Drops of Jupiter = Diamonds


I could not resist this opportunity to write about one of my all-time favorite songs, when science has so graciously given substance to one of its central metaphors.

This brings to mind a quote by Sigmund Freud, reflecting upon his exploration of the human psyche: “Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”

In this case, that poet, and dreamer,  was Pat Monahan of the rock band “Train”.

As it turn out, “Drops of Jupiter” can in fact be diamonds….

Lightning storms make it rain diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter


….in the dense atmospheres of planets like Jupiter and Saturn, whose massive size generates enormous amounts of gravity, crazy amounts of pressure and heat can squeeze carbon in mid-air — and make it rain diamonds.

The diamonds start out as methane gas. Powerful lightning storms on the two huge gas giants then zap it into carbon soot.

“As the soot falls, the pressure on it increases,” Baines told the BBC. “And after about 1,000 miles it turns to graphite – the sheet-like form of carbon you find in pencils.”

And the graphite keeps falling. When it reaches the deep atmosphere of Saturn, for example — around 3,700 miles down — the immense pressure squeezes the carbon into diamonds, which float in seas of liquid methane and hydrogen.


But about the lyrics of the song…

“Drops Of Jupiter”

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s a time to change, hey, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey, hey
Hey, 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 did you miss 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, hey, hey (mmm)
She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
Reminds me that there’s room to grow, hey, hey, hey (yeah)

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 did you miss 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?

And 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 did you miss me while you were looking for yourself?

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

And did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day?
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
And did you fall for a shooting star, fall for a shooting star?
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
And now you’re lonely looking for yourself out there.

I fell in love with this song the first time I that I heard it. And immediately formed my own interpretation of its words. Which, it turns out, is dead wrong.  But, nonetheless, I will share my explication…

The song is about a someone whose significant other has returned from an extensive spiritual retreat and who has been transformed by their experience.   And that someone is simultaneously 1) in awe of what their lover has experienced,  2) afraid that their lover has transcended them and will no longer find them sufficiently interesting, and 3) wanting to remind their lover that life on earth is in part made up of simple, earthly pleasures.

So much of the transcendent, inspiring imagery found in the lyrics is so reminiscent of shamanic (trance) journeys that I have experienced myself, or heard reported to me from those whose journeys I have facilitated.   I have danced upon the Moon, been dissolved and transformed by the heat of the Sun, traveled to distant planets, explored the wonders of the Eagle Nebula, and experienced the birth pangs of the Big Bang itself.

[Picture of the Eagle Nebula taken by the telescope on Kitt Peak]

But back to the song…about these lines in particular…

And 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 did you miss me while you were looking for yourself?

That someone wonders, did their lover find a purer partner, one who does not carry persistent wounds from their childhood that continue to affect and limit them?    And that someone questions their lover – as blissful as the spiritual search might be, is it not lonely in the disembodied ethers? Do you not miss the human connection that is so much a part of the human condition?

It is a song of tension, between the empathetic awe for what their lover has experienced, the recognition of  their transformation, the fear of no longer being enough, and the realization that part of the spiritual experience is inhabiting a human body.


You can listen to the song itself here:


And you can learn the real origin and meaning of the song here:



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23 thoughts on “Drops of Jupiter = Diamonds

  1. What an amazing thing…raining diamonds. I’m surprised our corporate aquisitive society hasn’t found a way to travel to those planets and aquire the wealth there.

    Thanks for the song. I like your interpretation. That is a fear that many have, when their partner starts growing or changing in any way.

  2. How ironic that I had the same interpretation of the song as you! I never considered it to be about death, but then again I agree with what Pat said in the video. I’ve never considered death to about endings, just transformation. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Susan! The lyrics just seem to point so clearly to that interpretation, don’t they?…so much so that I do wonder if, in composing the song, he didn’t blur the lines of what he was writing about. Even knowing the origin of the song, there are some lyrics that just make so much more sense if they’re spoken to a lover. So I accept the song having both meanings! Nice to hear from you!

  3. This post spoke to me on a level I can’t explain really… I wish we were advanced where we could communicate telepathically instead of this inept English language! I know that an important person in my life will pass on long before I do. For several months now, I have also experienced my own death in dreams, and it’s been utterly amazing to experience how it will be. I know these dreams come to prepare me to part with her. What I feel in these dreams in indescribable, but it’s all encompassing love. Bright and glittering like a diamond. How could I be sad knowing all of us propel to that place when it is time to move on in our journey? I know it will be mind blowing and yet feel a peace “that passeth understanding”. Drops of Jupiter is one of my favorite songs. Thank you for the video of the origin and meaning of the song. Beautiful.

    • Hi Lori, Thank you so, so much for sharing this…How extraordinary for you to have these dreams, to be prepared in this way for your loved one’s passing. I would so love to have the telepathy you mention for just a moment, so that I might experience one of your dreamscapes. It seems that you also have experienced the song’s imagery first hand. May I ask – do you feel that your loved one’s passing is imminent, or do you feel it is still some time in the distance?

  4. It is in the distance. I grew up not fearing death. It is always experiencing my own death, in different scenarios in dream state, where I understand the experience to be a promise of peace and a beautiful and exhilarating experience (there are the inept words again!). Losses of other loved ones (young people I thought would long outlive me) have been revealed to me also. I understand in part, these revelations are in part to prepare me and help me, and also for me to relay a message to those who might fear death. I have been intrigued by dreams my whole life. It is also very enlightening to have those who have passed on, visit in dreams. So many people discount the magnificence of dreams.

    • Yes, dreams are so magnifcent. Very fascinating that you have been given these revelations and encounters so focused upon the transition and the other side. Despite your frustrations putting your experiences into words, you do speak so eloquently and lovingly of them. You have such a gentleness of spirit that is so perfect for the messenger role that you feel called to play in this regard. It is quite beautiful to witness this in you.

  5. What a great story. Isn’t it funny how we can have such a totally different meaning of a song in our own minds and selves that have nothing to do with the writer’s meaning? I’m sure it happens a lot. Poetry too.

    • So true. And if the content of music videos is any indication, then more times than not the meaning that I’ve ascribed to a song is way off base. I don’t watch many such videos, but so often I’m baffled why the content of the video seems so far removed from my understanding of the song! 🙂

      • So often, my take on a song is sort of spiritual and it ends up really about another jaded lover. Haha! Maybe just age. A different perspective.

  6. Being a huge Pat Monahan/Train fan, I have encountered this video and the songs personal intended meaning for Pat. I also thought it was about what you wrote. Both meanings are still connected in the way of holding a space for accepting the energetic transformation of love energy whether through physical or metaphoric channels. It can not really die..such a difficult thing to swallow, still 😦
    I love the way that the meaning of music and lyrics are always filtered through our individual hearts, no matter the authors intent. So beautiful a share. This song is so so so close to my heart and the picture you used is perfect!

    • Thanks so much for sharing your perspective, Angelina. I so agree. Yes, this song is also very close to my heart. And the Eagle Nebula is perhaps my favorite place in the universe to visit. 🙂

  7. a perfect Beltane post 🙂
    within in a few minutes of hearing this song I sat down and wrote a poem about a lost
    love of a twinflame energy because of his fear of the unknown we would create, sometimes one sees the other doesn’t all in a moments lessons…it was the only poem I have ever submitted to be published and it was…
    I didn’t know the meaning behind the song and it makes it more special doesn’t it….
    I will have it echoing within all day now…Thank you for sharing
    Take Care…You Matter

    • Maryrose, very nice to hear from you! And thank you for sharing your story and connection to this song. Is the poem you mention posted on your blog? Beltane Blessings to you!

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