The Cure — Jumping Someone Else's Train
Album: Staring At The Sea (The Singles)
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Released: 1986
Length: 2:38
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Don't say what you mean
You might spoil your face
If you walk in the crowd
You won't leave any trace
It's always the same
You're jumping someone else's train

It won't take you long
To learn the new smile
You have to adapt
Or you'll be out of style
It's always the same
You're jumping someone else's train

If you pick up on it quick
You can say you were there
Again and again and again
You're jumping someone else's train

It's the latest wave
That you've been craving for
The old ideal was getting such a bore
Now you're back in line
Going not quite quite as far
But in half the time
Everyone's happy
They're finally all the same
Because everyone's jumping
Everybody else's train

Jumping someone else's train
Jumping someone else's train
Jumping someone else's train
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Michael Dempsey is playing the bass on the incredible good song. One of Dempsey's most notable appearances was for Roxy Music: he appeared playing bass in the video for their hit single "Avalon".
 cosmiclint wrote:

I have no doubt that's true, but the book I read in high school in 1981 was also titled The Outsider.

 
I think I first read it (titled The Stranger) in 1980 or '81, but I had gotten my (old) copy from a used book store. 
what's not to like? Class.
I love this album. But not this song. :-( It killed the groove.
 NeilBlanchard wrote:
This seems like early R.E.M. speeded up about 1.5X.

 
How perfectly droll.
going to see them in June in Boston. So excited!!!
 Skydog wrote:
i may have to get this album/cd

 
Get it, GET IT!
Such a good riff and good bass line
The Cure are just not acknowledged as being as good as they are out there in musicland, thank goodness Bill and we know better

{as the umpteenth post in a few days after months of silence, anyone would think I must be software testing again and bored out of my tiny....}
i may have to get this album/cd
Bill's on a killer RHYTHM TRAIN ride tonight! The last 4 songs have had the same irresistible amped-up beat; my toes've been tappin'! 
This seems like early R.E.M. speeded up about 1.5X.
 mattrettig wrote:
Aw man, my ex-wife got this CD! Forgot how much it rocks! Need to buy it again—call it an alimony expense.
 
Damnit! There's a song withiin that comment.
Great little tune.
 radiocabeza wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks this song has the best bass line ever?

 
Nope!  That's reason this is one of my favorite Cure songs.
Am I the only one who thinks this song has the best bass line ever?
Aw man, my ex-wife got this CD! Forgot how much it rocks! Need to buy it again--call it an alimony expense.
 Proclivities wrote:

An English-language translation form 2012 had the title re-translated the title as The Outsider ...

 
I have no doubt that's true, but the book I read in high school in 1981 was also titled The Outsider.
 oldfart48 wrote:
is there a cure for this crap?

 
man, you ARE an old fart...

a seminal, seminal, record. 
 RandomousJam wrote:

...Another note - I'm interested in knowing where this book was referred to as 'The Outsider', I've always known it as 'The Stranger' or 'L’Étranger'.

 
An English-language translation form 2012 had the title re-translated the title as The Outsider for the following reason:

"In French, étranger can be translated as “outsider,” “stranger” or “foreigner.” Our protagonist, Meursault, is all three, and the concept of an outsider encapsulates all these possible meanings: Meursault is a stranger to himself, an outsider to society and a foreigner because he is a Frenchman in Algeria."
 RandomousJam wrote:

It is incorrect to say the protagonist (Meursault) shot 'the arab' for no good reason other than feeling hot and confused.

Several hours prior to the shooting, 'the arab' attacked and maimed the protagonist's friend with a knife. And when he meets Mersault on a deserted beach, he brandishes a knife and flashes it menacingly.

So there were clearly other good reasons, self defense or revenge, take your pick.

Another note - I'm interested in knowing where this book was referred to as 'The Outsider', I've always known it as 'The Stranger' or 'L’Étranger'.





 
Camus' book is titled The Stranger.  And note the lyrical reference to it in the chorus, "I am the Stranger...."
 fredriley wrote:

Having heard the song and read The Outsider in my callow youth, I'd agree with that. In the book, which really isn't worth reading these days as it was very much of its time (IMO, of course), the protagonist shoots an Arab guy on a beach in Algiers (where Camus grew up) for no good reason other than he was feeling too hot and confused. A brief synopsis is on Wikipedia.

That the Cure sung about an existentialist novel fits in with their intellectual leanings/pretensions, and existential angst was a constant theme of tortured adolescents (including myself) in those days. The essence of existentialism, at least in Camus and Sartre, is that an individual makes his (and it's always a 'he') own truth and meaning in life, and that to be influenced in this individual construction of meaning by society and others is "bad faith". Or to put it in adolescent-speak: 'nobody understands me, and I don't care'.  If there'd been emos back in the 80s, they'd have been into Camus and Sartre for sure.

 
It is incorrect to say the protagonist (Meursault) shot 'the arab' for no good reason other than feeling hot and confused.

Several hours prior to the shooting, 'the arab' attacked and maimed the protagonist's friend with a knife. And when he meets Mersault on a deserted beach, he brandishes a knife and flashes it menacingly.

So there were clearly other good reasons, self defense or revenge, take your pick.

Another note - I'm interested in knowing where this book was referred to as 'The Outsider', I've always known it as 'The Stranger' or 'L’Étranger'.