|Single by Colbie Caillat|
|from the album Coco|
|Released||January 29, 2008
September 5, 2008 (EUR)
|Colbie Caillat singles chronology|
"Realize" is a song by American singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, taken from her debut album, Coco (2007). The song is the follow-up to her worldwide debut hit "Bubbly", and was officially released in January 2008 as the second single from the album, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming her second Top 20 hit in the U.S.
The song is musically similar to "Bubbly", as it is an acoustic folk-pop song, where Caillat sings of having feelings for a best friend.
Caillat and her backup band performed "Realize" as the featured musical performance that closed the May 23, 2008 broadcast of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The music video debuted near the end of January 2008. The video starts with Caillat in her forest cabin, as she proceeds to write a note. She leaves her house with her note, and begins driving through the forest, as her best friend is shown in his city apartment, also writing a note. He also leaves his apartment with the note, and begins to drive through the city, and into the forest.
Meanwhile, Caillat has reached the city, and arrives at her friend's apartment in her Fiat Spyder 174 and her friend is also shown arriving at Caillat's cabin in his Ford Explorer. The two discover that neither is home, and slip their notes under each other's doors. Instead of leaving, the friend decides to sit and wait at Caillat's door, and Caillat is shown arriving as the two exchange smiles. Scenes also show Colbie singing the song in the forest, and with her guitar in the sunlight during sunset.
The video for "Realize" was filmed in both Toronto, Ontario and Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. Most of Colbie's driving scenes are on Highway 121 and Highway 118, two main arteries of the Haliburton region. It was directed by Philip Andelman.
As explained on her 2008 summer tour with John Mayer, there is a story behind this song. Caillat, Jason Reeves, and his roommate were a close group of three friends. Colbie was unaware that Jason's roommate had a huge crush on her, and when she found out about this later, she decided to base her song on this. Jason co-wrote the song from the perspective of his friend.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||37|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||19|
|US Billboard Hot 100||20|
|US Billboard Mainstream Top 40||10|
|US Billboard Adult Top 40||6|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||8|
- Colbie Caillat – Realize. European Date Premiere. Fan.pl. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- Colbie Caillat "Realize". aCharts.us. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.