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Chase This Light Album Cover
Released: 2007-10-16
First Played: Live 2008-02-02 Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany[1]
Length: 4:46
Label: Interscope Records
Producer: Gil Norton

Dizzy is track 11 of 11 on Jimmy Eat World's album Chase This Light. It is one of several songs by the band with a closed compound title.

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[Verse 1]

You close your eyes and kiss your hand then you blow it

But it isn't meant for me, and I notice

If the choice was ours alone

Then why'd we both choose letting go?

Does it end like this?

[Verse 2]

Time never had a chance to heal your heart

Just a number always counting down to a new start

If you always knew the truth

Then the world would spin around you

Are you dizzy yet?


Respectfully, so honestly I'm calling out

Do you hear the conversation we talk about?

Back away to the safety of a quiet house

If there's half a chance in this moment

When your eyes meet mine, we show it off

[Verse 3]

All talk and not a lot to think, we were living dreams

And shame never crept close to our naked feet

If there's something left to lose

Then don't let me wear out my shoes

I'm still walking

[Verse 4]

I tried, but it rang and rang, I called all night

On a payphone, remember those from another life?

If everything I meant to you

You can lick and seal then fold in two

Then I've been so blind


[Verse 5]

Oh, oh take it all back, take the first, the last and only

Oh, oh take it all back, take it all back

Everything you showed me

Oh, oh this must be how it feels when the feeling goes

[Verse 6]

I told you as I hovered, I never felt this way

You said I have the shot that stops my clock

Baby it's OK

You said you'd never have regrets

Jesus, is there someone yet

Who got their wish; did you get yours, babe?


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 [2] 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 [3].

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 [4]. 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 [5] 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 [6] [7]. Recording sessions were held at Unit 2 in Tempe with engineer Chris Testa; the band handled additional recording [8]. 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 [9].

Recording lasted for three weeks until late 2006-08, when the band took a break to play shows in the US and Europe [10]. 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 [11]. The sessions finished later in the month [12] 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 [13]. Ted Jensen mastered the final recordings at Sterling Sound in New York City [8]. 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." [14]

Reflecting on Dizzy Jim Adkins said the song is about "Unspoken awkwardness when two people are faced with their past." [15]


One reviewer said that Dizzy is stylistically similar to Hysteria era Def Lappard [16]


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Additional Musicians


Other Versions

Acoustic Version

An acoustic version of Dizzy appears on the iTunes edition of Chase This Light. [17]

See Also

Chase This Light


  1. https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/jimmy-eat-world/2008/ringlokschuppen-bielefeld-germany-3bd6e438.html, Jimmy Eat World Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany, 2008-02-02, setlist.fm, setlist.fm, 2021-05-16,
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20071012192957/http://bbs.jimmyeatworld.com/blog/index.php?varDay=all, 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,
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20071012192957/http://bbs.jimmyeatworld.com/blog/index.php?varDay=all, 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,
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20180307161544/http://www.altpress.com/index.php/news/entry/archive_1050, 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")",
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20180301234750/http://www.chartattack.com/news/2006/07/25/jimmy-eat-world-in-partnership-with-butch-vig/, Jimmy Eat World In Partnership With Butch Vig, 2006-07-25, Chart Attack, Chart Attack, 2021-02-17,
  6. https://archive.vn/MDpfy, Jimmy Eat World - 07.27.07, Henderson, Steve, 2007-08-10, AbsolutePunk, AbsolutePunk, 2021-02-17,
  7. https://archive.vn/MDpfy, Jimmy Eat World - 07.27.07, Henderson, Steve, 2007-08-10, AbsolutePunk, AbsolutePunk, 2021-02-17,
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chase This Light B000992402., Jimmy Eat World, 2007, Interscope Records,
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20100924105848/http://www.jimmyeatworld.com/bio/, About, Jimmy Eat World, 2010-09-24, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-02-21,
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20071012192957/http://bbs.jimmyeatworld.com/blog/index.php?varDay=all, 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,
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20071012192957/http://bbs.jimmyeatworld.com/blog/index.php?varDay=all, 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,
  12. https://www.punknews.org/article/23926/jimmy-eat-world-completes-album, Jimmy Eat World completes album, Aubin, Paul, 2007-05-30, Punknews.org, 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!,
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20160828101740/http://www.altpress.com/index.php/news/entry/archive_2131, 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.,
  14. http://www.theaquarian.com/2011/06/01/interview-with-tom-linton-from-jimmy-eat-world-re-invented/, Interview with Tom Linton from Jimmy Eat World: Re-Invented, Fiorletta, Alicia, 2011-06-01, The Aquarian Weekly, The Aquarian Weekly, 2021-02-17,
  15. http://bbs.jimmyeatworld.com/blog/index.php, 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, https://web.archive.org/web/20071012192957/http://bbs.jimmyeatworld.com/blog/index.php?varDay=all, 2007-10-12
  16. https://www.allmusic.com/album/chase-this-light-mw0000486263, Chase This Light - Jimmy Eat World, Sendra, Tim, 2012-07-07, AllMusic, AllMusic, 2021-05-16,
  17. http://www.jimmyeatworld.com/news/default.aspx?pg=2, Chase This Light Now Available For Preorder on iTunes, Jimmy Eat World, 2007-08-08, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-05-16, Chase This Light Now Available For Preorder on iTunes Preorder Jimmy Eat World's new album Chase This Light from iTunes now, and receive an instant download of the first single "Big Casino." As an added bonus, you'll receive the bonus track "Take 'Em As They Come" and an acoustic version of "Dizzy" to be delivered along with the rest of the album on the October 16th street date. Click here to preorder Chase This Light from iTunes "Big Casino" is now available for purchase at all online retailers. News » Posted: 8/28/2007 | # |, https://web.archive.org/web/20071012133332/http://www.jimmyeatworld.com/news/default.aspx?pg=2, 2007-10-12

External Links

Jimmy Eat Pod Episode Link: https://www.jimmyeatpod.com/005-dizzy/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chase_This_Light