Friday, July 25, 2008

Misheard Lyrics - My Name Is Jonas by Weezer

I'm have been on a major Weezer kick of late - not just their recent music, but basically everything dating back to their first CD in '94.

One of my favorite songs to play on Guitar Hero III is My Name is Jonas, which popped onto my iPod (ahem...iPhone G3) yesterday, causing me to finally look up the lyrics. I really have no idea what the song is about.

The weirdest thing - it typical misheard lyrics fashion, I thought the opening of the song was "My name is Jonas, I'm carrying the whale," which is entirely absurd because:

1. The Bible story was Jonah and the Whale, not Jonas

2. Carrying a whale? Seriously. What was I thinking.

Here are the actual lyrics, which still don't make much sense to me. But the song is awfully fun to sing, especially the lines "Hey man, we go all the way" and of course, "The workers are going home..."

My name is Jonas.
I'm carrying the wheel.
Thanks for all you've shown us.
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 again.
We've all left the den.
Let me tell you 'bout it.

Choo-choo train left right on time.
A ticket costs only your mind.
The driver said, "Hey, man, we go all the way."
Of course we were willing to pay.

My name is Wakefield.
Gotta box full of your toys.
They're fresh out of batteries.
But they're still makin' noise, makin' noise.
Tell me what to do.
Now the tank is dry.
Now this wheel is flat.
And you know what else?
Guess what I received,
In the mail today.
Words of deep concern
From my little brother.

The building's not goin' as he planned.
The foreman has injured his hand.
The dozer will not clear a path.
The driver swears he learned his math.

The workers are goin' home. (x4)

The workers are goin' home. (x3)
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

My name is Jonas.


Anonymous said...

I like whale way better. The song is about the establishment cheating the working class people, and a whale would be quite the burden to carry. Besides, most allusions are somewhat altered in such a clever way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting up the lyrics. A lot of sites came up showing "my name is wepeel", which I really didn't want to be the lyrics since I like this song, and that sounds stupid...

Sounds more like Wakefield to me too...

Glad we agree...