Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)
|"Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)"|
|Single by Train|
|from the album Drops of Jupiter|
|A-side||"Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)"|
"This Is Not Your Life"
|Released||February 20, 2001|
|Writer(s)||Train, Patrick Monahan|
|Train singles chronology|
"Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (simply "Drops of Jupiter" on the album) is a hit Grammy Award-winning song written and recorded by American rock band Train. It was released in February 2001 as the lead single from their second album Drops of Jupiter (2001). The song hit the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also charting in the Top 40 for 29 weeks. The single from Europe had tracks "It's Love", "This Is Not Your Life", and "Sharks" as its B-sides.
The recording features the signature strings of arranger Paul Buckmaster, who won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Drops of Jupiter.
Background and writing
The song portrays a man wondering whether a woman's journey to find herself still leaves room for him, whom she had left behind. Lead singer Patrick Monahan has stated that the song was inspired by his late mother, who had died after a struggle with cancer, and that the opening lines "came to [him] in a dream."
There are two music videos for this song. The first one shows the band performing it on a stage, with a large banner reading "TRAIN" in the green-lit background. Clips of a woman performing various actions in various backgrounds related to the lyrics (e.g., Jupiter, holding her hands out in the rain) are inserted into various parts of the song.
The second, and most remembered video, shows the band performing the song on a stage, backed by a string ensemble. As the video progresses, people come in to watch the song being performed. It was directed by Nigel Dick. The first version of this video also featured the story of a girl who ran away from home and, upon arriving at the station where the band was playing, was so moved that she decided to return home. This storyline was dropped during the editing process. The video was shot at Union Station in Los Angeles, California.
- "Drops of Jupiter"
- "It's Love"
- "This Is Not Your Life"
- "Drops of Jupiter" (Video Version)
Chuck Taylor of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that it "demonstrates a truly artistic lyrical bent that merits instant acceptance of this credible rock-edged song." He sums up the review that saying that "add piano, a splendid orchestral backdrop, and a vocal shimmering with passion and personality, and this is a runaway track for Train."
"Drops of Jupiter" ascended to the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart in its 49th week, marking the longest climb to the top 10 on that tally by any act. The song has spent over 100 weeks on the Adult Contemporary charts, and is still charting on the Recurrents chart. Although the song was released years before digital download became commonplace, the song has sold over 1,000,000 downloads (it was also certified Gold by the RIAA), and hit the top 50 of the Digital Downloads charts five years after its release due to Ace Young singing it on the fifth season of American Idol.
The track re-entered the UK Singles Chart for the week ending on April 7, 2012 at number 53 following a performance from contestant Phil Poole on The Voice UK. On the week ending April 28, 2012, "Drops of Jupiter" climbed to number 34, marking its ninth non-consecutive week inside the top 40.
The song was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and won two for "Best Rock Song" and "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)".
- Judy Collins released a cover version of the song on her 2005 album, Portrait of an American Girl. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the 2009 film All About Steve.
- Taylor Swift released a cover of the song on her 2011 album Speak Now World Tour Live.
- Allstar Weekend released a cover on the song on their 2013 EP Kevin's Place.
In popular culture
The song was made available to download on May 1, 2012 for play in Rock Band 3 for Basic and Pro modes. The song was also played in the Netflix series Daredevil, during a flashback college scene between the two main characters Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Foggy Nelson (Eldon Henson).
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- Drops of Jupiter Songfacts
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- "Italiancharts.com – Train – Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)". Top Digital Download.
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- "Charts.org.nz – Train – Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)". Top 40 Singles.
- "Archive Chart: 2001-08-06". Scottish Singles Top 40.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Train – Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)". Singles Top 60.
- "Swisscharts.com – Train – Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)". Swiss Singles Chart.
- "Archive Chart: 2001-08-11" UK Singles Chart.
- "Archive Chart: 2012-04-21". Scottish Singles Top 40.
- "Archive Chart: 2012-04-28" UK Singles Chart.
- "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Official music video on YouTube
- Lyrics of Taylor Swift cover from Speak Now: World Tour Live
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics