Weezer: My Name Is Jonas Meaning
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My Name Is Jonas Lyrics
I'm carrying the wheel
Thanks for all you've shown us
But this is how we feel
Come sit next to me
Pour yourself some tea
Just like grandma made
When we couldn't find sleep
Things were better then
Once but never...
Ryan Ziegler Dec 8th, 2010 12:59pm report
This song is like writing a letter to the singers parents talking about one way he sees life.. "thanks for all you've shown us, this is how we feel". he sits down for a talk with them.. "come sit next to me pour yourself some tea." He's remembering good times at first, as children, everything seemed so much better and happy memories..
"The train arrived right on time" the singer and his brother hopped on the train as they got older which is a metaphor in life of doing something that everyone else is doing which is drugs in this context.
"The ticket costs only our minds" they get deeper into it possibly getting addicted to something or selling it to keep themselves high.."the driver said hey man we go all the way, of course we were willing to pay." whoever got them into it got them into it hardcore and said if your gonna run with me, we go big or go home, really pushin limits.
"Things were better then, once but never again, now we've all left the den, let me tell you bout it." this part means him and his brother and other siblings have moved out and went separate ways. Things will never be the same as their content childhoods.
"Tell me what to do, now the tank is dry, and this wheel is flat," he's at a low point in his life, needs someone strong to guide him. his tank is dry, he can't get a job or get along with society well. the wheel is flat, means he's tired of basically living when he thinks of the way things are. "guess what i recieved in the mail today, words of deep concern from my little brother." his little brother is having a similar problem in life and is reaching out to the one he looked up to growing up (in this case, the singer) and wants to reconnect on where life's taking them. He says the buildings not going as he planned. his younger brother had something big going on in life, possibly a relationship, a big investment, even a drug ring?
"The foreman has injured his hand." This means that whoever he was looking up to or was important to him (possibly a wife or his boss or a business partner or a best friend) has given up on him or gotten killed. "The dozer will not clear the path" means however he tried to solve the problem didn't work.
"The driver swears he learned his math" means whatever his solution was, was the best he could come up with. he swore it would work and it was his best shot but it still didn't help. "the workers are going home" Now him and his brother (the workers) have given up and began heading home to their family or with their siblings to reconnect and you can assume go back to the drawing board.
By the way... "i've got a box full of your toys, they're fresh out of batteries, but still makin noise" this part means that even though they have been apart for sometime now he still has the memories and even knowing they are getting older and further away, they still speak to him and he still cares about his brother. (the toys are the metaphor for the memories)
anonymous Jul 26th, 2014 7:45pm report
Read "The Giver" and everything will make sense and you will feel silly about any other interpretation.
emily.moore.3705 Nov 1st, 2012 11:18pm report
This song is based off a letter Rivers received from his brother Leaves. "Guess what I recieved in the mail today. Words of deep concern from my little brother" refers to the letter from Leaves who was in a car accident and was having trouble with his insurance.
anonymous Nov 24th, 2010 11:49pm report
First off, let me say I have not listened to the rest of the album, so I'm not sure if I'm completely missing an overlaying theme. Anyways, I think its quite obvious this song is about 'Jonas' telling his story about himself (and his brother) moving out of 'the den'. Their lives aren't off to a good start, and apparently they won't get better (once but never again). A lot of parts really throw me off though, such as the part about 'Wepeel' and his (your) toys, and I'm sure there's a deeper meaning to 'the workers are going home' but I'm not sure what. And of course 'a ticket costs only your mind'. To me there's not much of a sign in the rest of the song that he has become some mindless robot that'll just, you know, do what he is told/what everyone else is doing. But that's just the picture I get in my mind when I think of a person who's mind has been taken. Maybe I'm just trying to hard though, not everything makes sense. I think I have the general idea, and I guess that's enough.
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