"Jumpers" as written by and Janet Lee Weiss Carrie Rachel Brownstein....
I spend the afternoon in cars
I sit in traffic jams for hours
Don't push me, I am not OK

The sky is blue most every day
The lemons grow like tumors they
Are tiny suns infused with sour

Lonely as a cloud
In the Golden State
Ã???The coldest winter that I ever saw
Was the summer that I spentâ?¦â??

The only substance is the fog
And it hides all that has gone wrong
Can't see a thing inside the maze

There is a bridge adored and famed
The Golden spine of engineering
Whose back is heavy with my weight

Lonely as a cloud
In the Golden State
Ã???The coldest winter that I ever saw
Was the summer that I spentâ?¦â??

Be still this old heart
Be still this old skin
Drink your last drink
Sin your last sin
Sing your last song
About the beginning
Sing it out loud
So the people can hear
Let's go!

Be still this sad day
Be still this sad year
Hope your last hope
Fear you last fear
Your not the only one (4x)
Let's go!

My falling shape will draw a line
Between the blue of sea and sky
I'm not a bird, I'm not a plane

I took a taxi to the gate
I will not go to school again
Four seconds was the longest wait (4x)
Four seconds was the longest


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"Jumpers" as written by Corin Lisa Tucker Carrie Rachel Brownstein

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    General CommentI believe this song is a story about someone who committed suicide by jumping off the Golden gate bridge, "The golden spine of engineering". The person killing them self is most likely a student because of the line “I will not go to school again”. The student was bored with their trivial life, “I sit in traffic jams for hours don’t push me, I am not OK” and wishes their life had more meaning. When she sings "I’m not a bird, I’m not a plane" she's saying, (1) She can't fly ;) and (2) She is no super hero, meaning she is human and is flawed like the rest of us. Two other lines in the song that lead me to believe that the character is committing suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge are “my falling shape will draw a line between the blue of sea and sky” and “four seconds was the longest wait”. To me, “my falling shape will draw a line between the blue of sea and sky” is an obvious reference to someone jumping off a bridge seeing as how there is water under a bridge and the form of the body would in fact create a line between the sea and sky, unless, they did a belly flop. “Four seconds was the longest wait” would probably be a rough estimate of the time from when the person jumped off the bridge until they made contact with the water. Since this would lead to death, it would most likely seem like “the longest wait.” Whether or not this song is metaphor for something, I don’t know, could be.
    mattd23on December 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song is about suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge. Based on an article in The New Yorker, iirc.
    ratanxon January 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPretty sure bugoff is kidding. This song is definitely about... well, what everyone else said--a girl jumping and killing herself. Brilliant song, everything from the awesome guitar licks to the awesome Corin/Carrie harmonizing, to the best drummer ever, to the insane lyrics. I only wish I didn't get into them so late... I hope they get back together. One of my favorite bands.
    mfactoron December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song and Sleater-Kinney. I'm seeing them in February. Yay.

    As for the song, to me it has a lot of 'time' references and metaphors to describe it.
    trenchmouthon November 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have to agree with you on that. It certainly does have lots of references towards "time". This is a living metaphor then again all of Sleater-Kinney's songs are metaphors in general. The song has an awesome guitar. Simplistic yet unique. Completely reflects the nature of the song. Escape from a sad life.
    The Writing Writeron November 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy bad guitar track. Bad grammar.

    -Lotus
    The Writing Writeron November 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, my last post in Xtra long.
    mattd23on December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmakes sense, i didn't see it like that
    interpol2221on January 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow.

    i never thought about it like that before.
    thank you.

    but seeing as how in the video clip for this song.
    the girl commits suicide..
    it would be logical..can't see how i diddn't pick it up earlier.
    the_redsungirlon February 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHence the title 'Jumpers', i guess.
    mystic_blueson March 04, 2006   Link

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