"Jump!" as written by and Edward/van Halen Van Halen....
I get up, and nothin' gets me down
You got it tough, I've seen the toughest around
And I know, baby, just how you feel
You got to roll with the punches and get to what's real

Ah, can't you see me standin' here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain't the worst that you've seen
Ah, can't you see what I mean?

Ah, might as well jump
(Jump)
Might as well jump
Go ahead an' jump (jump)
Go ahead and jump
Ow oh, hey you
Who said that?
Baby, how you been?
You say you don't know
You won't know until you begin

So can't ya see me standing here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain't the worst that you've seen
Ah, can't you see what I mean?

Ah, might as well jump
(Jump)
Go ahead and jump
Might as well jump (jump)
Go ahead and jump
Jump
Might as well jump (jump)
Go ahead and jump
Get it in, jump (jump)
Go ahead and jump

Jump
Jump
Jump
Jump


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"Jump" as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

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  • +4
    General CommentI don't doubt that the song was inspired by a man about to jumpt to his death, HOWEVER, I think that DLR is saying to the man about to jump, "You think you've got it tough? I've seen the toughest around", gotta roll with the punches to get to what's real, and so on.

    Go ahead, jump to your death if you must, but I'm jumping too, into the unknown.

    Given that this was the point where Dave left the band to strike out (very successfully, for a time) on his own, I think that, for Dave, the song is about taking the leap of faith to do his own thing.

    Instead of standing with his back to the wall of a building on a ledge, Dave has his back against the record machine, full of all his past successes with Van Halen. Go ahead...JUMP!

    And, as we all know, he did!
    SkipKenton July 06, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"You've got it tough, I've seen the toughest around"

    Explanation: You think as a person that you've had a tough time wtih your life, take a walk in my shoes and see how you like it. Everything isn't as bad as it seems, it could be much worse.


    "You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real"

    Explanation: Life is always giving you tough choices and siutations. If you can handle them, then you are much better off.




    It seems that the interview that you have posted supports my opinion. Dave is talking about how the song became so popular because of the fact that when people think of Jumping, they tend to think of "jumping for joy" not jumping to one's death. That is what he thinks the listener of the song is attributing the lyrics to, a happy, rather than "dark and insidious" emotion.

    "So, I wrote it down and ultimately it made in onto the record, although in a much more positive vein. It's easy to translate it the way you hear it on the record as a "go for it" attitude, positive sort of affair - I jog, therefore, I am, approach. "

    It is correct that he says it made it on the record in a much more positive vein, but in the context of the interview, he is explaining that that's not really what the song is about. He then talks about how simple it is to translate the song the way you hear from the record instead of really contemplating the lyrics meaning (I jog, therefore, I am, approach). Which is what you have done and most other listeners of the song have done. Thinking one specific thing and not really looking any deeper into what the song means. The music to the song is "kick ass" and makes you want to dance and have a good time, which ultimately contributes to the general consensus that this SHOULD be a happy song.

    Oh, and I never said it was a "pro-suicide song". I explained that the song is written about an attempted suicide.

    Chinup, you seem to sound quite intelligent. At least understand that the reason this website exists is that song lyrics are quite subjective in nature. Some don't make any sense when explained, but it's fun to try and reason what they might be about.
    Hawkgoldon February 08, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about a girl...He wants her to come over to him as he is standing by the record machine...
    passion4musicon January 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat is suicidal about these lyrics?

    Nothing and everything all at once...

    Chinup...
    At first look, yes the lyrics seem pretty harmless and because of it's reputation, the song has become devoid of any real meaning. I thought it silly when I heard this explanation, but when you see that "you got it tough, I've seen the toughest around" and "you've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real" there is certainly more to just jumping in the air...

    Most songwriters really don't come out right away and say what their song is about, that's why websites like this one exist.
    Hawkgoldon February 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHawkgold, you've explained nothing about what is so dark and insidious about the two lines you used as an example. They're very positive lines, any way you read it. Roth has explained this song time and time again.

    From vhlinks.com/pages/interviews/dlr/…

    LR: Were you surprised that you had a #1 single with "Jump"?

    David Lee Roth: "Jump" is a song that we wrote for several different reasons, primarily because it is leap year and secondly, because I was watching television one night and it was the five o'clock news and there was a fellow standing on top of the Arco Towers in Los Angeles and he was about to check out early, he was going to do the 33 stories drop - and there was a whole crowd of people in the parking lot downstairs yelling "Don't jump, don't jump" and I thought to myself, "Jump." So, I wrote it down and ultimately it made in onto the record, although in a much more positive vein. It's easy to translate it the way you hear it on the record as a "go for it" attitude, positive sort of affair - I jog, therefore, I am, approach.
    Chinupon February 08, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthawkgold:
    Explanation: You think as a person that you've had a tough time wtih your life, take a walk in my shoes and see how you like it. Everything isn't as bad as it seems, it could be much worse.

    Explanation: Life is always giving you tough choices and siutations. If you can handle them, then you are much better off.

    it seems to me these are both very positive, life-affirming explanations/messages. I don't get "dark and insidious" from this.

    That is what he thinks the listener of the song is attributing the lyrics to, a happy, rather than "dark and insidious" emotion.

    As I said in my first comment, Roth is playing with the phrase "go ahead and jump", and positively twisting around something about suicide. It's a very happy and positive song, juxtaposed with a "dark" subject.

    When you said:
    deciding that he can't take it anymore and decides to jump to his death.
    I took it to mean you thought it was a pro-suicide song. Maybe I was wrong, but you're the one that seems incapable of subjectivity here, assuming that when he says "go ahead and jump", that someone's literally plunging to their death, just because the song's inspiration was a suicide attempt. There's nothing you can tell me to make me believe that Roth didn't know that people wouldn't take this phrase in a positive way. That was his entire point - it's just a clever little play on words. It's really not that fucking deep of a song.
    Chinupon March 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNot about suicide.

    He may have wrote it because he was thinking about how he wanted someone to commit suicide, but like he said, he spinned it into a positive song. The song IS about getting over your fears and "jumping", that is, instead of dipping your toes into the water, do a cannonball and take life head on without worry or regrets.

    "You've got it tough, I've seen the toughest all around"
    - This means everybody's problems are really the same, not saying that there's no difference between your kid dying or your ice cream melting, but that we all have traumas in life.

    "You've got to roll with punches to get to what's real"
    - Life for the moment, don't think about tomorrow, just let it happen and make decisions as it happens, take things as they come and don't act like it's the end of the world.

    kailkay, you ignored Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clatpon's god Robert Johnson?
    Shep420on June 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first album recorded at Eddie Van Halen's 5150 studio. It is named after the police code for an escaped mental patient.
    Boonechic_21on March 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHappiest suicide song i've ever heard
    Redskins285624on November 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI get up, and nothing gets me down.
    You got it tough. I've seen the toughest around.
    And I know, baby, just how you feel.
    You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real

    what is suicidal about these lyrics???
    nothing.

    They're playing with the phrase "go ahead and jump". Where it normally has a negative association, they're using it here as in "jump for joy up in the air, then land". Yeah, it's kinda gay, but it's certainly NOT a pro-suicide song. It would've never have gotten as much radio play as it did and still does had it been.
    Chinupon December 30, 2004   Link

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