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Guns N' Roses: Welcome to the Jungle Meaning

Song Released: 1987


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Welcome to the jungle
We got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want
Honey we know the names
We are the people that can find
Whatever you may need
If you got the money honey
We got your disease

Chorus:
In the jungle
Welcome to the...

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    anonymous
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    May 31st, 2007 5:20am report


    No one effin gets it this song is about everything that happens when your alone in a big city on your own! it's about how you get sucked into the nightlife of a big city. Axl's first day in the city the cab driver he was with said" you know where you are? you in the jungle baby your gunna die" he then used that as a theam for the song. The beginning of the video explains a lot the song is also bout how a big city changes you. Like at the beginning of the video he is a country boy but at the end he is TOTALLY different.

    this person is the only one to have gotten the true meaning..the cab driver said to him, his first day in the city "d'you know where you are? you're in the jungle baby. you're gonna die!" and he then used this as inspiration for the song. The rest of the song was written about all the band member's different experiences in the big city... The line that says "you're a very sexy girl, whos very hard to please you can taste the bright lights but you won't get them for free" is obviously about money-hungry prostitutes. The line that says "you learn to live like an animal in the jungle where we play, if you've got a hunger for what you see you'll take it eventually you can have anything you want but you'd better not take it from me" is about having to be bad ass and act like that to fit in, in the city..

    everyone else who interpreted it you're fucking idiots...maybe you oughtta listen to the song again... maybe you'll get it then



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    anonymous
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    Mar 7th, 2009 3:10pm report


    all the people who say it's about sex are missing the part about drugs. all the people who say it's about drugs are missing the part about the sex.

    it's not about sex or drugs as an end though, but rather the corruption they interlace with in LA (or for that matter the underground of any big city).

    and no, "your disease" doesn't mean std, it refers to addiction (to sex, to drugs, to power, to whatever) in general.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 22nd, 1:24pm report


    It is in fact about his experience in the westville prison he was an inmate at the same time that I myself was he was sent there for possession of illigal drugs Grand theft auto an driving under the influence of alcohol he had an 18 month sentence in which he served the majority of in his home town county jail and had to serve out the final six months I'm fairly certain it was. He would go to the recreation department where we inmate's had access to musical instruments where he played the guitar and sing he came up with the lyrics to welcome to the jungle as well as parts an pieces of a few of his other kick ass tunes he said on his way out of the place that he had no intentions of ever returning to this hell on Earth he was intending to go somewhere in life that he was in control.He would sit an tell anyone that would talk an listen to him that he intended to go out to the west coast an see if he had the shit to make a go of with his voice and hell yeah he done what he said and became somebody that everyone would know and remember long after he was gone instead of some number on a ledger and little metal plate grave marker like the unknown countless individuals on westville,s boot hill those are the facts beginning to end of Williams westville prison exsploits ya care to know more ask him



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    anonymous
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    Dec 12th, 12:01pm report


    It's about living a life of debauchary and craziness. The singer of the song is inviting the individual to come experience the amazing chaotic world.

    Honey we know the names
    We are the people that can find
    Whatever you may need
    If you got the money honey
    We got your disease

    Translation:
    We know the names of all the drug dealers that can get you any drug you want. If you got the money than you can get any drug you want.

    In the jungle, welcome to the jungle
    Watch it bring you to your shun n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n knees, knees
    Ohhh ah, I wanna watch you bleed

    Translation:
    Welcome to the jungle, which is the chaotic world of sex, drugs, and alcohol. This chaotic world can make you a addict of the chaos. The partying can take it's toll both on one's mind and body. The verse is about embracing the chaos.

    Welcome to the jungle, we take it day by day
    If you want it you're going to bleed, but it's the price you pay
    And you're a very sexy girl, very hard to please
    You can taste the bright lights, but you won't get there for free.

    Translation:
    When you are addicted to this life of debauchary day by day (everyday) you are going to suffer. You can get very good drug but it's not free.

    In the jungle, welcome to the jungle
    Feel my, my, my, my serpentine
    Ohhh ah, I wanna hear you scream

    Translation:
    Welcome to this world of chaos. The serpentine is synonomous with the ethical darkness of the chaotic underbelly.

    And when you're high, you never
    Ever want to come down
    So down, so down, so down, yeah!

    Translation:
    When your high, you never want to experience the come down.


