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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Drops of Jupiter-
Train
Song analysis Archetype and Hyperbole Personification and Rhyme Schemes Similes and Repetition Symbolism and Imagery Pat Monahan wrote "Drops of Jupiter" to commemorate the death of his mother. Ode and Idiom Lyrics to Drops of Jupiter Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's a time to change, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey

But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there?

Now that she's back in the atmosphere
I'm afraid that she might think of me as
Plain ol' Jane told a story about a man
Who was too afraid to fly so he never did land

But 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 Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there

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? But 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 toward the Milky Way?

But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself?

Na na na na na na na na na na na na naaa, oh oh ohhh
Na na na na na na na na na na na na naaa, oh oh ohhh

And did you finally get the chance
To dance along the light of day?
And did you fall for a shooting star?
Fall for a shooting star?
And now you're lonely looking for yourself out there "She acts like summer and walks like rain."
He compares his mother to the beauty of
summer and the elegance of rain. "She listens like spring and she talks like June."
He compares his mothers senses to the rejuvenation
of spring and the loveliness of June. Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's time a to change, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey Now that she's back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
Reminds me that there's room to grow, hey, hey Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey
Train’s lead singer, Pat Monahan, stated in an interview that he wrote this song after his mother passed away as an expression of the idea that even though her life on earth is over, she returned to him in spirit She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's time a to change, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey
Since his mother’s death, he feels that her spirit has returned and taken on several different forms. He can sense her in the air, the elements, and the change of the seasons. To him, she’s everywhere and everything But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
Continuing the metaphorical comparison of his mother’s death to a trip into the sky, he asks her what she saw while in Heaven and what her experience there was like To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?
He asks whether Heaven, or all of the wonders of the unknown, are all they’re cracked up to be Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
Lead singer Pat Monahan has a permanent scar on his chin, which is believed to have been the result of a car accident he was in when he was seventeen



He brings this up as a way to ask his mother if she temporarily forgot about him while enjoying the grandeur of the heavens And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there?
He wonders if his mother began to miss him while she was gone exploring all of the mysteries that await one after death Now that she's back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does Tae-Bo
Reminds me that there's room to grow, hey
Believing that his mother’s spirit has returned, he is beginning to find a new lease on life.
-She is inspiring him to lose his fears about trying new things (like Mozart and Tae-Bo) and to enjoy a full existence of fulfilling experiences. Even though his mother has died, it’s evident that he’s still learning valuable life lessons from her Now that she's back in the atmosphere
I'm afraid that she might think of me as
Plain ol' Jane told a story about a man
Who was too afraid to fly so he never did land
Since his mother has witnessed the magnificence of Heaven and has been presumably transformed by its amazing sights, he’s afraid that now that she’s returned to him in spirit, she’ll find that he’s experienced little to no personal growth, trapped in a boring and monotonous existence by his fear of the world and it’s never-ending changes
-How can he expect to look back proudly on his life when he never had the courage to actually live in the first place? It’s as though his mother has come back to remind him to live life to the fullest 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?
Glad that his mother’s spirit has returned to him, he asks her to imagine what things would be like if she’d stayed gone forever. He lists all of the great things she’d miss out on if she left for good, suggesting that while Heaven might have been spectacular beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, the two of them had found their own little piece of heaven in a life of simple pleasures. He wants her to know that even though she’s left the world, she’ll always be a part of his life And now you're lonely looking for yourself out there
He knew she’d miss him too much to stay away forever… But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there?

But 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 Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there But 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 toward the Milky Way?

