Wake Me Up When September Ends

Green Day

Lyrics

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
wake me up when September ends

like my father's come to pass
seven years has gone so fast
wake me up when September ends

here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

as my memory rests
but never forgets what I lost
wake me up when September ends

summer has come and passed
the innocent can never last
wake me up when September ends

ring out the bells again
like we did when spring began
wake me up when September ends

here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

as my memory rests
but never forgets what I lost
wake me up when September ends

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
wake me up when September ends

like my father's come to pass
twenty years has gone so fast
wake me up when September ends
wake me up when September ends
wake me up when September ends

Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends [Official Music Video]

Meaning

The main theme of the song is about 9/11 and the war. It is saying that during that time, it was really hard for people to be happy, and it still is when September rolls around. "As my memory rests/ but never forgets what I lost" is saying that people are trying to get over it but they also want to remember the person or hopes that are gone know.

Poetic Devices

1. Rhyme:
Last and past rhyme, as well as stars and are.

2. Repetition:

"Wake Me Up When September Ends" is repeated multiple times.

3. Hyperbole:

"Here comes the reain again/ falling from the stars" is a hyperbole because rain doesn't come from that far away.

4. Onomatopoeia:

Ring represents the sound that the bells make.

5. Personification:

Memory can't rest in a literal way.