Hey everyone, I’m Chilton and this is The Hitlist, where I take on songs that I love to hate. Originally, this was going to be a video series, but I felt that just making it a blog would be easier on me. With that said…

I was born in 1992, so I never really got into the whole “Adult Alternative” thing. In fact, most of the time, I just stumble upon songs in this genre. But one Adult Alternative band I’m familiar with is Train. The first song I heard from them was “Hey Soul Sister”. Aside from Pat Monahan’s singing voice and some…questionable…lyrics (“So gangsta I’m so thug”…seriously?), it was an ok song. Or at least, it’s better than another one of their songs that I’ve heard: “Drive By“.

So, what’s wrong with it? Well, the main issue is the lyrics. Let’s look at them:

On the other side of a street I knew/Stood a girl that looked like you

Never mind that the fact that you know the street doesn’t matter in the long run, but that second part just sounds awkward. Wouldn’t something like “stood a girl I thought was you” sound a little better? And that was just at the top of my head. Doesn’t take half a brain cell, Monahan.

I guess that’s deja vu/But I thought this can’t be true

Dude, read a dictionary. That’s not deja vu. I’m gonna assume that everyone reading this knows what deja vu means, so I won’t even bother giving a definition.

Cause you moved to west L.A or New York or Santa Fe/Or where ever to get away from me 

Well, we got half our story. Monahan clearly did something to make this girl want nothing to do with him.

By Chilton

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