Welcome to the Jungle by Guns and Roses

The Meaning of  “Welcome to the Jungle”


The rocker favorite of Welcome to the Jungle helped to introduce audiences to the power of Guns ‘n Roses. This song is a rocker favorite talking about drugs, sex, and the ultimate jungle, the urban jungle. The 1980’s simply expanded on the freedoms of expression and love that the sixties and seventies introduced us to and Welcome to the Jungle takes it a whole new level.

The symbolism in Welcome to the Jungle isn’t a hidden gem like it is in most songs. These lyrics are more in your face than many of the songs of the era. “Welcome to the jungle, we got fun ‘n games. We got everything you want. Honey we know the names.” This welcome to the urban jungle makes it sound like a wonderful and fun. The knowing of the names, is all about sex and drugs in Welcome to the Jungle. Drugs are part of the urban setting. They know all the names of the drugs and they know where to find them.

Sex and drugs in Welcome to the Jungle continues to be alluded to with the phrase “We are the people that can find whatever you may need. If you got the money honey we got your disease.” Most people say pick your poison when they are talking about drugs are alcohol. The use of the phrase “disease” can be attributed to sex. Many prostitutes, which are often found in the urban jungle, carry STDs of all kinds. You can simply pick which one you got and you can have it for the right amount of money

Welcome to the Jungle meaning is all about the urban life. If you are unfamiliar with the setting you’ll be in for a surprise. The denser urban areas can make you “watch it bring you to your knees” and some people may be thinking “I wanna watch you bleed.” The urban area is not for the faint of heart.

Another Welcome to the Jungle interpretation of this is that the girl the writer is speaking to is telling her, she’s getting sucked in to the sex and drugs. “You can taste the bright lights but you won’t get them for free in the jungle.” She’s in the urban scene now if she wants to party, wants the drugs she’s going to have to pay. Most likely the way she will end up paying is by becoming a prostitute and succumbing to the sex and drugs of the jungle.

Sex and drugs in Welcome to the Jungle continues with the line “And when you’re high you never ever want to come down.” You can get high, obviously, from the use of drugs but also from sex. There’s a high many people get from having sex and that is one reason it is so addictive.

Welcome to the Jungle symbols are all about sex and drugs in the big city. While these symbols are not as blatant they are there. Once can see them in the way they talk about the urban setting of the bright lights, being high, and bringing a “sexy girl” to her knees.