Now Jimmy
Well, do you want an explosion now?

Yeah Jimmy
Do you want to explode now?

Yeah monkey
Now you seeing red now
Yeah monkey
Jumping on the bed now

Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo

Green apples
On the tree and growing now
Green apples
Are gonna be exploding now

Yeah monkey
Are you seeing red now?
Yeah monkey
Jumping on the bed now

Woo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo


Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery

Jimmy The Exploder song meanings
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    General CommentLike anybody else I may be wrong, but so far I find the song's interpretations here adorably naive rather than anything holding much weight.

    To me the lyrics seem to be pretty clearly about reaching sexual maturity. A song about sex, just like so many of Led Zeppelin's songs, which have been a noticeable influence on the White Stripes in general, but especially so on this debut album of theirs.

    Let's start with the title; it's about a character named Jimmy--Jimmy, "the exploder." If you still don't get what that could mean, the line "Do you want to explode now?" should do the job. Green apples are premature and they turn red when they become ripe. Jimmy "sees red now", and is "jumping on the bed," have a passionate loss of virginity, giving in to his animalistic urges, like a monkey. The lyrics could've also used a rabbit as a symbol, but I guess that wouldn't have been as cool.
    Oh, and don't get me started on all those sexual "whoo"s.

    Kickass song.
    terrycraigon April 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, this song rocks.
    weezerific:cutleryon February 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe it's just the fact that lately everything seems sexual to me, or i;m being immature and taking the monkey analogy too far, but this song seems to be about bigtime sexual frustration. and if it's not, well, that's too bad, 'cause it will forever be my private meaning...

    One more thing... the lyrics are "green apples" not 'green eyeballs." check the lyrics for yourself on the official site at: whitestripes.com/lyrics/jimmy.txt
    HelloOperatoron September 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery powerful, in-yer-face guitar. Maybe the best first song on a debut album since The Cars "Good Times Roll".
    Zoltaron September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentspontaneous human combustion
    uncoolmanon June 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm trying to understand where the apples fit in with all of this...
    doombunnehon June 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is actually the meaning of the song...

    jimmy is a monkey who can explode anything thats not red. and he eats green apples. that is where the apples come in. i read this in an interview that jack had with a fan
    magazine_tragedyon June 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI like that explanation because it follows the color scheme It's like a creation to keep the reds and whites in and all others shall explode Wicked
    Imposter13redon April 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really don't think the song is supposed to make sense. No song with the line "Yeah, monkey" in it wants to be taken seriously.
    ROBRAM89on December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOkay. Jimmy is a monkey. Jimmy only likes to see the colour red. So green apples, are going to be exploding cause Jimmy doesn't like green. Just another childish act of the White Stripes. :)
    somewhat_insane369on March 16, 2005   Link

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