"Jump Rope" as written by and Justin Furstenfeld....
Remember how you used to say
"you couldn't wait till tomorrow for a brand new day"
No fuss when ya had to ride the bus
You could add a little blush
Just to paralyze your school crush

Now your older and the weight upon your shoulder
Makes the world a little colder
No more hiding in the old days
Be strong
Don't give up hope
It will get hard
'Cause life's like a jump rope

Up down when it gets hard remember life's like a jump rope

There'll be a bump there will be a bruise
There'll be alarms and there will be a snooze
There'll be a path that u will get to choose
There'll be a win and there will be a lose

You have to hold your head up high and
Watch all the negative go by
Don't u ever be ashamed to cry
You go ahead
Cause life's like a jump rope

I want to tell u that everything will be okay
That everything will eventually turn itself to gold
Keep pushing through it all
Don't follow, lead the way
Don't lose yourself or your hope

Remember life's like a jump rope


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"Jump Rope" as written by Justin S Furstenfeld

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    General Comment For those of you mentioning that the song is/might be for his daughter, you are absolutely correct. In an interview where he went over each song in the new album, he said that this song was solely for his daughter, and if you don't like it, then too bad. He pretty much said that. Because it's for Blue [his baby girl, for those who don't know- Blue Reed Furstenfeld]. He wants the world for her, but he also wants to let her know about how tough life can be, but not to let it get her down.
    And I agree with Everlastingfriend. This is one of my favorite songs from AN. It really flows with my mindset, and you can really tell how much this girl, his daughter, this shining star, has lit up and changed his life. All of you talking about how different this song is from their usual stuff, or how happy it is- doesn't that tell you something? The contrast alone should tell you all you need to know about how his life has changed, therefore his songwriting and mood.
    Preferring their previous works is fine. Absolutely. Just because a band, even your favorite band, comes out with a new album, doesn't mean you have to listen to it, or that you'll like it. You listen to what you feel like listening to. I could write a book on it, really. But seriously, Blue October is my absolute favorite band, and I haven't found a song by them that I don't like, or even have anything negative to say about. There are songs I like listening to more than others, of course, but it all depends on my mood, as it does for most people.

    That's my two cents, anyway. =)
    DeLyriusylumon January 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm sorry Fayrlie but I really like this song. The music, the violin... It's awesome.
    Blue October-wise, this is a happy song! (not counting calling you) To me, Jump Rope song defines "Approaching Normal". It comes to me as a song of Hope directly from Justin. His life is getting better and he has figured a philosophy to better help him cope with his issues. Life's like a Jump Rope.

    "I wanna tell you everything will be okay
    That everything will eventually turn itself to gold"


    Like you said, Justin brought us songs like HRSA. For crying out loud, Justin brought us Black Orchid.If this guy can sing a song like Jump Rope with such passion (watch some of his live concerts), I'm sure he believes in it.

    Blue October is my guilty pleasure. Some of their songs really depresses me and yet I can't stop listening to them. I can't imagine what it would be like to a suicidal teen. This song, I believe, is one of the few Blue October songs which may help them better cope with their problems. It's coming from Justin, the little boy who would argue with a tree!

    I don't know... I just really like this song. I even hope they play it on the radio.

