Horseshoes and Handgrenades

Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009)
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  • I'm not fucking around
    I think I'm coming out
    All the deceivers and cheaters
    I think we've got a bleeder right now
    Want you to slap me around
    Want you to knock me out
    Well, you missed me, kissed me
    Now you better kick me down

    Maybe you're the runner-up
    But the first one to lose the race
    Almost only really counts in
    Horseshoes and hand grenades

    I'm gonna burn it all down
    I'm gonna rip it out
    Well, everything you employ
    Was meant for me to destroy
    To the ground now
    So don't you fuck me around
    Because I'll shoot you down
    I'm gonna drink, fight, and fuck
    And pushing my luck
    All the time now

    Maybe you're the runner-up
    But the first one to lose the race
    Almost only really counts in
    Horseshoes and hand grenades

    Demolition, self-destruction
    What to annihilate
    The age-old contradiction
    Demolition, self-destruction
    What to annihilate
    The old age

    I'm not fucking around
    I think I'm coming out
    All the deceivers and cheaters
    I think we've got a bleeder right now
    I'm not fucking around
    G-L-O-R-I-A Writer/s: BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG, MIKE DIRNT, TRE COOL, VAN MORRISON
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Frank from Spokane, WaI always thought this song was about the character Christian was pissed at America, and that he wasn't messing around anymore. he wanted things to change, and so far, the way i see it they havent!
  • Michael from Staten Island, NyGreat song, reminded me of The Hives.
  • Andrei from Melbourne, Australiai always thought that song name refered to the saying something like when someone complains about being SO close u say "only in horseshoes and handgrenades" coz in a game of horseshoes even if u miss the closest one wins and with handgrenades even if u dont hit them directly u would blow em to bits with the explosion.
  • Jay from Hartford , CtI think that the significance between horseshoes and handgrenades is that you throw them the same way, but have completly differing uses and purposes (one is good luck and another could kill you)
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