream and express itself!"

Leaving aside the issue of awkward grammar that makes it sound as if you think the song itself is capable of having its own thoughts and feelings, as opposed to the writers and performers:

You have no idea of what the difference is between post-punk pop rock (Green Day) and actual Punk, do you? Punk is more than "expressive music"; otherwise, 75% of the music that endured would be "punk", because most good music is "expressive". Punk is also more than "going against the mainstream" - otherwise, all Alternative and niche music would be "punk". Punk is more than just music, for one; it's a subculture unto itself. While Green Day has a tendency to be cynical, which is one of the most common emotional undercurrents of the Punk movement, a great deal of our modern culture tends to be cynical; particularly in the arts, so that in and of itself is not enough to make it "punk". Green Day is arguably best described as post-punk pop rock (post-punk because the dawn of punk definitely helped influence the cynicism and certain qualities in musicality of later bands such as Green Day; pop rock because of the kind of melody and harmony featured paired with rock aesthetics marks it as one of many post-Beatles era hybrid styles). This is not an insult to them at all; it's simply accurate.

There is also nothing in this song, coincidentally, that "goes against the mainstream"... unless you have a EXTRAORDINARILY narrow and shallow and therefore inaccurate view of what constitutes "mainstream". The Beatles were innovative, creative, and at times very, very clever and deep - yet not only were they extremely popular (which is a form of "mainstream" in and of itself) their influence is now most visable in the "mainstream" of pop and rock music. There is nothing inherently wrong with "mainstream". "Mainstream" music can often be deep, emotionally expressive, moving, clever and creative... just as some "alternative" music can be trite, shallow and meaniningless. Generic genre descriptors like that have little if anything to do with the actual content of the songs or creativity and talent of those who make them. Anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot with some pretty intense and silly biases when it comes to music genres.

"Obviously, you didn't listen to the whole album and understand the lyrics. There's deep shit in here that can't be understood on first hearing... that's why I came here to read the lyrics!"

You mean "on the first listen".

BTW: love the use of the trite chestnut of "you disagree about what genre/style the band is in/insinuated it is anything but a genre that has a good reputation amongst the majority, so CLEARLY you never actually listen to them and I shall dismiss you nya nya nya". Lovely. You sound sooooooo mature.

"deep shit" DOES NOT automatically make it punk, for one. And for another, I'm pretty sure most people could get the jist of this particular song on its own anyway, regardless of the obvious increased effectiveness gained from listening to the rest of the album with it; on its own, it's an existentialist piece (which arguably touches on some of our generation's ennui as well). So what? Lots of art is about just that, especially lately, with the world getting more and more obviously large, complex and anxiety-inducing. That's simply one of the ways artists find to deal with that kind of world.

It's a great little song, very beautiful and evocative I agree, and it has a good theme... but it's not exactly treading as new a territory as you think, trust me.

@Raven: " Hell yes this is punk-it's about human endurance through tons of pain administered by authority, idiot."

Head, meet desk! Desk, meet head.

What you described is NOT "punk".

What you described is "blues" and "rock"... as well as, depending on the song, pop, hip hip, folk, bluegrass, indiepop, rap, country-western, opera, even gospel! What you described is such a bloody BROAD theme that in fact a good chunk of any given non-instrumental genre, with the possible exceptions of kiddiepop and cuddlecore, will eventually be seen to feature it.

Again, I'll say it: you have no idea what the difference is between "Punk" and other music genres/subcultures do you? That is a rhetorical question, btw, as I and anyone who knows anything about music history already know the answer even if you're too stubbornly ignorant to know it yourself.

Oh, and FYI: being "in a famous and popular and rich band!!!11 OMG" does not automatically, inherently qualify you to judge music quality, let alone genres, any better than anyone else. It gives you a bully pulpit, of course, but that's about it. After all, if your criteria is "is famous and popular and has millions of fans", then by your logic Britney Spears is a better judge of Green Day's music than a post-Juliard musician who happily plays only the local clubs ad coffeehouses and has never put out an actual album.

