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Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N' Roses

Album: Appetite For DestructionReleased: 1987Charted:
  • This song is about Los Angeles. It exposes the dark side of the city many people encounter when they go there to pursue fame. Guns N' Roses knew this side of the city well: in 1985, they lived in a place on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles that they called "Hell House." The house was often filled with drugs, alcohol and groupies.
  • Axl Rose wrote the lyrics when he was in Seattle, which gave him some perspective on the size of Los Angeles.
  • Slash (from the notes to Guns N' Roses: The Hits): "I was at my house and I had that riff happening and Axl came over and he got those lyrics together, and then the band sort of arranged it. We got an arrangement for the whole band, 'cause that's how we work. Someone comes in with an idea and someone else has input and in that way everyone's happy. That came together really quickly too, that was arranged in one day."
  • In 2007 Rolling Stone magazine ran a feature on the 20th anniversary of Appetite For Destruction. They explained that a famous lyrics from this song originated when Axl Rose spent a night in a Queens schoolyard before joining the band. Said Rose: "This black guy said, 'You're in the jungle! You gonna die.'"

    On 93.1 WIBC FM, a radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jake Query a friend of Axle Rose, gave a different account, saying: "when Axl Rose hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California, on the last leg, a truck driver drove him to Los Angeles, and when Rose got out of the truck, the truck driver said 'Welcome to the Jungle." >>
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    Andrew - Indianapolis, IN
  • When this was released as a single in 1987, it charted in England but flopped in America. It finally became a hit in the US when they re-released it in October 1988 after "Sweet Child O' Mine" hit #1.
  • This was used in the 1988 Clint Eastwood movie The Dead Pool - the band made a cameo in the film. It also appears in Lean On Me, The Program and Selena.
  • This was the second UK single and third US single from Appetite For Destruction. The first single, "It's So Easy," was a flop.
  • Numerous college and pro sports teams use this to intimidate their opponents at home games. The Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL were probably the first. The Norwegian Soccer team Lillestrom SK uses this song before every home game. >>
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    Christer - Jessheim, Norway
  • This was the first track on Appetite For Destruction, which caused controversy due to it's cover, a drawing of a robot apparently raping a woman.
  • Slash re-recorded his guitar parts as he was dissatisfied with his first attempts. To produce the vicious yet pure tone, the Guns 'N' Roses gunslinger used a Les Paul '59 replica plugged into a Marshall JCM aided most probably by some Jack Daniels.
  • The video was shot at Park Plaza and 450 South La Brea in Hollywood. The band's first video, it was very successful, winning at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist Video. Guns N' Roses performed the song on the show.
  • This plays in the opening sequence of the movie Lean On Me, about an inner-city high school reformed by principal Joe Clark.
  • When Axl says "My Serpentine," he's describing his famous dance, which he copied from Richard Black, lead singer of the band Shark Island. >>
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    Anthony - Mesquite, TX
  • This song caused further tension between Axl Rose and Slash in 2001 when Slash wanted to let the producers of Black Hawk Down use it in their movie, but Axl refused unless he could re-record it with the new members of Guns N' Roses (the old members would have lost out on royalties). After Axl formed a new version of the band in 2001, things got testy between him and the previous members, and Axl has blocked use of their songs in movies.
  • Guns N' Roses made a surprise appearance at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards where they performed this song. At the time Axl Rose was the only original member in the band, but there was great anticipation for their album Chinese Democracy, which was expected soon. The album finally appeared in 2008.
  • This song is used in the soundtrack to the Playstation 2 game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Axl lends his voice to one of the radio stations. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mayank - Birmingham, England
  • In 2007, three teens at Booth Free School in Roxbury, Connecticut (one of them a janitor), were messing around with the public address system when one of them sang some lyrics to this song, including "You're in the jungle baby; you're gonna die." This freaked out one teacher, who thought it was a threat, barricaded herself in a classroom and called the police, who came in and detained the 3 teens until they could clear up the misunderstanding.
  • A line from this song became a bit of a catch phrase for Axl Rose, who began screaming at crowds when performing it at shows, "Do you know where the f--k you are!?" Axl said it in 2006 when he introduced The Killers at the MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Guns N' Roses opened for Aerosmith in the summer of 1988, culminating in a show on September 15 at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California. At this final show, Aerosmith's road crew had some fun by dressing up in gorilla costumes and messing around on stage when G N' R performed this song. It was all in good fun, as the bands got along great, with Axl expressing his admiration for Aerosmith at every show. When Aerosmith took the stage that night, they had Guns N' Roses join them for an extended jam of "Mama Kin," a song Guns often covered.

