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How Green Day’s most personal track became a meme

Middle 8 | April 2, 2024
How Green Day's most personal track became a meme

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  1. @daughterofrageandlove

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    this is such an insensitive topic to joke about. he still gets emotional over his father passing and thats to be expected. just because billie is famous doesn’t mean that he’s unaffected by jokes people make ABOUT HIS DAD PASSING AWAY. some people on the internet need to gain respect for themselves and others. rest in piece billies dad 🕊🪦

  2. @VinceHere98

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    I associate the song with any horrible event that happens in September, mostly 9/11 because of how that event basically ended up changing America for the worst.

    The lyrics “Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are” can be a way of showing one’s sadness and disgust by seeing how politically and dangerously polarized America had slowly become as the years progressed.

    Now that September has just started again by the time I’m writing this comment, I’m dreading whatever horrible event may happen this time around. The month of September is cursed with grief and tragedy and I’m truly sorry for anybody born during that awful, awful month. Thank god I was born in the month of June (well, the very last day, but still)

  3. @Capitan_Doug_Keith

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    I lost my grandmother in September of 2020. That March and that September drove me to the point my gf actualy tricked me into seeing a doc. Best decision I've never made. Still, the song is special to me. Rock on, Billy Joe

  4. @yeahno8294

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    My Grams died in September and I completely understand. My Grams was my safe place she was my savior from sexual abuse and always made me feel safe and loved losing her was like losing My safe place and every September I feel the loss harder and deeper than any other time of year

  5. @twez349

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    i don't care what other thinks about this song but it was the first song I had heard of Green Day and has an unmovable impact on me. This Song swallows me in everytime I play it.

  6. @YujiNakaSonic

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    real interesting watch, was a real big fan of pre American Idiot Green Day and was not a fan of this album growing up and I too was one of those who always thought this song was about 9/11

  7. @VSMartins398

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    This song became a meme only in US? Man, Green Day was popular as fuck here in Brasil, why one of the most beautiful sad song of all time became a meme? Unbelieveable

  8. @luisaluz9257

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    Green Day played at Rock in Rio on September 10th of 2022, and Billie looked really emotional, he even changed the lyric to "40 years have gone so fast", it broke me so much. I watched the whole concert, and it was beautiful ( they had the best performance of the edition! ). Any artist that writes such personal songs and has the strength to perform them and share their feelings with the public has my total respect, and people shouldn't be joking about such things.

  9. @coyoteprime3239

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    I lost my dad at 8, same type of cancer as Billie Joe’s dad. I see Billie joe as someone just like me, a role model of how he dealt with the exact same thing, and came out stronger. I lost my dad in September and Wake me up when September ends, and boulevard of broken dreams especially connected to me. I was sent to an all boys school and had no friends for years, constantly bullied. I walked alone, not knowing my worth. Billie joe’s music got me through all of that. Thank you.

  10. @lunar.enigma08

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    my mom died in february 2011 and holy shit to i relate to this song. whenever february rolls around, the seasonal depression kicks in, and even if it is the shortest month, it still does drag on forever. people don't truly understand what it's like to lose a parent until it actually happens. every single word hits me right in the heart like a bullet whenever i listen to wake me up when september ends. the song has made me cry before. and i still cry over my mom. the grief never goes away.

  11. @sk360flip

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    Wow I feel like an asshole now. I never even thought of what the song could be about. I figured it was some emo crap. The grief raining down every year is powerfully sad.

  12. @JeanPKlaus

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    I know this video is old, but another contribution that this song became a Meme/Joke song is people's disillusionment in 9/11. While this is the theme song and the anthem of 9/11 and people associate with 9/11. It sort of changed the songs meaning afterwards for some.

  13. @OuRLiFeISaDrEaM

    April 2, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    This song hit me in the nuts because I first started hearing after hurricane Katrina and if you don’t live here. You won’t get it. But if you do then you know the city was shutdown all of September. So naturally. It’s quite emotional.

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