$20
Boygenius Lyrics


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It's a bad idea and I'm all about it
Give it one more chance and then I finally had it
When you wake up, I'll be gone again

Motorcycle in the front lawn

It's an all night drive from your house to Reno
To the T-bird graveyard where we play with fire
In another life, we were arsonists

How long's the Chevy been on cinder blocks?

Mama told me that it don't run
On wishes but that I should have fun
Pushing the flowers that come up
Into the front of a shotgun
So many hills to die on

Run out of gas, out of time, out of money
You're doing what you can, just making it run

Take a break, make your escape
There's only so much I can take

May I please have twenty dollars?
Can you give me twenty dollars?




I know you have twenty dollars
I know you have twenty dollars

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Boygenius's '20' immediately set the tone for an intense and reckless journey. The first line, "It's a bad idea and I'm all about it," sets up the idea that the singer is engaging in some sort of activity that may not be wise but they are eager to pursue it anyway. They then mention giving something "one more chance" before "finally" being done with it, suggesting that they may have been on this path for a while and are now ready to move on. The final line of the verse, "When you wake up, I'll be gone again," adds a sense of urgency to the situation, almost as if there are consequences to staying in this state for too long.


The second verse paints a vivid picture of a late-night adventure, driving "from your house to Reno" to play with fire in a "T-bird graveyard." The mention of being "arsonists" in a past life adds another layer to the recklessness of the situation. The line "How long's the Chevy been on cinder blocks?" suggests that this is not a place of wealth or luxury, but rather a gritty, rundown corner of the world. Despite this, the singer's mother still advises them to have fun, but also warns them that "it don't run on wishes."


The chorus brings us back to reality, with the singer asking for "twenty dollars" repeatedly, suggesting that they are in a tight spot financially. The line "There's only so much I can take" suggests that this lifestyle may have consequences for the singer, and they may be reaching a breaking point.


Line by Line Meaning

It's a bad idea and I'm all about it
I know we shouldn't do this, but I can't resist.


Give it one more chance and then I finally had it
I've put up with this for too long and I'm tired of it.


When you wake up, I'll be gone again
I won't stick around for the aftermath of our actions.


Motorcycle in the front lawn
Our reckless behavior is on display for everyone to see.


It's an all night drive from your house to Reno
We're willing to go to great lengths for a thrill.


To the T-bird graveyard where we play with fire
We engage in dangerous and destructive activities for excitement.


In another life, we were arsonists
We have a tendency towards destructive behavior and would have been criminals in another life.


How long's the Chevy been on cinder blocks?
We're surrounded by poverty and broken dreams.


Mama told me that it don't run
My mother warned me that my actions have consequences.


On wishes but that I should have fun
Despite the potential risks, I should enjoy my youth and take chances.


Pushing the flowers that come up
I'm wasting my time and energy on insignificant pursuits.


Into the front of a shotgun
I'm headed towards disaster and self-destruction.


So many hills to die on
There are many things I'm willing to fight for, even if it leads to my downfall.


Run out of gas, out of time, out of money
I'm running on empty and have nothing left to give.


You're doing what you can, just making it run
Despite the odds, you're doing your best to keep going.


Take a break, make your escape
You need to take a step back and escape the cycle of destructive behavior.


There's only so much I can take
I'm at my breaking point and can't continue like this much longer.


May I please have twenty dollars?
I need money, but I know I shouldn't ask.


Can you give me twenty dollars?
I'm desperate and hoping you'll help me out, even if you shouldn't.


I know you have twenty dollars
I'm counting on you to bail me out, whether it's a good idea or not.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@jaydenketter3426

It's a bad idea and I'm all about it
Give it one more chance and then I finally had it
When you wake up, I'll be gone again
Motorcycle in the front lawn
It's an all-night drive from your house to Reno
To the T-bird graveyard where we play with fire
In another life, we were arsonists
How long's the Chevy been on cinder blocks?
Mama told me that it don't run on wishes, but that I should have fun
Pushing the flowers that come up into the front of a shotgun
So many hills to die on
Run out of gas, out of time, out of money
You're doing what you can, just making it run
Take a break, make your escape (out of gas, out of time, out of money)
There's only so much I can take (you're doing what you can, just making it run)
May I please have 20 dollars?
Can you give me 20 dollars?
I know you have 20 dollars
I know you have 20 dollars!



@anita-zd9uv

It's a bad idea and I'm all about it
Give it one more chance and
Then I finally had it
When you wake up, I'll be gone again
Motorcycle in the front lawn

It's an all-night drive from your house to Reno
To the T-bird graveyard where we play with fire
In another life, we were arsonists
How long's the Chevy been on cinder blocks?

Mama told me that it don't run
On wishes but that I should have fun
Pushing the flowers that come up
Into the front of a shotgun
So many hills to die on

Run out of gas, out of time, out of money
You're doing what you can, just makin' it run
(Take a break, make your escape)
Gas, out of time, out of money
You're doing what you can, just makin' it run
(There's only so much I can
Take a break, make your escape)
May I please have twenty dollars?
Gas, out of time, out of money
You're doing what you can, just makin' it run
(There's only so much I can
Take a break, make your escape)
Can you give me twenty dollars?
(Gas, out of time, out of money
You're doing what you can, just makin' it run)
(There's only so much I can
Take a break, make your escape)
(Gas, out of time, out of money
You're doing what you can, just makin' it run)
(There's only so much I can
Take a break, make your escape)
I know you have twenty dollars
I know you have twenty dollars!



All comments from YouTube:

@fangbanger1719

No need for little Julien, she matches the height perfectly lmao

@curtislindsey1736

This is the best boy band I've ever heard.

@db7819z

They don’t really know how to play instruments though do they… I mean if good morning America is going to go on and on about some critically acclaimed band to tye point I look them up, it would be nice if the first song I clicked on featured some sort of musical talent or skill.

@oscarrose4291

@@db7819zcope

@lose4851

​@@db7819z I've seen them play live.. and I've seen Julien on her solo tours twice (there's no way you've seen Julien play and says she can't play the instruments) oh man she was literally switching between instruments in her own concert and playing so many instruments at the same time.... Also she's literally played the instruments in her albums by herself?!!

@jakobravis6031

@@lose4851you’re definitely correct that person it full of shit haha

@mon_nks

Fuck yea second that!!!!

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@robertfrost8264

1:10 lil baby Lucy already has the blue paint on her sweater. <3 S tier. Thank you, boygenius and Kristen Stewart.

@geniusphilz

Anybody notice that Julien has The Cure album Boys Don't Cry in her room above her race car bed? Later she will be singing as she drag races through the canyon!

@rachelrose714

IN ANOTHER LIFE WE WERE ARSONISTS

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