    By the end of the tour, Guns N' Roses was the hotter band - "Sweet Child O' Mine" hit #1 the week the tour ended.
  • Slash's gear for the entire Appetite For Destruction album was a Kris Derrig-built 1959 Les Paul replica guitar, and a rented S.I.R. (known to S.I.R. as Stock #36) Marshall 1959 Superlead Metal Panel modded by Frank Levi and Glenn Buckley (based on Tim Caswell's modification to Stock #39). >>
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    Ryan - Sarnia, ON
  • This soundtracked a 2016 Super Bowl commercial for the Taco Bell Quesalupa featuring basketball player James Harden, soccer star Neymar, actor George Takei and "Texas Law Hawk" Bryan Wilson. In the spot, we learn that the cheesy treat will be bigger than Tinder, drones, and possibly even football.
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Used as core component of the Jumanji sequel, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and played over the end credits.Dave - Us
Any mechanic, shadetree or ASE certified, will automatically think of a serpentine belt. They are usually twisted and manipulated to take up less space because of their length and resemble a coiled snake. And everybody knows If a man refers to his snake that he is one - more than likely talking about his package, and two - probably insecure and doesn't want to be realistic and say earth or inchworm. So feel my serpentine is probably more poetic and more cryptic than wrap your finger(s) around my junk. Ink but sounds good. Either way still a kick-ass tune.

All joking aside I think it's about some innocent girl hopping on a bus with a bag of her nicest things, a pocket full of crumpled bills, and a heart full of hopes and dreams of being discovered and becoming a ster. Axl is the city so to speak and tells of how more often than not the girl eventually gets hooked on drugs, sells her body, is f--ked over loses her innocence or cherry not necessarily her virginity and bleeds and eventually loses her life or wastes it away in the city that swallows more and more young girls everyday.

