wake me up when september ends lyrics

Hey everyone, it’s that Time Of Year Again and so here is your yearly reminder to Not Be A Dick.

Some backstory; back in 2004 Green Day released American Idiot, the hit album with the single of the same name. On this record, came another fairly popular song entitled, Wake Me Up When September Ends. This song was written by Billie Joe Armstrong for his dad, who died from cancer when Billie was 10 years old. 

And every year, since 2004, there are these Funny People who make these “lmao september’s over wake up greenday” jokes and like….. can ya’ll maybe not laugh at the loss of this guy’s dad. 

i make this PSA every year bc it’s just a dick move in general and i saw green day perform just two weeks ago and during the performance of wmuwse billie, broken up, changed the lyric from “20 years” to “30 years” like…. it’s obviously still a big thing for him so maybe, don’t laugh at his loss. 

i have and will continue to break mutuals/unfollow if i see anyone reblogging those jokes. it’s like literally so easy to Not make these jokes. so if you didn’t know why people get so offended about these jokes, now you know. 

If someone makes a Wake Me Up When September Ends joke, don’t immediately yell at them, harass them or insult them. Please let me explain why before you yell at me.


The Green Day fandom know that the song is about the tragic death of Billie’s father and spread that in an effort to prevent abuse towards him. Which is a good thing.


The thing is I think the vast majority of people who make the jokes have no idea of what the song is about.

  • The meaning is hardly mentioned in the lyrics in any way other than one line ‘like my father’s come to pass’. Billie and especially in American Idiot writes from the perspective of characters so anyone who picks up on that line could think that he is saying it as Jimmy. A lot of artists say lines because they rhyme and fit with the song. Almost everyone wont think deeply as to what that one line means.
  • Understandably the music video has no relation to the songs meaning at all.
  • Where does Billie mention the true meaning of the song? It’s upsetting for him to talk about it so he doesn’t, maybe he revealed it publicly once or twice. I don’t remember ever hearing him talk about it. Most GD fans know the meaning from other fans.
  • You can love the song, the band and their other music and respect them a lot with out watching countless interviews and being part of a fanbase. I reckon a lot of GD fans themselves don’t know the meaning of the song and that’s okay. I’m not saying it’s okay to make the joke or that people like that automatically make the jokes… i’m saying it’s okay to not know the meaning.

Okay so my summary of the above points is it really is not obvious at all what the meaning is.


Okay don’t get mad at me for me saying this but without the context and if there was no context I can see why some people would find it funny (I don’t find it funny though.) Most people think it is completely harmless, no offensiveness, no discrimnation, no insults, just something amusing to them.


Another thing people say is 'it came out 13 years ago, why are you still joking about it!’ That’s probably because they only just discovered the song. I didn’t know Green Day even existed until about 3 years ago, now thy mean so much to me.


Final thing I want to say. Please read this carefully before getting cross.


I hate when people make these jokes and would never do it myself, never have, never will. I have stopped people making these jokes and regardless of who you are if you make these jokes knowing the meaning you’re an asshole.


I think the fandom gets a little to worked up about it. There are way, way are more people flooding comments on Billie’s social media saying that people shouldn’t make the jokes than people who actually do, they’re basically yelling into the void. They just remind Billie of what happened and that some people are nasty to him about it. I know people mean well but it may end up doing more harm than good. Most likely it even makes some assholes make the jokes out of spite as they know it annoys us and the nastiness may have otherwise stopped long ago. If you see someone making the joke, calmly, without being an asshole inform them of the meaning like the brilliant @swampygirl did which was brilliant and the response was



Good work! I hope people understand what i’m going on about, the above person wasn’t an asshole, just unaware. I know people mean well, just personally I think some people are overreacting a bit.

Signs As Lyrics That Cause ME TO CRy
  • Aries: "I thought I loved you, it was just how you looked in the light"
  • Taurus: "Stay for as long as you have time, so the mess we`ll become leaves something to talk about"
  • Gemini: "So keep the blade, I think it got you laid"
  • Cancer: "You`ve got everything going for you, so I`ll go for you with everything I`ve got"
  • Leo: The beginning notes to Wake Me Up when September Ends I just can`t listen to that song without crying
  • Virgo: "She`s in a long black coat tonight, waiting for me in the downpour outside"
  • Libra: Wish You Were Here just the whole song
  • Scorpio: "One Too Many Skeletons, and You Are The Loveliest One"
  • Sagittarius: "Time can never break your heart, but it`ll take the pain away"
  • Capricorn: "I left you in Cape Town"
  • Aquarius: "Would You Change it if you Could?"
  • Pisces: "Things Have Changed for me, but That`s Okay."
Their Favorite Green Day Song + Lyric

(Most of these are from the ‘American Idiot’ album lol)


Sodapop: Wake Me Up When September Ends

“Like my father’s come to pass. Seven years has gone so fast. Wake me up when September ends…”


Two-Bit: Jesus Of Suburbia

“To fall in love and fall in debt to alcohol and cigarettes and Mary Jane to keep me insane doing someone else’s cocaine.”


Ponyboy: Give Me Novacaine

“Take away the sensation inside. Bitter sweet migraine in my head. It’s like a throbbing tooth ache of the mind. I can’t take this feeling anymore.”


Dallas: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

“I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don’t know where it goes but it’s only me and I walk alone…”


Johnny: 21 Guns

“Did you try to live on your own? When you burned down the house and home. Did you stand too close to the fire?” (I’m sorry, I had to)


Darry: Time Of Your Life

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go. It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right.”


Steve: Holiday

“I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies. This is the dawning of the rest of our lives…”