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Billy
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Written by: Brett Gurewitz
Released in: 1989
BPM: 150
Lyrics
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I can recall the warm youth of a summer day, yeah:
The sweetest lemonade, the darkest game arcade,
And Billy had a yearning in the corner of his mind.
It moved him secretly. It moved him powerfully.

But prescience was lacking and the present was not all
And his aptitudes were carelessly wasted.
And challenging life with the abandon of a fool,
He squandered the hours of his day.

Then darkness and disorder slapped him sharply in the face, yeah.
It hit him like a friend, struck something deep within.
He couldn't break the chain of slow decay that seemed to drag him
Just like a fatal tie toward the other side.

And Billy was a lunatic, just barking at the moon,
And his brain was totally wasted.
He then exchanged his friends for a needle and a spoon
And he threw his future away.

Bolt the door and throw away the key.
Your dim reflection is all that you can see.
So where is the justice when no one is at fault
And a human life is tragically wasted?
How fragile is the flame that burns within us all
To light each passing day?
Versions
Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
1:55 No Control United States 12" 2020
1:55 No Control United States 12" 2017
1:55 No Control E86406-1 United States 12" 2014
1:55 No Control E-86406-1TPK United States 12" 2014
1:55 No Control E-86406-1 United States 12" 2010
1:55 No Control E-86406-1 United States 12" 2009
1:55 No Control 86702-2 Russia CD 2007
1:55 No Control United States CD 2004
1:55 No Control Australia CD 1995
1:55 No Control Japan CD 1994
1:55 No Control E-86406-1 United States 12" 1994
1:55 No Control E-86406-4 United States MC 1989
1:55 No Control E-86406-1 United States 12" 1989
1:55 No Control Germany 12" 1989
1:55 No Control United States CD 1989
1:55 No Control 6406-2 Europe CD 1989
1:55 No Control United States 12" 1989
1:55 No Control Russia MC 1989
1:55 No Control United States 12" 1989
1:55 No Control United States 12" 1989
1:55 No Control Brazil CD 1989
Remastered
1:55 No Control Russia CD 2020
1:55 No Control United States CD 2004
1:55 No Control Europe CD 2004
1:55 No Control Australia CD 2004
1:55 No Control n/a United States MC 2004
1:55 No Control n/a Europe CD 2004
1:55 No Control E-86406-4 Poland MC 1996
1:55 No Control Japan CD 1994
1:55 No Control United States CD 1989
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07/09/2009 at 00:39
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07/11/2004 at 12:01
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