Wake Me Up When September Ends

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"Wake Me Up When September Ends"
Single by Green Day
from the album American Idiot
Released June 13, 2005
Format Digital download, CD single, vinyl, Video single
Recorded September 2003
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:45
Label Reprise/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Billie Joe Armstrong / Green Day
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo, Green Day
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Green Day singles chronology
"Holiday"
(2005)
"Wake Me Up When September Ends"
(2005)
"Jesus of Suburbia"
(2005)
Music video
"Wake Me Up When September Ends" on YouTube

"Wake Me Up When September Ends" is a song by American rock band Green Day. It was released in June 2005 as the fourth single from their seventh album, American Idiot.

The song deals with the death of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's father, who died when Armstrong was a child.

The single peaked at number six in the United States, becoming Green Day's third Top 10 single. It also peaked at #8 in Canada and the UK, while making #13 in Australia. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" had sold 1,652,000 copies as of May 2010, and was the second highest selling single in the U.S. from American Idiot, behind only the multi-platinum "Boulevard of Broken Dreams".[1] The song ended the streak of Green Day's three consecutive #1 hits on the Modern Rock Tracks chart ("American Idiot", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Holiday"), but it hit #2 on the chart almost hitting #1 by Gorillaz "Feel Good Inc.". The song also hit #2 on the Adult Top 40 and #4 on the Mainstream Top 40. This was the band's most successful song to the adult contemporary market, hitting #13 on its own chart and their only song to chart other than "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". The song is certified Silver in the United Kingdom for sales of 200,000 [2]

Music video[edit]

Like the majority of the videos from the album American Idiot, it was directed by Samuel Bayer. The video features Green Day's support guitarist, Jason White. This is the second time Jason White has appeared in a Green Day video, first appearing in "When I Come Around", ten years earlier but not as a band member.

The video focuses on a very loving couple (played by Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood). The boyfriend promises never to leave his girlfriend but they later argue when the boyfriend enlists in the United States Marine Corps. The boyfriend interprets his actions as a way to show her that he loves her so much that he would put his life on the line to keep her safe; the girlfriend, however, is heartbroken, as he broke his vow to never leave her, and terrified at the thought that he might die in battle. The video then shows the boyfriend in battle in Iraq being ambushed by insurgents. This scene is intercut with scenes of the girlfriend tearfully mourning in a quiet field. The video ends on this juxtaposition, emphasizing the pain and heartache of losing loved ones due to the war.

This video adds to the American Idiot anti-war sentiment of the Iraq War. The song eventually became a tribute song to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and sound bites were added from various news coverages to the song. A live version of the song, recorded on September 3, 2005, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts was released soon after and dedicated to the hurricane's victims. The song was performed live with U2 guitarist The Edge in the pregame show of the Monday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons; it was the first game played in the Superdome in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Me Up When September Ends"   4:45
2. "Give Me Novacaine" (live at VH1 Storytellers, Culver City, California on February 15, 2005) 3:38
CD 2
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Me Up When September Ends"   4:45
2. "Homecoming" (live at VH1 Storytellers, Culver City, California on February 15, 2005) 9:24
3. "Hitchin' a Ride"   2:52
AUS CD
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Me Up When September Ends"   4:45
2. "Give Me Novacaine" (live at VH1 Storytellers, Culver City, California on February 15, 2005) 3:38
3. "Homecoming" (live at VH1 Storytellers, Culver City, California on February 15, 2005) 9:24
Live (iTunes Exclusive)
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" (live at Foxboro, Massachusetts on September 3, 2005) 5:41

7" picture disc

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Me Up When September Ends"   4:45
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Give Me Novacaine" (live at VH1 Storytellers, Culver City, California on February 15, 2005) 3:38

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005-2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 13
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 2
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100 Oficiální) 1[7]
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 22
Ireland (IRMA) 13
Italy (FIMI)[9] 33
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[10] 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 21
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 8
US Billboard Hot 100 6
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[13] 2
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 4
US Billboard Adult Top 40 2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 13
Chart (2011) Peak
position
UK Rock (The Official Charts Company)[14] 28

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