"With 'Boulevard,' I tried to make something that was empty and desolate and introspective. If you think about our country and the specter of war and the problems we're having, then 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' is the state of the union - and 'Holiday' is the wild trip that got us here. It was about living your life and partying as if there's no tomorrow. But 'Boulevard' is the tomorrow. And it's a really dark, gray, desolate landscape. It's a graveyard.'' - Samuel Bayer (video director)
"Originally, the band had wanted the outro to be something like the huge crescendo at the end of the Beatles' ''A Day in the Life''. Then they thought that maybe they'd try it with calliopes and circus music and craziness like that. I told them, 'Look, you're a rock band, let's just do it with guitars.' - Rob Cavallo (producer)
"There's an old James Dean photo where he's walking in New York and underneath it says 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams.' It's a great photo of him, so that's where I sort of nicked the title from.'' - Billie Armstrong
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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