It says Axl wrote a third verse that was cut. Does anyone know the lyrics?
Stevie - Cookeville Tn
Ok first off Axl never said omg in the first 10 seconds of the song thats bulls--t. I've known for years that was me saying it and I just now found out this f--ker is taking credit for it. Its because of a technical glitch in my itunes when I downloaded the song I had said omg because I hadnt heard that song in awhile. And I said it in my earbuds. And if you hook up earbuds to a amp you then use it like a mike only difference is the volume will be low. Hints the reason you barley can hear and that few people know this. I'll prove it with anylizer if he dare wants to challenge me. And I garenteed it'll say it's a match to my voice.Ian - Georgia
Ok. I'm honestly pretty sure that when Axl goes "oh, I, I wanna hear you scream" then starts making female you know what sounds... that obviously means a jungle is his bush. . . and like when he says I wanna watch you bleed, you're a very sexy girl...Auds - San Diego, Ca
I could of swore that this was their first hit in the US not Sweet Child of Mine.
If I'm wrong sorry.
Jodie - Xxxxx, Md
Ahh... this song is the freaking best! It is like, the perfect song! "you know where you are?! youre in the jungle baby! youre gonna diiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!"Bella - Portland, Or
To be honest, it sounds like Axl is singing about, uh, his penis as well as singing about the city.. I mean maybe it's about a hooker, like Rocket Queen was. Think about it, if Serpentine is an adjective, it wouldn't make sense, UNLESS it was a nickname. Also when it says 'I wanna hear you scream'.. Well I've heard Axl was kinky..Imogen - Bristol, United Kingdom
Approximately 7 seconds into the song Axl says "Oh my God". I think it's a reaction to what you will see in the city.Kenny - Remsenburg, Ny
Serpentine (noun form) refers to a class of rock (often dark green in color.) That said, the phrase "you're my serpentine" still makes no sense - unless "Serpentine" is being used as a nickname.Dougee - San Bernardino, Ca
I loved the version from "Live Era 87-93". The booming guitar solo combined with the explosions were fantastic!!!!Merlin - Lawrenceville, Nj
That solo after the second chorus is by far my favorite guitar solo ever. And Billy, it was used in the Simpsons episode where Marge and her neighbor Ruth go out together.Homer - Springfield, Ky
your in the jungle baby your gonna dieDerek - Shrewsbury, Ma
Slash is the coolest, most sexiest member...still is. I was him for HalloweenSlashlover - Halifax, Ns
I love Slash! If I could marry him, I would... How about you?Slashlover - Halifax, Ns
This is great song from a band that squandered their talent. The "serpentine" line makes ZERO grammarical sense. 'Serpentine' is an adjective. This makes about as much sense as saying "feel my poisonous" or "feel my lawless".
If you don't believe me then go ask your 6th grade english teacher.
Craig Lee - Valdosta, Ga
This song is Grand Theft Auto Sand Andreas's theme song at least thats what I think. This dong is AWESOME!!Daniel - Winchester, Oh
When the band was making the video for this song, Axel Rose was running late and when he showed up his hair was teased and crazy. They taped the video(hair in all). Axel never gave an explaination, guess he was trying something different.Linc - Beaumont, Tx
I don't really know or care what this song is about, but it's just one of those songs that is "in your face" if you know what I'm saying. And the lyrics to this song... they're freakin evil! "i want to hear you scream", "i'm gonna watch you bleed", "you're gonna die". It's like a song about death and destruction. But either way is a great song.Sam - Lexington , Ky
Come on guys...read between the lines...it's HELL! "In the jungle - Welcome to the jungle - Feel my, my, my serpentine - I, I wanna hear you scream - In the jungle -Welcome to the jungle -Watch it bring you to your knees, knees - I wanna watch you bleed - You know where you are -You're in the jungle baby -You're gonna die"
Serpentine: characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form. It's HELL! "In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle - Watch it bring you to your
It's gonna bring you down-HA!" Sounds like Satan to me.
Guitar Chic - Small Town, Ky
This Song was Used for the 2008 Flim "Death Race"Scott - Jacksonvill, Fl
best song on guitar hero III then sunshine of your love by cream

