''I was watching the news on television one night and there was a fellow standing on top of the Arco Tower in Los Angeles, and he was about to committe suicide. There was a whole crowd of people in the parking lot downstairs yelling, ‘Don’t jump, don’t jump!’ and that gave me the idea of ‘Jump’ for the title.'' - David Lee Roth (songwriter)
"I remember Dave hearing Jump and he did not want to do it. He told Eddie, ‘You’re a guitar hero. You’re not a keyboard player. You need to play guitar.'' - Michael Anthony (bassist)
''I just happened to be very much into playing keyboards at the time. So, because I was playing so much piano and keyboard, somehow a keyboard song came through me. Where did it come from? Some experience. I don’t remember if it was getting my ass kicked down the street, or a girlfriend breaking up with me, or a bad hot dog or what. We’re all filters, you know? Or sponges. You soak stuff up, you squeeze it out, and whatever comes out, well… it was Jump, that time.'' - Eddie Van Halen
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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