Resources for Loss

"Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day, contributed by Katie Krupa (2023)

"Wake Me Up When September Ends" is a song by the American rock band, Green Day, released in 2004. The song was written by Green Day’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Billie Joe Armstrong. The lyrics of the song were inspired by the emotions Armstrong experienced following the death of his father when he was a young child. His father passed away in September 1982 when Armstrong was 10, and the pain and grief associated with this loss lingered with him for many years. As a result, September became a sorrowful month for him, symbolizing the loss of his father and the subsequent emotions he felt. The song reflects Armstrong’s feelings of mourning, longing, and the difficulty of coping with the loss of a loved one. The song expresses a desire to escape the emotional pain associated with September, wishing to be awakened once the month ends, as a metaphorical way of avoiding or passing through the period of grief and sadness. While the song is deeply personal to Billie Joe Armstrong, its emotional themes of loss and longing have resonated with many listeners who relate to the experience of grieving and yearning for a sense of solace or resolution.

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