"Drive By" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Foot-tapping ditty about falling in love; OK for tweens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Song is about realizing your feelings for someone and not being afraid to commit to a relationship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Train manages to create upbeat, contemporary music that appeals to a wide range without using crude language or content. In this song, a man realizes his feelings for a woman after breaking her heart and wins her back.


Video shows couple kissing, waking up in bed later on. Song lyrics are clean.


"Scared as hell" twice.


Mention of Hefty bags.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Video shows Napa Valley and lots of wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Drive By" is about a guy realizing he's fallen for a girl and wants to get her back. The song itself is mostly clean (two mentions of "hell" is as racy as it gets) with content that's appropriate for any age, but the fact that it's about a mature relationship probably makes it best for tweens and up. The video shows a couple drinking in a winery, kissing, and waking up together.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHot Fuss April 4, 2012

Sexual innuendos hidden by witty lyrics

The new song by Train is "Drive By". Drive By is a pretty clean but there are plenty of sexual innuendos hidden within the witty lyrics. Pat Monahan,... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIsabel14 February 20, 2013

Best song by train besides drops of Jupiter and calling all angels

I really like this song. This is one of the best songs of 2012.
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd November 19, 2012

train`s best song

other than hell being mentioned twice theres nothing else to worry about

What's the story?

Train's "DRIVE BY" is an acoustic-driven, hand-clappin' single that's about realizing it's love and going to get it. The video features the band playing among the vines and wines in Napa Valley, Calif., as well as driving in some sweet rides in a caravan from San Francisco to the land of grapes.

Is it any good?

Train shows again that they're kings of creating incredibly infectious singles that you want to listen to over and over and sing at the top of your lungs with the car windows down. Similar to their previous hit, "Hey, Soul Sister," "Drive By" is great for radio play with a catchy chorus that shouts the lyrics, "Oh I swear to you, I'll be there for you / this is not a drive by-eye-eye-eye-eye. / Just a shy guy looking for a two-ply Hefty bag to hold my love-o-o-o-ove." Train's knack for simple and smart lyrics paired with a perfect pop melody makes this another hit for any age group.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how a song is driven by its lyrics and music. Which do you think is more important in a song -- music or lyrics? Do you always understand the lyrics and meaning behind a song? Do you have to in order to enjoy it?

  • Do you think most bands or musicians write music with a goal of having it played on the radio? Or do you think bands simply write music they love without thinking about how radio-friendly it is?

Music details

  • Artist: Train
  • Release date: February 14, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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