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Song Released: 1987


Welcome to the Jungle Lyrics

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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    Jul 7th, 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, 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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    anonymous
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    May 5th, 2011 5:31am report


    You guys are so naive. Its all about sex and drugs.

    "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."
    They can get you the things you need to fill your fix, addiction is a disease. Some people refure to it as a game. Drugs cost money.

    Chorus:
    In the jungle
    Welcome to the jungle
    Watch it bring you to your knees, knees
    I wanna watch you bleed"
    Some drugs make you bleed, like coke for example. Some drugs bring you to your knees, they get the best of you, they control you.

    "Welcome to the jungle
    We take it day by day"
    More and more people do drugs everyday, your addiction gets worse and worse everyday.

    "If you want it you're gonna bleed
    But it's the price you pay"
    Drugs are really expensive.

    "And you're a very sexy girl
    That's very hard to please
    You can taste the bright lights
    But you won't get them for free."
    Prostitution, obviously, you can screw her, she's very good at her job but you are most deffidnetly not going to get her in bed for free.

    "In the jungle
    Welcome to the jungle
    Feel my, my serpentine
    I, I wanna hear you scream"
    Welcome to the drug industry, every new drug you take is like intering a jungle, you don't know what to expect, if you take to much it could kill you. You can get lost easily in the jungle, you can get lost easily in the world of drugs.

    "Welcome to the jungle
    It gets worse here everyday"
    Already explained.

    "Ya learn ta live like an animal
    In the jungle where we play"
    You start to do anything to get your fix, just like an animal will do anything to get dinner.

    "If you got a hunger for what you see
    You'll take it eventually"
    If you see a drug that looks like it'd be a fun trip, you start to crave it, you'll take it eventually.

    "You can have anything you want
    But you better not take it from me"
    You can have all the drugs you want but you better not steal them from him.

    Chorus

    And when you're high you never
    Ever want to come down, YEAH!
    It's self explanitory, you never wanna face reality. It's hard to after awhile.

    "You know where you are
    You're in the jungle baby
    You're gonna die"
    The drugs are going to kill you.

    "In the jungle
    Welcome to the jungle
    Watch it bring you to your knees, knees
    In the jungle
    Welcome to the jungle
    Feel my, my serpentine
    In the jungle
    Welcome to the jungle
    Watch it bring you to your knees, knees
    In the jungle
    Welcome to the jungle
    Watch it bring you to your
    It's gonna bring you down
    Ha!"
    The drugs are in control, not you. They're stronger than you, they're going to bring you to your weakest spot, they're going to make you vonerable.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 28th, 2011 4:55am report


    i'm surprised no one has gotten this. I personally think it's about politics. "if you got the money honey, we got your disease" is talking about how politians often will help someone who gave them a lot of money to their campain, such as passing a law. Thw jungle is politics in general. "watch it bring you to your knees" it corrupts, it's hard to handle. "that's very hard to please" obviously, no matter what you do, people will point out faults. being a "sexy girl" is where even if you dont have good ideas, if you are popular, or even attractive, people will bend towards you. "If you got a hunger for what you see, you'll take it eventually" is self explanatory."you can have anything you want, but you'd better not take it from me." is saying how people will selfishly keep anything they have, and no one can take their money or power. "and when you're high you'll never ever want to come down" is exactly what it says. the more power people get, the more they want.
    That's what I think. I'm not hating on our government, I'm just stating a fact. To me, it says politics.

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    anonymous
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    Apr 19th, 2011 4:29am report


    CHaMOMILE .. Indiana punk rock. Axl's a pussy. Songs about a IN prison he never set foot in. our singer did. Grow a fucking dick axl. prison ain't shit.

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    anonymous
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    Apr 18th, 2011 4:07pm report


    The song is about how the band was new in the scene and playing in some big city. A homeless guy sees how they are dresses and laughs at them sayin, "You know were you are, your in the jungle baby, your gonna die" meaning that their looks and lack of how the street life really was, was going to get them killed if they did not find a safer area to hang out. They had just got off the buss and had no idea what they were doing.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 15th, 2011 4:49pm report


    i was locked up in indiana state farm with a few people that were in westville prison in the 80s.axel did time in westville prison back in the 80s.they say it was a jungle back then and he wrote the song about that prison

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