Over My Head (Cable Car)

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"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
Single by The Fray
from the album How to Save a Life
ReleasedOctober 7, 2005 (US)[1]
June 11, 2007 (UK)
July 2007 (Brazil)
FormatCD single, digital download
RecordedBloomington, Indiana;
July 24, 2005
GenrePop rock, piano rock
Length3:58
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Isaac Slade and Joe King
Producer(s)Mike Flynn and Aaron Johnson
Certification3x Platinum (RIAA)
The Fray singles chronology
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
(2006)
"How to Save a Life"
(2006)
The Fray UK chronology
"How to Save a Life"
(2007)
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
(2007)
"All At Once"
(2007)
The Fray Brazil chronology
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
(2005)
"How to Save a Life"
(2004)
How to Save a Life track listing
"She Is"
(1)
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
(2)
"How to Save A Life"
(3)
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"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
Single by The Fray
from the album How to Save a Life
ReleasedOctober 7, 2005 (US)[1]
June 11, 2007 (UK)
July 2007 (Brazil)
FormatCD single, digital download
RecordedBloomington, Indiana;
July 24, 2005
GenrePop rock, piano rock
Length3:58
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Isaac Slade and Joe King
Producer(s)Mike Flynn and Aaron Johnson
Certification3x Platinum (RIAA)
The Fray singles chronology
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
(2006)
"How to Save a Life"
(2006)
The Fray UK chronology
"How to Save a Life"
(2007)
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
(2007)
"All At Once"
(2007)
The Fray Brazil chronology
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
(2005)
"How to Save a Life"
(2004)
How to Save a Life track listing
"She Is"
(1)
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
(2)
"How to Save A Life"
(3)
Audio sample
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"Over My Head (Cable Car)" (originally performed as "Cable Car") is a song by American rock band The Fray. It is included on their debut album How to Save a Life (2005) and was the debut single from the album and hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single helped propel their album from the Top Heatseekers chart to the top 20 of The Billboard 200 chart. The single is available exclusively as a digital download. Some CD singles of the song were given out to attendees of a concert on December 17, 2005. The CD single was backed with "Heaven Forbid" and a live version of "Hundred". In the UK, "Over My Head (Cable Car)" was released as the second single from the album, following "How to Save a Life".

The song sold over two million digital downloads in the United States and was certified double platinum by the RIAA in May 2006.[2] The song was the fifth most-downloaded single of 2006 and was ranked #13 on the Hot 100 singles of 2006 by Billboard.[3] It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2007. It lost to "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas.[4]

The song was ranked #43 on Billboard's Best Adult Pop Songs of the Decade list[5] and #100 on Billboard's Top 100 Digital Tracks of the Decade list.[6]

Song meaning[edit]

The song was written about lead singer and pianist Isaac Slade's relationship with his brother, Caleb, nicknamed "Cable Car". He wrote the song because he and his brother were allegedly not speaking and were at odds with each other:

"It is about a fight I got in with my brother, Caleb. After he graduated high school, we drifted apart and really hadn't spoken in a long time. One day we both realized that we needed to fight it out. We'd been friends for 20 years. That's a long time when you're only 23 years old. We fought it out, and he's one of my best friends today."[7][8][9]

The song was originally recorded as a demo early in the band's life. This demo version was picked up by Denver radio station KTCL, and became one of the station's most played songs of 2005.[10]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Billboard called the tune "a timeless pop-rock smash that soars with lightness and ease."[11] Stylus Magazine called it a "10/10, single of the year, instant classic track".[12]

Commercial[edit]

The song became a top 40 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in late 2005. It lasted three weeks on the chart and peaked at position #37.[13] The single gained airplay nationally, entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the issue marked February 25, 2006. 14 weeks later it reached its peak position at #8 on the Hot 100 chart.[14] On the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, the single reached the #2 position.[15] The single also saw airplay on some Christian radio stations and spent several weeks on the R&R Christian charts, where it peaked at #27.

Internationally, the song was a Top 25 hit in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. In the beginning of 2007, the song became popular in the Netherlands.

Music video[edit]

Micah Slade in the music video

The music video was directed by Elliott Lester and was filmed on July 24, 2005 at East High School (Denver, Colorado) and at Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado. The video shows the members of the band as children, who attract the attention of other children by playing various instruments. Micah Slade, the youngest brother of Isaac Slade, assumes the role of Isaac as a child in the music video. While the video was not granted much airplay on MTV, it peaked at #2 in the VH1 Top 20 Countdown. It was ranked number 8 on VH1's "Top 40 Videos of 2006."[16]

Trivia[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006)Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart22
Canadian Singles Chart11
Danish Singles Chart8
Dutch Singles Chart67
European Hot 10057
German Singles Chart83
Irish Singles Chart25
New Zealand Singles Chart25
Swiss Singles Chart96
UK Singles Chart19
US Billboard Hot 1008
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary15
US Billboard Alternative Songs37
US Billboard Pop 1005
US Billboard Pop Songs5

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