Slash rules
World greatest guitarist behind the legendary jimi hendrix
Alex - Northampton, United Kingdom
This is the coolest song ever. I heard that the band went to L.A. and this homeless man saw them playing around and he told them, "Do you know where you are?! You're in the jungle baby. You're gonna die!" Thus, creating the maraculous masterpiece known as Welcome to the Jungle. G n' R should have never broken up anyway. They were the stuff. I thnk that there are too many people out there who say that this is their favorite song, when they don't even try to look up the history about it, why it was written, what other people think about it, etc. They just hear someone else play it one like Guitar Hero 3 and say,"Hey! that's a pretty gosh darn cool song. That's gonna be my favorite now!"... Exactly. People like us, actually look up the song and try to find out what it's all about. We're not POSERS! We're REAL music lovers!Chandler - Candyland, La
song is awesome, but over played on FUSE.Zach - Green Bay, Wi
This song is INSANE!!! I love it.Jake - Columbia City, In
the best thing about Guns N' Roses' songs is that that are true and are fun to listen to.Andrew - Bartlett, Tn
this is the best song of G'nR and it is ranked number 2 on VH1 's greatest metal songsMichelle - Maplewood, Mn
This is one of a number of stuttering hits, along with David Bowie's "Changes", Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets", Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (actually written as a throwaway for Randy Bachman's stuttering brother) and The Knack's "My Sharona".Kent - Toronto, Canada
love the "nananananananananananana knees...knees" partEcho - Normalville, Ma
Awesome song! It is wicked cool. Axl is awesomeJamie - Los Angeles, Ca
This is a HUGE song used in sports, especially by the Orlando Predators! Its such a hit with them, that they nicknamed the stadium "The Jungle"Nate - Deltona, Fl
The guys yelled at AXL in the same city as the Ritz hotle. I'm not 100% sure but I think that's NYC. Correct me if i'm wrong.Larry - Knoxville, Tn
Gosh, I love this song. It's got such great lyrics, and a great beat. It's so raw and chaotic, I love it.Kristin - Yaphank, Ny
axl is a little screwed up (just alittle)Jeeves - Dc, Dc
I thought that this was about New York. I heard Axl was hitch hiking and a hobo who was trying to scare run aways yelled "Your in the jungle baby! You're gonna die!" Thats just what i heardLarry - Knoxville, Tn
I love this song so much, it reminds me of my hometown, just a wild crazy town where something is always going down.Nicole - Kenosha, Wi
Oh, what can I say?
Axl is the King, I love him, he is in my whole life.
Fernando - São Bernardo Do Campo, Brazil
"The Jungle" is LA and this song is about Axl arriving from a small town into a world of sex , drugs and rock n roll where everything and anything is assessable but it can drag you down. LA attracts alot of want to be rock stars.Holly - Gold Coast, Australia
Thank God for this song. I can't imagine what would've happened if it was never played on MTV.

And to answer everyone's questions on the guy yelling to Axl he was in the "jungle"? It was in the BRONX, not LA. Wrong city, but the same meaning.
Dee - Northfield, Il
man back in the 80s axl used to look really good, but now i mean you know hes gotten older but his hair looks terribleCaitlin - Durham, Nc
Part of these lyrics are incorrect. It clearly says "You learn to live like an Animal." not a Vagabond it's said pretty clearly.Mike - Goshen, In
i always thought this song was wbout sex and drugs as when gnr did a live show from paris years ago they had a gynormous willy floating up and down on stage which made me think that this was about someones first time,the serpentine being that and your first time you bleed.hence the lyrics,i want to watch you bleed,any thoughts pleaseChristine - United Kingdom, England
It is true that a man from LA said "you know where you are? your in the jungle baby. Your gonna die."Spencer - Mcbride, Canada
This was on The Simpsons episode where Homer buys an RV. Homer,Bart,and Lisa do some serious headbanging to this song!Billy - Otway, Oh
One of the most brilliant songs and most recognizable guitar riffs ever. Well written. Speaks of the darker side of Los Angeles in the 80's. Scary stuff!Nathan - Manchester, England
Wow... nice calls.. its about drugs, all the way. I usually hate it when people say 'drugs!!!' when they're asked to describe what a song is about, but im as disappointed by the relative lack from this one, especially from apparent druggies. Well done. Addiction? Anyone?Sean - Colorado Springs, Co
"paradice city" and 'wlcome to the jungle" and "sweet child o mine" are their best songsThe Last True Rocker - Phoenix, Ar
Also, Axl Rose was a DJ for one of the Radio Stations in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If you put this on when trying to play the game, you get an incredible addrediline boost and you can get a really good score!Ryan - Kansas City, Mo
i like this band, but there gettin old fast. the song is about the cops worts enemy.it is about gangs and if u join, ur gonna take a risk to die. (in the song he says:ur in da jungle baby, ur gonna die!)and gettin prostatutes and stuff.( like inn the grand theft auto games)i now that because he says:u got ur money honey, weve got your desease! any way i think this is there best songNick - Prospect, Ky
I heard Axl say that he was partying in L.A. and past out in an alley. He woke up surrounded by a group of hispanic gang bangers and one of the the gang members said,"Hey mang! Ju know where you are? Ju're in the jungle, baby! Ju going to die!".Mick - Las Vegas, Nv
This is the perfect compliment song to Paradise City. But aren't both songs about Hollywood culture though?Nathan - Defiance, Oh
GnR released at least two different videos for Welcome to the Jungle. One has real news footage of violent riots, the other is the band playing on stage and Axl has huge hair.E - Vancouver, Canada
Actually Jesse, it was Axl who followed Izzy to LA. Izzy had moved there a few years earlier.E - Vancouver, Canada
about the cement jungle that is LA and exposing the more f****ed up side of it not a good place to be in those daysDejaye - Wagga, Australia
izzy followed axl there some time later, they didn't go there togetherJesse - Grand Rapids, Mi
my favorite from G&R. Slash's guitar playing in this is unrivaled. You rarely see anyone try to cover this.Matt - Millbrae, Ca
Could Any One Explain To Me Why Was This Song A Flop When It First Came Out?My email is misra_aman@Yahoo.com or ash_thedevil15@Hotmail.com Please Lemme Know!Aman - Kolkata, India
The video is the first video to intercut news reel riot footage inbetween a band playing (this has now become a rock video standard).Jona - London, England
The band 'Kik' ripped of the whole intro for their song 'No ring around rosie'

