If It's Love

Album: Save Me San Francisco (2009)
Charted: 34


  • This is the third single from California rock band Train's fifth album, Save Me San Francisco. In the song's lyrics vocalist and chief songwriter Pat Monahan sings of all of these great things he's getting for his girl except, "cologne, 'cause it's poison." Monahan explained to The Huffington Post: "Have you ever been in an elevator with a lady who just got done perfuming? If you have, you won't wonder why I wrote it."
  • When Train appeared on The Howard Stern Show December 16, 2010, Monahan said that this song is about "The fans that have been with us through all the weird times."
  • The song's music video was directed by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. He told MTV News about the clip: "I talked to (Train frontman) Pat (Monahan) for a little bit, then wrote the treatment - I wanted to know where they'd be willing to go and how involved they'd want to be. And after it comes out, I think people will see they were pretty involved.
    It's based off videos like [Michael Jackson's] 'Leave Me Alone,' or 'The Real Slim Shady' ... it's a bit of a parody, you'll see Pat and the guys parodying themselves a bit. That's what I've always found from [Fall Out Boy's] videos. If you take the piss out of yourself, people like it."
  • This reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Song chart, a survey which premiered in March 1996. It was the 100th record to reach pole position on this tally since its inception.
  • When the song ascended to #1 on Adult Pop Songs chart, Train's previous hit, "Hey Soul Sister," was logging its 10th week on top of the Adult Contemporary chart. This marked the first time that different songs by the same artist ranked at #1 on Adult Pop and Adult Contemporary in the same week.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman JackSong Writing

The story of the legendary lupine DJ through the songs he inspired.

Sarah BrightmanSongwriter Interviews

One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien SongsSong Writing

The trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsSong Writing

The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.

Butch VigSongwriter Interviews

The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New YorkSong Writing

Can you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.