JUMP THEY SAY
Eddy McManus delivers an utterly breathtaking performance in his cover of David Bowie’s “Jump, They Say,” a song that was originally released on Bowie’s Black Tie White Noise album in March 1993. From the very first notes, it’s clear that Eddy has a deep understanding and appreciation for the song, and he brings a powerful intensity to his delivery that is truly mesmerizing. His vocals are reminiscent of Bowie’s own style, with a raw, emotional edge that is sure to leave listeners moved and inspired.
The song itself deals with some heavy themes, including mental illness and suicide. It was inspired by Bowie’s own half-brother, Terry Burns, who was institutionalized in a mental hospital after attempting suicide by jumping out of a window. Despite this failed attempt, Burns was eventually successful in killing himself in 1985, when he escaped the grounds of the hospital and was hit by a train. In the face of this tragedy, Bowie wrote “Jump, They Say” as a way of exploring his own feelings about his brother and the factors that lead to insanity.
But the song is not just about Burns and his struggles. In a 1993 interview, Bowie spoke about how the song also related in part to his own artistic leaps, which he described as having almost destroyed him. “It’s also connected to my feeling that sometimes I’ve jumped metaphysically into the unknown and wondering whether I really believed there was something out there to support me,” he explained, “whether you wanna call it, a God or a life-force?” This sense of jumping into the unknown, of seeking some sort of emotional support, is something that Eddy captures perfectly in his cover of the song.
Eddy’s interpretation of the lyrics is nothing short of inspired. His delivery is raw and emotional, and he brings a sense of compassion and sensitivity to the themes of the song. Lines like “They say / He has no brain / They say / He has no mood / They say / He was born again” are delivered with a deep sense of empathy, and it’s impossible not to feel the weight of the words. And when Eddy sings “They say ‘jump’ / They say / He has two gods / They say / He has no fear,” it’s clear that he is fully committed to the message of the song, bringing a fierce intensity to his performance.
Eddy McManus’ cover of “Jump, They Say” is a true masterpiece. His powerful vocals and emotional delivery make for a performance that is both moving and memorable. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and give this song a listen. You won’t be disappointed.