Love and War Hit Greenday’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” Video

Greenday - Wake Me Up When September Ends video

Today I was flipping through the TV stations as I waited until The Real World: Austin was coming on at 10pm when I found myself watching what looked like a movie starring my beloved Jamie “Billy Elliot” Bell and Rachel Evan Wood. It was the two of them sitting in idyllic field of yellow flowers telling each other how much they loved one another.

I was like, “Since when did Jamie Bell and Rachel Evan Wood do a movie together?” But before I knew it, there was Billie Joe Armstrong’s crooked teeth all up in my face, singing the opening lines of the Greenday song, “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” a song about the passing of Billie Joe’s father.

It’s a beautiful-looking, “political” 7-minute video with a storyline that goes like this: Young boy and girl are in love. They share fun times, having birthdays, making out, throwing cake, running around carefree. Boy joins up for the Army. Girl cries. Boy gets sent to a war-torn country (Iraq). Girl looks anxious. Boy looks scared while holding machine gun. Someone gets shot. Girl looks up at sky in search of answers/ a better day/ an end to September. The End.

You can catch the video on AOLMusic.com

9 thoughts on “Love and War Hit Greenday’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” Video”

  1. This is the best synopsis of anything. Ever.

    My favorite part, “Billie Joe’s crooked teeth all up in my face.”

  2. Why are you so anti- anything mainstream? You know why bands get big? Because they have some level of talent. Im not dissing the underground scene, it rocks too. But shallow attempts to degrade an amazing video only make you look childish. It wasnt meant to be political, its about losing someone you love, whatever the cause may be, war fit in with the time frame. And F.Y.I, my teeth are crooked because I dont give a fuck about what you think of my teeth.

  3. i wasn’t dissing the video…and i mentioned the original meaning of the song. i find it absolutely hard to believe there was NO political intention on the part of the director in filming that video. and his teeth ARE crooked. that’s a fact. i don’t see anything wrong with describing that… you seem to be reading this post completely wrong.

  4. i think this song deffinately does have a political meaning to it only because war is the main aspect of the film. It also talks about young love and the loosing of someone your close to- this can be related to the real meaning of the song which was about billy joe loosing his father. When the lyrics ‘the innocent can never last’ it flashes back to the war, saying that who was once innocent ‘the boy’, will eventually move on, whether joining a war or whatever.

    meh. thats what i think this video clip means.
    all i can say is greenday are truelly awesome and will always be loved by people.

    p.s. crooked teeth are cutsie. people should stop pointing out peoples ‘flaws’.

  5. “2. Anonymous | October 11th, 2005 at 3:36 pm

    Why are you so anti- anything mainstream? You know why bands get big? Because they have some level of talent. Im not dissing the underground scene, it rocks too. But shallow attempts to degrade an amazing video only make you look childish. It wasnt meant to be political, its about losing someone you love, whatever the cause may be, war fit in with the time frame. And F.Y.I, my teeth are crooked because I dont give a fuck about what you think of my teeth.”

    You aren’t Billie Joe.

  6. Hi boys!I am italian(so don’t care about what will I write down here, I would have misunderstood , I surely will do a lot of mistakes)
    I was looking for some article about Green Day (my cousin and my sister are fond of Billie Joe)and I found this blog.Well, I like(just a bit)Green Day’s music and I find interesting this video and song.I know that political situation in USA is different from italian one and that you can understand iraqi question in a better way(also if the sucking ex italian premier Berlusconi supportrd this disgusting war).Is very 2sweet”that mr Armstrong dedicates a song to his dead father, what I don’t understand is why doing it in a so “manieristic”way(war has been transformed in a “honey”romance , woth slim and beauty girl and handsome boy…)Iraqi war is a plague to contemporanean history . Billie has been good in singing “american idiot” because is the feeling we all share in the world but how is easy singing when you have got millions and millions in a swiss bank!I feel this is a bit hypocrite…
    I hope you have understood my twisted and “italian”speech 🙂
    p.s. Billie’s teeth are not croocked…they are fucked up and rotten..maybe is a look 🙂
    By
    M.R.

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