Closer

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Closer
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Stay on My Side Tonight EP Cover
Written: Jimmy Eat World, Philip Edward Galdston, Jon Lind, Wendy Waldman
First Played: 2004-10-02 [1] at The Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA, USA
Released: 2005-09-13 (Digital) 2005-10-04 (CD/Vinyl)
Length: 5:50
Label: Interscope Records
Writer: Jimmy Eat World
Producer: Mark Trombino, Jimmy Eat World

Closer is the final unreleased song from the Stay on My Side Tonight five-track EP released in late 2005 after the release of Futures. Descriped by a reviewer as "a hooky, lightweight pop tune that harks back to the mood of Bleed American. [2]

Appears On

Lyrics

[Verse 1]

Every day, I get a little closer, dear

Will you love me, darling, when I get there?

I'll need sunshine, I'll need rest

Pour us whiskey, water, kiss

[Chorus]

"Remember me," she said, smiling

"Write my name somewhere safe."

Touch and taste

Fades with space

I'll never be who you'll dream

[Verse 2]

Every day, I try a little harder, dear

But those things you do, I don't wanna hear

You'll have yours, I'll have mine

No one guilty, no one right

[Chorus]

"Remember me," she said, smiling

"Write my name somewhere safe."

Touch and taste

Fades with space

I'll never be who you'll dream

[Bridge]

You'll have yours, I'll have mine

No one guilty tonight

You'll have yours, I'll have mine

No one guilty tonight

You'll have yours, I'll have mine

No one guilty tonight

[Verse 3]

Every day, I get a little closer, dear

Gonna drive fast all night 'til I get there

Not much time we can waste

Nothing pretty left to save

Recording Details

Produced by: Mark Trombino & Jimmy Eat World

Recorded at: Unit 2 (Tempe, Arizona); Ocean Studios (Burbank, California)

Release date: 2005

The original tracks from Stay on My Side Tonight were material from the Futures recording era that didn't make it onto Futures, including Disintegration, Closer, and Over. [2]

Reception

Released on Interscope Records Jimmy Eat World through digital downloads on 2005-09-13 and released on 12" Vinyl and CD on 2005-10-04. This is Jimmy Eat World's only release to feature the Parental Advisory label (due to the lyrics on Disintegration)

The Stay on My Side Tonight EP peaked at 74 on the Australia ARIA charts on the week of 2005-11-21 [3]

The Vinyl was repressed in 2016 by Tiny Evil and Interscope Records.

Personnel

Jimmy Eat World

Writing

Additional Personnel

Other Versions

The Song was played once in 2006-05-08 by Go Big Casino at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. [4]

See Also

References

  1. https://www.setlist.fm/stats/songs/jimmy-eat-world-5bd69b28.html?songid=43c28327, Closer by Jimmy Eat World, setlist.fm, 2021-02-12,
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://www.allmusic.com/album/stay-on-my-side-tonight-mw0000642132, Stay on My Side Tonight, Sendra, Tim, All Music, 2021-01-31, Of the five tracks on Jimmy Eat World's 2005 EP Stay on My Side Tonight, three are songs the band worked on during the recording of Futures but decided didn't work on that record. It is hard to see why they were left off, as they are as good as -- if not better than -- some of the more pedestrian material that did make the cut. Maybe it is the slightly less polished sound, and maybe it is the fact that they aren't surrounded by 50 minutes of similar-sounding songs, but the three songs have more life and power than one might expect. "Disintegration" is an epic dirge that builds impressively and ends with the chanted vocals that give the EP its name; "Closer" is a hooky, lightweight pop tune that harks back to the mood of Bleed American; and "Over," while slightly less impressive than the other two, is a decent emo ballad. The other two tracks are interesting but not vital. They gamely cover Heatmiser's "Half Right" but can't quite find the magic that Elliott Smith was so effortlessly able to conjure up. The Styrofoam remix of Futures' "Drugs or Me" is OK, with the vocals glitched into near oblivion and the tune bouncing along on a bouncy, broken beat. So there's nothing earthshaking, but fans will want to grab it, and those who were put off by the slick surface of Futures might take some solace in the slightly stripped-down sound -- and hope that Jimmy Eat World continue to shed their studio sheen by the time the next album is recorded. Collapse ↑,
  3. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20051220-0000/issue821.pdf, The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 21 November 2005, 2005-12-20, Pandora Archive,
  4. https://www.setlist.fm/stats/songs/jimmy-eat-world-5bd69b28.html?song=Closer, Setlist.fm, 2021-01-31,

External Links

Jimmy Eat Pod Episode Link: https://www.jimmyeatpod.com/002-closer/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stay_on_My_Side_Tonight

https://www.discogs.com/artist/82079-Jimmy-Eat-World?query=Closer

https://web.archive.org/web/20090616172055/http://music.ign.com/articles/664/664202p1.html

https://www.reddit.com/r/JimmyEatWorld/comments/elsifm/song_of_the_week_closer/