Class of 1988
Never thought you’d graduate
Playing with your guns all day
If only they could see you now
How you’ve learned to shoot so well
They wouldn’t laugh that way

Wayne you know it’s true
There’s nothing you can do
So put them guns away

All of your friends are through
They’ve given up what they tried to do
See now how happy they are
Each with a new lease on life
A brand new car, a low mileage wife
Put down them guns and fall into line

Wayne you know it’s true
There’s nothing you can do
So put them guns away
Who cares what’s wrong or right
So please give up the fight
Put them guns away

All your friends are through
There’s nothing you can do
So put them guns away

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo...
Wayne you know you’re in too deep
All your friends have gone to sleep
Wayne you know you’re in too deep

All your friends are through
There’s nothing you can do
So put them guns away
Wayne you know it’s true
There’s nothing you can do
So put them guns away
Who cares what’s wrong or right
So please give up the fight
And put them guns away


Lyrics submitted by WeezerChic

Lullaby For Wayne song meanings
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    General CommentI don't think this song has anything to do with guns or shooting. I think the gun imagery is a metaphor for being a "straight shooter" and being a "cowboy" in the sense that Wayne isn't following the same path as the people around him - I imagine him as either an introverted, quirky guy that people obviously don't get or a guy that parties too much and has no prospects in life. In the end, though, this works out for him.

    I think this is outlined by the verse "Put down them guns and fall into line," which, to me, means stop being a "cowboy" and start being like everyone else around you.

    The lines "All of your friends are through; They’ve given up what they tried to do" show how the people around Wayne don't understand the path he has chosen and are giving up on trying to "save" him.

    Finally, the lines "How you’ve learned to shoot so well; They wouldn’t laugh that way" outline that, in the end, the path Wayne took worked out for him. He's a "straight shooter" now.
    JohnMuscoon January 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was actually first written for Patt Finn, the Drummer for 60 Wrong Sausages, the Meat Puppets-esque band with Rivers Matt and Jason before weezer, then it was changed from lullabye for patt to lullabye for wayne and recorded for the blue album but never used
    orangeorangeorangeon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, very energetic. I guess it does sound like Surf Wax America a little, but man I wished weezer still sounded like this. I don't think "mileage wife" is right, but I couldn't figure it out. I think the song is about a school shooting or something along those lines, like an outcast kid who's angry. I don't know
    WeezerChicon April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor what you said... it didn't show your post when I wrote that. What you said makes more sense
    WeezerChicon April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song! It's peppy and exciting while its got this sad, eerie undertone. Rivers' voice also sounds amazing!

    I assume it's about a guy who was lonely in high school, and long after graduation is still angry toward his classmates. I don't know if it has to do with school shootings but thats what comes to mind with the whole gun theme.
    whatslifelikeon October 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlow mileage wife is correct, part of the american dream as envisioned by this song as well as a clever play on words: "brand new car" with a "low mileage wife".
    kazkon May 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song.

    it's got great energy and it's just awesome.

    and the Pat Finn thing makes absolute sense because in the version from VCD, they changed the lyrics to : " Pat you know it's true..." and it's also written "Lullaby for Wayne - Live (Lullaby for Pat Finn) 1993"

    anyways...amazing.
    LongtimeSunshineon February 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti don't really know much about Weezer or their history. But I heard the song was about Wayne Lo, a guy who commited the first school shooting of the 90s. I'm a good friend of Waynes and he thinks its about him and it makes sense to me.
    CaptainPogoon December 26, 2006   Link

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