Saturday, 18 January 2014

#SongOfTheDay: January 18th 2014

Over the last few years the American soft rock band Train have had surge in popularity thanks to their hit tracks 'Hey, Soul Sister' and 'Drive By'. Good for them.

There was a time however, when Train were actually good and singer Pat Monahan didn't sound like he was constantly slamming a car boot lid on his testicles. It says a lot when the only version of Hey Soul Sister I can stand hearing is by freaking Glee; due the song being sickenly cute the actual overly cheesy production fits with the style, plus the Monahan couldn't hit the high notes as well as Glee without a pole vault.

It's fair to say that at the moment Train are not my favourite band, nor have they ever been. In the early 2000's though, they did release one of my favourite songs.


No matter what crap Train come out with or how much more like castrated mouse Monahan sounds like, I will never grow out of favour with this wonderfully crafted song. What the song is about is open to interpretation but to me it's abut how much a person can change over time distance or a combination of different variables. It's one of the few times where the lyrics of a can almost be compared to poetry, creating all sorts of melancholy sensations, feelings of loss but most importantly the feeling of realisation. A realisation that no matter how things turned out, you experienced these feelings because of someone who you were fortunate enough to be a part of their life.

It still shocks me that the man who wrote the line 'Did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there' is the same one who wrote 'Just a shy guy, looking for a two ply'

In fact, I just don't believe it. I think Monahan must have had help with the mystical lyric fairy and now she just flat out refuses to answer his calls anymore. Probably after a few too many soy lattes and not being able to tally up the bill correctly. Friendships have diminished with less and with supernatural beings can be taxing to be fair.

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