Always Be

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This track may have been originally known as "Like She'll Always Be" or "She'll Always Be" [1] [2]. This is one of two Chase This Light tracks without a demo (the other being Here It Goes.)

Always Be
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Released: 2007-10-16 (album) 2007-12-03 (single)
First Played: Live: 2007-10-03 at Freeborn Hall, Davis, CA, USA [3]
Length: 3:04
Label: Interscope Records
ISWC: T0730484588
Publisher: Do I Get A Pickle With That Music [1]
Producer: Butch Vig, Jimmy Eat World, and Chris Testa
Key: F Major [4]
BPM: 170 [4]

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[Verse 1]

Could've been a night like any other

One of us has to drive

One of us gets to think

I'll force a laugh to break the silence

It's gonna get harder still

Before it gets easy

You can't keep safe what wants to break


I'm alone in this

I'm as I've always been

Right behind what's happening

She's all lost in this

She's all like she'll always be

A little far for me to reach

[Verse 2]

I was just a boy like every other

I thought I was something fierce

I thought I was ten times smarter

Love would be something that I just know

(Something I just know)

How you gonna know the feeling 'til you've lost it

I've been losing plenty since


I'm alone in this

I'm as I've always been

Right behind what's happening

She's all lost in this

She's all like she'll always be

A little far for me to reach


Maybe something else I'm missing

Something good and you're the reason

It's a dream but there's a real world waiting


I'm alone in this

I'm as I've always been

Right behind what's happening

She's all lost in this

She's all like she'll always be

A little far for me to reach

Recording Details

Following the release of the Stay on My Side Tonight in 2005-10 Jim Adkins revealed that the band was working on new songs [5] and in 2006-01, drummer Zach Lind said the band resumed work on new material, and by Zach posted that 2006-02 they had seven demos, including Carry You, Chase This Light, Stop, Beautiful Is, Dizzy, Gotta Be Somebody's Blues and that they were working with Chris Testa [6].

Recording for Chase This Light began in 2006-08, the band entered their Tempe Studio, Unit 2 with 17 tracks the band revealed tracked Big Casino, Be Sensible, Firefight, and Electable and it was reported the band was also working with Butch Vig [7]. The band reported tongue-in-cheek titles for the album including Rick's Big Ass Dance Party!, Fight People!, Thrash Unreal! and Bitch Betta Have My Money! Despite initial reporting that said Butch Vig would travel from Madison, Wisconsin to work with the band in Tempe [8] Vig eventually was in more of a consulting role with him visiting Unit 2 in person a few times throughout the sessions, and the band posting material on a website for him to listen to and provided feedback on [9] [10]. Recording sessions were held at Unit 2 in Tempe with engineer Chris Testa; the band handled additional recording [11]. Ross Hogarth and John Fields did additional engineering at Seedy Underbelly in Los Angeles, California. Around this time Jim Adkins, the band’s primary lyricist, started a writing exercise where he would look at photographs and coming up with his own back stories for them. He wound spent around 10 minutes looking at every aspect of the photograph, before writing his thoughts down [12].

Recording lasted for three weeks until late 2006-08, when the band took a break to play shows in the US and Europe [13]. Sessions recommenced on 2006-09-04 and lasted until October. Further recording took place in 2006-12 when they recorded Amy Ross of Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl doing vocals. The band took a break around the Christmas period to write additional songs, and recorded more material during a few weeks in 2007-03. Following this, the band embarked on a European tour, which concluded in 2007-05 [14]. The sessions finished later in the month [15] with mixing being done by Chris Lord-Alge in 2007-06 at Resonate Music in Burbank California with assistance from Keith Armstrong the album title was also confirmed [16]. Ted Jensen mastered the final recordings at Sterling Sound in New York City [11]. Tom Linton would later remark that they "might have gone a little bit too crazy on some of the production parts, like as far as adding more vocals and keyboard parts." [17]

Reflecting on Always Be Jim Adkins said the song is about "about co-dependancy; vulnerability exploited." [18]


"Always Be" is the second single from Jimmy Eat World's sixth studio album Chase This Light. The song was released on 2007-12-04 in the USA. [19] The single was released in the U.K on 2008-03-03. [20]

Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe praised the song's use of "snaps and handclaps" and compared its melody to the highlights on both The Shins' Wincing the Night Away and Shout Out Louds' Our Ill Wills. [21] In a negative review for the album, Andrew Blackie from PopMatters criticized the track for being "gimmicky and insincere." [22]

Always Be Peaked at 37 on the UK Singles Chart and 14 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart.

Jimmy Eat World were invited to perform Always Be Live on the Late Show with David Letterman episode 2956 in 2008-05-05 [23].


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Other Versions

Live Featuring Hayley Williams

A live version of Always Be featuring Hayley Williams of ‎Paramore appears on the digital EP Are You Listening? EP. This version is 3:13 long. and can be heard here:


An unknown live version of this song appears on Chase This Light Japanese Deluxe edition. This version is 3:09 long.

