March 1, 2010

Green Day / The Cast Of American Idiot – 21 Guns

Posted in Lyrics, Music Video, Song Comment tagged , , at 8:15 am by LynxLee


21 guns is also a salute for honor or death of a soldier.

“As naval customs evolved, 21 volleys came to be fired for heads of state, with the number decreasing with the rank of the recipient of the honor. Multiples of 21-gun salutes may be fired for particularly important celebrations.”
(Reference: Wikipedia)

The video takes place with the band and the album’s two protagonists Christian (Josh Boswell) and Gloria (Lisa Stelly) taking refuge in a white room after robbing a bank. The police arrive outside the room and open fire through the window. As bullets rain through the room, the band continues playing. Gloria picks up the phone and throws it into a fish tank. As the bullets continue to fly and tear apart the room, Christian and Gloria walk toward each other, unharmed by the bullets. They embrace and kiss, recreating the 21st Century Breakdown cover art. The video may represent the meaning of the song in the 21st Century Breakdown story.
(Reference: Wikipedia)

The album follows a couple (Gloria & Christian) who are trying to make their way in the world while they’re being overcome by contraband, decit, confusion, violence, and drug abuse. When Christian finds out that Gloria wasn’t and wonderful and he thought she was, he became very angry and destructive because now everything he knew was a lie. Meanwhile, she was mad at him because she was the only one carrying wieght in the relationship.
ANYWAY, 21 Guns is when they realize that enough is enough because they really do love eachother “did you try to live on your own” “did you stand to close to the fire”. they’ve been hurt and wasted, they just want to take down the wall and let eachother in.
(Reference: WikiAnswers.com)

Many people does not really “listen” to this song’s ingenius lyrics. It’s a song about war, and how it’s not exactly a solution for everything. How it feels like to have regrets and the hurting.. It could also be as simple as a relationship problem, how we may need to know if what we are doing is worth it? Is it worth going through this, or argue about the little things that makes no sense? No point arguing about things that doesn’t matter later in our lives. Cast your love to good use; live and let live.

One line that hits home the most is the consequence of regret – “Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone”.

I know how my significant other really like this song, so I thought I’d share some details on it as I see and from what I come to love about it.

Do you know what’s worth fighting for
When it’s not worth dying for?
Does it take your breath away
And you feel yourself suffocating?
Does the pain weigh out the pride?
And you look for a place to hide?
Did someone break your heart inside?
You’re in ruins

When you’re at the end of the road
And you lost all sense of control
And your thoughts have taken their toll
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul
Your faith walks on broken glass
And the hangover doesn’t pass
Nothing’s ever built to last
You’re in ruins

Did you try to live on your own
When you burned down the house and home?
Did you stand too close to the fire?
Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
You and I


Do you know what’s worth fighting for
When it’s not worth dying for?
Does it take your breath away
And you feel yourself suffocating?
Does the pain weigh out the pride?
And you look for a place to hide?
Did someone break your heart inside?
You’re in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
You and I

When you’re at the end of the road
And you lost all sense of control
And your thoughts have taken their toll
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul
Your faith walks on broken glass
And the hangover doesn’t pass
Nothing’s ever built to last
You’re in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
You and I

Did you try to live on your own
When you burned down the house and home?
Did you stand too close to the fire?
Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone

When it’s time to live and let die
And you can’t get another try
Something inside this heart has died
You’re in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
You and I

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19 Comments »

  1. wafry said,

    this song is so good…i like it……

  2. afzaleen said,

    i really like this song

  3. jolina said,

    i like it … its good. .. i miss the man who introduce this sing to me

  4. vineeth said,

    nice meaningful song. I would like to know the female singers name from the second video. So thankful for the lyrics.

  5. owen said,

    this song is really meaningful..i love the singers too..they’re all excellent..when it’s time to live and let die..and you can’t get another try..something inside this heart has died.. you’re in ruins!!

  6. donah said,

    really love this song

  7. feyonna said,

    i love this song!!!!! i get goosebumps evrytime i listen to this song!GREENDAY ROCKS!

  8. Rexy said,

    it’s very nice song,in each word have a good mean.i like it most!

  9. lunie said,

    touching!!!!

  10. eve said,

    love it!!!!!

  11. nor fatimah said,

    i first heard this song. i started to had long pondered!!try to capture every byte words contain therein. i found this song has a beautiful meaning behind it…fine and touching conscience. ears that hear the soft and earthy vocals of the singer was comfortable with such a net lyrics!!

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  13. Donizia said,

    Where to find the piano sheet music?

  14. Rohit said,

    you all just rocked …… make songs like this plz..

  15. Srijani said,

    Wow,really heart touching…

  16. kekhrieleuangami said,

    wow! this song is so good .Green day rock !

  17. SUE said,

    The part the American Idol crew says at the end, is not on any of the lyric sites on the internet, anyone know what I am talking about?

  18. naman said,

    the cast version always reminds me ma love to someone!!!!!!!!! too touchy n meaningful

  19. Ismail Green said,

    I love this song….

    Remembering somebody outside there


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