Drive By (song)

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"Drive By"
Single by Train
from the album California 37
Released January 10, 2012
Recorded 2011
New York City
(Integrated Studios)
Venice, Los Angeles
(Ruby Red Studios)
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:20
Train singles chronology
"Save Me, San Francisco"
"Drive By"
"50 Ways to Say Goodbye"

"Drive By" is a song by American roots rock band, Train, from their sixth studio album, California 37. It was released in the United States as the album's lead single on January 10, 2012, three months before the release of California 37. The song was written by lead singer Patrick Monahan and Norwegian songwriting duo Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, the same team responsible for Train's 2009 hit single "Hey, Soul Sister".[1]

"Drive By" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's third top 10 hit in the US. It was awarded a double platinum certification by the RIAA on July 23, 2012, for more than 2 million sales in the US.[2] Internationally, the song became a top ten hit in 13 countries. Train performed the song on television series 90210 in the episode "Blood Is Thicker Than Mud", which aired on March 13, 2012.[3] Train also performed a parody entitled "Five By" with Elmo and Count von Count for an episode of Sesame Street.[4]


"Drive By" is a pop rock song. The instrumentation consists of "buoyant acoustic riffs and a hook-laden melody". Lead singer Patrick Monahan sings in a characteristic "sing-talk vocal croon".[1]

The chord structure is based on the pop punk chord progression.[5]

The primary rhythm is also similar to that of ska, but omits necessary guitar upstrokes and palm muted downstrokes.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard gave the song a positive review stating:

If at first you succeed -- why not try again? For the first single from its forthcoming "California 37," Train returns to the Espionage, the Norwegian songwriting and production duo of Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund that helped the group put together its 2010 comeback smash "Hey Soul Sister." "Drive By" starts with a staccato guitar strum and a percussive thump that certainly recalls its predecessor, with a slight ethnic flavor that makes it recall a Bar Mitzvah reception. Frontman Pat Monahan semi-speaks the [verses] in tuneful, rap-like cadence, then turns to smooth pop singing for the choruses. The lyric, however, is a bit darker, with Monahan's protagonist trying to convince a one-night-stand that he really wants to "get down to the more-than-friends" at last. We bet she's heard that from all the pop singers, but Monahan pleads with enough joyful exuberance that she -- and we -- might just buy it.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The single has proved to be a worldwide success primarily in the band's home country where it has been certified double platinum and was the 19th most successful song on the Hot 100 chart.[7] In the UK 'Drive By' sold 502,700 copies and was the 23rd best selling single of 2012.[8] It reached #6 in the UK, so it was the first hit in the UK since Drops of Jupiter in 2001.

Music video[edit]

The music video was posted on YouTube on February 15, 2012.[9]

Monahan is on the phone with his former girlfriend (Linda Taylor). She scolds him and says that he was the one who left, and tells him she has to get to work before hanging up. Monahan goes to the garage and gets into his blue 1967 Pontiac Firebird. He drives through parts of San Francisco. At an intersection, he is joined by Stafford, who drives a yellow Chevrolet Camaro, and Underwood, who drives a red Ford Mustang. Then the scene shifts to Monahan, Underwood and Stafford performing together under a tree, and Monahan explains how he met his former girlfriend: she works as the tour guide at the winery that Monahan visited. They participated in a three-legged race, crushed grapes and tasted some wine. However, their relationship is merely a one-night stand, as Monahan, after waking up in bed next to her, leaves before she wakes up.

Back to the present, the band arrives at a classic car meeting. Later he leads the whole fleet of classic cars to the same winery where he met his girlfriend. She is on the balcony giving some guests a tour. She sees a procession of cars that are driving up to the winery. The procession is led by Monahan, who stops his car at the front entrance. He gets out and sings the chorus verse of the song "Oh I swear to you, I'll be there for you, this is not a drive-by", and eventually reconciles with her. The final scene shows the two driving in the Firebird while laughing and joking together.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Drive By" – 3:18
CD single[10]
  1. "Drive By" – 3:20
  2. "To Be Loved" (Pat Monahan, David Hodges) – 3:41

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Patrick Monahan – songwriter, producer, vocals
  • Espen Lind – songwriter, producer, engineer, additional guitars, bass, keyboards and backing vocals, programming
  • Amund Bjørklund – songwriter, producer, programming
  • Butch Walker – producer
  • Mark Endert – mixing
  • Francis Murray – engineer
  • Jake Sinclair – engineer
  • Jimmy Stafford – guitar
  • Scott Underwood – drums
  • Jerry Becker – keyboards
  • Hector Maldonado – bass

Credits adapted from "Drive By" CD single liner notes.[11]



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[47] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] Gold 15,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[49] 3× Platinum 30,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[50] Gold 15,000^
Germany (BVMI)[51] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[52] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[53] Platinum 20,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[54] Platinum 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)[55] 3× Platinum 120,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[57] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales/streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States 10 January 2012[58] Digital download Columbia Records, Sony Music
Germany 23 March 2012[10] CD single
United Kingdom 16 April 2012[59] Digital download

See also[edit]


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