Live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

On 2008-04-07 the band played Always Be Live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. [24] This can be found here: or here:

Tempe Session

A version of this song from the Tempe Sessions appears on Chase This Light Japanese Deluxe edition. This version is 3:04 long.

COVID-19 Quarantine Acoustic Edition

On the week of 2020-03-21 Jim Adkins, filmed by Zach Lind recorded an acoustic version of this track from Unit 2 in Tempe Arizona though Facebook Live. This can be found here: before playing the track Jim mentions it would have been while they were playing the Download Festival in Sidney Australia. [25]

See Also

Always Be (music video)


  1. 1.0 1.1, ACE Repertory,, ASCAP, 2022-03-27,
  2., Jimmy Eat World Fans Facebook Group, Tunderguns Bringe, Steve, 2019-12-09,,, 2022-05-15, This is the right group to ask. I think the year was 2006, and JEW did an almost unadvertised few shows in small venues, one of the gigs here in Albuquerque. Jim came out on stage and announced, "We've already proven ourselves as a rock band so we're going to slow it down tonight." Does anyone remember these gigs? A few songs from Chase This Light were premiered. The set list Tom gave me has "Always Be" named "She'll Always Be." Good gig, except for the fool screaming "SWEETNESS!!! CAN YOU HEAR ME???" all night. I finally heard Disintegration live! Edit: I should mention the only "rock song" that night was "Big Casino." Everything else was low tempo stuff, which meant a TON of album cuts I'd never heard live. "The Middle" was a Jim-only acoustic encore. In case that helps jog the memory. Other than folks I went with, I haven't found any other fans who saw these shows. Albuquerque was the first gig on the tour (I think Jim said six shows), and I wonder if word got out and people stayed away. It's one of my fave Jimmy gigs just because the set list was so different than greatest hits and new songs.,
  3., Jimmy Eat World Setlist at Freeborn Hall, Davis, CA, USA, 2007-10-03,,, 2022-05-07,
  4. 4.0 4.1, Tunebat, 2022-02-12, Tunebat, Tunebat, 2022-03-27,
  5., Band Blog, Jimmy Eat World, 2006-10-18, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-02-17, recording is going great. the songs are coming together. and i have to say, we are making the best album anyone has heard in 21 years. jim back to topPosted On: Oct 18, 2006 by Jim,
  6., Band Blog, Jimmy Eat World, 2006-01-08/2006-02-13, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-02-17, Update 2.0 Happy Valentines Day everyone! We hope the love is strong for everyone out there. Things are heating up a little bit here in AZ for the band. We have about 7 demos that are in rough form but sounding really great. We are still a little ways away from full on recording the album versions of these songs, but we're getting closer everyday. Some song titles so far are "Carry You", "Chase This Light", "Stop", "Beautiful Is", "Dizzy", and "Gotta Be Somebody's Blues". We have reserved the services of the very talented engineer Chris Testa to turn the knobs for us while we record the album at our studio in Tempe. We are shooting to record excusively in our own studio so we'll see how that goes. That's about it for now. We'll check in again soon to clue you all in on the progress. Peace back to topPosted On: Feb 13, 2006 by Zach Update Hey everyone. We hope everyone had a great holiday season and a safe new years. We sure did. We are currenly at home in the Phoenix area working on new songs and getting ready to make what will be our 6th full length album. Everything is going very well and the new stuff appears to be pretty rocking. Thanks to everyone who bought the new ep. we're really happy that those songs found a proper home together. that's it for now. we'll check back in soon and let you know how the process is going. zach back to topPosted On: Jan 08, 2006 by Zach,
  7., Jimmy Eat World recording new album with Butch Vig, 2006-07-24, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-02-17, "We are scheduled to begin recording our new record on August 7th at our own studio in Tempe, AZ. We have a group of 17 songs that we feel really happy with and we can't wait to see how they take shape during the record making process. Some of the new song titles that haven't been mentioned before are "Big Casino", "Be Sensible", "Firefight", and "Electable" just to name a few. We will be working along side Chris Testa as our engineer and the legendary Butch Vig will also be along side the band making sure we don't forget to thrash unreal!!(We are pretty sure that's Wisconsin slang for "kicking serious ass")",
  8., Jimmy Eat World In Partnership With Butch Vig, 2006-07-25, Chart Attack, Chart Attack, 2021-02-17,
  9., Jimmy Eat World - 07.27.07, Henderson, Steve, 2007-08-10, AbsolutePunk, AbsolutePunk, 2021-02-17,
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  11. 11.0 11.1 Chase This Light B000992402., Jimmy Eat World, 2007, Interscope Records,
  12., About, Jimmy Eat World, 2010-09-24, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-02-21,
  13., Band Blog, Jimmy Eat World, 2006-08-24, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-02-17, Day #17 Today is our last day of recording until the 4th of September. We have to interupt our studio time for some live rock and roll action. Saturday we play in Del Mar, CA and then Tuesday we take off for Austria and Switzerland. It will be nice to get out of this brutal AZ summer as well. It will be nice to play some shows again but we're also anxious to get back and continue tracking. The studio updates will continue Here's a pic of Rick kicking some serious ass on the bass: Images: back to topPosted On: Aug 24, 2006 by Zach,
