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Hey Soul Sister
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Hey Soul Sister

Train
Album:
Save Me, San Francisco

Song Meaning and Background of Hey Soul Sister by Train


Train's highest-charting single to date, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2010, it became the best-selling song on the iTunes Store and the second best-selling song in the US overall.


Pat Monahan, lead singer of Train, opted to record another song with the Norwegian production duo Espionage after working with them on the writing and recording of "Brick by Brick".

Monahan desired a song that was more INXS-like. They began to play a song that sounded a lot like INXS, to which he composed the melody and lyrics for "Hey, Soul Sister," which he then began to sing. However, it doesn't sound very good. Taking up a ukulele, one of the guys asked, "Hey, how about this?" And that's what changed. The lyrics began to dance. It was logical. These were not intended to be played on a guitar, but rather a ukulele.


At first, I tried to do it by using a guitar pick, and it didn't sound right. I had to go online and Google a ukulele lesson and noticed they're not using picks at all; it's more of a flamenco style. Once I got that down, then it sounded like the real deal. —Lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford, on having to learn to play ukulele as requested by lead singer Patrick Monahan in the recording of "Hey, Soul Sister"


Lyrics of Hey Soul Sister by Train


Hey

He-e-e-e-ey

He-e-e-e-ey

 

Your lipstick stains

On the front lobe of my left-side brains

I knew I wouldn't forget you

And so I went and let you blow my mind

Your sweet moonbeam

The smell of you in every single dream I dream

I knew when we collided

You're the one I have decided who's one of my kind

 

Hey, soul sister

Ain't that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo?

The way you move ain't fair, you know

Hey, soul sister

I don't wanna miss a single thing you do

Tonight

 

Hey

He-e-e-e-ey

He-e-e-e-ey

 

Just in time

I'm so glad you have a one-track mind like me

You gave my life direction

A game-show love connection we can't deny

I'm so obsessed

My heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest

I believe in you, like a virgin, you're Madonna

And I'm always gonna wanna blow your mind

 

Hey, soul sister

Ain't that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo?

The way you move ain't fair, you know

Hey, soul sister

I don't wanna miss a single thing you do

Tonight

 

The way you can cut a rug

Watching you's the only drug I need

So gangster, I'm so thug

You're the only one I'm dreaming of, you see

I can be myself now finally

In fact, there's nothing I can't be

I want the world to see you'll be with me

 

Hey, soul sister

Ain't that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo?

The way you move ain't fair, you know

Hey, soul sister

I don't wanna miss a single thing you do tonight

Hey, soul sister

I don't wanna miss a single thing you do

Tonight

 

Hey

He-e-e-e-ey

He-e-e-e-ey

Tonight

Hey

He-e-e-e-ey

He-e-e-e-ey

Tonight

Release Date

2009

Songwriter/s

Pat Monahan, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund

Producer/s

Espionage, Martin Terefe, Gregg Wattenberg

Label/s

Columbia, Sony

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