    I don't want Blue October to become the next Linkin Park but, at the same time, I really want them to be filthy loaded. Instead of rubbish celebs such as Mariah Carrey and Timbaland.
    bleez01on April 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhen I bought Approaching Normal, I had no clue what to expect. I'd heard some snippets of the songs, but I didn't really know the whole concept of the cd yet; it's about letting go. letting go of people, places, and things that you know will never be back in your life and living for what the world has to offer you now that you can move on. I've had the cd in my car, in my ipod, and on my computer since I bought it and I've hardly listened to anything else. i love it.
    i feel like i KNOW Justin. like i've experienced his life with him, from the first album, to this one, and i've traveled with him from his sad and frustrated heartaches, to his happier, upbeat and free outlook on life. i have so much love for this band, i can't even put it into words.
    Jump Rope is catchy, happy, and one of those songs that just never ceases to make me smile. I'm so glad they included it on Approaching Normal. <3
    esteturnuson May 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhen I bought Approaching Normal, I had no clue what to expect. I'd heard some snippets of the songs, but I didn't really know the whole concept of the cd yet; it's about letting go. letting go of people, places, and things that you know will never be back in your life and living for what the world has to offer you now that you can move on. I've had the cd in my car, in my ipod, and on my computer since I bought it and I've hardly listened to anything else. i love it.
    i feel like i KNOW Justin. like i've experienced his life with him, from the first album, to this one, and i've traveled with him from his sad and frustrated heartaches, to his happier, upbeat and free outlook on life. i have so much love for this band, i can't even put it into words.
    Jump Rope is catchy, happy, and one of those songs that just never ceases to make me smile. I'm so glad they included it on Approaching Normal. <3
    esteturnuson May 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYou guys... I get what you're saying about the lyrics not being as intense or w/e, but I think you guys aren't appreciating the fact that he is allowed to be happy. This is just one song on the CD, written for his daughter, a little girl. He is allowed to write a happy (IMO bittersweet) song that is not dripping with angst for a little girl.

    And I don't think it's generic. It has a way different feel than most of the pop crap with this message and it seems more deep, reminiscent of childhood when those ups and downs were much easier to deal with. I think that's why he chose to include the kids, but idk...
    Everlastingfriendon November 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentits about being happy and trying to never be down even though thats where people can always be
    gunmetalblue5591on April 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI found this song a little dissapointing, coming from Blue October. It's generic, and lacks the intensity of their previous work. I mean, it made me sad to think that this is the same band that did "HRSA". But maybe they're moving toward becoming fully mainstreamed, after their Twilight publicity. I know that's a bit harsh, but it bothers me to think that a band that is so unique and absolutely brilliant would forgo their originality for mainstream acclaim!

    They had "Hate Me" and "Into the Ocean" which, granted, were incredibly overplayed and common, but at the same time, they had that depth of matter which made them listenable and interesting for people who actually think. "Jump Rope," on the other hand, is repetitive, and lacks a subject. 'Life's like a jump rope. It goes up, down, up down. It will get hard?' No, that sounds a little bit suggestive, shall we say, but beyond that, it lacks the sophistication of thought that Blue October has had all their career, even going back to The Answers. Maybe, now that they're popular, they can give up the concept of interesting thoughts?

    Now, that was harsh. There are other songs on AN that go a little deeper, but very few. Kangaroo Cry is one. This is catchy and cute, and the rythmn and pace are great. It's great, if a bit generic musically, but the lyrics were what I didn't like here. It's just that Blue has such a high standard they've set with their past albums, when they don't meet that it's a little sad. But they're so talented, it's as if they can't produce anything bad. :D
    Fayrlieon April 22, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI read in an interview that he wrote this song for his daughter. Apparently in the liner notes, it says it's dedicated to her.

    I can't find that exact quote related to this song, but here's a similar one from an interview with ultimate-guitar.com:

    Then I had a daughter — and it all changed. The songs that came out of my head were like, “I’m not the victim anymore. Do you think you’re going to take this away from me and make me do that? Try. Well, you were dramatic and you needed someone to listen to you, and now you can help other people. You’re cool. You’re fine. You’re okay. Be more proactive and less whiny.” That’s what I said to myself. And get on the treadmill, dude! I keep myself busy and write the best, most awesome songs I can. I guess that’s what I do.
    pyrosmileyon June 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song. The lyrics seem to be mostly right except the part where they say Raise your fag up to the time...it's supposed to be raise your flag up to the top
    Carissa40701on September 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love the contrast of Justin's intense voice to the children's chorus and the theme of this song. This was the song I was listening to when my boss came to take me to HR to make me the next victim of company downsizing.
    Tanaquion September 10, 2009   Link

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