That's like saying that Dan Brown is a better judge of good writing, than Eoin Colfer or Jim Butcher or [insert your favorite niche author here] just because he sold a bajillion copies of The Da Vinci Code. It's like saying that I can't determine that Jessica Alba sucked in Fantastic Four, just because I'm not Julia Roberts. It's a pointless argument, in other words, to say "if you're not uber-famous for the same thing, you can't judge someone else doing it". Does it make sense to occasionally give someone who is notable in the same feild a little more weight than Average Joe or Jane? Well, yes, at times it does. But that doesn't mean Average Joe or Jane doesn't know what they're talking about, either.

Really? Get over yourself kids. And yes, I said "kids", because regardless of age, that's what you're acting like. Not everybody is as attached to or enamored of the same songs or bands as you. This is nothing against you, it doesn't even reflect the quality of the band or their music; it's simply a goddamn difference of preference. People have different personalities, different life experiences, etc. from you... this results in something we call "differing tastes". Having unique tastes? It's part of being human, part of being an individual human, and it's perfectly normal and it's a fact of goddamn life. So fucking deal with it, and grow UP.

PS: to those who describe this song as "emo". You clearly have no more idea of what constitutes "emo [genre]" than these kids do of of what constitutes "punk".

Hello! | Reviewer: Jonathan | 3/9/09

This does go against the main stream and express itself! Obviously, you didn't listen to the whole album and understand the lyrics. There's deep shit in here that can't be understood on first hearing... that's why I came here to read the lyrics!

Allow me to retort. | Reviewer: uh lol | 9/29/08

IF you decide to get down to the nitty gritty details, green day is not punk. They may have been at one time but they have gone mainstream since then. Punk is about going against the mainstream about expressing you're self. I'm not saying i dislike them. They have a few songs i like but to be honest they aren't really punk. The song is a bit on the emo side,but i don't dis bands because of what section their in. I like hardcore punk bands but that doesn't stop me from listening to green day or mcr. It's just really about what songs click.

Anonymous: **** u | Reviewer: Raven | 8/8/08

Alright, first of all: Green Day is not the only band I listen to-so I can't possibly bother jumping on every moron that insults one of them. However, congrats Anonymous, you've pissed me off enough to flame you!
Oh my freaking God. Hell yes this is punk-it's about human endurance through tons of pain administered by authority, idiot. Pretty punk to me. [Need a translation? Screw you, go get a goddamn dictionary!] As for the band: ever listen to a nice little song called "Warning"? Or perhaps "Suburbian Jesus"? And fuck that rock opera shit-are YOU in the music business, hmm? Are YOU a sucessful person/member of a sucessful band known to millions of people like Billie Joe [lead singer of Green Day] is? Yeah I thought not, so shut your mouth before someone sews it shut. You want shit, go listen to Fergie. You want emo, go listen to Evanescence's latest material [emphasis on LATEST, some of their early work is quite good]. And in the name of God would it KILL you to use punctuation?!

fuck this | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/3/08

this shit supossed to be punk?!?!? man, punks dont do fucking rock operas. green day is bloddy emo compared to real punk rock. i mean, listen to the fucking self-pittying lyrics. my god how i miss god save the queen and white riot....

(Y) | Reviewer: Anna Banana | 1/13/08

i've never really been caught by Green Day, since the only song i'd really heard was wake me up when september comes, and i hate it, so i never gave them much of a chance. But im finding boulevard of broken dreams, and jesus of suburbia pretty much topping my faves list (Y). nice.

I walk a lonely road... | Reviewer: ametur_poet | 10/3/07

This was one of the best songs on AI, and in my opinion, is surpassed in the album by "jesus of suburbia". BOBD perfectly describes the mood at that point of the album's storyline; JOS sees that the city is, at heart, a barren and desolate place. Through this, he learns that some things just don't change wherever you go.

this song rules. | Reviewer: kk | 8/1/07

This song is so totally great,this whole band is GREAT.If any body likes this song from green day then u might also like American Idiot.Both these songs r very catchy.

a review... duh | Reviewer: barbiexx | 6/30/07

i dont reely no if am sposd 2 reveew da song or the lircz, so am gonna reveew booth a quite lik this song, and the lyricz r fine. bye! xxx

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