If It's Love (Train song)

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"If It's Love"
Single by Train
from the album Save Me, San Francisco
Released June 22, 2010
Format Digital download
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:59
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Pat Monahan, Gregg Wattenberg
Producer(s) Martin Terefe, Espionage, Gregg Wattenberg
Train singles chronology
"Hey, Soul Sister"
(2009)
"If It's Love"
(2010)
"Marry Me"
(2010)
Music video
"If it's Love" on YouTube

"If It's Love" is the second single from Train's fifth studio album, Save Me, San Francisco.

It debuted at #31 on Billboard 's Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.[1] and has since become Train's second-consecutive #1 hit from the album, as well as their fourth #1 overall. This ties the band with Matchbox 20 and Daughtry for second-most chart-topping singles in format history, and trailing only Nickelback in total Adult Top 40 #1 placements. It is also the 100th single to go #1 in the format's history.

In addition, it has reached #34 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A music video was filmed for the song, which debuted on VH1.com on May 11, 2010.

Background[edit]

In a recent interview with the Post Crescent, Pat Monahan confirmed "If It's Love" was written the same day as their hit "Hey, Soul Sister" and was intended as a thank-you song to long-time fans of the band:[2]

Much like "Hey, Soul Sister", the track features a handful of pop cultural references including Winger (an American hard rock band that enjoyed popularity in the late 80's and early 90's), and The Rain in Spain (a song featured in the musical My Fair Lady.

In addition, the lyrics "There's no happy endings, No Henry Lee" refer to the inscription and the main character in Jamie Ford's 2009 novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Monahan explained in an interview with Mike Ragogna of the Huffington Post in October 2009 the lyric: "I wanna buy you everything except cologne, 'cause it's poison."[3]

Music video[edit]

As with the origins of the song, the music video is a thank-you to the fans. It references what the band supposedly did during their three-year hiatus, including clips of Jimmy pawning a guitar, Scott panhandling, and Pat sitting in bed as Train appears on "Where are They Now?". The video also features the band performing on a red carpet and at the Oakland Theater, and appearing in a commercial where Jimmy and Scott are wearing chicken suits.

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