Green Day Fans Give PSA On Not Posting Wake Me Up When September Ends Memes

By Katrina Nattress

September 1, 2021

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It's September 1, and you know what that means: the internet will be pasted with "Wake Me Up When September Ends" memes. Though the American Idiot hit sees a spike in plays at this time every year, Green Day fans are here to remind you why making a joke out of the song is actually not funny.

"PSA: Tomorrow is 9/1. Here is your reminder to please not joke about the Green Day song 'Wake Me Up When September Ends.' The song is about the Billie Joe Armstrong’s father who died of cancer when he was 10. It’s just not funny. /end PSA" one fan tweeted on August 31.

"Your friendly reminder Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is about Billie Joe Armstrong's father dying of cancer when he was just 10 years old - and the many years of existential dread that September brought him as a result. Maybe just don't make that crap joke, eh?" wrote another.

Billie Joe has opened up about the tragic inspiration for the song on many occasions. In 2019, he revealed that he muttered the words "wake me up when September ends" to his mom after his dad died. When asked if he wrote down the phrase or if the words just stayed with him, Billie Joe said “I think it’s something that just stayed with me; the month of September being that anniversary that always is just, I don’t know, kind of a bummer. But it’s weird: when things happen like that when you’re that young, it’s almost like life starts at year zero, or something like that.”

See more concerned Green Day fan reactions below.

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