Drive By

Album: California 37 (2012)
Charted: 6 10

Songfacts®:

  • This upbeat pop-rock tune was the first song to be released from Train's sixth studio album. It was already familiar to some of their fans as the band had been performing the tune during their 2011 Summer Tour. It was made available on iTunes starting January 10, 2012 a week after Train played the halftime show at the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl in Miami.
  • Frontman Pat Monahan penned the song during Train's 2011 tour of Australia.
  • The song featured on "The Package" episode of Hawaii Five-0 on January 16, 2012.
  • Train's singles tend to gradually build momentum but this song debuted at #60 on the Hot 100 in its first week as Triple A and hot AC and pop radio all embraced the song with enthusiasm. Speaking with Billboard magazine, Monahan said: "We're not used to that kind of thing. Usually Train is a very slow build. 'Hey Soul Sister' and 'Drops Of Jupiter,' 'Calling All Angels,' everything took a long time to manifest into hit songs."
  • Monahan was assisted with the writing of the song by the Espionage, the Norwegian songwriting and production duo of Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund that helped Train put together its 2010 hit "Hey Soul Sister."
  • Monahan is singing about a guy who is attempting to convince a girl that their one-night-stand was not just a "drive by." The protagonist insists that he wants a lasting relationship. Speaking with Digital Spy
    the Train frontman admitted that it is "an indirect song about meeting [his] wife." Monahan added: "I really did not expect I was going to fall in love with her that day. I said I'm never going to move to Washington where you live and I'm never going to have kids or get married, just so you know. So we've been married five years, we live in Washington and we have two children and that whole threat worked out great."
  • Train sang a parody called "Five By" on Sesame Street in 2012 as part of a counting lesson with Elmo and Count von Count.
  • Taylor Swift is a big fan of this song, especially one of its lyrics. Pat Monahan recalled to Radio.com how the "Look What You Made Me Do" singer ran up to him at a CMT awards show and told him, "I can't believe I didn't think of 'Oh I swear to you, I'll be there for you.'"

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