My Name Is Jonas

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My Name Is Jonas

Weezer - My Name Is Jonas - Disc.jpg

Promotional CD - USA - 1st edition.

Artist Weezer
Published 1994-05-10
Composer Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Jason Cropper
Genre Alternative rock, Emo
Themes Growth, Nostalgia, Work
Rating Rating-8.svg

My Name Is Jonas is an alternative rock song by Weezer. A demo of the song was recorded in August of 1992 and placed as track 2 on the 1992 The Kitchen Tape demo and track 6 the Opposite Sides of the Same Good Ol' Fence demo which was released on 1992-09-04. The final album version was recorded in the summer of 1993 and released as track 1 on the album Weezer (Blue Album) on 1994-05-10. Three different promotional albums were released to advertise the band: there was a CD with just the song, a cassette with the song repeated three times on both sides, and a second cassette which had My Name Is Jonas once on the A-side and No One Else on the B-side.

Rivers Cuomo has explained that the song is about how "The Plan" is reaming everyone and how companies take advantage of ordinary people. "Jonas" comes from the Lois Lowry novel The Giver, and the "Wepeel," Cuomo said, is a reference to a sled he had as a child.

The song was composed by Rivers, Patrick Wilson, and Jason Cropper. Rivers wrote the lyrics, melodies, and solos. Wilson wrote the main instrumentation, and Cropper wrote the acoustic guitar ditty used in the intro and outro. Strangely, Wilson and Cropper are not credited. On the recording, Rivers sings lead vocals, plays both lead and rhythm guitar (including Cropper's acoustic ditty), and harmonica. Patrick play drums, Brian Bell plays some guitar and sings backing vocals, and Matt Sharp plays bass and sings backing vocals. The song was produced by Ric Ocasek and the recording was engineered by Chris Shaw.


I first heard this song in middle school not too long after the album was released when a friend of mine bought the blue album. Later, I bought the album myself and listened to it a lot, giving this song a lot of play since it's the first track. The album doesn't include lyrics and Rivers vocals aren't especially clear, so I didn't really understand what the song was about, but I really loved the sound. Even after finding the lyrics on the Internet, I found them to be quite odd, and so poorly enunciated by Rivers, I still don't hear the words properly even when I know what they're supposed to be. I still don't fully understand the meaning behind the lyrics, but I continue to love the song. In particular, I enjoy how such a heavy sound is buttressed between Jason's melodious acoustic guitar, I like the driving distorted guitar throughout the song, the feedback between the first and second verse, the lead guitar between the "workers are going home" part at the end, the harmonica at the end.


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
Ticket costs only your mind
Driver said, "Hey man, we go all the way"
Of course we were willing to pay

My name is Wepeel
Gotta box full of your toys
Fresh out of batteries
But 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

Building's not going as he planned
Foreman has injured his hand
The dozer will not clear a path
The driver swears he learned his math

The workers are going home
Workers are going home
The workers are going home
The workers are going home

The workers are going home
The workers are going home
The workers are going home

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

My name is Jonas


Album Art


Album version.
Lullaby version.
Live at The Showbox, Seattle, Washington, 2017-04-09.


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