Part of the album that carries the same name, “21st Century Breakdown” is a song written in 2008 and released in 2009.
The lyrics of the song are really personal from different moment of the life of Billie Joe Armstrong
First verses are related to his youth
- Born in to Nixon – refers at the year of birth of Billie Joe – 1972
- The last one to born the first one to run – it is related to the song of Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run”
Then he talks about the modern years and the generation of his sons (class of 2013); he talks about heroes and cons, about being an individual different than the others or being one of the many.
It is a breakdown of the American dream that the society needs to face and Green Day gives a warning to all of us.