Pass the Baby

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Pass the Baby
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Written: 2015
Length: 5:24
Label: RCA, Exotic Location
Writer: Jimmy Eat World
Producer: Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Jimmy Eat World

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[Verse 1]

The best decision made

Was letting me take the stage

Do what I say exactly

Remember you called me

There's something we can count on

These boys like swinging low

If it gets too ugly

Well that's our industry

We feed and feed


You pass the baby here

No, they won't shoot

You pass the baby here

[Verse 2]

There's always something happening

But not for us to say

What we'll let them hear is candy they can't eat

The amateurs keep typing

The numbers keep on changing

It's almost too easy

The pictures frame themselves


You pass the baby here

No, they won't shoot

You pass the baby here

Pass the baby here

No, they won't shoot

You pass the baby here

Recording Details

After touring in support of Damage, the band members took a break to focus on individual projects throughout most of 2015 [1].

After taking this time to reset and with the goal of approaching their next record from a fresh perspective [6], the band reconvened and began writing and recording in late 2015 with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, a new producer and session musician for Nine Inch Nails with production credits for Paramore, M83, and Tegan and Sara, (among others)[7] that they had no past experience with, to push them out of their comfort zone [8]. Meldal-Johnsen was able to take the material the band had in varying states of completion and worked with them to develop it [9]. The band travelled to Los Angeles, California to record their next album. Sessions were held at Sunset Sound, Chez JMJ and Unit 2[8]. Mike Schuppan, Carlos de la Garza, Meldal-Johnsen, Adkins, and Lind acted as engineers, with assistance from Geoff Neal. Ken Andrews mixed the recordings while Dave Cooley mastered them at Elysian Mastering. [10]

From an interview: "Was the hard-rock breakdown at the end of “Pass the Baby” a spontaneous thing that happened in the studio?

Well, “Pass the Baby” was a song that’s been laying around for a while. The song itself is about manipulation and how your short-term gains sometimes come back and blossom into something that’s not really what you expected or hoped for, and having to reckon with that.

I explained to Justin [Meldal-Johnsen] that the song does this thing at the end where it stays within the melodic elements that have already been established but it completely changes the vibe and intensity. And he was like, “OK, we’re definitely doing that then.” Plus, we just love to rock. We love to rock! Deep down inside, we’re just eighth-graders who love metal, so you’ve got to throw a bone to that kid sometimes."

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  1., Jimmy Eat World brings ‘Integrity Blues’ to Chattanooga, Agardy, Andrea, 2017-03-06, The Tullahoma News, 2021-02-05, Lind said the band members took a year away from music “to kind of turn off the Jimmy Eat World switch in their brain and do something else.”,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2, Jimmy Eat World Finds Integrity Within The Blues On Their New Album, Manders, Hayden, 2016-10-19, Nylon, 2021-02-05, Jim Adkins: A lot of the time was spent on the road. Playing live is a big part of what we do, and we enjoy it. We spent maybe about a year and a half touring for Damage, trying to get to as many places as we could. We did a series of shows based around the anniversary of our album, Futures. Then we decided to take a year off from the band, completely, which was something we haven't done ever. We all fanned out and did different stuff. I decided to do a bunch of acoustic shows, me and a guitar. Our bass player, he makes gin and whiskey. He's legal; he's above the board. He has a distillery in Arizona. Zach [Lind] made a couple EPs with the project he did with his wife, called The Wretched Desert. Then we just got back into it. We spent a year off and then turned on the switch and said, "Let's really dive in and make it something that we feel is out best work.",
  3., Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins covers Beck’s "Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard" — listen, Kaye, Ben, 2015-07-31, Consequence of Sound, 2021-02-05,
  4., Rick Burch of Jimmy Eat World on His New Project, CaskWerks Distillery, Faber, Cal, 2016-02-01, Phoenix New Times, 2021-02-06, The craft distillery game is not an easy one, but Rick Burch, owner and distiller at CaskWerks Distilling Co., is not daunted. Best known as the bassist of Jimmy Eat World, Burch has found another niche in the world of gin, whiskey, and liqueurs. While CaskWerks is still new, Burch and his team already are turning out a quality gin and apple pie liqueur, with a whiskey not far off on the horizon.,
  5., Jimmy Eat World: Headliner Interview, Payne, Chris, 2016-10-06, Pop Shop Podcast, 2021-02-05,
  6., SIMULTANEOUSLY NOSTALGIC AND FRESH, JIMMY EAT WORLD’S ‘INTEGRITY BLUES’ IS THEIR BEST SINCE 2004, Lucy, Evan, 2016-10-19, Alternative Press, 2021-02-06, “We’ve been a band for kind of a long time now,” Adkins says with a laugh. “I think we’ve developed this shorthand amongst ourselves. When we run into a musical puzzle, we execute based on our strengths and just do it. That may or may not mean you’re doing your best work; you’re just doing what’s familiar. Going into making Integrity Blues, we wanted to short-circuit that process and ask ourselves, ‘Is this really the best, or is it just what we’re doing because we know how to do it?’ When you start asking yourself that question and start digging in, you realize there are a whole lot more things you can try.”,
  7., Jimmy Eat World doubles down on the familiar with Integrity Blues, and it works, Camp, Zoe, 2016-10-21, AV CLub, 2021-02-06,
  8. 8.0 8.1, Jimmy Eat World on Accepting 'Integrity Blues,' Why Happiness Is Overrated, Bernstein, Jonathan, 2016-10-20, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone, 2021-02-05, How did you work on shaking things up on this album? If we run into a musical problem, say you want a certain part of a song to feel a certain way, without even talking about it we can just execute it because we’re a team and we know our strengths and we’ve done it before. We have this sort of shorthand communication as a band because we all know all our strengths. So we really had to check ourselves and ask, “Is this the best, most effective way to get this thing to happen, or is it just something that we’re comfortable with?” Maybe there’s a different way. So for this record, we purposely wanted to work with someone we’ve never worked with and make a record in a way that we haven’t made one in a while. All those things pushed us away from the zone of comfort, because really the zone of comfort is a zone of fear. You’re afraid to break out of this familiarity. There’s nothing good about feeling comfortable.,
  9., Jimmy Eat World on how their latest album Integrity Blues is a new chapter for the band, O'Connor, Roisin, 2016-10-26, The Independent, 2021-02-05, We had a lot of things in different states of progress when we brought Justin in," Adkins nods. "Sometimes that means you generate a song that sits around, 10-second riff ideas… and Justin helped us with that. He was totally down for this idea of us needing to make something that short-circuits the comfort place that I was talking about earlier.",
  10. Integrity Blues (booklet) 88985324032., Jimmy Eat World, 2016, RCA Records,

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