Green Day: Wake me Up When September Ends Meaning
Song Released: 2005
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Wake me Up When September Ends Lyrics
The innocent can never last
wake me up when september ends
Like my fathers come to pass
seven years has gone so fast
wake me up when september ends
Here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
anonymous Oct 13th, 2005 10:47am report
This song is about Billie Joe's dad dying of throat cancer when he was 10 years old he never got over that, so he wrote the song. His father, Andy Armstrong, died on September 10th and he says "Here comes the rain again." This is saying he is crying again.
The video however is how the Director Samual Bayer saw it and Billie Joe agreed it would be good to do that, as including his father would be too personal to him.
Unfortunately I see there`s an argument about the meaning of this song. This song is very important for me so I thought a lot about its meaning.
In the opera of the American Idiot, this song tells about the desperate Jesus of Suburbia who lost his only friend and so a part of himself died. But I think there`s a very personal note in this song that was already mentioned.
Surely Billie Joe wrote this song about his father`s death,
he died 20 years ago. " 20 years have gone so fast" The rain falling from the stars might be the tears of him. The most interesting part is " As my memories rests, but never forgets what I lost"
His father died many years ago and he was forced to live his life, he had problems and a lot of things to care about, but if he remembers the time of his father he is faced with all the pain again. This is a message to his father: I won't forget you, all my effort is a tribute for you! So it`s also a song about losing a person he really loved, you see, there's the connection to the video where the girl loses her boyfriend in war.
As a third meaning I thought about peole in general. In times of prejudice and terrorism its a message to all the people to wake up, to begin feel individual. September is presented as a bad dream connected with the hope to wake up.
Also I think everybody has an own meaning for this song, everybody who has lost someone he loved, who wishes for better times to come.
As an personal statement, I really love this song for the hope and thoughts he gave to me.
Greez, from Germany
This song has nothing to do with 9/11 (I can understand why people think it is, because of the reference to September).
The song is actually about Billy Joe Armstrong's Father, whom he lost to Cancer many years ago. The lyrics "like my fathers come to pass seven years has gone so fast wake me up when september ends" are a good example of this. If you have watched VH2's Story Tellers with Green Day, Billy Joe says that this song is about his Father.
I'm not sure why the video is about War, but I guess people can relate to the song more that way.
anonymous Sep 26th, 9:03am report
I felt it was about the end of summer love, that kind of love which is uusually characterized as superficial and bound to end when school starts again. Howver, it can truly be tragic. Sometimes one finds true deep love and then the lovers must separate. Although this song has many other meaniings, this is what it meant to me.
In my case, I was grieving for my beloved husband, and every time I heard this song, I cried.
Trevor Lee Oct 28th, 2011 10:35am report
this song is about billies father who died of cancer. there are two lines that very clearly shows this. "7 years has gone so fast" (twice) and "20 years has gone so fast". the "7 years" is for when he first thought up this song, and the "20 years" is for when he officially published this song. this is an extremely emotional song and its sad to see when billie performs this song live and tries holding in his tears. i sometimes feel like crying myself when i see him perform live :'(
anonymous Oct 10th, 2011 10:14pm report
I know exactly what the song is about and why Billie Joe wrote it. But I just wanted to explain why I have a special connection to this song.
Last September (2010), after meeting the guy of my dreammmms... we had a small argument and before we even had the chance to really be together, another girl swooped in and grabbed him from me whilst we were mad at eachother.
They're still together and September just ended- the month of their one year anniversary. So basically, after listening to this song all september long... it just gets to me. All of the memories and stuff. This song can totally be interpreted however you want. This is how I see it.
backtodecember_3 Jun 13th, 2011 6:34pm report
I love this song because of the pain felt behind it. I guess it could be interpreted in a number of ways. It could be about a death, and it also could be about a lost love and wanting it all to just "blow over" and wanting to wake up from the spell it cast. But it really depends on how you look at it remembering to be sensitive to either view ... Great song <3
anonymous May 2nd, 2011 5:58am report
Well if it wasnt to be about the war and everything then why would the music video be depicted of the kid joining the army...? I think they are sending the wrong message and thats why you get so many thinking its about war.
anonymous Apr 30th, 2011 4:53pm report
Ok, amazing son, and i totally understand its about Billie's dad and everything, but i don't get the video...
