My name is Jonas
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 again
We've all left the den
Let me tell you 'bout it

The choo-choo train left right on time
A ticket cost only your mind
The 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
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 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
The workers are going home
Yeah, yeah yeah!

My name is Jonas

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My Name Is Jonas song meanings
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    General CommentMm, for some reason I thought "Weepel" was "Wakefield" or something, which explains part of my interpretation.

    I had the impression this song was about growing up and learning that life wasn't as smooth as it was when you were young; young, being the beginning part of the song, when he calls himself Jonas (as children, you generally are called by your first name).
    Leaving the den and the train's departure are basically when you've grown up and are on your own, and the price of the ticket - your mind - means your childhood and innocence.
    "Of course we were willing to pay" - kids are always anxious to grow up and become adults. (To any kids out there, enjoy your childhood while you still can. Seriously.)
    (Here's where my Wakefield/Weepel confusion comes in.) When he says his name is Wakefield, which could very well be a last name, it signifies that he's now grown up, because adults go by their last names rather than their first. The toys are memories of a better past, long gone (out of batteries) but still something that he misses (making noise).
    The empty tank/flat wheel and building problems represent hardships in life, where sometimes you feel like you just can't keep going or things end up not turning out the way you planned. With the workers abandoning their posts and going home, it's like most people don't really care and just want to do what they like; people in the real world have their own plans and can't always be dependable.
    The ending line, "My name is Jonas", fades out somewhat wistfully, probably means that he still remembers how good it was to be young and wishes that he hadn't been so eager to grow up.
    rabidarcheron February 04, 2008   Link

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