"Jumping Someone Else's Train" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Michael Stephen Dempsey....
Don't say what you mean
You might spoil your face
If you walk in the crowd
You won't leave any trace
It's always the same
Your jumping someone else's train

It won't take long to learn
The new smile
You have to adapt
Or you'll be out of style
It's always the same
Your jumping someone else's train

If you pick up on it quick
You can say you were there
Again and again and again
Your jumping someone else's train

It's the latest wave that you've been craving for
The old ideal was getting such a bore
Now your back in line
Going not quite as far
But in half the time
Everyone's happy, they're finally all the same
Because everyone's jumping everybody else's train

Jumping someone else's train
Jumping someone else's train
Jumping someone else's train

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"Jumping Someone Else's Train" as written by Michael Stephen Dempsey Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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    General Commentim still in highschool and i deffinately see the conformity bit.
    but before i looked at the lyrics i always thought it was about suicide.
    you know like, jumping infront of a train that was meant for someone else..?
    AladdinInsaneon July 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou haven't lived until you've listened to this song on the highway in the middle of a thunderstorm.
    lastdinosauron November 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song!! Although it's meaning shouldn't be difficult to understand, I decided that since no one else has written anything, I should opine. It's basically about people conforming to the society (not a unfamiliar theme for the new wave/alternative genres of music.) When I hear it, i think of a teenager staying "hip," confronting to peers, and adapting on the modern fads, meanwhile loosing his/her own identity. The song is fast and has alot of added cool, percussion sounds - to imitate a train ride. I especially love the train sounds at the end and the nice bassline throughout - definately a great new wave song!!
    NickFreakeron July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like the message of this song.. yet i have to admit its one i can rarely listen to ... the music just kinda dulls me out
    Ratzodyon September 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNick, I agree, the song is a critique about conformity, and doing what others think is cool. The sarcastic tone the lyrics are written in also convey the underlying message, staying true to yourself and being who you are.
    muadDib76on December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIthink about this song sometimes when others are holding back slapping speeches at meetings and such. It is a good thing to hold up towards others and yourself as well. One of the absolute 3 best on the album.
    JASGripenon April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is easily one of my favourite songs by The Cure, not only because it's just such a catchy tune that gets stuck in my head all day (I don't mind though! *Grins*) but because it also reminds me slightly of high-school, where everyone is struggiling to conform (Or in my case not.). I find this an easy dong to dance along to as well.
    tokyo_eyeon March 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust to clarify: it is clearly top 3 on "Boys Don't Cry", but even on "Staring at the Sea I hold it as a top 3.

    @ Tokyo Eye, yes High School can come to mind as well. Damn, I think you can meet this son IRL at almost every stage of life (except early childhood and if you get senile perhaps).
    JASGripenon April 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell basically its saying everyones following everyone (it seems to be that way alot now) so everyones jumpping everyoens train soon everyone going to be on the same train to fuck off land.
    oldskoolpunker23on April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd just like to add that the actual phrase "jumping someone else's train" seems to have something of a "lazy" connotation. Like, you don't have to do any of the work. Which is fairly true: if you just wear/do the same thing as everyone else, not a lot of effort is required.
    TheSilverNobleon June 30, 2006   Link

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