Low on the list of the many, many disappointments of the previous few years is that Green Day never came out with (good) new music, as some Millennials who got through the Bush administration with American Idiot had hoped. Perhaps that’s why every September, the call for “Wake Me Up When September Ends” jokes is as prevalent as ever. They’re reminiscent of a simpler time, one when memes were as harmless as a simple pun on an emotive pop ballad instead of hot political takes and desperate wishes to realize 2020 has all been a dream.
Whatever the case, the autumnal answer to It’s Gonna Be May began anew today, as everyone preps to wake up Billie Joe Armstrong come the end of September, as per his wishes.
Let the Green Day jokes commence
— oh long johnson (@colbysmellsgood) September 1, 2020
sep 30th ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ oct 1st pic.twitter.com/P0FWmVivgq
— 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘢 🎬 (@deppsauvage) September 1, 2020
Green Day – Wake me up when September ends pic.twitter.com/qUC0Cr3xr6
— Jotaderos (@jotaderos) August 31, 2020
before you when it’s
go go all over
wake me up
when september inside
— ✝️🐇 (@CMRabbitt96) September 1, 2020
I would love it if Green Day could wake me up when September ends, but based on the past few months, September isn’t going to end for at least 8 years
— katie 🤷♀️ (@katieshrugs) September 1, 2020
Of course, not all Green Day fans were amused, as “Wake Me Up When September Ends” is about the passing of Armstrong’s father, and shouldn’t be joked about.
since its September now, heres ur reminder to please not joke about the green day song “wake me up when september ends” the song is about the singers father who died of cancer when he was a kid. its just not funny. pic.twitter.com/HKYLCfLlM8
— T❤️R🌹I🌸L🌙L🌼A🌈 (@ShyneTrilla) September 1, 2020
Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the song Wake Me Up When September Ends about his father, who died of cancer on September 1, 1982 when Billie was just 10 years old. At his father’s funeral, Billie cried, ran home and locked himself in his room. pic.twitter.com/78hVXKmspp
— Baratheon🤴 (@pluvioRenz_) September 1, 2020
reminder now that it’s september to leave billie joe armstrong alone. let him rest
the song wake me up when september ends is a memorial to his deceased father and he’s talked about being upset that the song gets memed on + that people message him to “wake him up” on october 1st pic.twitter.com/XmSSeKKj8F
— ❓𝙱𝙻𝙰𝙲𝙺 𝚂𝙻𝚄𝙶 𝙾𝙵 𝙼𝙰𝙻𝙵𝙴𝙰𝚂𝙰𝙽𝙲𝙴 ❓ (@L0ST_VEGAS) September 1, 2020
Others were just exhausted by yet another year of this meme.
“Why is Green Day trendin– Oh, it’s September 1st.” pic.twitter.com/1AKDVjXysS
— Thi. (@kaibastan) September 1, 2020
Unfortunately for those who dislike it, it seems there will be no shaking “Wake Me Up When September Ends” jokes, at least until Billie Joe makes good on his promise to write a song called “Shut the F*** Up When October Begins.”