"Golden Gate Jumpers" as written by and Jonathan Russell Nathan Willett....
Thick fog rolls in waves
On the Golden Gate
I was checking my watch
With seven minutes in my shift

When I spot a black skirt on the rail
Straddling the bar like it's a quarter a ride
She's scared to jump but terrified to stay
Walk to her slow extend my hand with a smile and say

"Ma'am how was your day?
Keep your eyes on my face
I want to help you
If you'll let me"

She's startled, I look forward
Wrap my arms 'round her legs
Pull her down to the sidewalk
We're both heaving for air and I say

"Ma'am how was your day?
Keep your eyes on my face
I want to help you
If you'll let me"

Most folks think they'll hit the surface
And never, feel no pain
Water pulls you under
Back to the womb once again

Bodies float to the shore
Bloated purple and blue
If sharks won't get you first
Crabs will have their way with you


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"Golden Gate Jumpers" as written by Matthew Aveiro Jonathan Russell

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    General CommentThick fog rolls in waves on the Golden Gate.
    I was checking my watch with 7 minutes in my shift,
    when I spot a black skirt on the rail.
    Straddling the bar like it's a quarter a ride.
    She's scared to jump, but terrified to stay.
    Walk to her slow, extend my hand with a smile and say,
    "Ma'am how was your day? Keep your eyes on my face! I want to help you if you'll let me."
    She's startled, I look forward.
    Wrap my arms around her legs.
    Pull her down to the sidewalk, we're both heaving for air and I say,
    Most folks think they'll hit the surface and never feel no pain.
    Water pulls you under.
    Back to the womb once again.
    Bodies float to the shore.
    Bloated purple and blue
    If sharks don't get to you first,
    Crabs will have their way with you.

    Those are the lyrics in the booklet. What a great album!
    Shyeahhhmanon October 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcorrect lyrics:
    Think fog rolls in waves...

    Straddling the bar like its a quarter a ride...

    We're both heaving for air....
    nickjones724on September 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcorrect lyrics:
    Think fog rolls in waves...

    Straddling the bar like its a quarter a ride...

    We're both heaving for air....
    nickjones724on September 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLots of mistakes in these lyrics
    kmatayaon September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmistakes in the lyrics, yes...but still. such a beautifully sad song this is!

    saddest line, but i just like it is: "She's scared to jump, but terrified to stay"
    jooceon October 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat chord progression in the third part of the song on the piano...where is it also used? its driving me mad because it sounds so good and i recognize it from somewhere!

    haha...
    requiemfordanteon October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst off, I love this song. The way its composed reminds me of Pencil Thin Mustache by Jimmy Buffet. But thats where the similarities end for me.
    UnnamableBruceon November 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about suicide.

    cold war kids are genius.
    RadioSchizoon May 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow this songs intense. the golden gate is so beautiful yet marred by suicides....
    jasssson October 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song, but once I figured out it was about suicide it was harder to listen to, which I think means it is very well written. It has an eeriness to it. It is about a man used to saving people from attempting suicide. I think from his perspective we see the pang of his job. It is about his job dealing with people trying to commit suicide-not just suicide.
    Sunshineshineon January 29, 2010   Link

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