    You know where you are?
    You're in the jungle, baby
    You're gonna die

    Translation:
    Don't you realize you're in the chaotic world now? You are an addict and in some way shape or form you are going to die. Psychologically or physiologically.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 17th, 2018 8:12pm report


    Thank you for saying the sang wasn't about westville. Did 13 years there and heard it alot. Westville isn't as tuff as they say. Only for the week or wiggers it's rough. Mind ur own and stand and fight a few times and ur good



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    anonymous
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    Jun 11th, 2018 6:17pm report


    Ok. I believe it's about Westville state prison. The introduction speaks for itself. The jungle was what they called the tunnel yrs an yrs ago at Westville. An then we got everything you want, Honey we know the names. This means since ur in prison the prisoners have their drugs smuggled in by visitors an whoever isn't scared to do it. So they got what u need in the jungle (drugs of course). An then it goes on by saying, Honey meaning ur the new bitch! But Honey we no the names meaning the inmates no the names of the other inmates who deal drugs cause they've been in there so long an it's easy after awhile to remember the names of the inmates that r selling or trading u their drugs cause let's face it who's gonna forget the name or names of the innates who theyvw been getting their fix from for yrs by now? Nobody who's an addict for dam sure! An I'll bring u to ur knees in the jungle! Meaning ur getting either raped or ur giving it up for drugs! If u got a hunger for what u see you'll take it eventually! U can have anything u like but u better not take it from me. Meaning the new prisoner likes what he sees in other prisoners having fun an goofing off playing games cause their high on some type of drug so the newbie wants to fit in an have fun as well so he gets down on his knees an then gets f****" in his butt an the other prisoners like watching him bleed cause it's like a man taking a girl's virginity



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    Jbeard
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    Jan 23rd, 2018 1:40pm report


    Look, Ive been to prison in Indiana too and heard the old wivestale that Axl Rose went to Westville and wrote it about that...THERES ONLY ONE THING wrong with that theory...Axl Never went to prison in Indiana...he moved to LA went he was around twenty..changing from West Lafayette to a place like LA being as unnerving and culture shock that it was he wrote it about his first few weeks in LA.....I know every person thats been locked up in Indiana wants to believe it's about Westville, but they're mistaken...Come on now, how many lies did you hear when you was locked up? And you believe everything those idiots say in there...geez...use your head



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    anonymous
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    Jul 7th, 2017 7:48am report


    Any inmate in Indiana who's spent time in county jail convicted of a felony and waiting to be picked up for RDC for the first time knows about Westville Penitentiary and how bad it was back in da day when the tunnels were open. The genius in Axl Rose made sure to word this song in a way that majority folk can have there own interpretations which some of the more popular ones you can read up above but I Interpret this song in the same way that I BELIEVE Axl wrote it. Most of what he writes about in this song, were things he saw happening around him an some of the torment he talks about were probably his own personal experiences as well. Before I write what I think the lyrics could mean, I will first say that for me its only hear say that Axl Rose spent time in Westville but I heard it from enough people back in the day that I personally believe that he did. Second, the fact that he supposedly did his time their back when the tunnels to com. were open tells me that he really was in the jungle cause boys were getting crashed $ smashed everyday in that ho back then.

    WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
    welcome to Westville

    WE GOT FUN 'N' Games
    this is your introduction to prison coming from another inmate or inmates whos sounding like a friend, unbeknownst to you though their only intentions for talking to you are to find out your charges, possible gang or org. affiliations, and to sense out if your a potential wolf or a sheep.

    WE GOT EVERYTHING YOU WANT
    HONEY WE KNOW THE NAMES
    WE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT CAN FIND WHATEVER YOU MAY NEED
    IF YOU GOT THE MONEY HONEY WE GOT YOUR DISEASE
    they have felt you out and have came to the conclusion that your no wolf and they prove it with disrespect, talking to you anyway they please, calling you (*honey*)(*BITCH*) for all to hear signifying that you belong to them. They realized that your a target for manipulation and now there going to allow you to set ur own trap more than likely with debt and addiction, once its set, this will conform there ownership over your punk@$$.

    IN THE JUNGLE WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE WATCH IT BRING YOU TO YOUR KNEES OHHAA I WANNA WATCH YOU BLEED
    in just a few days or possibly and more than likely just a few hours, they have discovered a weakness or flaw about you that you had no idea that you even had or worse you knew it but didn't look at it as a weakness. not because its a weakness that can't be discovered out in the streets but because its a weakness that you can't run from and the consequences for having it in the jungle are handed down with unremorseful violence intended to deepen the trap ultimately resulting in you being another inmates punk for the rest of your miserable life praying for it to end.(its a known fact that many people locked up turn to GOD, they all have their own reasons for doing so and this reason has got to be one of the worse reasons to have).

    WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE WE TAKE IT DAY BY DAY
    IF YOU WANT IT YOUR GOING TO BLEED BUT ITS THE PRICE YOU PAY
    inmates with long sentences they normally don't keep day by day calendars they either have calendars marking off months, years or they simply don't have one. I believe he means welcome to Westville where keeping your respect and status amongst the other inmates is a day by day and some of those days your going to have to fight in order to remain living comfortable or even survive and not become a punk or target for extortion, by saying this is the price you pay, he's really insinuating that this is the price we all pay for respect.

    AND YOUR A VERY SEXY GIRL THATS VERY HARD TO PLEASE YOU CAN TASTE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS BUT YOU WONT GET THEM FOR FREE IN THE JUNGLE
    here I believe that he is giving the inmate an alternative, just to see if he bites, (its another trick, ur always being tested in prison one way or another and this test is a sexual proposal giving the inmate an alternative to the day to day struggle for respect in the jungle explaining, look if you don't think you can handle it, i'll protect you, just stay close to me. he has shown the listener another trap in the jungle, say yes and theres no going back.

    WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE FEEL MY, MY, MY SERPENTINE OH-AA I, I WANNA HEAR YOU SCREAM
    for this inmate that eventually got trapped by giving in AXL is saying welcome to the jungle again like its a whole knew intro to prison for the inmate again, he's pretty much telling the inmate to forget anything and everything that he knows about how his experience in prison has been because now its all different and now he belongs to AXL. he says feel my my my serpentine, mwaning he is the head of the snake and the inmate is now the tail and must follow and do as the head pleases. when I say AXL I mean the inmates laying the trap, Axl is speaking or singing this song in second person as if to be a narrator or even sometimes the subconscious mind of the trap itself.

    I gotta go to work but will error check sometime and finish later, very interesting song%
    DR.IS.KILL



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    anonymous
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    Jun 19th, 2017 6:54pm report


    Westville Correctional Facility



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    anonymous
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    Jan 1st, 2017 1:32pm report


    He was in westville state prison in Indiana its the jungle there



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    anonymous
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    Dec 19th, 2016 12:51am report


    This song is about the vietnam war (no lie).



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    anonymous
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    Mar 31st, 2015 3:18am report


    I think this song is about Chicago in the early 1900s. There is a 1906 book that Upton Sinclair wrote called "The Jungle" and this song has so so many references that fit the book and even just everything that was going on during that very industrialized time. Many people were persuaded to come to Chicago because of all the available career opportunities. Things became very difficult though, as people were consistently dying from disease or bleeding out from injuries in the meat and industrial factories. Because of these very long and difficult work days, the men (although there were a few women) always looked forward to going home to their wives, hence the sexual references.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 2014 6:51pm report


    The song is about Westville...a prison in indiana. Makes me laugh that everyone things it has to be about some big city and sex and drugs. Its written about experience all right, but the kind you get from being locked up. There is still a huge wall mural in the prison commemorating "The Jungle"



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    anonymous
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    Sep 5th, 2013 9:20pm report


    This is obviously about LA. Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, a metaphor for the LA, like a "concrete jungle" almost. God I love GnR...Axl Rose was sexy, but isn't anymore. Slash is though. A good classic rock song dedicated to LA! ^_^

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    anonymous
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    Aug 1st, 2013 8:38pm report


    To me, it's definitely about L.A...Sex, druggies, alcohol abuse, etc...A classic metal song. Typical Guns 'N Roses subject matter, though.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 2012 6:42am report


    I think its just talking about his genital area.His Penis is as big as a serpentine and its hairy just like a jungle.Its also talking about life in a dangerous city with prostitutes and drugs.

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    anonymous
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    May 15th, 2011 5:47pm report


    I always thought that this song was about hardcore sex. You know, the jungle he was referring to is his "bush" if you know what I mean, he wants to pop your cherry to watch you bleed, the disease is an STD, you have you pay for the sex, when you get pulled into the prostitution, then come the drugs and you have to pay for them as well, he wants to bring you to your sha-na-na-na-na knees why? For a blowjob. To me, it all seems like a sexual druggie nightlife anthem. This is actually the only Guns N' Roses song that I can tolerate. I'm much more of a Nirvana fan. XD



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