"I presented my concept to Billie Joe, because I know the song is personal to him, and he loved that it's all about youth and dreams and bonds that get broken. We wanted to make a mini-movie about a boy and a girl that fall in love and have the rest of their lives ahead of them, but the boy joins the Army and leaves her behind to go to war. It's my interpretation of Billie Joe's very personal song." - Samuel Bayer (video director)
''It's a personal thing. I've never tackled an issue about that — about singing about my father. It's hard to sing, but definitely therapeutic, because it deals with the passing of someone that you love." - Billie Joe Armstrong
''This is the most autobiographical song I've ever written. It's difficult getting through the song when I perform it live.'' - Billie Joe Armstrong
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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