"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.
|Single by Third Eye Blind|
|from the album Third Eye Blind|
|Genre||Alternative rock, pop rock|
|Length||4:32 (album version) |
4:06 (radio edit)
|Producer(s)||Stephan Jenkins, Eric Valentine|
|Third Eye Blind singles chronology|
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." 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."
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," also noting that he felt it "wasn't really understood when it first came out."
Appearances in other mediaEdit
- The song is featured in the 2008 film Yes Man, as Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) uses an acoustic serenade to try to prevent a suicidal man (Luis Guzmán) from jumping off the ledge of an apartment building.
- A cover of the song has been recorded by BEDlight for BlueEYES featuring Sebastian Davin of Dropping Daylight for the album Punk Goes 90's. Indie-pop band Daphne Loves Derby also regularly covers this song in concert.
- This song was used for a public service announcement on Season 5, Episode 3 of MTV's Road Rules titled "The Blind Leading the Blessed." The show originally aired on January 26, 1998.
- This song was featured in the 2011 film 30 Minutes or Less on a mixtape made by Travis (Nick Swardson).
- This song was featured in the American Dad! episode "The Scarlet Getter".
- This song was featured in the 2011 film My Suicide.
- A remixed version entitled, "Jumper '09" was added to the Rock Band Music Store as DLC through the Rock Band Network in 2010.
- The song was sung during a skit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake on December 16, 2014.
- 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.
- "Third Eye Blind make a lyrical leap of faith", Teen People, February 1999
- Antonelli, Laura. "Songwriter interviews: Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind". Songfacts. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
- "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7010." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
- "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
- "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- "RPM 1999 Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
- "Billboard Top 100 – 1999". Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- "Road Rules: The Blind Leading the Blessed". TV.com.
- "BFFs Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon Just Went All '90s At Camp". Huffington Post. December 17, 2014.