In His Own Words: Billie Joe Armstrong on Charlottesville
Billie Joe Armstrong can be found on Instagram.
“I love the heartland. nothing makes me feel more inspired than hearing an arena singing together.. so many thoughts today.. my heart feels heavy. I feel like what happened in Charlottesville goes beyond the point of anger. It makes me sad and desperate. Shocked. I fucking hate racism more than anything. music and social justice have always gone hand and hand with me. we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for “The Times They Are a Changin'” .. some people don’t agree.
“The spirit of Green Day has always been about rising above oppression. and sticking up for what you believe in and singing it at the top of your lungs. we grew up fearing nuclear holocaust because of the cold war. Those days are feeling way too relevant these days. These issues are our ugly past and now it’s coming to haunt us. Always resist these doomsday politicians. and in the words of our punk forefathers .. Nazi punks fuck off.”
“Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin‘.”
photo from Green Day’s Facebook page. More quotes at The GTC.