This was the song that got Train rolling after years of struggle. Formed in San Francisco in 1994, they played small venues for a few years and in 1996 recorded their first, self-titled album, which included "Meet Virginia." They couldn't get a record deal, so they released it independently. In 1997 they got some gigs opening for acts like Hootie & the Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies, which attracted the attention of Columbia Records, which released the album in 1998 with a re-ordered tracklist. Columbia pegged their song "Free" as the most hit-worthy and issued it as their first single. It flopped, but when they tried again with "Meet Virginia," it caught on and slowly rose up the charts as the band kept touring. It reached its peak of #20 in the US in January 2000, nearly four years after it was first recorded.
Train's next album was Drops Of Jupiter
, released in 2001. The title track
was a big hit, and many of their new fans went back in their catalog to discover "Meet Virginia." In concert, Monahan would sometimes joke by introducing "Meet Virginia" as a new song.