Mermaid (Train song)

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Single by Train
from the album California 37
Released December 27, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop rock, Reggae
Length 3:16
Label Columbia Records, Sony Music Entertainment
Songwriter(s) Pat Monahan, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen
Producer(s) Espionage, Butch Walker
Train singles chronology
"This'll Be My Year"
"This'll Be My Year"

"Mermaid" is a song by American pop rock band Train from their sixth studio album, California 37. It was released as a single on December 27, 2012. The song was written by Pat Monahan, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen and produced by Espionage, Butch Walker.

Background[edit] describes that, "Train channels its inner Enrique Iglesias on this full-bodied track that takes to the sea -- 'to an island so remote only Johnny Depp has ever been to it before' -- where Monahan finds his true love, Ecco sandals and all. You can almost see the open, billowing shirt, shaved chest and wind-blown hair as he delivers the song's B-I-G chorus."[1]


The song is written in the key of C minor. It has the sequence of A–B–Cm-Gm as its chord progression. The song is described to have an "island flavor", such as of reggae and calypso music, with its use of acoustic rhythmic guitars.[2] It also has a Latin influence with its use of latin percussion.[3][4]

Music video[edit]

The video was filmed in Hawaii. It has the front man, Pat Monahan, being welcomed in Hawaii. He walks off to a gorgeous looking beach where he sees a little boy (Aidan James) playing the ukulele and spots a beautiful mermaid (Jessica Uberuaga)[5] on the shore. He starts to pursue her at the exotic looking beach and during the NFL Pro Bowl where the band performs around colorful Hawaiian dancers and cheerleaders.

During the course of the video, Pat takes photos with the footballers and the cheerleaders on the field. He occasionally spots the mermaid in the crowd walking by, where he tries to go after her. She ultimately disappears when he gets to the beach. At the end of the video, Monahan sleeps on the beach sand, supposedly waiting for her, where she then comes and kisses his cheeks with him asleep and unaware.

Pat told ESPN, "the fact that we got to shoot our 'Mermaid' video [at the NFL Pro Bowl] and include the players made it an experience that will forever be a highlight in our careers." The video included appearances by football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen, as well as Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns. Train was able get them in the "Mermaid" video because they actually shot it at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii when they were there to perform in January 2013.[6] Daniel Dae Kim from Hawaii Five-0 also makes an appearance.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed to positive reviews. John Earls gave the song an 8 out of 10, saying, "it sounds like Maroon 5 at the beach, but there's nothing fishy about their catchy acoustic bop."[7] Adam Soybel of Pop! Goes The Charts reviewed the song positively, saying, "Pat Monahan’s vocal is solid as usual, the lyrics are more cohesive than usual, and since the band seems to be a streak, then I would assume this is going to be a winner rather than a wipeout per usual."[8]

James Baase of Rock Show Critique also gave this song a positive review, stating that it's "a well-crafted song that paints a picture with words while it likens finding his current love to meeting said fabled creature on a deserted island."[9] Highlight Magazine stated that the song is "catchy, and it brings an exotic touch very interesting".[10] Real Gone Rocks positively said the track has a "sing-along chorus which screams summer hit". They also praised the composition, saying that "it's great to hear the piano and strings creeping in and the ringing guitars have a pleasing quality."[11]

Musically Appetizing gives it a lukewarm review, saying that it's "a Caribbean-style song...It’s fast, it’s catchy and it’s creative", though he later states "that without the Johnny Depp reference, the song would have been rather perfect"[12] - Other critics also shared this thought; James Arthur of the Kings River Life magazine said the Johnny Depp reference was "a cringing moment, even for me."[13] Kevin Skinner of The Daily Blam! stated that "Rappers can get away with mentioning the manufacturer of shoe they own, but when rock and roll does it, it feels lazy."[14] Rock Freaks also mentioned this, saying, "Monahan's pop music clichés and unfunny pop culture references extend", though he then says the melody is "strong enough to render them harmless".[15]

Sputnik Music gave the song a negative review saying that it "strives for an electropop sound, but ends up sounding like NSYNC if it were older and used less autotune".[16]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Mermaid" 3:10

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals – Train
  • Producers – Espionage, Butch Walker
  • Lyrics – Pat Monahan, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen
  • Label – Columbia Records, Sony Music Entertainment

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[17] 38
Israel (Media Forest)[18] 8
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 13
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[20] 30

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[21] December 27, 2012 Adult contemporary radio Columbia Records, Sony Music Entertainment
United Kingdom[22] February 18, 2013 Contemporary hit radio


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  5. ^ Harada, Wayne (March 17, 2013). "Adega welcomes De Lima for night of ethnic food, fun". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 
  6. ^ Friday (2013-02-22). "Train's "Mermaid" Video to Debut Monday with "Hawaii Five-0" Star - Music News - ABC News Radio". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  7. ^ Earls, John (2013-02-18). "Train: Mermaid - Single review | Music Reviews | Archive | Daily Star. Simply The Best 7 Days A Week". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  8. ^ "SINGLE REVIEW: Train – "Mermaid" | POP! Goes The Charts". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  9. ^ "CD Review- Train- California 37". Rock Show Critique. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  10. ^ "Train – California 37 ‹ Highlight Magazine". 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  11. ^ Gone, Real (2012-04-13). "TRAIN – California 37 | Real Gone". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  12. ^ Ken (2012-07-29). "Track-By-Track Album Review: California 37 | Musically Appetizin'". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  13. ^ "California 37 by Train: CD Review | Kings River Life Magazine". 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  14. ^ "Keven's Music Review: TRAIN – California 37 | Gotham News". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  15. ^ "Train - California 37". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  16. ^ "Train - California 37 (album review 2)". Sputnikmusic. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  17. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  18. ^ "Train – Mermaid (California 37) Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
  19. ^ "Train – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Train.
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  21. ^ "Hot/Modern/AC". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  22. ^ Lane, Daniel (February 18, 2013). "This week's new releases 18-02-2013". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 

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