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Train: Drive By Meaning

Song Released: 2012

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On the other side of a street I knew
Stood a girl that looked like you
I guess thats deja vu
But I thought this can't be true
Cause you moved to west L.A or New York or Santa Fe
Or where or ever to get away from me

Oh but that one...


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    Jul 21st, 7:05am report

    Probably a bootycall situation. They were probably just hookup buddies but he fell for her over time and it scared him so he left and she feels as if he left and used her so she moved away and he realized he truly has feelings for her and wants to explain why he had left .


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    Aug 11th, 2017 8:24pm report

    I think it's about a booty call situation that actually turns into more than that. I feel he has been hiding the relationship from his friends, because she isn't exactly the type of girl he wants his friends to know he's seeing..maybe she's a BIG girl, or an older girl. After much time...he realizes he has actually fallen for her and wants to tell her.


    Carmen Erisman
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    Oct 21st, 2016 10:06pm report

    The line "this is not a drive by" always irked me. Like what, this is not a drive by shooting? I am going to believe it means this is not a fast food drive through, but a five course candlelit meal. There. Now I can enjoy the song!


    Melissa Forester
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    Mar 15th, 2016 3:07am report

    Too me its personal ive lived it, guy and girl meet but timing was off even though love was almost instantly there, too scared too much baggage and life in general was in the way so he ended it abruptly and by chance paths crossed again and the confession of being scared to love to being vulnerable and getting hurt 2 years later wedding plans are being made. I plan to use this as my walking down the aisle song.


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    Mar 3rd, 2015 3:53pm report

    I feel like this song is about seeing a girl he onced loved and now when he sees her agin after she left him he wants to start over again. He wants to start over even if it means it wont last long and he will get hurt again. He knows it wont last long, it is just a driveby but he will still want her.


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    Mar 4th, 2013 3:22am report

    The song's about a guy falling deeply inlove to a girl. he is smitten by her! and he wanted to pursue her. just listen to the song its good time song kinda like britney pop kind of melody! :)


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    Oct 28th, 2012 10:01am report

    It's about a guy who has a one-night stand with someone. Freaked over the experience and not sure what to do, he just left ASAP. This left the girl heart-broken and felt like she was only used.

    So soon, after a while, the guy finally realizes that it wasn't just any one-night stand: he really fell in love. Then he sees that the girl is still where he met her. At this, he immediately tells her about this, and that the one-night stand was really love, that he misses her and truly wants her love.

    Happily, the two reconcile, and PROPERLY start a relationship.

    So I guess the main message, along with the one above, is that love can be found anywhere, a one-night stand or not.


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    Aug 5th, 2012 8:15pm report

    The song called Drive-by by Train is actually about a guy in love with this girl he hooked up with. He had a one night stand with her meaning he had sex with her one night and she never saw him again the next day, or maybe he never saw her the next day. He was saying "this is not a driveby" probably saying that no matter what, I'll always be there for you when you need my help. I'll tell you I don't know what he was scared about!


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    Aug 1st, 2012 8:17pm report

    I think it sounds like he was great friends with a girl and they hooked up one night. He really liked her - was falling for her but maybe those feelings freaked him out. But now she moved on and he regrets that he never acted on those feelings. And he saw her again recently and wants to act on those feelings he once felt.


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    Jul 7th, 2012 7:11pm report

    you all have this song wrong he's a player and ends up falling in love with a one night stand he's scard and overwhelmed because he never felt this way before and ends up leaving her. She moves away because she's embarrassed. Now he's upset because he figures out that he feels this way because she's the one and only and thats why he misses her and wants her to come back


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    May 31st, 2012 5:46pm report

    He is dating a girl. After they have one amazing night, he wakes up looks at her and realizes he is in love with her. These feelings scare him and so he slips out before she wakes to clear his head. She is hurt and angry. He runs into her again one day and pours his heart out swearing it wasn't a one night "drive by" but love.


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    May 30th, 2012 5:23am report

    The song sounds insincere to me, like he's a player....I saw a girl that looked like you, that night was so good, I promise baby, I love you and will never leave...now lets get down to business again! Sounds like Train was intentionally trying to represent the player mentality, whether they personally agree with it or not, I don't know.


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    May 26th, 2012 5:37am report

    One thine to think about is the fact that Train's lyrics often have catch lines to explain doubt or fear. In "Marry Me," everyone hears the passion, but almost never the line "If I ever get the nerve to say hello."
    In "Drive By," it explains that he's singing to an ex because he was reminded of her by a random passer-by. It's a thought process being explained to one's self, he isn't actually addressing the subject, or the stranger. It's an expression of past-tense emotions.

    The only line that I continuously question is that of "lookin' for a two ply hefty bag to hold my love." I feel as though he is saying "My love has been trashed, but I still wanna keep it."

    Either way, the song is a passion and a comment of the past, even though it is the past. It isn't a literal love letter that will be sent, it's a past-tense definition of emotions.


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    May 24th, 2012 5:39am report

    It sure sounds like a serial killer, driving by to check on her, knowing where she lives and moves to, also, the part about "i didnt need you until I came to" sounds a lot like she somehow knocked him out and ran, and when he realized she was a good fight he was even more enthralled with her.
    Stilll, it's got a catchy beat, and even though my interpretation is kinda creepy, I actually like the song!


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    May 12th, 2012 5:51pm report

    He is in love with a girl he had a one night stand with. He realied this too late and she moved away from him. Now he wishes that she would come back so he can be with her forever. He is telling her that it is not going to be like a drive by, really quick, scary, and end as fast as it started. It will be a real relationship.

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