Drive My Soul

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"Drive My Soul"
Drive My Soul.jpg
Single by Lights
from the album Lights and The Listening
Released March 11, 2008 (2008-03-11)
Format
Recorded 2007
Genre
Length 3:22
Label Underground
Writer(s)
  • Lights Poxleitner
  • Thomas "Tawgs" Salter
Producer(s)
  • Lights
  • Tawgs Salter
Certification Gold (MC)
Lights singles chronology
"Drive My Soul"
(2008)
"February Air"
(2008)

"Drive My Soul" is the debut single by Canadian singer-songwriter Lights from her debut self-titled EP. It was released as the EP's lead single on March 11, 2008 in Canada and July 24, 2008 in the US.[2] The song reached #18 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and was certified Gold by Music Canada for digital sales of over 40,000. It was later included on her debut album The Listening.

Background[edit]

"Drive My Soul" is about the element in your life that you cannot live without and without it you feel lost and lose control. Lights said that this element could be anything you feel drives your soul and keeps you in the right path: your parents, a friend, or even something supernatural or a religious element.

Lights has stated that "Drive My Soul" was actually a song where she had the title first before she even wrote the lyrics. She's said it all started when she was listening to an indie radio station, and heard a song which she thought had the lyrics "Drive My Soul" sung in a really beautiful way. After hearing the song, Lights, searched for the lyrics and to her surprise the lyrics "Drive My Soul" were never used in the song she heard. When she was searching for ideas to write, she went back to the title of "Drive My Soul" for her own song.

Music video[edit]

The music video features Lights as Barbarella in a campy, 1960s-style science fiction film theme, and her romantic relationship with an astronaut. Lights has mentioned that the astronaut can represent anything that you want. The video's astronaut is played by her father, Eric Poxleitner. Directed by Sean Michael Turrell, the video premiered September 22, 2008.[3]

It starts with Lights sitting on her bed reading a comic (presumably the one she had written in "Saviour") when she looks out the window and sees something glowing. A purple planet can be seen from the window. She gets up and looks into her binoculars. She sees an astronaut roasting marshmallows on the planet. The astronaut appears to notice; he looks up at Earth with interest. Lights then walks over to her computer and inserts a map of Earth. After pressing a couple of buttons, she creates a spaceship and drives out of the city and into space. As Lights zooms through space towards the purple planet, a comet hits the ship and it crashes into the purple planet. As the dust clears, Lights walks toward the astronaut and grabs his hand. The two walk away together, and the video ends with a shot of the comic that Lights was reading. It details her meeting with the astronaut, and at the bottom it says "to be continued". That comes to "February Air".

The video reached number one on MuchMusic's Countdown for the week of January 8, 2009.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Drive My Soul / February Air Digital 45[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Drive My Soul"  
  • Lights Poxleitner
  • Thomas "Tawgs" Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:21
2. "February Air"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Dave "Dwave" Thomson
  • Lights
  • Thomson
3:50
Total length:
7:11

Uses in other media[edit]

The song was featured on the hit TV series The Hills. It was also used in an Old Navy women's swimwear commercial in 2008.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008-09) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 18

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 70

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Gold 40,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Canada March 11, 2008 Digital download Underground [citation needed]
United States July 24, 2008 Warner Bros. [2]
Canada July 14, 2009 Digital 7" single LIGHTS Music [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Lights". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Amazon.com: Drive My Soul (EP Version): Lights: MP3 Downloads". Amazon Music. Amazon.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  3. ^ lights (September 22, 2008). "LIGHTS - Drive My Soul [Official Music Video]". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "MuchMusic Countdown". MuchMusic. CHUM Limited. January 8, 2009. Archived from the original on January 13, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Drive My Soul / February Air [Digital 45] by Lights". iTunes Store (Canada). Apple Inc. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Lights – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Lights. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Canadian Hot 100: 2008 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Lights – Drive My Soul". Music Canada. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 

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