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This song, regardless of what track it is, or the music video, is about Billie's dad, who died when he was only ten years of age. He died of some kind of cancer.
"Summer has come and passed" indicates the passing of time.
"The innocent can never last" This means that Billie is saying that his father was a very kind, innocent man, and that he did not deserve his death.
"Wake me up when September ends" This clearly indicates that this tragic event happened in September, so he does not want to be reminded of it. He does not want to go through this month, for it brings back painful memories.
"Seven years have gone so fast" Self-explanatory.
"Here comes the rain again..." The rain could possibly be a metaphor for tears.
"Drenched in my pain again" This is personally my favorite line for some reason. But it's self-explanatory.
"As my memories rest, but never forgets what I lost" This means that this doesn't bring back as much pain anymore, but he isn't quite over it, and he will never forget his father.
"Ring out the bells again, Like we did when Spring began" He is wishing that his father was here, or that he could go back to those happy spring days with his dad.
"Twenty years have gone so fast" Time jump from 7 years to 20 years. This means that many years have gone by.
A very beautiful song. If you pay attention to the lyrics, it becomes even more beautiful.
its sad once you know what the lyrics mean most think its about some one Billie joe armstrong knows died in the war against terror but its really about his dad that died on 9/10/1982 when billie joe armstrong was only 10 years old.
This song really makes me cry for a reason... I had a freind that left me at September... right after summer... It really left me shattered... I couldn't help crying to this song when I first heard it. She was my really good friend, and we used to play with eachother... I just hope she can come back. Problem is, I'm Asian, and she's American... so it creates some racial problems. :(
Billie's dad died when he was just a kid. That's when he wrote the song, and he picked it up and recorded it for the american idiot album.
Its not only about him losing his dad, its about losing someone you love. In the video, its about this really young couple, and the girlfriend freaks out when the boyfriend signs up for the army. You never find out if the get to see eachother again. That's left for thought.
Its amazing how billie joe can write a song as a sad little kid and have that song find its way into the hearts of so many people so many years later.
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