"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 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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