Jumper (song)

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"Jumper"
Single by Third Eye Blind
from the album Third Eye Blind
B-side "Graduate" (remix)
Released August 1998
Format CD,
Recorded 1996
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 4:32 (Album Version)
4:06 (Radio Edit)
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Stephan Jenkins
Third Eye Blind singles chronology
"Losing a Whole Year"
(1998)
"Jumper"
(1998)
"Anything"
(1999)

"Jumper" is a song by the 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 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart[1] The song also peaked number 9 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Background and writing[edit]

Lead singer Stephan Jenkins has said that the song is "about a friend who's gay, jumping off a bridge and killing themselves."[2] The song is also about Jenkins' own difficult, 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."[3]

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1998–99) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[4] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[4] 5
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[4] 2

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 40

Appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th ed, Billboard Publications, Inc. 1996. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6
  2. ^ http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/08/stephan_jenkins.html
  3. ^ "Third Eye Blind make a lyrical leap of faith", Teen People, February 1999
  4. ^ a b c d "Chart Performance: Third Eye Blind". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  6. ^ http://www.tv.com/road-rules/the-blind-leading-the-blessed/episode/167929/summary.html
  7. ^ "BFFs Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon Just Went All '90s At Camp". Huffington Post. December 17, 2014.