Standing Still

Album: This Way (2001)
Charted: 25
Play Video


  • This song, co-written by Rick Nowels, means several things. It's about Jewel's music career standing still. Also, it's about her love life standing still because of her career. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Shawn - Loganville, GA
  • Jewel's boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray, appeared in the video. While touring to support this album, Jewel took some time off at Murray's ranch in Texas, where she was thrown from a horse and badly injured, breaking a rib and her collar bone. She resumed her tour ahead of schedule, but still missed about a month.
  • This was heavily promoted on the AOL Music channel as the service launched their "Artist Of The Month" feature with Jewel. AOL users downloaded the video over 300,000 times in October 2001.
  • This was featured on the TV series Bates Motel in the 2013 episode "Nice Town You Picked Norma..." It was also used on the 2001 Smallville episode "Cool."
  • All of Jewel's previous singles were re-worked with new arrangements, vocals, or other edits for radio release, but this track was the first to retain its album format.

Comments: 14

  • Josh from Tumwater This opening riff is like western classic
    I like the intro
  • Rich Grove from MarylandI agree with Eric Johnson, I thought for sure Springsteen wrote this for her.
  • Eric Johnson from Louisville, KyHaS anybody noticed that this song sounds like a Bruce Springsteen song? When I first heard it I assumed it was a little-known song from Springstien that she found and covered, or that he wrote it and gave it to her.
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnTy Murray makes a cameo in the video, love the way Jewel plays guitar.
  • Hayden from Tka, New ZealandI hate when people bad mouth artists for musical experimentation. I think this song is awesome.
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyPersonally, I much prefer Aubrey's Trance tune of the same name that came out a few years ago.
  • Prayerash from Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaI forgave her 0304 album since she's back to her old self in Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. I really did try to accept that she was just experimenting around and stuff with her previous album but I can't bear to have another look on those fishnet stockings again. Please, Jewel, don't ever do it to us again.
  • Ellen from Pittsburgh, PaI love this song. It always makes me think. It has a wonderful emotional quality.

    To those who say Jewel has "sold out" or become a lame "pop princess" and other such nonsense, I believe that 0304 is a fantastic album. It makes me a little annoyed when people bad-mouth Jewel for trying out a different style. If they took the time to really listen they would find that her same beautiful voice is singing as profound, creative, and thought-provoking lyrics as ever. It's just a little more up-tempo. If someone is willing to reject her new music just because it's a little different than what they are used to, then it's their loss.
  • Bethany from Carrier Mills, IlThis is such a beautiful song. the whole "new look" thing she is going for, people are going crazy over it and its not that big of a deal. she even said in an interview that intuition was supposed to be a joke, a funny parody, but no one got it. the messages in her songs are still there, just in a different package, and her next album due in the spring is lo-fi, so people can calm down. i am a thick and thin Jewel fan. almost all of her songs inspire me in some way.
  • Aj from Cleveland, GaI love this song all the same.
  • Lola from Street, MdI'm going to agree with both of them. She is that unique folk singer that tries to explain the mysteries of life. One of my favorite songs is "You Were Meant For Me"

  • Claire from Oak Ridge, TnI as well agree with ak. Jewel claims to be poking fun at high-gloss videos in the "Intuition" music video, but then, she must be a really good actress. When you and your talent are recognized and you're thrust into the industry, it's easy to show off and want to change and fit in.
    p.s. i really dig "Who Will Save Your Soul", "Painters," and "Adrian", though "Adrian" is so sad.
  • Dan from Gdl, MexicoI agree with ak, but at the same time i think that if you cant follow jewel's rythm(not in music, but in life) and really see whats behind her new style... well, thats your problem. At first i used to hate her new music, but as you listen to it, you kind of understand her change... and maybe like it later.. is not all trash... give her a chance...
  • Ak from Reston, Vaim soooo annoyed. jewel used to be so so so so good a couple of years ago and now suddenly she's all pink and plastic and pop. whatever happened to her just playing the guitar and singing her heart out? i dont like her new style at all. she used to be homeless and her songs reflected that she knew what life is really about. but now she sounds just like some washed-up pop princess. its disgusting. i am still a faithful fan of her old stuff tho. "hands" and "foolish games" and "little sister" are some of my favorites.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Donny Osmond

Donny OsmondSongwriter Interviews

Donny Osmond talks about his biggest hits, his Vegas show, and the fan who taught him to take "Puppy Love" seriously.

Pete Anderson

Pete AndersonSongwriter Interviews

Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.

Pam Tillis

Pam TillisSongwriter Interviews

The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.

JJ Burnel of The Stranglers

JJ Burnel of The StranglersSongwriter Interviews

JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

Rob Halford of Judas PriestSongwriter Interviews

Rob Halford dives into some of his Judas Priest lyrics, talking about his most personal songs and the message behind "You've Got Another Thing Comin'."

Millie Jackson

Millie JacksonSongwriter Interviews

Outrageously gifted and just plain outrageous, Millie is an R&B and Rap innovator.