But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself? Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June,
moon and june rhyme. To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?
faded and overrated are rhymes. Now that she's back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey
vacation and constellation rhyme. To dance along the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way?
day and way are rhymes. Exact Rhyme:
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
mind and find are rhymes. Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
pride and fried are internal rhymes. End Rhyme:
And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
star and scar rhyme. Rola Bazzi Alliteration and Metonymy She checks out Mozart while she does Tae-Bo
Reminds me that there's room to grow, hey
Tae-bo and grow rhyme. Now that she's back from that soul vacation
vacation= death/heaven Now that she's back in the atmosphere
atmosphere= earth/back with him Since the return from her stay on the moon
moon= heaven Did you make it to the Milky Way
Milky Way= heaven/ beyond The entire song is an Ode because Monahan sang the song in tribute to his mother who has recently passed away "Drops of Jupiter" is a song addressed to a person A poem meant to be a song With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey "She acts like summer and walks like rain."
the author gives his mother inanimate
characteristics. Reminds me that there's time to change “Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance, five-hour phone conversation” "Tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet."
wind cannot sweep you off your feet. Ozymoron, Assonance, and parallelism Allusion, Cataloguing, and metaphors Internal Rhyme:
Did you finally get a chance to dance
chance and dance rhyme. Slant Rhyme:
Tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
sweep and feet are slant rhymes. She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s time to change, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey
This stanza shows similar patterns of grammatical structure and length. Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-friend 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.
This is a continous poem which gives the song a poetic effect. Entire song is a metaphor for death and the afterlife of a deceased person, as well as those who are mourning “Back in the atmosphere” and “soul vacation” are metaphors that can represent the deceased returning ‘to earth’ or ‘to the ones who lost them’ through time and healing. He uses “drops of Jupiter” to begin this metaphor, and continues with metaphors of “stay on the moon” and “tracing her way through the constellation”. "And tell me, did Venus blow your mind."
Venus cannot blow your mind. Now that she's back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does Tae-Bo
Reminds me that there's room to grow, hey
Monahan refers to Mozart as an example when describing the many things his mother did on her "temporary vacation" Rhetorical Questions and Tone But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
To see the lights all faded?
And that heaven is overrated? Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there? But 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 Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there 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? And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself?

And did you finally get the chance
To dance along the light of day?
And did you fall for a shooting star?
Fall for a shooting star?
And now you're lonely looking for yourself out there sincere- genuine, honest Lyrical- expressing the wrtiters emotions
in an imaginative and beautiful way solemn- thoughtful, earnest, serious But 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 Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there

This verse can be metaphorical to the person who has lost
a loved one. it represents finding that their loved one is still
with them on their journey. Extended metaphor of space throughout the song Can you imagine no first dance, freeze-dried romance?
Freeze and dried are a contridiciton. “hey, hey”. Now that she's back in the atmosphere
I'm afraid that she might think of me as
Plain ol' Jane told a story about a man
Who was too afraid to fly so he never did land
plain ol' Jane is an archetype for an average,
unattractive person. visual imagery paints a picture for the audience so the audience can see what the writer or singer talked about.
"Drops of Jupiter" uses space as an extended metaphor, which creates a visual of space and the afterlife.
And now you're lonely looking for yourself out there And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself? Tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
The vowel "O" is repeated. Did you finally get a chance to dance
The vowel "a" is repeated. tell me, did you fall for a shooting star But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet? space= mothers journey to heaven without him. Symbolism is when the author uses an object or reference to add deeper meaning to a story.
Imagery is used in literature in order to describe or enhance sensory experiences to the text. allusion: a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature.
Cataloging: Creating long lists for poetic or rhetorical effect.
Metaphor: A comparison or analogy stated in such a way as to imply that one object is another one, figuratively speaking. SIMILE: An analogy or comparison implied by using an adverb such as like or as.
Repetition- The return of a word, phrase, stanza form, or effect in any form of literature. OXYMORON: (also called paradox): Using contradiction in a manner that oddly makes sense on a deeper level.
ASSONANCE: Repeating identical or similar vowels (especially in stressed syllables) in nearby words.
Parallelism: When the writer establishes similar patterns of grammatical structure and length. PERSONIFICATION: A trope in which abstractions, animals, ideas, and inanimate objects are given human character, traits, abilities, or reactions.
RHYME SCHEME: The pattern of rhyme. The traditional way to mark these patterns of rhyme is to assign a letter of the alphabet to each rhyming sound at the end of each line. Archetype: is a reference to a concept, a person or an object that has served as a prototype of its kind and is the original idea that has come to be used over and over again.
HYPERBOLE: a conscious overstatement for dramatic or comic effect ODE: A long, often elaborate stanzaic poem of varying line lengths and sometimes intricate rhyme schemes dealing with a serious subject matter and treating it reverently.
Idiom - the language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people or the constructions or expressions of one language whose structure is not matched in another language. ALLITERATION: Repeating a consonant sound in close proximity to others, or beginning several words with the same vowel sound
METONYMY: Using a vaguely suggestive, physical object to embody a more general idea. Na na na na na na na na na na na na naaa, oh oh ohhh
Na na na na na na na na na na na na naaa, oh oh ohhh And did you finally get the chance
To dance along the light of day?
And did you fall for a shooting star?
Fall for a shooting star?
And now you're lonely looking for yourself out there
Idiom- you cant fall for a shooting star, he really is asking if she found someone better then him. But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
idiom- wind cant really sweep you off your feet Can you imagine no first dance, freeze-dried romance
Five-hour phone conversation
The best soy latte that you ever had, and me?
Extended metaphor about mother-son relationship Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's a time to change, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey

But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there?

Now that she's back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does Tae-Bo
Reminds me that there's room to grow, hey

Now that she's back in the atmosphere
I'm afraid that she might think of me as
Plain ol' Jane told a story about a man
Who was too afraid to fly so he never did land But 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 Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there

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?

But 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 toward the Milky Way?

But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated? And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself?

And did you finally get the chance
To dance along the light of day?
And did you fall for a shooting star?
Fall for a shooting star?
And now you're lonely looking for yourself out there Apostrophe Apostrophe: A form of personification in which the absent or dead or the inanimate are spoken to as if present. But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way
To see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there?
Monahan is speaking to his mother who has
passed away throughout the song. But 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 Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there
Monahan continous to ask questions to his mother
who has passed away. Imagery of food and emotions.
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? Imagery of space throughout the song.
"Atmosphere...Jupiter...moon...milky way...
shooting star...Constellation...Venus...sun." "She listens like spring and she talks like June."
The author continuos to give his mother inanimate
characteristics. Now that she's back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey
This is an exaggeration for his mothers trip in
heaven. Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey
Moon in an exaggeration for where his mother is. Onomatopoeia Na na na na na na na na na na na na naaa, oh oh ohhh
Na na na na na na na na na na na na naaa, oh oh ohhh
The use of these sounds represent a rhetorical/artistic effect. The band Train Train is a Grammy Award einning rock band formed in
San Francisco, California. the group started with only two
members, Pat Monahan (lead vocalist) and Rob Hotchkiss
(guitar, vocalist). The band then added more members after deciding they want a full band (Jimmy Stafford, Charter Colin, and Scott Underwood. The album "Drops
of Jupiter" was released in March 2001 and became Train's first multiplatnum album. Train was performed
thousands of concerts around the world. In 2006,the band took a break from recording and touring to spend time with family and friends. Then in 2009 they released their first single in over three years, "Hey, Soul Sister" and has continued to hit the top charts.
Written by Train lead vocalist Pat Monahan, this song was the first single off of their second album, ``Drops of Jupiter,'' released in 2001. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and had a 38-week run in the Top 40. The song was received two Grammy Awards, one for Best Rock Song and one for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

In 1998, Monahan found out that his mother had cancer. Sadly, she passed away that December. Because the band was in the studio trying to get a second album ready for release, he had little time to come to terms with his loss.

The label was looking for Train's next great single, and weren't happy with the songs they'd been presented with to that point. A stressed and still-grieving Monahan journeyed back to Pennsylvania to do some soul-searching. That night, five minutes after going to bed, he awoke with the phrase ``back in the atmosphere'' stuck in his head. The lyrics quickly followed, and the song was completed within a week.



Correlation The lyrics to "Drops of Jupiter" correlates to the many
emotions going on in Monahan's head during this sorrow and rejuvenating period. The singer talks to his mother throughout the song, curious about what she has experienced on her journey without him, by using the extended metaphor of space. "But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way"
"sail across the sun" is an imagery which
creates a mental picture of the extended
metaphor of his mothers journey.


She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's a time to change, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey
This creates a weather imagery.
senses:
1. sense of taste
Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
The best soy latte that you ever had, and me?
2.sense of sight
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does Tae-Bo
3. sense of hearing
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star?
One without a permanent scar
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there?
Stars clearly cannot have physical scars, therfore
it is being given human characteristics.

Most of the sensory images in the song are visual. Many of the images described are lunar, and are to help the reader understand how unreachable the singer believes the desired to be at this point. The desired has gone to an untouchable place, and the singer feels that she is now out of reach for him. Using images of an earthly place would not do this heartbreak justice.
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