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Pat Monahan has a video explaining what "Drops of Jupiter" is really about. He wrote this song shortly after the death of his mother. During his depression, Pat had a dream about his mother. The words "In the Atmosphere" were engraved into his mind and he wrote a song about it. Overall, he wrote the song to help remind him that no one is really ever gone. They are just waiting for you up in thesky (what some may consider to be heaven).  

This song is about a girl/woman who left a man (possibly a boyfriend) with whom she was very close to at one point. She left thinking that there was more out there for her. While gone, she got caught up in the pretentious trends of the day (like tai-bo, soy lattes etc) and got lost in it all. In the song the man rhetorically/sarcastically asks her ifher mind was blown, if she was swept off her feet and how it felt to get there only to realize that it's not all that (that the "lights were faded" and it was "overrated"). However he loved her enough to let her go knowing she needed to make these realizations on her own. Upon her return to the "atmosphere", he is still there for her....
Lead singer Pat Monahan has stated that the songwas inspired by the death of his mother, and that the opening lines came to him in a dream.[2] At a performance/open forum Q&A session for listeners of radio station KPRI in San Diego, CA, he confirmed the inspiration during his conversation with the audience. The audio clip has since been broadcast by KPRI.
She died with cancer, cause she smokes a lot. Diagnostic: they were in a tourwhen she was diagnostic, and no one had a cellphone, so, every gas station they stop, for he call to her.
December 98 she died
Made train superstars – the song
He said “ she was the most important person in my life”
In 1999 they were harder work on the second album, but it still missing a breakthrough single
They were negative, and think “we aren’t good enough, we can’t write a greatsong..”. still "reeling" from the death of his mother and under intense pressure, pat monaham retreated to Pensilvanya, little realizing that a smash song would come to him in his dreams (still felt at the death of his mother, he got back to Pensilvanya -where she was died-, and had a dream with his mother, and he wrote a song with this fraise of the dream ‘ back in the atmosphere’
“what if no oneever really lives, what if you just kinda ‘you are here but different’, and the idea was ‘she is back, here, in the atmosphere’ ”
One week later, he went to new York and show the new song for the president of Colombia Records, and the president said that this song was a ‘Grammy record’
top five hit, and earning the band a grammy for best rock song.. he said in Grammy: “I thank my mom”"Drops of Jupiter" ascended to the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart in its 49th week, marking the longest climb to the top 10 on that tally by any act.[3] The song has spent over 100 weeks on the Adult Contemporary charts, and is still charting on the Recurrents chart. Although the song was released years before digital download became commonplace, the song has sold over 1,000,000 downloads (itwas also certified Gold by the RIAA), and hit the top 50 of the Digital Downloads charts five years after its release due to Ace Young singing it on the fifth season of American Idol.
The song was nominated for 5 Grammy Awards, including also Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and won 2 for "Best Rock Song" and "Best InstrumentalArrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)".
Drops Of Jupiter - Train

Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's a time to change
Since the return of her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June

But tell me did you sail across the sun
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