The band 'The Donnas' stole the main riff for a song.
Jona - London, England
"I heard back in the 80's that when Axl first got off the bus in LA, some bum said to him "Welcome to the Jungle!". Hence, that is supposedly where he got the title from"

No, the part axl got from the bum was the 'you know where you are, your in the jungle baby, your gonna die".
He recants this on the '88 live at the ritz for the song intro (he has also mentioned this in interviews).
Jona - London, England
The band has had an ongoing battle with national radio sports talk show host Jim Rome who calls his show "The Jungle" and uses the song's opening intro as the opening to the show.Ken - Louisville, Ky
The songs title is taken from lyrics to a a Hanoi Rocks song 'Underwater World'(both Axl & Izzy both cite the band is a majot influence on GNR:

"Welcome the jungle/deep inside of me"
Jona - London, England
i love this song so much, its just an explosion of ace music! i agree with will, portland, its obviously about drugs from those lyrics, its an amazing song tho, love it,n i also agree with shana from canada, without slash theres no gnr! i dont hate axl tho, hes cool, although not after that damn facelift!!Amy - Leeds, England
I always thought this song was about gambling I don't know whyZac - Gastonia, Nc
This song described my High School to a t...But I still love it (the song that is).Scott - Nyc, Ny
LMAO at the Bengals using this song to "intimidate" opposing teams....The Bengals haven't had a winning season in 15 years....Its high time they quit ruining this songs reputation by playing it at home games....Zac - Gastonia, Nc
This is a kick ass rock song. I love it I could listen to it over and over again!Jammie - Deckerville, Mi
Cody, Houston, AK - Have to disagree, without a doubt motley crue were the most drunk and most high band of the 80sAdrian - Merthyr Tydfil, Al
the song is about axl being a country boy (hence the bit of corn hes chewing on in the video)arriving in the big city for the first time to pursue his singing career. Its basically a journey through his eyes into a world that he hasnt experienced beforeAdrian - Merthyr Tydfil, Al
Shana, Pembroke, Canada - Slash is an amazingly talented guy and theres no doubt he contributed a great deal to GnR - I was really disapointed though after buying the velvet revolver album to see the direction his music has gone in - I think for me it was axl's songwriting ability that I loved bout GnR.Adrian - Merthyr Tydfil, Al
I think it was about drugs, too. The whole of G'n'R (Especcially guitarist Slash) had a reputation of the most drunk and most high band of the eighties and nineties.Cody - Houston, Ak
it was used in another Simpsons episode also... the one where marge becomes freinds with her (bad girl) neighbor.Elliot - Toronto, Canada
for some reason i hate Axl...dont know why...but i think Slash was the heart of that band..without Slash, there is no GNR.Shana - Pembroke, Canada
This was also used in the movie "Selena" several times.Mariah - Miami, Fl
I heard back in the 80's that when Axl first got off the bus in LA, some bum said to him "Welcome to the Jungle!". Hence, that is supposedly where he got the title from.Kim - Chalfont, Pa
Mr. Brownstone is the song about drugs on Appetite. Jungle refers to the seedy part of L.A. which includes drugs that Axl encounters coming from the midwest.James - Covina, Ca
I dont know it as welcome to the jungle, i know it as "that song that plays when eric gagne comes in."Rob - Castaic, Ca
The song is what the description says it's about. Or does the word "serpentine" refer to drugs too? And "we've got your disease" sounds like a allusion to prostitution to me. Simply put "Jungle" = City.Paulo - New York, Ny
In the movie The Dead Pool, the rock star "singing" WttJ was none other than Jim Carrey.Paulo - New York, Ny
The "Songfact" that Slash refused to have the song used in Black Hawk Down is false. according to VH1, two members of the original GNR are accusing >>Axl (not Slash) for "rejecting requests to use old Guns N' Roses songs in major motion pictures even though he lacks controlling interest in the material. Axl wanted to re-record [welcome to the Jungle] with the new members of GN'R he had hired so Slash and McKagan wouldn't receive any licensing payment." So maybe Slash rejected having a rerecorded version (not the original) used in the movie...??Andrea A - Shy-town, Il
Axl was crazy... I still think it's about drugs. He probably made that story to cover the true meaning of the song.

