DBD 06-28-2022: Jump

Van Halen’s “Jump” had a synth line that Eddie wrote circa 1981 but was rejected by the other band members. In 1983, producer Ted Templeman asked David Lee Roth to listen to the unused song idea. To come up with a lyric for it, Roth remembered seeing a TV news report the night before about a suicidal jumper. Roth thought that one of the onlookers of such an event would inevitably yell "go ahead and jump". Roth bounced this suggestion off Hostler who agreed it was good; however instead of describing a potential suicide, the lyrics were written as an ontological invitation to action, life, and love.