My Name Is Jonas

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"My Name Is Jonas"
My Name Is Jonas cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Blue Album)
Released May 10, 1994
Recorded August-September 1993 at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY
Length 3:24
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Cuomo/Wilson/Cropper
RC# 126
COR# 19
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Weezer (The Blue Album) track listing
"My Name Is Jonas"
(1)
"No One Else"
(2)
The Kitchen Tape track listing
"Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"
(1)
"My Name Is Jonas"
(2)
"Let's Sew Our Pants Together"
(3)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"I Am Your Blue Sky"
(RC# 125)
"My Name Is Jonas"
(RC# 126)
"Only in Dreams"
(RC# 127)

"My Name Is Jonas" is the first track from Weezer's self-titled debut album.

Appearances

Overview

Composition

"My Name Is Jonas" compositional elements[1]
Key Tempo Time signature
B 186 bpm 3/4

The song does not appear to have undergone many lyric rewrites[2][3][4], with one notable exception: the 1992 Kitchen Tape demo ended with the line, "My name is Weezer." Cuomo has also explained that "My Name is Jonas" was at least partially inspired by his brother, Leaves Cuomo. Says Rivers, "'Jonas' explains how The Plan is reaming us all, especially my brother."[5]

Music

Composed by Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson and Jason Cropper, "My Name Is Jonas" is one of only a handful of early Weezer tracks with a co-writing credit. Cropper came up with the song's fingerpicked intro, resulting in his only official songwriting credit on a Weezer song until Van Weezer's "I've Thrown It All Away." Cropper recalled the songwriting process in a 2019 interview with Yahoo! Entertainment: [6]


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I got home from work [at the Italian restaurant], and I remember I was still wearing my cook's outfit. I picked up the guitar and played that first part of what became the intro to ‘My Name Is Jonas,’ and Pat [Wilson] said, ‘Stop. Just do that. Just don't keep going to different chords, just do those three notes, those three chords!’


- Jason Cropper, May 2019[6]


Cropper goes on to explain how the song changed hands multiple times between his bandmates, a style of writing that was used numerous times[7] during Wilson and Cuomo's "50 Song Project." The 50 Song Project was an informal attempt to collect fifty songs before convening the yet-unnamed Weezer for regular rehearsals, and "Jonas" was its last entry. Wilson turned Cropper's riff into the song's basic chord progression and structure, then delivered it to Cuomo for lyrics, melodies and solos.

Demoing and release

The bridge of "Jonas" was demoed under the title "Port O'Jonas," separately from the rest of the song. This mostly-instrumental sketch, included on Cuomo's Don Slacks demo tape, features a harmonica solo, the refrain "the workers are going home," and a variation on Cropper's fingerpicking intro that would serve as the song's eventual solo. Fans have also speculated that portions of "Jonas" are included in the 8th track of Rivers's Opera, a loose, unstructured collection of demos spanning 1991 to 1992.

At one point, the song was erroneously named by Geffen Records as the Blue Album's third single. Before "Say It Ain't So" was officially chosen as a single by consensus among the band, Todd Sullivan, and the label, Geffen had printed up limited runs of a "My Name is Jonas" one-track promo CD, and distributed them, primarily in Canada[8]. These CDs are among some of the rarer Weezer collectibles.

Live performances

"Jonas" has proven to be the song most often used as a show opener, having opened most shows on the tours for The Blue Album, Pinkerton, SS2K, and The Red Album, as well as sporadic other shows.

"My Name is Jonas" was featured as a playable master track on the rhythm video game Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock. It was also made available as a downloadable song for the Rock Band game series, in addition to Rocksmith 2014.

Personnel

Audio

Official releases

Other versions

Lyrics

Lyric sheet for "My Name Is Jonas".

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
I got a 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!
Yeah!

The workers are going home!
The workers are going home!
The workers are going home!
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

My name is Jonas

See also

References

  1. "Weezer songs time/key signature" spreadsheet Original research done by Weezerpedia editors for key/time signatures and bpm.
  2. File:MNIJhwlyrics.jpg Officially-released handwritten lyric sheet.
  3. File:My name is jonas (1).jpg Draft lyric sheet
  4. File:My name is jonas2 (1).jpg Additional draft lyric sheet
  5. "Weezer's Blue Album: 10 Things You Didn't Know" Rolling Stone article.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Yahoo! Music interview with Jason Cropper - May 9, 2019 Link to original
  7. Rational Alternative Digital interview with Patrick Wilson - March 1995 Rational Alternative Digital interview with Pat Wilson - Link to original.
  8. Discogs entry for MNIJ Canadian single release