This song was written about the main character of the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, a book that resonated with Billie Joe in his teen years.

Fun fact: Chicago punk band Screaching Weasel released a song titled “I Wrote Holden Caulfield” in 1994, on which Mike Dirnt plays the bass.

Green Day - Who Wrote Holden Caulfield? chords and lyrics