So, its this young couple that love each other to pieces, but what did the guy do that upset the girl so much? And if the song isn't about war, why is war in the video?
The way i see it, is that the song a video have a completely different meaning.
Oh, and AMERICAN IDIOT CHANGED MY LIFE <3<3<3
anonymous Feb 24th, 2011 2:13pm report
The thing I got from this song is relation the seasons Summer standing for when his dad was alive. A time filled with joy and hope. Setpember resembels death and how his dad died on that month. Leaves falling,raining. Him crying even tho its been a while since his dad have died.if you think bout it in a poetic view you would see what he means.
anonymous Aug 31st, 2009 8:52pm report
The song is talking about the death of Billie Joe's dad on September 10. When he sings Like my father's come to pass, twenty years has gone so fast, is talking about how fast have pass the years since that terrible day, that he never recovered, and since that day he has lost his innocence, also they mention the summer and spring he is meaning that winter vacation ends and the really shit happens. 'ring out the bells again, like we did when spring began' he wants to go back to the innocence of earlier times, before all the mess and horror, a time when he was happy and there was something to celebrate..
also he refers to the war, seeing all the people dying because of honour
anonymous Aug 30th, 2009 8:31pm report
The song is not about 9/11. It is about Billie Joe Armstrong's father. He died to cancer several years ago thus the words "like my fathers come to pass seven years haw gone so fast". This was confirmed by Billie Joe Armstrong. The video is about someone going to was because many people die in war. Its a battle that's hard to win just like cancer and shoes people dying.
greendayfreak90 Aug 6th, 2009 8:27pm report
Okay, just to clear things up, this is not about 9/11 okay?
It's about Billie Joe's dad, and how he lost him when he was 10 due to cancer. "As my memory rests, but never forgets what I lost" means that he will never forget losing his dad, but he will let what happen rest in his mind. "Like my father's come to pass, seven/twenty years has gone so fast" says that the years since his death have come and gone quickly,and he can't believe it. "Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last" His dad was innocent, he didn't do anything, and the phrase "the good die young" sadly comes to mind.
anonymous May 10th, 2009 5:13am report
Yes, i know it's about billie's father, but it can be interpretated in so many ways. It reminds me of my grandmother's passing, which I still cry about.
Billie Joe Armstrong is singing about his father who died of cancer in September. At his dads funeral he ran home and locked himself in his room. When his mother came and knocked on his door to get out he cried "Wake Me Up When September Ends" hence the title. "Like my fathers come to pass 7 years gone so fast". Billie joe started green day 7 years after his father's death. "Like my fathers come to pass 20 years has gone so fast". Billie joe wrote this song 20 year after his father's death
Hey you guys... did you know that Billie Joe's dad died when he was 11, not 10. This song isn't about 9/11. If it was it would be talking about war... It wasn't. His father died of cancer when he was 11 years old. It's about how dealt with the pain then and how he deals with it now.
KING426HEMI Apr 29th, 2009 4:18am report
To me wake me up when September ends, in the part where it says 20 yrs have gone so fast,well that to me means 2 decades have gone by real quick.i personally like the song very much !! I know how it can be easily interpreted into
a 9/11 song,but I know it's really not.although the lyrics sound similar.
anonymous Mar 11th, 2009 3:04pm report
The member of Green Day, Billy Joe Armstrong, had a father that passed away when he was 10. He actually died from cancer in the month of September. The phrase,"Wake Me Up When September Ends", means he's feeling sad his dad passed, so he doesn't even want to live through the month.
anonymous May 30th, 2008 5:19am report
Once and for all time, I will explain this. Most people have it right, this song IS ABOUT BILLIE JOE'S FATHER. Any of you numbskulls who say otherwise should just shut up.
anonymous May 10th, 2008 5:08pm report
You know what, people, stop arguing and putting each other down. Only one thing is true in the interpretations of songs, THEY HAVE MORE THAN ONE MEANING TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE!!!!! They can be analyzed in any way you put it. This song could b about 9/11, Billie Joe's dad, war, or anything else in general. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion! No one is wrong about the meaning of the song, it is open ended.
anonymous Apr 2nd, 2008 4:44am report
This song fits in with the rest of the American Idiot album's story line. Although it does have a rather personal side to it, Billie Joe's dad dying when he was ten...RIP Mr Armstrong...nothing to do with war, it's part of the story of some kid who calls himself the Jesus Of Suburbia.
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