[Verse 1] Born into Nixon, I was raised in hell. A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled. The last one born, the first one to run. My town was blind from refinery sun. [Pre-Chorus] My generation is zero. I never made it as a working cla** hero. [Chorus] 21st century breakdown. I once was lost but never was found. I think I'm losing what's left of my mind To the 20th century deadline. [Verse 2] I was made of poison and blood. Condemnation is what I understood. Videogames of the tower's fall. Homeland security could k** us all. [Pre-Chorus] My generation is zero. I never made it as a working cla** hero. [Chorus] 21st century breakdown. I once was lost but never was found. I think I'm losing what's left of my mind To the 20th century deadline. [Hook] We are the cla** of the cla** of 13', Born in the era of humility. We are the desperate and in the decline, Raised by the ba*tards of 1969. My name is 'no one' the long lost son, Born on the 4th of July. Raised in a era of heroes and cons, That left me for dead or alive. I am a nation, a worker, a pawn, My debt to the status quo. The scars on my hands are the means to an end, It's all that I have to show. I swallowed my pride and I choked on my faith, I've given my heart and my soul. I've broken my fingers and lied through my teeth, The pillar of damage control. I've been to the edge and I've thrown the bouquet, Of flowers left over the grave. I sat in the waiting room wasting my time, And waiting for judgement day. [Bridge] Praise, Liberty - The freedom to obey. It's a song that strangles me, Well, don't cross the line. [Outro] Oh dream, American dream, I can't even sleep From the light's early dawn. Oh scream, America scream, Believe what you see From heroes and cons.