"When you're high, you never ever wanna come down"
Jungle probably refers to the Black Market....
Zed - Boston, Ma
We are the people that can find
Whatever you may need

If you got the money, honey
We got your disease

Watch it bring you to your
knees, knees

We take it day by day
If you want it you're gonna bleed
But it's the price you pay

You can taste the bright lights
But you won't get them for free

Welcome to the jungle
It gets worse here everyday

seems like its about drugs to me!
Will - Portland, Or
I heard this hilariuos thing on the internet, it was Howard Deans crazy speech where he screamed in the background, while the beginning was playing. Hilarious!Will - Portland, Or
Yes, this song is definitely about drugs: "If you've got the money honey, we've got your disease" "I wanna watch you bleed"Kurt - Downers Grove, Il
This song is not about Los Angeles it is about doing drugs.Chorus:
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your
knees, knees
I wanna watch you bleed, thats pretty much tells you and this,Whatever you may need
If you got the money, honey
We got your disease
come on ppl
Mercedes - Terre Haute, In
it was going to be original cover art and i think there are a few rare records out there that still have the original cover art if so they would definetly be worth something they just moved it to the inner sleeve after the record company or whoever banned it i have a poison cd that has the original cover art for open up and say..ahh! i bought it for 5 bucks! those ppl had no idea it was worth so much moreJason - Wylie, Tx
This was used in an episode of the Simpsons when Apu has octuplets. The 8 babies are on a TV show and one is dressed as a rock star. 'Welcome to the Jungle' plays as the baby enters the stage.Tom - Trowbridge, England
The picture of a robot raping a woman isn't the cover of the album. It's a painting by Robert Williams, called 'Appetite for Destruction', which features in the sleeve booklet. I'm guessing that's where the band got the name of the album from.Tom - Trowbridge, England
The remaining members of G'n'R formed Velvet Revolver with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and played "Set Me Free" which was featured on the Hulk movie Soundtrack and used in many of the trailers.Jim - Pittsburgh, Pa
I think that this is on the the greatest opening songs ever. The beggining of the song just keeps building up. It is a great song. I wana know why there is nothing on Paradise City!!! I think that this is one of thier greatest songs. If you want it on this site, write a request!!! Appetite for Destruction is one of the top 5 greatest albums in my opinion. I wish they would have never broken up.Brett - Moore, Ok
Axl tells the story of He and Izzy first arriving in LA from Indiana, and a black man comes up to them and says "Do you know where you are, you're in the jungle baby, you're gonna die." True story, according to AxlPj - Lowell, Ma
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