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Green Day: Boulevard of Broken Dreams Meaning

Song Released: 2004


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I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's only me and I walk alone

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
and I'm the only one and I walk...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    kaimmm
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    Dec 18th, 2005 12:27am report


    I think this song is about a man who is trying to find someone who likes him for who he is, and he can't find that person. During the chorus the lyric: "Sometimes I wish someone up there would find me" suggests that he is longing for someone like him.
    Boulevard of broken dreams is about being alone... And being afraid to be alone...
    It's about a guy who is alone, and that's all he knows. He wishes someone would find him and walk with him. I also think he is walking away from something, hence the Broken Dreams part.
    It's sort of a metaphor for life. The guy is all alone and he wants somebody to be with him, as he walks the boulevard of broken dreams, which is life. That is why part of the song says, "I walk a lonely road, the only on that I have ever known. Don't know where it goes, but it's only me and I walk alone."
    I think this song is about someone who wants to find a place where he or she belongs. Somewhere she or he can be with someone that can trust, a place where he can be safe.
    I think this song is about depression, maybe being alone is in his head there could be people all around him but they don't see him, like he has clearly displayed he wants some help but no one is helping
    Basically (not to get into the whole story of the CD) I think this song is about going out on your own and not always following the group; going against popular belief as a part of growing up.
    I see this song as being about how the 'American Dream' and the idealistic view that everyone will be able to make something of themselves on their own generally, is completely wrong because life just isn't like that. People need people and if you try to go out completely alone then life will be very lonely, especially if you fail since not everybody can make it to the top and completely fulfil their dreams. I can also see how it's about depression though and
    It's about depression. "Check my vital signs" if you have ever been in the hospital for depression you would understand this completely.
    I think it's about a guy who has problems with suicide. He is lost in his mind in his head. He knows that whatever he does in life, he'll commit suicide and he won't never be able to do something good. He wishes that someone would soon help him to get out of this situation. He feels really sad, he's near death. I think it's what it means.
    Boulevard Of Broken Dreams is about what this guy is feeling inside. To me, it doesn't really have anything to do with him actually walking by himself, but in his mind he's all alone. It's as if no one knows exactly what's going on in his head and that's why he's alone because no one understands what he's dealing with. In the verse "Sometimes I Wish Someone Out There Will Find Me" I think it's saying that sometimes he wishes someone was on his page feeling the same thing he is and understands what he's going through, and until then he walks alone. I think this because the entire middle of the song talks about what's going on in his head. Get the CD and read the lyrics... Also, this is how I interpreted this song because that is exactly how I feel right now.
    I think it means two things. Following Jesus of Suburbia's story, he feels like an outcast, or a stranger in the land he is in, because it says, "Where the city sleeps and I'm the only one and I walk alone." Also, I think he feels lonely and maybe misunderstood, because he says "My shadow's the only one that walks beside me," and "Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me." So basically he is alone in a land where he doesn't know where anything is or who anyone is, and just wants to be found.
    I think it's about someone who wants something more in his life. The person has a good life but he wants more. He/She doesn't want to walk alone anymore, want someone with the same dreams



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    St_Jimmy406
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    Jul 21st, 2009 7:23pm report


    I can fit this song to my time at school.

    I walk a lonely road
    The only one that I have ever known
    Don't know where it goes
    But it's home to me and I walk alone

    At school, I learnt to be alone because I was bullied a lot and no one stuck up for me.

    I walk this empty street
    On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    Where the city sleeps
    and I'm the only one and I walk alone

    I used to walk on this cobbled area and the other kids would stare at me from where they were. I Walk Alone.

    I walk alone
    I walk alone

    I walk alone
    I walk a...

    My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
    My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
    Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
    'Til then I walk alone

    Who doesn't want someone who understands them completely? You'll probs never find that person but if you do you're very lucky. I longed for someone to help me but no one ever did.

    Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Aaah-ah,
    Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah

    I'm walking down the line
    That divides me somewhere in my mind
    On the border line
    Of the edge and where I walk alone

    Walking Down The Line..... It could mean the line between danger and safety, anger/sadness and happiness etc which I could fit to so many of my memories of school.

    Read between the lines
    What's fucked up and everything's alright
    Check my vital signs
    To know I'm still alive and I walk alone

    Sometimes you begin to want to die and maybe you do inside. Read Between The Lines What's Fucked Up And Everythings All Right means that even though the people around you think you are ok, it doesn't mean you are and sometimes they should look further than the skin to see what's really going on.

    I walk alone
    I walk alone

    I walk alone
    I walk a...

    My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
    My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
    Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
    'Til then I walk alone

    Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Aaah-ah
    Ah-ah, Ah-ah

    I walk alone
    I walk a...

    I walk this empty street
    On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    Where the city sleeps
    And I'm the only one and I walk a...

    My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
    My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
    Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
    'Til then I walk alone...



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    anonymous
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    Nov 13th, 17:16 report


    I think he still has hope in him from Jesus of suburbia. The verse “read between the lines” and “ I walk the line that divides me somewhere in my mind” refers to that there is hope just little.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 6th, 11:23pm report


    I believe that Green Day targets the stigma around mental health and how lonely someone can feel in the world we live in today. The person may put on a mask and act like everything is alright but when the city "goes to sleep", they reveal how lonely and how much they help they need.



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    rickandmortyfan
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    Jun 2nd, 6:47am report


    This song and the entire album is about a person with borderline personality disorder, somebody back me up on this.
    "I'm walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind"
    "On the borderline of the edge of the edge and where I walk alone"
    "What's fucked up and everythings alright" (they used to describe borderline personality disorder as borderline personity meaning on the borderline of neurotic and psychotic.
    It's so blantant and I listened to this as a teenager not understanding the lyrics fully. I loved the album.
    And then being diagnosed as BPD as an adult, I interpreted this song correctly having done lots of research on the disorder. I was amused to say the least



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    anonymous
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    Jan 10th, 2016 1:38am report


    he IS ALL alone aNd HE wants someoNe to find hiM and Care about HIm and KNow whAt tf he gOing thRough. HE is lost And hopEs to be fOuNd, but untIL he is, he wiLl reMain lost.

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    anonymous
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    Jul 10th, 2015 7:17am report


    It's a song about entering adulthood and being unsure of who you are and what to do. Another main focus of the song is how the American dream can let you down, nothing is promised, and the only person who can help you succeed in life is you. This belief is contrary to the beliefs of many young people today, who have been led to believe that they will be held up by society, however when they leave home, they become aware of what a harsh, jungle-like environment the western world is for young people trying to get a start in life.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 4th, 2015 7:43am report


    Totally lost and alone without the person he loves the most. Needing someone so much but complications in a relationship stop two people being together, this being the lonely road until they are together especially in their dreams.



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    happyrainbowturtle
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    Jan 28th, 2015 1:31pm report


    I think it's about being lonely and having no one to be there for you. A very sad but genius song.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 5th, 2013 12:32pm report


    i think that this song is about bullying. the speaker in the song says that he has no one there for him and that he is alone. He has been alone all his life. We know this because he says"i walk this lonely road, the only road that i have ever known." hes saying that loneliness is all he has ever had. Perhaps he has been bullied as a young child, and he just feels trapped. i don't think that he is taking about Jesus. When he says boulevard of broken dreams i think he means that he "walks" toward broken dreams (not being able to do the things he wants).



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    anonymous
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    Nov 28th, 2013 11:26am report


    It's about a lonely person even if they don't appear outwardly lonely they are inside. Maybe not depressed but lonely.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 26th, 2013 3:54am report


    Although a lot of other examples a shown throughout the song, it hit me hard when he sung 'Check my vital signs, know that i am alive and I walke alone'. It is pretty clear that this is talking about depression unfortunately, and self harm. He is checking to see if he is still alive, because he feels like an empty shell of a person. Beautifully written song :)



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    anonymous
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    Sep 21st, 2012 9:04pm report


    I think this song is about feeling all alone.

