Coming Clean

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"I think mostly it's been kept in my head. I've never really had a relationship with another man. But it is something that comes up as a struggle in me. It especially came up when I was about 16 or 17. In high school people think you have to be so macho. People get attacked just because someone insinuates something about their sexuality. I think that’s gruesome."
Billie Joe Armstrong
Coming Clean
Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong
Song length: 1:34
Album: Dookie (1994)
Previous song: "When I Come Around"
Next song: "Emenius Sleepus"

"Coming Clean" is the 11th song on Dookie. It is noted for chronicling Billie's coming out as bisexual.

Song meaning[edit | edit source]

"Coming Clean" is about about your masculinity. The narrator stated that he didn’t care about his masculinity before but now decided to take it into full swing. The narrator felt confused and ashamed and didn't dare to talk about it for some time.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Main article: Coming Clean/lyrics