You Found Me

"You Found Me"
Single by The Fray
from the album The Fray
B-side "The Great Beyond"[1]
Released November 21, 2008 (U.S.)
November 23, 2008 (Australia)
November 24, 2008 (Europe)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2008; Seoul, South Korea
Genre Rock, pop rock, alternative rock
Length 4:04
Label Epic
Writer(s) Isaac Slade and Joe King
Producer Aaron Johnson and Mike Flynn
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA), (ARIA)
The Fray singles chronology
"All at Once"
"You Found Me"
"Never Say Never"

"You Found Me" is the first single by Denver-based piano rock band The Fray from their eponymous second studio album. Live performances of the song from concerts in Europe surfaced on YouTube in late 2007, when the song was titled "Amistad".[2] The band began streaming the song on their website on November 21, 2008.[3] The single was digitally released in the U.S., Canadian, UK, Australian and French iTunes Stores and had a physical release later on.

The song became the group's third single to sell 2,000,000 downloads in the United States, after "How to Save a Life" and "Over My Head (Cable Car)".[4] The single was certified double platinum by the RIAA and the ARIA in 2009.

The song was nominated for a Choice Music: Rock Track award at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.[5]

The song was ranked #13 on the Hot 100 Songs of 2009 list[6] and #36 on Billboard's Best Adult Pop Songs of the Decade list.[7] It was also ranked #42 on Billboard's Top 100 Digital Tracks of the Decade list[8] and #61 on the ARIA's list of the Top 100 Tracks of the Decade.[9]


Song meaning

In an interview, lead singer and pianist Isaac Slade expressed his meaning behind the lyrics of the song:

You Found Me is a tough song for me. It's about the disappointment, the heart ache, the let down that comes with life. Sometimes you’re let down, sometimes you’re the one who lets someone else down. It gets hard to know who you can trust, who you can count on. This song came out of a tough time, and I’m still right in the thick of it. There’s some difficult circumstances my family and friends have been going through over the past year or so and can be overwhelming. It wears on me. It demands so much of my faith to keep believing, keep hoping in the unseen. Sometimes the tunnel has a light at the end, but usually they just look black as night. This song is about that feeling, and the hope that I still have, buried deep in my chest.”[10]

In another interview Isaac Slade declared that:

"I kept getting these phone calls from home - tragedy after tragedy... If there is some kind of Person in charge of this planet - are they sleeping? Smoking? Where are they? I just imagined running into God standing on a street corner like Bruce Springsteen, smoking a cigarette, and I'd have it out with Him."[11]

In a Reuters article about the album, Slade stated that the lyrics for "You Found Me" were written in 2007, and that the song asks about the problem of evil, why bad things happen to good people, after some of their friends and family went through very tough times.[12]

Chart performance

"You Found Me" debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's highest debut on the chart to date. On the February 7, 2009, issue of Billboard magazine, the single jumped to number eight on the strength of a 91% digital single sales increase from the previous week and steady airplay gains on several radio formats, becoming The Fray's third career Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit after "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How To Save A Life". It peaked at number seven, their second highest peaking song on the chart. On the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart, the song reached number one, making it their third top five hit and second number one on that chart. The song has sold over 3,000,000 downloads in the US alone as of October 2011.[13]

On the Canadian Hot 100 it debuted at number 51, and jumped to number 13 the following week also based on sales strength and would go on to peak at number 12 in mid-February. In the United Kingdom, the song reached number 35.

In its first week on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, the song debuted at number 15 and peaked at number one. It marks the Fray's first ever number-one song in Australia and second top-ten hit. The Fray held this spot for four weeks until Flo Rida's "Right Round" knocked it off the top spot.


The B-side track to the single is a cover of R.E.M.'s "The Great Beyond". The track was originally covered for BBC Radio 1's compilation album, Radio 1 Established 1967, in which 40 artists were asked to cover a song for each year from 1967 to 2007 to celebrate the station's 40th anniversary.[14][15]

Music video

The video was shot in Chicago with Josh Forbes as the director and premiered on December 9, 2008, on VH1 and on the VH1 website.[16] The video was inspired by Wim Wenders' film Wings of Desire. It depicts scenes of the band members in different roles- playing the song on a steel bridge, unknown people, and the members of the band are standing on top of skyscrapers looking towards the sky, and at a car accident at which the band oversees those involved, somehow being their own "guardian angel". The video ends with all material objects being lifted into the air.

In popular culture

  • The song had its official televised debut at the American Music Awards on November 23, 2008.[17]
  • The song has been used with clips of both the video and ABC's Lost during the promotional trailers for the show's fifth season.
  • In Australia, the song has been used during the promotional trailer for the Seven Network's medical drama All Saints, in the lead up to the commencement of the show's 12th season.
  • It was played after an audition on American Idol Season 8 and later the instrumental was used during Hollywood Week for Matt Giraud's performance. Matt Giraud also chose the song for "Top Downloads" week during the Top 9 performances, which garnered a lukewarm reception from the judges, however, he remained safe that week.
  • It was played at the end of an One Tree Hill episode aired on January 19, 2009.
  • It was used in a commercial for the February 10, 2009 episode MTV's The Real World: Brooklyn.
  • Australian radio hosts Hamish and Andy used "You Found Me" as the base for their parody song about God, titled "You Found God".
  • Seth Drury performed the song for the Top 24 round of 2009's Australian Idol.[18]
  • Kayla Radomski performed a Dance For Your Life solo to this song in an episode of So You Think You Can Dance that aired on July 29, 2009.
  • The song played at the end of episode 23 of the third season of Ugly Betty.
  • It was covered during the ninth season of American Idol by Lee DeWyze, during Hollywood Week.
  • Goran Kos performed the song in the Top 15 round of Hrvatska traži zvijezdu 2011.


Chart (2008-09) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[19] 1
Canadian Hot 100[20] 12
European Hot 100[21] 64
Japan Hot 100[22] 52
Greek Singles Chart[23] 7
Irish Singles Chart 4
New Zealand Singles Chart[24] 18
UK Singles Chart[25] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 7
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[27] 2
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs[28] 1
US Billboard Christian Songs[29] 16
US Billboard Alternative Songs[30] 38
US Billboard Pop Songs[31] 6

Year-end charts

End of year chart (2009) Position
Australian Singles Chart 13[32]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 13[33]


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  10. ^ "Amistad by The Fray lyrics/". 
  11. ^ "The Fray's conversation with God". 
  12. ^ "Rock band the Fray masters "Anatomy" of a hit". Reuters. November 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  13. ^ Grein, Paul (2011-10-12). "Week Ending Oct. 9, 2011. Songs: Someone Like Adele". Yahoo!.;_ylt=AmzJa4yFQId9Uyr6aBsCy08PwiUv. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
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  32. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2009". ARIA. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end songs - The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
Preceded by
"Burn" by Jessica Mauboy
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
January 26, 2009 - February 16, 2009
Succeeded by
"Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Kesha

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