This week’s prompts for Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams, are Anguish, Misery and Torment. We are undoubtedly going to be hearing a lot of songs about pain and sadness. Can’t wait! 😦
I have chosen Misery by Maroon 5. It’s a good song and the video tells the couples story of their breakup. Warning – her next boyfriend might want to watch this video before committing! I hope you enjoy it.
This is the first single from American pop rock band Maroon 5’s third studio album, Hands All Over. It was released on June 22, 2010. The song documents the decay of a relationship, familiar territory for the band. Frontman Adam Levine told MTV News: “‘Misery’ is about the desperation of wanting someone really badly in your life but having it be very difficult. Kind of what all the songs I write are about. I’m not treading on new ground, but I think a lot of people – including myself – deal with that all the time. Relationships are difficult, and it’s good therapy to write about them.”
Levine told MTV News about the Joseph Kahn-directed video. “The cool thing is, when Joseph wrote the treatment after reading a few sentences, I thought it was really amazing,” he said. “Because it kind of turns the whole idea of the sexual energy between two people – a guy and a girl, a music video, you’ve seen that a million times – that exists in this video, but it’s turning it on its ass and having the girl be the more domineering one who’s trying to kill me.”
The clip was filmed in Los Angeles with Levine’s girlfriend – Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna – playing the leading lady.The female lead’s attempts to kill her lover in the video results in plenty of action sequences. This meant that stuntmen were required to double up for the band members in some of the scenes. Levine admitted to MTV News: “I’ll tell you a little secret… the stuntmen were so great, but they probably weren’t too happy because they had to dress like us [for the video], which was hilarious, because we aren’t the most masculine dressers. This dude who was [keyboardist] Jesse [Carmichael]’s stunt double was, like, really buff, and he has Jesse’s little low-top Converse and skinny jeans on. The shoes were, like, falling off his massive ankles.”
Levine added: “I did a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff is me! But most of it wasn’t very dangerous. Although, by the end of the day, even not being hit by things is such a physical thing that I was really kind of beat up. I was like, ‘Man, even thinking I got my ass kicked feels like getting my ass kicked.”
The song received positive reviews from music critics. Bill Lamb from About.com, while reviewing the single, awarded it with the maximum of stars (5 out of 5), saying: “All of the usual elements of a Maroon 5 hit are here, from the perky pop-soul sound to lyrics of intense conflict in a relationship. However, this time the band takes it all a few steps forward into the category of pop perfection. Quite possibly a key reason for this step forward is the presence of the by now legendary Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange in the producers chair. ‘Misery’ is instantly the best mainstream pop single of 2010 so far.”
LYRICS Oh yeah Oh yeah So scared of breaking it That you won't let it bend And I wrote two hundred letters I will never send Sometimes these cuts are so much Deeper then they seem You'd rather cover up I'd rather let them bleed So let me be And I'll set you free I am in misery There ain't nobody Who can comfort me Why won't you answer me? The silence is slowly killing me Girl you really got me bad You really got me bad I'm gonna get you back Gonna get you back Your salty skin and how It mixes in with mine The way it feels to be Completely intertwined It's not that I didn't care It's that I didn't know It's not what I didn't feel, It's what I didn't show So let me be And I'll set you free I am in misery There ain't nobody Who can comfort me Why won't you answer me? Your silence is slowly killing me Girl you really got me bad You really got me bad I'm gonna get you back Gonna get you back You say your faith is shaken You may be mistaken You keep me wide awake and Waiting for the sun I'm desperate and confused So far away from you I'm getting there Don't care where I have to run Why do you do what you do to me, yeah Why won't you answer me, answer me, yeah Why do you do what you do to me, yeah Why won't you answer me, answer me, yeah I am in misery There ain't nobody Who can comfort me Why won't you answer me? Your silence is slowly killing me Girl you really got me bad You really got me bad I'm gonna get you back Gonna get you back Girl you really got me bad You really got me bad I'm gonna get you back Gonna get you back (Girl you really got me bad) (You really got me bad) (I'm gonna get you back) (Gonna get you back)Writer/s: Adam Levine, Jesse Royal Carmichael, Michael Allen Madden, James B. Valentine, Sam John Farrar Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind