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Drops of Jupiter

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“Drops of Jupiter” is a song written by American rock band Train. Taylor performed it during a 2011 concert at the HP Pavilion in San Jose and later released it on her live album Speak Now: World Tour Live. The record consists of songs and performances recorded on various tour dates around the world from her “Speak Now World Tour“.

Background and Lyrical Theme

Though this song can be interpreted in a number of different ways, Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan explained in a VH-1 interview that the song was inspired by the death of his mother, who battled lung cancer for many years. The opening lines “came to [him] in a dream”. He said, “The process of creation wasn’t easy. I just couldn’t figure out what to write, but then I woke up from a dream about a year after my mother passed away with the words ‘back in the atmosphere…It was just her way of saying what it was like – she was swimming through the planets and came to me with drops of Jupiter in her hair.”

Lyrics

Written by Patrick Monahan

[Spoken Intro]
You know, you guys have a lot of amazing bands from this part of the world, did you know that?

[Verse 1]
Now that he’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in his hair
He walks like summer and talks like rain
Reminds me that there’s time to change
Since his return from the stay on the moon
He listens like spring and he talks like June

[Chorus]
Tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights are faded
And that heaven is overrated?
Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

[Verse 2]
Now that he’s back from that soul vacation
Tracing his way through the constellation
He checks out Mozart while he does Tae-Bo
Reminds me that there’s room to grow
Now that he’s back in the atmosphere
I’m afraid that he might think of me as Plain ol’ Jane
Told a story about a man who is too afraid to fly so he never did land

[Chorus]
Tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
Did you finally get the chance to dance along in the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way?
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

[Bridge]
Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
Your best friend always sticking up for you
Even when I know you’re wrong?
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance
Five-hour phone conversation
The best soy latte that you ever had, and me?

[Chorus]
Tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way?
And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar?
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself?

[Refrain]
Na na na na na na, na na na na na na na, oh
Na na na na na na, na na na na na na na, oh
Na na na na na na, na na na na na na na, oh
Na na na na na na, na na na na na na na, oh

[Outro]
Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
Your best friend always sticking up for you
Even when I know you’re wrong?
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance
Five-hour phone conversation
The best soy latte that you ever had, and me?

General Information
AlbumSpeak Now: World Tour Live
ReleasedNovember 21, 2011
RecordedSeptember 1, 2011
VenueHP Pavilion (San Jose)
GenreCountry
Length5:08
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterPatrick Monahan
ProducerTaylor Swift
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