The Forgotten

¡TRÉ!

Track 12 from ¡TRÉ!
Released 2012
Green Day has played this song live 0 times.



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Song Meaning

Although the title of this song may seem to allude to a particular group of people, the song is actually meant to be quite general in focus and nature. It's an anthem for those who feel like they've been "forgotten" or left behind. The narrator revels in sadness and solitude for much of the song. He starts out using the words "you" and "you're," then switches to first-person ("I"), then brings forward a sense of community and empathy by using "we" and "we're." At the very end of the song (and at the final closing of the entire trilogy as a whole), the narrator offers these words of encouragement to "the forgotten": "Don't look away from the arms of love."

Lyrics

Where in the world is the forgotten?
They’re lost inside your memory
You’re draggin’ on
Your heart’s been broken
As we all go down in history

Where in the world did the time go?
It’s where your spirit seems to roam
Like losing faith to our abandon
Or an empty hallway from a broken home

Don’t look away
From the arms of a bad dream
Don’t look away
Sometimes, you’re better lost than to be seen

I don’t feel strange, it’s more like haunted
Another moment trapped in time
I can’t quite put my finger on it
But it’s like a child that was left behind

So where in the world’s the forgotten?
Like soldiers from a long-lost war
We share the scars from our abandon
And what we remember becomes folklore

Don’t look away
From the arms of a bad dream
Don’t look away
Sometimes, you’re better lost than to be seen

Don’t look away
From the arms of a moment
Don’t look away
From the arms of tomorrow

Don’t look away
From the arms of a moment
Don’t look away
From the arms of love

Live Performances

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Other tracks from ¡TRÉ!

1 Brutal Love
2 Missing You
3 8th Avenue Serenade
4 Drama Queen
5 X-Kid
6 Sex, Drugs & Violence
7 Little Boy Named Train
8 Amanda
9 Walk Away
10 Dirty Rotten Bastards
11 99 Revolutions
12 The Forgotten