Harry Nilsson – Jump Into the Fire

This Harry Nilsson song was released in 1971 on his album Nilsson Schmilsson. Jump into the Fire peaked at number 27 in the Billboard Charts. This song was more rock than he usually released.

I remember this song most in Goodfellas in the scene where Henry is doing cocaine, then walking out the door, placing guns in the car trunk while a helicopter circles above. The song has a Stones feel to it. It would have not have been out of place on one of their albums.

From the man who wrote Coconut, Me and My Arrow, and the Puppy Song this was a departure.

In 1968 John Lennon and Paul McCartney were asked who their favorite American group was…they said “Nilsson.”

“Jump Into The Fire”

You can climb a mountain
You can swim the sea
You can jump into the fire
But you’ll never be free

You can shake me up
Or I can break you down
Whoa-o-o-o-, whoa-o-o-o-

We can make each other happy [4X]
[Repeat entire 3 times more]
You can jump into the fire [4X]

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

20 thoughts on “Harry Nilsson – Jump Into the Fire”

  1. Have you seen the documentary on Harry? Who is Harry Nilsson and Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?- good stuff. I had a 2 disc best of but after watching that- bought the little box set that had his entire catalog.

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      1. a great book out there also on him- which I had to get after seeing the documentary… he seemed hell bend on self destruction.

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      2. I would love to read something about him. I’ll look…it can’t be many on him. Yes he just went down and didn’t seem to care.
        I remember he didn’t play live a lot or at all.

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      3. Yes he did… I only know his seventies output the most…I need to listen to what the Beatles did to like him in the first place…maybe I know it but don’t realize…. I love variety… he was that in spades.

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      4. I remember reading that john and paul both when they got his album in 1968 said they both stayed up all night listening to it… having The Beatles give you such publicity would be worth a million dollar publicity campaign…

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      5. That is all you needed. John didn’t give it out easily either. Paul would more than John. Just the hit song “Without You” shows what kind of voice he had. I’ve listened to that with headphones…it’s incredible.

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      6. The Beatles endorsement of Nillson reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson’s book “Fear and Loathing On The Campaign Trail 1972”- he was writing about how the candidates were spending crazy money and time touring Florida before the primary- and George Wallace shows up at a NASCAR race and has his picture taken with The King- Richard Petty- and that 5 minutes he spent cost him nothing and won more votes than all the others–the picture was on the cover of newspapers the next day throughout the south- and the the average voter would think- if he’s a friend of The King’s- well…

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      7. I never read that book…it is a must. I’m glad you reminded me.
        Celebrities can influence so much.
        We have talked about politics…that is the era that intrigues me…from 68-74… Now though you have me wanting to know about Johnson.

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      8. I love the early Hunter Thompson stuff. That book is great even if you have no interest in politics. I read that so often – a month or so ago my wife asked me what I was reading- and it was that- and she said “Again?” Its one of those books where I am reading it and break out laughing.

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      9. It’s been on my “to get list” for years…it’s just time I do it. Thompson was his own man, to say the least…
        Yes I do the Harpo book the same.

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      10. The Hells Angels book he did- his first book was outstanding also- and it reads rather straight compared to his later stuff- but was still outstanding- the man could write- but like Nillson kind of did himself in- his writing from the late 70’s on- while still worth reading- wasn’t the same cutting edge stuff- you can only drink- drug and carry on so much before that has an effect on your talent.

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      11. I’ve seen a show where the Angels and Hunter were on at the same time talking about that book. They were not too happy. Makes me want to read it more.
        Yes it always catches up with them. It’s a shame… He was out there anyway without the drugs.

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      12. Yes I don’t think he needed any help… I have two go to books- Fear and Loathing On The Campaign Trail and Ball Four- I really don’t know how many times I’ve read each. They are always close by..

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