It’s that time of year again – when everyone cracks jokes Billie Joe Armstrong …and he totally participates in it, although in reality this time is difficult.
The Green Day leader tried to get ahead of all the memes and posts inevitably posted anyway – taking to the GD Instagram account to snap a picture of himself floating on a giant rubber duck with a drink in hand.
His comment is very simple… “Good morning. You’re welcome.” BJA notes that he’s in Singapore now, and appears to be on vacation for a bit – which also tells us.
What we’re talking about, of course, is his band’s famous song “Wake Me Up When September Ends”… and all the cracks on the internet right now, are mocking the fact that Billie has to get up from his month-long sleep on October 1st.
It’s all fun – at least superficially anyway. The problem, though, is that there is somewhat of a dark origin story to that classic… and it has to do with Billy’s father and his death when he was a young boy, in September of 1982 to be exact.
This is well dated… BJA has recorded numerous times over the years to explain this, noting that the song is about him dealing with a rough time in his life and having to process the memory of his father’s death – which he did through this song.
Most people seem simply unaware of this hard fact – which is a good thing, but going forward – people should probably relax on Billy’s jokes every October 1… ‘Cause like we said, it’s actually a sore subject for man. Even though he’s walking around here, it must be tough.
Honestly, the lyrics reveal the theme of this tune. people only must listen/Whatch out.