Play Video


  • "I wanted to try writing something that didn't have repeating lyrics," Jimmy Eat World lead singer Jim Adkins told Phoenix New Times. "It seemed like a challenge, and I chose 'Kill' to go for it. Got about as close as I could with it. Some elements I had to keep familiar as it went on, though."
  • This references the Heatmiser's "Half Right" from the 1996 album Mic City Sons, a track Jimmy Eat World would later cover on their 2005 Stay on My Side Tonight EP:

    I pick up put down the phone
    Like your favorite Heatmiser song goes:
    'It's just like being alone.'
  • The singer is stuck in a situation where he's unable to express his love, presumably to a girl he's known for a long time who comes back into his life ("Could it be that everything goes 'round by chance?"), but he's also unable to walk away. "I know what I should do, but I just can't walk away," he sings in the closing lines.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Spooner Oldham

Spooner OldhamSongwriter Interviews

His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."

Richard Marx

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. Televangelists

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

Amanda Palmer

Amanda PalmerSongwriter Interviews

Call us crazy, but we like it when an artist comes around who doesn't mesh with the status quo.

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo Lyric

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo LyricMusic Quiz

In this quiz, spot the artist who put Romeo into a song lyric.

Jon Foreman of Switchfoot

Jon Foreman of SwitchfootSongwriter Interviews

Switchfoot's frontman and main songwriter on what inspires the songs and how he got the freedom to say exactly what he means.