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Billie Joe Armstrong told Billboard that this song, "is sort of about growing up in a working-class family, and what that represents in a financial crisis and how everyone feels paralyzed and frightened right now." (Source 21st Century Breakdown Songfacts).

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Born into Nixon and I was raised in Hell
A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled
The last one born, and the first one to run
My town was blind…

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