Firefight

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Firefight
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Chase This Light Album Cover
First Played: 2007-09-30 at Alumni Greek Theatre, Redlands, CA, USA https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/jimmy-eat-world/2007/alumni-greek-theatre-redlands-ca-4bdfa336.html
Released: 2007-10-16
Length: 3:51
Label: Interscope Records
Writer: Jimmy Eat World
Producer: Chris Testa, John Fields, Jimmy Eat World

Firefight is track 10 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.

Appears On

Lyrics

[Verse 1]

This is where our diligence has lead

The waves roll in to claim our patient steps

Can we become more than just ourselves?

And leave the sand, our want, our will, our doubt

[Chorus]

It's firefight, I won't run

They're spitting spite all through my blood

For you and me, there's nowhere left to hide

Except you and me, there's no one else alive

[Verse 2]

This is now the moment after next

Are these still the eyes of a temptress?

Why open the door if you won't go?

Don't ask twice if you don't wanna know

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]

Is there an answer?

If it's an honest one, honestly worth its question

There's no question

The city as my witness (The city as my witness)

I am who I wanna be, but you could be anything (you could be anything)

Just be anything here with me

Love is quartz and breath the second hand

If you let go then that's where time will stand

[Chorus][x2]

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 [1] 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 [2].

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 [3]. 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 [4] 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 [5] [6]. Recording sessions were held at Unit 2 in Tempe with engineer Chris Testa; the band handled additional recording [7]. 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 [8].

Recording lasted for three weeks until late 2006-08, when the band took a break to play shows in the US and Europe [9]. 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 [10]. The sessions finished later in the month [11] 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 [12]. Ted Jensen mastered the final recordings at Sterling Sound in New York City [7]. 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." [13]

Reflecting on Firefight Jim Adkins said the song is about "Because it is new, everything is a big deal." [14]

Reception

The Always Be Single was released to radio on 2007-12-04 [15]; the US vinyl version included a live version of "Big Casino", while the CD version featured the Tempe Sessions version of "Firefight" [16] as did the European and UK variants.

Firefight was released to radio on 2008-04-08.

Firefight was remarked as reminiscent of the band's early records[17] , and talks about new things coming across as important [18].

Personnel

Jimmy Eat World

Additional musicians

Production

Other Versions

Firefight (Tempe Sessions)

The Always Be Single was released on 2007-12-04 [15] with the CD version featured the Tempe Sessions version of "Firefight" [16] as did the European and UK variants. Video of the Tempe sessions and Interview can be found online, this track can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeQtT4u1JDc

See Also

Chase This Light

References

  1. 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,
  2. 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,
  3. 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")",
  4. 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,
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  9. 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,
  10. 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,
  11. 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!,
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  13. 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,
  14. 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
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  18. https://web.archive.org/web/20071012192957/http://bbs.jimmyeatworld.com/blog/index.php?varDay=all, Band Blog, Jimmy Eat World, 2007-10-09, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-02-17, 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,

External Links

Jimmy Eat Pod Episode Link: https://www.jimmyeatpod.com/036-firefight/

https://genius.com/Jimmy-eat-world-firefight-lyrics

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