"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 CommentYeah, getting on their train or fad or whatever and trying to impress everyone by dressing the "right" way, "saying you were there", name dropping, always changing who you are to brown-nose and impress people.

    Especially relevant to high school, but surprisingly relevant in places like the business world in which lots of the population is trying to get ahead however they can or by playing games and kissing up however they can.

    Some things never change.
    sbfisheron March 26, 2007   Link
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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
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    General CommentI always thought it was about jumping from bed to bed. But thats stupid. You guys have it right.
    Johnnyswitchbladeon October 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn a nutshell, its about conformity among youth-pointing out that even those who claim to be nonconformists are exactly what they are rebelling against. This is a song that EVERYONE who partakes in a subculture should really listen to-because its pretty much talking about THEM.
    Sozlukon April 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is the best diss on scene wannabies
    "If you pick up on it quick
    You can say you were there"
    so funny
    stereocaseon June 28, 2007   Link
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    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
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    General CommentI think this is a brilliant song, because it's so simple.
    I think this song is mostly about conforming, and just trying to fit in. Because sometimes it's harder to be yourself than to conform and just be a sheep and do what everyone else does.
    I think the line "Don't say what you mean, you might spoil your face" refers to how speaking your real opinion when you are trying to fit in can completely ruin your newly established reputation as whatever you're trying to be.
    "If you walk in the crowd, you won't leave any trace" - I'm not quite sure what this means, but I think it might be a sarcastic statement saying that if you 'walk in the crowd' with everybody else then you won't be recognised as an individual. Which is quite ironic, seeing as though many people who choose to fake it and be part of a subculture just to be 'in' aren't seen as individuals, just as trend-followers.
    "It's always the same, you're jumping someone else's train" -I think this is pretty self-explanatory. Jumping someone else's train means cramping someone else's/a subculture's style, and following and imitating them.
    "It won't take you long to learn the new smile / You have to adapt,or you'll be out of style" - Some followers try so incredibly hard to fit in and want to belong so badly, that they'll do anything to fit in. And if you don't adapt to what's cool, you're a loser.
    If you pick up on it quick you can say you were there" - If you're one of those extremee followers always on the lookout for the next big trend, then you'll take a chance and 'adapt' quickly just so you can say you were part of the original creation of that trend.
    "It's the latest wave that you've been craving for, the old ideal was getting such a bore" - The followers eventually get bored of being 'cool' in their current trend, so they look for a new one, just for a lifestyle change.
    "Now you're back in line, going not quite quite as far but in half the time" - Not quite sure what this means. I think it might refer to being a new, but less popular trend, not being as 'cool' as before but still being a follower.
    "Everyone's happy, they're finally all the same / Because everyone's jumping everybody else's train" - Some people are happy as long as they fit in with everyone else.
    I don't mean to offend anyone with my interpretation.
    If you are an individual in a subculture, then good on you. But I think staying true to yourself is very important.
    A few people have mentioned conforming in high schools. I think this song really applies to that, too.
    Sorry if I've overanalysed. But this is a BRILLIANT SONG!
    The riff may be simple, but the words mean a lot.
    thosethreewordson June 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song was about Robert Smith hating the resurgence of the mod movement I always thought.
    yesko86on September 17, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaninggoing with fads, mob mentality, not being an individualist, being influenced by things around you and ignoring who you are, habit, repetition, trying to be like everyone else ...
    whatthemuckon July 13, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe song actually came about after a discussion with Sousxie (for whom Robert played guitar for a short stint). The revelation of how they were achieving a unique sound and lyrics with purpose, but other bands were "jumping" in on the sound and, to a point, even stealing lyrics to get a leg up on recognition and celebrity. The later they could care less about, but saw how others were "cutting corners" to get that one hit out there - only to get "back in line". (e.g. Not a lot of love from them for Morrissey (The Smiths) and others at the time.)
    Prussianon December 06, 2013   Link

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