The Problem With... Train's "Marry Me"


As a man, I don't think I'll ever get the appeal of the group Train.
Before I heard "Drops of Jupiter" all those years ago, the name Train brought to mind the show Soul Train, suggesting a funk and soul character.

Now, every time I hear that name, I always think "Aren't these guys too old to play puppy-love songs?"

It seems Train anticipated this, and made a single portraying a move to the next level. The track "Marry Me" is a lullaby-soft single held up by acoustic guitar chords. If the show Scrubs was still on, we might have heard it behind one of those monologues about the challenges of being a doctor.

Well, I'm sure there are still a few shows out there that will use this track for a marriage proposal scene.

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But the song is so dull and soft, you'll doze off a few times trying to get through it.

For sure, don't play this track while driving.

"Marry Me" is a bit lyrically harebrained, too. The line "forget the world now, we won't let them see" seems a bit counterintuitive -- isn't the point of a marriage ceremony to get loved ones around and together to witness it?

Also, "in this café" is a bit specific for a potential groom who wants to serenade and propose with this song. Not everyone meets their true love in a café, Train!

I often quip about the group's age compared to the age range of its audience. However, to his credit, front man Pat Monohan is old enough to pull off the pretentious vintage hat he wears in the video. So he's got that going for him.

Anyway, if I were a woman, and a guy serenaded me with this track, I'd hesitate about saying yes. That's all I'm saying.


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