Wake Me Up When September Ends

Infobox Single
Name = Wake Me Up When September Ends

Artist = Green Day
from Album = American Idiot
B-side =
Released = June 13, 2005
Format = Digital Download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded =
Genre = Alternative rock, Acoustic
Length = 4:45
Label =
Writer = Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong
Producer = Green Day, Rob Cavallo
Certification =
Last single = "Holiday"
This single = "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
Next single = "Jesus of Suburbia"

"Wake Me Up When September Ends" is the fourth single from Green Day's seventh studio album, "American Idiot". Released on June 13, 2005, the single peaked at number six in the United States, becoming Green Day's second Top 10 single. It also peaked at number eight in Canada and the UK, while making number thirteen in Australia. The song is well known for its music video, which paints an intimate portrait of a wartime situation.

Track list

AU Single:
#Wake Me Up When September Ends
#Give Me Novacaine (Live Version from Storytellers)
#Homecoming (Live Version from Storytellers)

7" Picture Disc:Side A.
#Wake Me Up When September Ends

Side B.
#Give Me Novacaine (Live from Storytellers)

ong information

There once was much debate about what the song was about, one of the most common initial beliefs being that it is about the events of 9/11. In the liner notes, the song is dated September 10, and it is track 11 on the album. However, Billie Joe Armstrong has confirmed to the public that the song was written as a memorial anthem about his father, a jazz musician and minor league baseball catcher, who died of esophageal cancer when Armstrong was only ten years old.Fact|date=August 2008

In this melancholy ballad, Armstrong revisits his painful childhood and thinks about the day he lost his innocence when his father died. Like many faced with such a traumatic event, he never truly recovered, and he can't believe that twenty years have passed since that September day. As Armstrong associates pain with the month September, he would rather not deal with anything related to the month, prompting him to sing, "As my memory rests/but never forgets what I lost/Wake me up when September ends"

This song is in the key of G major and is four minutes and forty five seconds long. The verses are an example of 32-bar AABA form.

Music video

The video clip of the song features the story of a teenage couple, played by Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood.

The video strays from the original meaning of the song and instead focuses on the teenage couple as the boyfriend promises never to leave his girlfriend. Later in a lengthy sequence, the girlfriend confronts him about something he did (open-ended), repeatedly yelling, "How could you do this to me?" Although the audience's initial assumption may be that he was unfaithful, subsequent scenes reveal that he in fact enlisted in the United States Marine Corps without her knowledge. The video then shows the boyfriend in battle in Iraq being ambushed by insurgents. The war scene cuts out with the boyfriend taking cover after being separated from his squad in the ambush. It cuts back to the girlfriend again, where she is crying. Since the war scene suddenly cuts out, the viewer is left to think about what might have happened.This video adds to the "American Idiot" anti-war sentiment of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Like the rest of the videos from the album "American Idiot", Samuel Bayer was the director. The video features Green Day's support guitarist, Jason White.

The song eventually became a tribute song to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and sound bytes were added from various news coverages to the song. A live version of the song, recorded on September 3, 2005, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts was released soon after and dedicated to the hurricane's victims.

This is the second time Jason White has appeared in a Green Day video, first appearing in "When I Come Around", ten years earlier.

The video debuted first in the United Kingdom, and in the United States several weeks later, during which time it was speculated that the heavily anti-war video would not be allowed to air at all in the U.S.

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