Burnout (2:07)

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In this song the narrator is describing his apathetic state and his lack of interest in anything at all. He declares that he doesn’t care about anything anymore, he has no purpose and no will. His life has no meaning and he “steps in line to walk amongst the dead”. The song is often seen as a description of life in punk style.

Aside from being an ode to indifference, this song could also be considered an expression of frustration associated with growing up. The narrator shows his desire to never grow up but stay young and immature forever, protecting himself from the pressures of the adult world. He kills his misery in constant intoxication, which causes the rain of apathy to get him closer and closer to drowning - but he doesn’t mind because he would rather drown in apathy than face real life.
Another view is one of an addict. A true “burnout” who is hitting rock bottom but too apathetic and/or high to care.


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I declare, I don't care no more
I'm burning up and out and growing bored
In my smoked out boring room
My hair is shagging in my eyes

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