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Album: Third Eye BlindReleased: 1997Charted:
Stephan Jenkins said on the PBS show In The Mix
: "It's not just a song about some guy offing himself. 'Jumper' is really about understanding. Everyone carries demons around, they carry some sort of scar around. The message of Jumper is that there comes a time when you have to put the past away."
Jenkins told us that this song has changed meaning over the years, as shifting attitudes toward gay rights and inclusion have made the song a celebration, in a way. "'Jumper' has become a really positive song," he said. "When I wrote it, I wrote it as a lament, and now I sing it as a sense of arrival and more exalted, so that one's definitely changed."
This song is used in a scene in the film Yes Man
in which Carl sings and plays the guitar to this song to convince a man not to commit suicide.
The title is never sung in the lyrics, which led many people to believe it was called "I Would Understand," which is repeated throughout the song.