“I’ll Jump” With This 90s’ Namie Amuro Tune

“I’ll Jump” With This 90s’ Namie Amuro Tune

Happy very late #SongLyricsSunday! I had a presentation yesterday on teaching preschool while I came down with a cold (the weather here is a rollercoaster: one day hot and the next day super cold). However, I really wanted to write about this week’s prompt, which is about personal pronouns, because I wanted to feature an oldie by my favorite singer, Namie Amuro.

Now, I have mentioned about Namie Amuro many times before. You can have a song by this fantastic artist for each #SongLyricsSunday prompt. But, the reason why I choose her 1996 song “I’LL JUMP” isn’t about Namie Amuro herself, but one of the musicians featured on the track: Sheila E.

Namie Amuro’s Sweet 19 Blues

Sheila E

Namie Amuro’s second album, which was released on the cusp of her 19th birthday, was filled with various musicians from the West and Japan who had some traction in Japan in the 90s. Of course, Tetsuya Komuro spearheaded all the music on the album as he was the producer for most of Namie’s music from 1995 to 2001. But it also features other musicians like Sheila E, Lynn Mabry from Sly and the Family Stone, m.C.A.T (who was one the pioneers in Japanese rap), sessions guitarist Michael Thompson, Neil Stubenhaus, and Randy Waldman (who is known for Barbra Streisand’s “Somewhere”).

Sheila E is featured in “I’LL JUMP” as the percussionist and a backup singer with her friend Lynn Mabry. You can hear her unique drumming style in the opening. I really love Sheila E for her unique drumming style and just her musical flare. She is my favorite artist that was produced by Prince.

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(BTW, Sheila E and I share the fifth degree of separation. I am from Waldorf, Maryland, which is the hometown of Good Charlotte. One of the band’s singers, Joel Madden, is married Nicole Ritchie, who is the biological niece of Sheila E. Crazy world, isn’t it?)

I Will Jump For Your Love

Tetsuya Komuro

“I’LL JUMP” was written by Tetsuya Komuro, which surprised me because he normally lets someone else write the lyrics. He has produced thousands of songs over his music career that spans about 40 years. It seems like Sweet 19 Blues was the first album that Komuro wrote lyrics on as wrote seven songs on the album. I am surprised to learn this, first time seeing Komuro penning songs, as I didn’t know he had it in him with words.

Namie Amuro on SWEET 19 BLUES cover

The lyrics are very basic, as the song is basically an album filler. There isn’t much meaning behind the song as there isn’t a lot going on. It is mostly about “opening something” or “jumping for something”. The song’s chorus and the bridge are mainly sung in Japanese, but the verses are in Japanese. The verses convey the meaning of a girl who wants to be in a relationship with a boy she likes, thus she will jump for his love, her hopes, and her dreams.

The reason why I love this tune is that I really enjoy singing it, especially during the call and response at the beginning with Lynn and Namie. It is fun to sing Lynn’s parts as she adds a depth to the song with her low alto vocals. I also like to sing Namie Amuro’s vocal parts too as she sings in an alto range that is really easy to sing in.

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Check out “I’LL JUMP” below and let me know what you think about the song in the comments!


The Lyrics

Here is the English translation of the lyrics to “I’ll Jump”, thanks to JpopAsia:

Wow… Wow…
Lift me up
Wow… Wow…
Wow… Yeah…
Wow… Yeah…

*Open your eyes, open your arms
Open your mind, open your gate
Open your eyes, open your arms
Open your mind, open your gate

Lalala…
Lalala…

+I will jump, jump, jump! For your love
I will jump, jump, jump! For your dreams
I will jump, jump, jump! For my life
I will jump, jump, jump! For my dreams

I’m welcoming tomorrow like this
But why do I keep on crying?
It makes me a little bit frustrated
And yet you won’t understand such a simple thing
I can’t explain any more of it in words
I want to get closer to you

Repeat +

When my skin touches yours like that
It gets the message across with a huge passion
I doubt I can hold it back for much longer
I bet my love is crying out
You can draw all kinds of meanings from this
But I want to move forward

Repeat +

Wow…
Wow… Yeah…
Wow… Yeah…
Lalala…
Lalala…

Repeat * (Two Times)

Repeat + (Two Times)

Lift me up, lift me up
Lift me up, lift me up
Lift me up, lift me up
Lift me up
Wow yeah lift me up
Lift me up, lift me up
Wow yeah lift me up
Lift me up

Lalala…


If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.
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"I'll Jump" With This 90s' Namie Amuro Tune

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. A very interesting song, thanks for adding this.

  2. I’ve never heard of this artist before. Thanks for introducing me to her music.

  3. I really appreciate your love for music. I actually gain a lot of exposure to music I wasn’t familiar with through your blog posts. Thanks for all you do :0)

  4. I looooooooove namie’s song, it is amazing, love it!!! Never heard it before! Thanks a lot for sharing.

  5. You always introduce me to some new music, and it gives me new things to listen to throughout the day!

  6. I have never heard of this artist before. But her songs definitely sound amazing!

  7. This song sounds so interesting, I’ll be sure to check it out. I’m definitely putting this one on my playlist!

  8. I love Sheila E! I went to high school in Maryland and have friends who went to high school with the Maddens. Lol.

  9. Have never heard of this artist before, really like to explore the music seems to be good and intriguing. thanks for information.

  10. I had not heard this but I really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I had never heard this song before but am loving it!

  12. You’ve got so many different and unique artists and genres in your recommendations. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I hadn’t heard of this song before – it’s always great to be introduced to new artists!

  14. I never heard of this artist before but would love to add it to my playlist.

    1. I loooooooooove Amuro! She is amazing

  15. I’m a fan of Japanese music and I love to read your recommendations I’am surely to check her music!

  16. Another new-to-me song/artist. I have to say, though, while the song was just OK to me, I LOVE LOVE LOVE her purple dress in the live performance video! Big purple fan here.

  17. New artist and song to me. I’d never heard this before. Always fun to listen to new music, thanks for sharing/

  18. Now is such a good time for me to hear some new tunes. I need to break the monotony of being home! This was great.

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