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"Jumper" is a song by American rock band Third Eye Blind and written by vocalist Stephan Jenkins. It was released in August 1998 as the fifth and final single from their self-titled album. The song reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Jumper" was also successful in Canada, climbing to number 10 on the RPM Top Singles chart.

"Jumper"
Jumper single.jpg
Single by Third Eye Blind
from the album Third Eye Blind
B-side"Graduate" (remix)
ReleasedAugust 1998
FormatCD,
Recorded1996
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock
Length4:32 (album version)
4:06 (radio edit)
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)Stephan Jenkins
Producer(s)Stephan Jenkins, Eric Valentine
Third Eye Blind singles chronology
"Losing a Whole Year"
(1998)
"Jumper"
(1998)
"Anything"
(1999)

Background and writingEdit

Lead singer Stephan Jenkins has said that the song is "about a friend who's gay, jumping off a bridge and killing themselves."[1] The song is also about Jenkins' own difficulties, often alienating childhood experiences. He says, "My parents divorced, and that hurt me. We were poor and I went to a rich high school. I was dyslexic and had attention deficit disorder, which I still have. So I carried all these things with me. One afternoon, I had this epiphany. I said 'You know what? I don't have it all together. I come from stuff that was really difficult, and that's me. That's who I am.' I embraced that. There's a line in the song that says, 'Everyone's got to face down the demons/Maybe today we can put the past away.' It's very much a song about putting the past away."[2]

Jenkins has identified that over time the song has changed meanings for fans stating "I think that when we first started singing it, it had this darkness to it. Now it has this real levity. It's this huge moment of release for the audience,"[3] also noting that he felt it "wasn't really understood when it first came out."[3]

PersonnelEdit

  • Stephan Jenkins – lead vocals, guitar, percussion, keyboard arrangements
  • Kevin Cadogan – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Arion Salazar – bass guitar, piano, backing vocals
  • Brad Hargreaves – drums

ChartsEdit

Appearances in other mediaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Graham, Mark (August 25, 2009). "Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins on the Band's Recent Resurgence and the Wonders of Herman Melville". nymag.com. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Third Eye Blind make a lyrical leap of faith", Teen People, February 1999
  3. ^ a b Antonelli, Laura. "Songwriter interviews: Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind". Songfacts. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7010." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1999". Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  12. ^ "Road Rules: The Blind Leading the Blessed". TV.com.
  13. ^ "BFFs Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon Just Went All '90s At Camp". Huffington Post. December 17, 2014.