Green Day: Wake me Up When September Ends Meaning
Song Released: 2005
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 is about Billie coping with the death of his father. When he says "seven years has gone so fast" he's referring to when he was 17 (when Dookie came out) and how his fater died when he was 10 and never got too see his rise to fame. When he also says "twenty years has gone so fast" hes referring to how he's now 30 (he wrote the song a few years ago) and his father didn't get to see what he has accompished and his children grow. Also to support this, his father died in September. This song was NOT written for Jonny Ramone, even though Billie says in concert that he's dedicating it to him, it's about his father.
anonymous May 29th, 2014 5:07pm report
This song is said to be about Billie Joe's father who died in September when he was young. His mother called for him after the funeral and he supposedly said "wake me up when September ends". That's why it says "like my fathers come to pass" throughout. The different year numbers could be the anniversary.
anonymous Sep 26th, 2013 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 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
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.
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