Friday Factory Tune: My Name is Jonas

Last Friday your blogger was at The Thermals show at the Black Cat in Washington. The band has a fine, Portland-honed taste in cover songs, but the encore still caught us by surprise: “My Name is Jonas,” the Weezer song. Apparently it’s anthemic.

The audience sure knew all the lyrics, including the traffic report:”Workers are going home. Workers are going home.”

And that’s enough work-related imagery to qualify as this week’s Friday Factory Tune. Here’s a version by Weezer from a concert in Japan.

The full refrain:

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 goin’ home. (x4)

The driver knows his math? Hey, it’s about the skills shortage!

And here’s a version by the Thermals. The band’s recent KEXP performances are good, including this new song promoting the Smart Grid.

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