Van Halen: Jump Meaning
Song Released: 1984
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You got it tough. Ive seen the toughest around.
And I know, baby, just how you feel.
Youve got to roll with the punches to get to whats real
Oh cant you see me standing here,
Ive got my back against the...
anonymous Nov 30th, 11:48am report
Eddie wrote the Music while on Tour in 1982. It was the night before the Louisville Stop. He actually played the Music , stating that He had been recently playing around with synthesizers. He played the Music, no lyrics yet during an online Phone interview with a Guitar Magazine after the Show . The Interview was recorded and lasted 1 1/2 hours.
anonymous Mar 5th, 2019 3:47pm report
DLR was on his way to the studio. Got caught in traffic. Found out that it was a "jumper" that didn't. "Go ahead and Jump" was his take. He probably went faster than 55 to get there. :o)
anonymous Feb 16th, 2019 2:41am report
I get ... ... what's real
This first para is about advice given to someone in a tight corner.
Ah, can't you .... ... what I mean?
Again asking the desperado to see the singer and give his hope.
Ah, might as ... ... and jump
The person is trying to make up his mind to jump.
Ow oh, hey you (by the singer)
Who said that? (by the person about to jump)
Baby, how you been? (by the singer)
You say you don't know (by the person about to jump)
You won't know until you begin (by the singer: you will not know that life is not as difficult until you face it)
anonymous Apr 20th, 2018 4:42am report
The song "Jump" is very upbeat, making it seem to happy to be about suicide. However, this was the entire point. Van Halen wrote the song about suicide with the intentions of making it peppy and more upbeat. The lyrics are meant to be depressing. This leads to the question: "Why make a depressing song sound so upbeat?" The answer is actually quite simple- it's just another form of writing. There are hundreds of songs out there that have deep, dark meanings but sound happy. A lot of times, this is because more people will be interested in a peppy, upbeat song rather than a slow tempo song. so yes, the song "Jump" is actually quite sad, it's just written to sound happy for more views.
anonymous Dec 2nd, 2014 12:45pm report
A lot of people say this is about suicide...It's too happy to be like about something like that! The keyboard really sounds fun. I believe "Jump" is a metaphor for "screw it, live life and forget the haters." Pretty much an 80's version of that slang term lol. ;p I love Van Halen...too bad they broke up..Sammy Hagar is good but he should stick to I Can't Drive 55....
anonymous Jun 9th, 2012 6:31am report
Live life to the fullest.
anonymous Jan 29th, 2012 1:53am report
I have heard David Lee Roth wrote the song after seeing someone threaten suicide on a news story.
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anonymous Jan 8th, 2009 1:02am report
Ah... There is something about the sound of that synthesizer that just tells you that this song is from 1984. I think the song is telling the listener to just be happy ["I get up, and nothing gets me down"]. Dont' worry about everything. Be happy, be joyful, just jump.
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