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Song Released: 1968


Jumpin' Jack Flash Lyrics

I was born in a cross-fire hurricane
And I howled at my ma in the driving rain,
But its all right now, in fact, its a gas!
But its all right. Im jumpin jack flash,
Its a gas! gas! gas!

I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag,
I was...

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    anonymous
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    Mar 14th, 2016 3:51am report


    I was always lead to believe that a "Jumpin Jack Flash" was the practice of administering liquid L.S.D via an eyedropper to the tear duct.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 15th, 2015 12:51am report


    It's actually about my friend's grandad, Jack Dyer who was the gardner at Redlands.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 16th, 2015 11:08am report


    This song is about war. In the lyrics "I was born in a crossfire hurricane" they allude to a destructive force with a path and direction, as well as a crossfire which is a danger to innocents while two sides fight."But its alright I'm jumping jack flash its a gas gas gas" Jumpin Jack Flash creates an image of a man, ready to jump into action at a moments notice ex a soldier, while saying its a gas gas gas represents how the conflict is a fuel, something that is consumed for progress/movement. "I was drowned, I was washed up and left for dead" "I fell down to my feet and saw they bled" Both images of the aftermath of a conflict , falling down to your feet means they were coming from the sky, and may be referencing paratroopers landing to see fallen men. "I was crowned with a spike right through my head" is a reference to Jesus. Jesus, representing a sacrifice for the good of mankind, can be related to the sacrifices that soldiers make every day. This is my personal conclusion, taking into consideration that peace and war were a popular topic in the 60/70s.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 10th, 2015 11:10pm report


    It was inspired by Keith Richard's gardener, there is secret or deep hidden meaning.



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    SainterSan
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    Oct 27th, 2015 10:11pm report


    I think it's pretty straight forward. Jagger (who wrote most of the lyrics) was rebelling against the "wholesome" self righteousness of Christianity by writing with sympathy about the fallen angel, Satan, with a typical attitude. He's saying Satan has suffered more than Jesus, he is the rejected one, washed up and left for dead, declining the crumbs of bread from the last supper, but that's ok, in fact it's a gas to be free and unchained from the grasp of pious religion.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 22nd, 2014 7:23am report


    I read above about a review referring to a guy who associated the song with his covertable Buic well kiddies I did it on a George Brown special conversion Vincent Black Shadow and back in the day I was Jack too. Now just a crubley old fart but still have the Shadow so can still get that Jack feeling!



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    fistofate
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    Aug 9th, 2013 8:11pm report


    Musically, I know this was inspired by "Day Tripper" by the Beatles.
    Lyrically, I read the same story someone wrote above about Keith saying the song is about his gardner.
    It's ironic that sometimes people who don't like to write too much wind up writing the best songs. People who love to write create things many times which are way too deep and don't give the listener enough space to crawl into it and "own it" in their own way.
    I love the Stones songs, but I know they're just excuses to play music.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 19th, 2012 11:20pm report


    Drugs, simple really, Jumping jack flash is a term used to describe free-base cocaine (its a gas gas gas) and the line
    "I was crowned with a spike right thru my head
    "I looked down to my feet and I saw they bled..."
    Refers to a practice if injecting into ones tear duct, your feet aren't bleeding but in ones intoxicated state the fact that you have injected yourself in the eye chances are blood will spill and land on ones feet creating the illusion to the "user"



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    anonymous
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    Nov 18th, 2012 11:57pm report


    Oh one gets by however one is lodged out of the ole' birth canal.

    But perhaps the lyric that snuck through, gone unnoticed by perhaps nearly all is-

    "I was crowned with a spike right thru my head"-
    is a purely channeled line straight out of Dagobert II's mouth, who has inspired music from Arcadian realms for ages and ages.

    All the more perfect since this is considered to be a delta blues motif-the Cajuns were the remnants of Nova Scotian folks (Arcadian/Acadian) who carried little ditties like "Good King Dagobert" with them when they left for the gulf

    enjoy



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    anonymous
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    Jun 23rd, 2012 6:06am report


    You all are so fucking stupid except for the guy who mentioned the Keith's gardner. He was the inspiration for the song. Their was no deep hidden meaning or whatever. Yes it was written coming off of some hard partying but what stones song wasn't written that way back then?



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    RoseCaroline
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    Oct 26th, 2011 10:26am report


    I think you are all way off base... the real question to ask is what does "Jumping Jack Flash" mean, and why is it a "gas"? What are jumping jacks, and what do they do? We used to play a game called Jacks, where there were 5 little plastic knuckle-shaped "jacks", that you would toss onto the floor... I can't remember the aim of this game. Why would a jumping jack "flash"?

    I do not believe the song is about Jesus Christ; if anything, it is about Lucifer, falling down from heaven. This would tie in with some of the lyrics in Don MaCleans "American Pie", in the lyrics "... Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candle stick, cos Fire is the Devil's only friend/And while I watched him on the stage, My hands were clenched in fists of rage/No Angel born in Hell, could break that Satan's spell..."

    If MaClean was talking about the demise of Buddy Holly in the song "American Pie", then to me it sounds like he is referring to Mick Jagger, and the incoming flux of "new" rock and roll, which maybe he didn't like...I also hear undertones in the song suggesting that perhaps the Rolling Stones were engaged in the black arts. At the end of American Pie, he talks about the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, who caught the last train for the coast (perhaps cos they didn't like the Rolling Stones).



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    David Puma
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    Sep 29th, 2011 9:52pm report


    You are missing the point. The meaning of jumping jack flash? my first car was a 74 buick convertable. with the top down leaving town on the highway . . . . you can physically feel the song. and then it just shoots forward. jumping jack flash say the words. music at its best isn't an analogy, or symbolism that only the educated can decode. anyone can understand it. its simple. if you are debating what the words mean, you don't understand MUSIC. and you'll never get it.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 11th, 2011 6:32am report


    Way I see it, it's about the coolest guy to ever walk this planet. Plain & simple.



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    anonymous
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    May 11th, 2011 5:54am report


    This song has really nothing to do with Jesus, but anyways... Drowned might be in beer, vomit, or any other such thing after he had been hit with his "spike" our old friend the hangover. What he is saying is that optimism is the best thing possible especially when you've been beaten over the head with switches and words like he did when he was born in his parent's hurricane crossfire of words.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd, 2011 4:24pm report


    Jumpin jack flash refers to Amyl Nitrate poppers,...a gas used to heighten sexual pleasure.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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