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]

"Coming Clean" is about coming out about your sexuality. The narrator had bisexual feelings, but society wasn't very friendly towards this sexual orientation. The narrator felt confused and ashamed and didn't dare to talk about for some time (17 and strung out on confusion / Trapped inside a roll of disillusion). Eventually he found the courage to "come clean", to talk about his sexuality.


Main article: Coming Clean/lyrics