Play That Song

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"Play That Song"
Play That Song.jpg
Single by Train
from the album A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat (2017)
Released September 29, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Length 4:03 (Album version)
3:20 (Radio edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s) William Wiik Larsen
Train singles chronology

"Give It All"
(2015)
"Play That Song"
(2016)
"Drink Up"
(2017)

Peaked @ #41 on Febrary 18, 2017

First performed live by Train during the summer of 2016, the studio version of this upbeat number was released as the lead single from their A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat album on September 29, 2016. The song is built around the melody of the much covered classic "Heart and Soul" written by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser in 1938. American band leader Larry Clinton recorded the most successful version in 1939, reaching #1 on the chart. Modern listeners probably best known it as the song that Robert Loggia and Tom Hanks play and dance to on a giant foot-operated electronic keyboard in the 1988 movie Big. The video shows Train singer Pat Monahan dancing around a sunny Los Angeles as he listens to the song. There is a nod to Big as we see him at one point moving back and forth on a giant keyboard. His attitude and energy is so infectious, everybody else joins in the fun. Monahan commented:

"The idea to be on top of the world and have the whole town react to the happiness was super fun and corny and sweet and I wish life was really like this video."

Music video

A music video to accompany the release of "Play That Song" was first released onto YouTube on November 18, 2016. It shows Monahan dancing through Los Angeles on a warm sunny day, accompanied by many friendly strangers. At one point, Monahan dances on a large piano keyboard, invoking a scene from Big (film)|Big. The video was shot at Los Angeles' Grand Park.

Lyrics

Play that song
The one that makes me go all night long
The one that makes me think of you
That's all you gotta do

Hey, mister DJ when you gonna spin it
My baby's favorite record she been waiting for a minute
She invited all her friends and I'm buying all the rounds
And they're all dolled up

DJ please don't let me down
When you gonna play that song, now
When you gonna earn that pay
When you gonna play that song and make my day

She said, play that song
The one that makes me go all night long
The one that makes me think of you
That's all you gotta do
Hey, play that song
The one the makes me stay out till dawn
The one that makes me go, ooh
That's all you gotta do (hey, hey, hey, hey)

Hey, Mr. Guitar
When you gonna strum it
My girl just heard this song and you should play it 'cause she loves it
Can you get me off the hook, get them fingers picking now
I'll throw some money in your cup
Mister, please don't let me down

When you gonna play that song, now
Why you gotta hesitate
When you gonna play that song and make my day

She said, play that song
The one that makes me go all night long
The one that makes me think of you
That's all you gotta do
Hey, play that song
The one the makes me stay out till dawn
The one that makes me go, ooh
That's all you gotta do

Oh, wait till you see my baby move
Move, move, wait till you see my baby move
Move, move, oh, come on now

Play that song
The one that makes me go all night long
The one that makes me think of me
That's all you gotta do
Hey, play that song
The one the makes her stay out till dawn
The one that makes her go, ooh
That's all you gotta do
That's all you gotta do
That's all you gotta do
That's all you gotta do


Weekly charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
February 18, 2017 91
February 25, 2017 Out
March 4, 2017 77
March 11, 2017 81
March 18, 2017 96
March 25, 2017 81
April 1, 2017 68
April 8, 2017 68
April 15, 2017 69
April 22, 2017 60
April 29, 2017 41
May 6, 2017 59
May 13, 2017 59
May 20, 2017 60
May 27, 2017 62
June 3, 2017 68
June 10, 2017 58
June 17, 2017 77
June 24, 2017 67
July 1, 2017 72
July 8, 2017 70

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