"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


Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21, edited by hidada

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

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    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

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