You may wonder, Van Halen and deep thoughts? But “Jump” is a quintessential impactful song, one that elicits emotional response from me — that of joy and happiness. The chords and music work together to create a sense of exuberance.
That said, lyrically, this song isn’t saying “I’m so happy, I could jump.” Quite the opposite. Things are tough and odds are against you. That’s why you jump. Precisely when you don’t feel like it.
I’m a soccer fan and it’s always fascinating to see the mental aspect play out in the game. One example that comes to mind is a goalkeeper making mistakes. Goals are so hard to come by in soccer, so when a goalkeeper makes a mistake and concedes a goal, it’s a big deal. But what would be worse is if the goalkeeper just shrunk from the mistake and played timidly the rest of the game. That’s sure to lead to more mistakes and conceding of goals! What s/he has to do in this case is to just move on. Be brave again, the next time a shot comes your way.
Jumping takes energy. Jumping requires boldness. Jumping is a risk. If you wait until the opportune time to do so, you may never do it. Sometimes you just have to do it, even when you don’t feel like to.