This song was written in response to the 2009 suicide of a close friend that Billie Joe grew up with in Rodeo, CA. However, the song is as much about the entire “Generation X” (those born from roughly 1960-1980) as it is about this one specific tragedy. Billie Joe has repeatedly identified himself as an “Ex-Kid” in recent interviews. The narrator is able to relate to his late friend, in that they were both “Ex/X-kids.” But, he was able to push through the struggles that came with growing older, while his friend was not. His friend, unfortunately, found an escape in suicide, thus the line “Here goes nothing, the shouting’s over.” The narrator sees facets of himself in his late friend. He feels as if, sadly, there wasn’t much that could have been done to help his friend, though he wishes someone could have found a way to help him before it was too late.
Hey, little kid
did you wake up late one day?
You’re not so young, but you’re still dumb
and you’re numb to your old glory,
but now it’s gone.
I fell in love,
but it didn’t catch your fall.
Then I crashed to a wall
and I fell to pieces on the floor.
Now you’re sick to death.
Here goes nothing, the shouting’s over.
Hey X-Kid, bombs away!
Here goes nothing, the shouting’s over and out,
over and out again.