  14., Band Blog, Jimmy Eat World, 2007-03-07, Jimmy Eat World, Band Blog, 2021-02-17, New Album Update We have made some more progress on the making of the album. After taking some time exploring some new music ideas, we will resume recording for a few weeks on the 12th of March. We are extremely excited about the new music and we can't wait to dig in a finally finish off the making of this record. It's never over till it's over, but we're one big step closer. thanks for your patience. Hopefully we'll have another update for you soon. back to topPosted On: Mar 07, 2007 by Zach,
  15., Jimmy Eat World completes album, Aubin, Paul, 2007-05-30,, 2021-02-17, Done. I declare our album recorded. Next up mixing. We have spent the last few days in la tweaking on some 11th hour changes to the album. Some whip-cracks, explosions, bells, glocks and the occasional reverse cymbal. Wouldn't be cliche if it didn't work, right? Seriously. I feel great about this. At this point in the record making process I always get this deep feeling of excitement. As if I am the only one who knows a cool secret. I can't wait to show you guys what we have been doing for the last year. We have learned a lot making this album and hopefully, we will not take so long between records again. We need some B-sides… Anyone have a good suggestion for a cover song? Post on our message board!,
  16., Jimmy Eat World title new album, begin mixing, 2007-06-05, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-02-17, Massively influential emo-rock act Jimmy Eat World have announced that they have begun mixing their new album, the follow-up to 2004's Futures with Chris Lord-Alge (My Chemical Romance, AFI). The band began recording the disc with producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Garbage) last July. Frontman Jim Adkins has also confirmed that the record will be titled Chase This Light, as has been rumored for much of this year. A picture of the mixing posse is below.,
  17., Interview with Tom Linton from Jimmy Eat World: Re-Invented, Fiorletta, Alicia, 2011-06-01, The Aquarian Weekly, The Aquarian Weekly, 2021-02-17,
  18., Band Blog, Jimmy Eat World, 2007-10-09, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-05-16, 10.09.07 vancouver, bc. day off. i was asked to write a blurb for journalists ( is "blurb" in the book?) about each of the songs. here is as concise as i can get about each tune without trampling on what you might make of it for yourself. we have never thought it was our job to explain songs. that is a rant for another time. but, after a few people asking me questions about the tunes and having really, really off base interpretations i thought it may be a good idea to at least point people in a closer direction. so, spoiler alert. i guess. 1. Big Casino-A loser anthem. Song about disgruntled burn-out dreams of success and what they would do with it. 2. Let It Happen-Always wanted to write an “I ain’t missing you”-- feigning strength as a defense song. 3.Always Be- about co-dependancy; vulnerability exploited. 4. Carry You-With distance and time, it becomes easier to invent qualities that may not have existed in a relationship. And to falsely believe those qualities could be included in a current version of the relationship. 5. Electable (Give It Up)-Frustration with the lack of intelligent political discourse in America. Why is attempting to polarize such an effective distraction from accountability? 6. Gotta Be Somebody’s Blues-A song about apathy. Oppression is an abstraction and thought of as someone else’s problem… until it’s you that finds yourself defending your rights. 7. Felling Lucky-A bar brawl song. Another loser anthem. yup. 8. Here It Goes-Know what is truly important to you. Don’t lose sight of that in the face of opportunity OR in the face of desperation. 9. Chase This Light-Becoming self-aware in the middle of a special experience. The “chase” is trying to find that feeling of discovery. of challange. 10. Firefight-Because it is new, everything is a big deal. 11. Dizzy-Unspoken awkwardness when two people are faced with their past. jim back to topPosted On: Oct 09, 2007 by Jim,, 2007-10-12
  19., AllAccess Alternative eWeekly, 2007-11-27,,, 2022-05-15,
  20., second single to be Always Be, Jimmy Eat World, 2007-12-05, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2022-05-15, "Always Be" added to the Jimmy Eat World Media Player "Always Be", the next single from Jimmy Eat World's latest release Chase This Light, is now streaming on the media player. Check it out!,, 2007-12-18
  21., Jimmy Eat World: Chase This Light, Keefe, Jonathan, 2007-10-15, Slant Magazine, Slant Magazine, 2022-05-15,
  22., Jimmy Eat World: Chase This Light, Blackie, Andrew, 2007-10-15, PopMatters, PopMatters, 2022-05-15,
  23., Late Show with David Letterman (a Guest Stars & Air Dates Guide),,, 2021-04-05,
  24., Jimmy Eat World – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Always Be, Wire Service, 2008-04-07,,, 2022-05-24,
  25., Jimmy Eat World Announce “Criminal Energy Tour” with The Front Bottoms, Schatz, Lake, 2020-03-09, Consequence of Sound, Consequence of Sound, 2021-03-09,

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