The main character of American Idiot (Jesus of Suburbia) is finally coming to realize that running away from home was not the best thing to do, and is patiently waiting for death ("Are we, we are. Are we, we are the waiting, unknown"). He doesn't know what to do. The song drifts into "St. Jimmy."
Suggestion credit: Tyler Jones - Goldsboro, NC
Billie Joe Armstrong explained the song's origin on VH1 Storytellers: "'Are We the Waiting' sort of started when I was walking around on a misty night in New York City, and I think it's at a point in the record where the character is on the verge of losing his mind a little bit and he's very vulnerable, and it's right before the 'St. Jimmy' comes up."
Beth from Auckland, New Zealandlearning how to play the drums to this
Charlene from San Diego, CaAt their concert in Chula Vista on Sept. 2, 2010, they launched into an extended rendition of this song that seemed to go on for about 10 minutes, with the audience singing to him the whole time. Supposedly they were recording the concert for a live album. I would love to hear the recording, as it was a moving experience.
Sc from Anchorage, AkBeautiful song :) John Gallagher, Jr. sings an awesome version in the musical adaptation of American Idiot.
Latrey from Belcourt, NdWho cares what people think this band has survived everything and it is the only band i know from the 1990's that still kick's ass
Matt from Houston, Txone of the few good songs off ai
Peter from -, Brazil"Wrong" was a little too harsh. A broader conclusion usually derives from a narrower one.
Peter from -, BrazilI think you are all wrong. Play close attention to the text: "Are *we* the waiting"? Interpreting (contextually) rather than just analyzing, you'll come to the broader conclusion that this is not a question asked by an individual, but by a whole generation.
Declan from LiverpoolWaiting for death :S I'd say what Bryan put is about right
Matthew from New York City, NylEAD singer Billie Jo,also says that the JOS is a lie...creating St.Jimmy
Izzy from Buffalo, Nyhe, he, he. i like the phrasing above. it's like, maybe running away from home wasn't exactly the best thing to do, but oh well, screw that. anyways, this song rocks hard. one of my fave songs by green day
Bill from Erie, PaThis song is rather reminiscent of the Clash's "London Calling".
Bryan from Medford, Withis song is about JOS waiting for something to come and make things better. Then he creates St. Jimmy.