Summer 2003. The song Drops of Jupiter, Train played on every radio station in Columbus, Ohio. We were at Wyandot Lake (now known as Zoombezi Bay) with my family and some family friends. This song played over and over.

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Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s a time to change
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June

 

When we took a break from the water rides we sang the chorus from the top of the ferris wheel.

But tell me, did you sail across the sun?

I was only 11. I was a kid. I’m not sure I knew what this song was about but I knew I loved it. I saw Train in concert at the Newport in college. It’s still one of my favorite concerts to date.

My mother told me that Pat has said this song is about the loss of his mother and finding himself after she’s gone.

I can see this. However, I didn’t think of angels when I related to this song. My mother also told me. Perception is reality.

I don’t think my soul search had started when I was 11 but this song still spoke to me. I discussed in a previous post how I feel like I’m still figuring out who I am. Today this song continues to speak to me.

Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

I’m searching for something but at the same time I don’t want to lose what I’ve already found.

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star–
One without a permanent scar?
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

I don’t want to get lost. I know I’m going to fall on my face a few times. I just don’t want to fall too hard. But I also want to dream big and reach for my goals.

Now that she’s back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation
She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
Reminds me that there’s room to grow

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. There’s always new things to try and new things to learn. I’m not checking out but some of the things that I thought were important a year ago, suddenly don’t feel as important.

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
I’m afraid that she might think of me as plain ol’ Jane
Told a story about a man who was too afraid to fly so he never did land

I love dreamers. I love people who are never satisfied. I don’t want to be afraid of anything. The people on my journey take risks with me.

But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way?
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

People. People are difficult. I’ve struggled with friends the last couple of months. I have people I’d do ANYTHING for. Would they do the same for me? I don’t know. So…

Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken?
Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you’re wrong
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance, five-hour phone conversation?
The best soy latte that you ever had and me

The people who love me. The people who care about me. The people who believe in me. The people who bring positivity to my life. I don’t want to lose them. I want them to be by my side for as long as possible.

But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back toward the Milky Way?

This song’s perspective is from someone watching the soul search. You hear what he sees in her. So I guess soul searching is scary for everyone.

And did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day?

And did you fall for a shooting star, fall for a shooting star?

And now you’re lonely looking for yourself out there.

Finding who you are. Finding what you want. And maintaining the things that you love without causing additional damage.

Here we go…

 

Sources

Train. (2001). Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me). On Drops of Jupiter [CD single]. NY,NY: Columbia.

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