Train's "Drive By" Gets The #deCODED Treatment

Train Drive By Decoded

Let's face it: you guys can't get Train's catchy single "Drive By" out of your heads, right? That would explain its proximity to the top 10 most searched lyrics on our site ever since its release back in January. But what do you think of when you hear the term "drive by"? Doesn't the string of words "drive by shooting" come into your head? Of course, this song isn't about a violent crime, but rather something entirely different. Read on as we deCODE Train's hit tune...

On the other side of a street I knew
Stood a girl that looked like you
I guess thats deja vu

The song begins with the narrator thinking he sees a girl that looks exactly like his ex-flame. He blames it on deja vu — that funny sensation you get when you feel like you've been in the same situation before.

But I thought this can't be true
Cause you moved to west L.A or New York or Santa Fe
Or where ever to get away from me

He knows that this girl can't be his lover from the past: she apparently left him, as well as their city, to get away from their relationship.

Oh but that one night
Was more than just right
I didn't leave you cause I was all through

He pinpoints the one night where everything changed, and reveals that he's the reason why the relationship ended: he left her first!

Oh I was overwhelmed, and frankly scared as hell
Because I really fell for you

But why did he leave her? It wasn't because he was through with the relationship, he just got overwhelmed with their courtship because he had real feelings for her — and that scared him.

Oh I swear to you
I'll be there for you
This is not a drive by

And here we go: the title of the song and the meaning revealed! No, he's not talking about drive by shooting, he means he's not going to pass her by in general: he made a mistake and never wants to lose her again.

Just a shy guy looking for a two ply
Hefty bag to hold my love

He was overwhelmed and scared by the feelings he had for his lover because, well, he's just a shy guy! He's filled with so much love for her, he needs a two ply hefty bag to hold it all in. Cute metaphor.

When you move me everything is groovy
They don't like it sue me
Mmm the way you do me

Forget what people think about their relationship: he loves how he feels around her, and that's all that matters right?

On the upside of a downward spiral
My love for you went viral
And I loved you every mile you drove away

The downward spiral represents his lover leaving him, and of course that's when he realized he couldn't live without her. His affection for her went viral, spreading throughout his entire body, increasing more and more with her distance.

But now here you are again
So let's skip the "how you been" and
get down to the "more than friends" at last

Alas, she's back! He wants to "drive by" all of the small talk and get back to where they were before.

Oh but that one night
Is still the highlight
I didn't need you until I came to

Once again, he revisits the night where everything changed and his feelings turned to love for her. It took him a while to realize it.

This is not a drive by
Please believe that when I leave
There's nothing up my sleeve but love for you
And a little time to get my head together too

Now, the narrator says to his loved one that if he does drive by her, it's not forever. He can't change who he is (a shy guy, remember?) and needs some time to himself every once and a while.

Watch the video for Train's smash hit here:



What do you think of our deCODE-ing job? Does the song mean something different to you? Let us know in the comments.