    I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don't know where it goes, but it's home to me and I walk alone.

    You're all alone and not sure where you'll end up, but this loneliness is all you've ever known.

    I walk this empty street on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Where the city sleeps and I'm the only one and I walk alone.

    The loneliness is very empty and it crushes your dreams. There are people around you, but no one cares about you.

    My shadow's the only one that walks beside me. My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating. Sometimes, I wish someone out there will find me. 'Til then, I walk alone.

    The first two lines say that you're all alone. Then it says that you want someone to find you and be with you, but until then, you're all alone.

    I'm walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind. On the borderline of the edge and where I walk alone.

    You're losing yourself to insanity.

    Read between the lines of what's fucked up and everything's alright. Check my vital signs to know I'm still alive and I walk alone.

    You seem to be fine to everyone else, but you're not. You're alive physically but don't feel very alive.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 3rd, 2012 4:50am report


    i think it is about a guy who has no friends nobody to love him and he can't find anyone who doesn't hate him so he just is lonely and wants to die

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Danny Ben-Israel
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    Nov 5th, 2011 11:42pm report


    I know this song has a double meaning: one about the Jesus of Suburbia's hangover and one about being alone but they can be put together so I'm gonna do that

    I walk a lonely road
    The only one that I have ever known
    Don't know where it goes
    But it's home to me and I walk alone

    So far, The Jesus of Suburbia is all alone and he doesn't know where it will lead him but he's been alone his whole life

    I walk this empty street
    On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    Where the city sleeps
    And I'm the only one and I walk alone

    Where the Jesus of Suburbia is, his dreams got shattered there, and no one notices him

    My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
    My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
    Sometimes, I wish someone out there will find me
    Til then I walk alone

    The Jesus of Suburbia is saying that he's all alone and he wishes someone would help him, the guitar getting louder on the chorus and outro means he's really pissed off unlike in the verses

    I'm walking down the line
    That divides me somewhere in my mind
    On the borderline
    Of the edge and where I walk alone

    The Jesus of Suburbia is in danger of going insane because the loneliness is maddening him

    Read between the lines
    Of what's fucked up and everything's alright
    Check my vital signs
    To know I'm still alive and I walk alone

    No one is helping the Jesus of Suburbia's problems because he seems alright on the outside, but if they looked further they'd find that he is really mentally fucked up,
    and he isn't really alive, his vital signs are alive but he doesn't feel alive

    This song doesn't say how he's all alone,
    so you can apply many different interpretations there, he could be all alone for the reasons the Jesus of Suburbia was: a hangover, he could also have been fucked by the government, I can relate to this song too, I like to sing this song and other songs a lot and I love to rock out, and the kids at my school are assholes, so I'm a social outcast.

    Best band ever, best album ever, best song ever, GREEN DAY WILL ROCK ON FOREVER



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    anonymous
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    Sep 4th, 2011 9:52am report


    This song can be interpreted in many different ways. In the story of the American Idiot album, Boulevard of Broken Dreams is the Jesus of Suburbia's hangover after the party in holiday. He realises that he's all alone. He's not really alive. He doesn't know where he's going. But aside from that, this song has other meanings. It could be a hangover like in the story. It could be about always being alone. It could be political and it's saying how the government's fucking up and ruining people's lives. And finally, it could be about being an atheist. I also want to say that this is my favorite song ever, it's on my favorite album ever, and it's by my favorite band ever!



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    anonymous
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    Jun 25th, 2011 6:16am report


    I think this a song about a typical man and he is just trying to find someone and to fit into society but he is constantly rejected. The first lyric " I walk this empty street," i think it is saying that this guy is walking through a street alone with the pain of rejection while everyone around him is just having a fun time with their friends. This is just my guess



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