Today Show: Train “Drive By” Performance
Three-time Grammy-Award winning band Train came by The Today Show for their Summer Concert Series. They played two songs, the first of which was the popular “Drive By.” I don’t know what you were doing in the spring and summer of 2012 when this song came out, but I was going through one of those see-saw break-ups, where you sort of break up but you sort of get back together and the whole thing is very emotionally draining.
For some reason, that spring and summer was filled with break-up songs like Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together“, Maroon 5’s “Payphone” and Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” It was a very break-up friendly pop music era. It’s impossible for me to separate these songs from that time in my life.
Today Show: Train “Drive By” Live
I imagine this song “Drive By” is probably a happy song to anyone who didn’t spend a few weeks listening to it on repeat after a break-up, occasionally with a drink or a cigarette in hand. It’s upbeat and happy-sounding. But if you listen to the lyrics, it’s really kind of desperate sounding. It’s basically about a guy who doesn’t want to apologize for his mistakes, just skip past them and go right back to “the more than friends at last.” Is this a happy topic? I don’t think so.
Meanwhile, everyone standing in the rain at the concert in ponchos and umbrellas looked like they were loving the show. So at least someone was enjoying it. But to be honest, I don’t think I would have such a strong emotional reaction to it if it wasn’t for the quality of the song. Train really are great artists. Their songs can transport you back in time to another place when you felt a certain way at a certain time, even if it’s been a long time since you thought about those feelings or that time.
Today Show: Train “Angel In Blue Jeans” Review
Because apparently Train only likes writing sad songs about girls they’ve loved, their new song “Angel In Blue Jeans” is about another elusive girl. So much for moving right along. But at least these lyrics aren’t as relatable, unless you happen to be the star of your own cowboy movie and got shot down by a femme fatale. Here’s the lyrics: “I’ll love her till my last breaths gone, like a river made of silver. Everyone came running to the scene. I was shot down in cold blood by an angel in blue jeans.”
This shooting happens at a turnpike in the lyrics, because apparently that’s where angels in blue jeans like to shoot people.
Today Show: Train “Angel In Blue Jeans” Performance
For their part, the crowd seemed not to care about the extremely dark message, or even the rain. They all danced around and sang along.
The lead singer of Train wore a suit with a white shirt and no tie. His collar was open and he wore a gold chain around his neck, looking like a stylish hero of a movie in which a man might be shot down by a femme fatale in blue jeans.
Overall, Train performs just the way their records sound and they’re an amazing band. Their songs wound you and touch you in ways you don’t expect. That takes some serious talent.