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"Try" by Pink Review [yMusic]

I was going to review the music video for "Ride" by Lana Del Rey this week, but the problem is that so much new music was released last week! At least three candidates clamored for yMusic, each burning up the YouTube charts.

Pink won out. Again.

With her latest music video for "Try", she makes me wish I have more money.

NOTE: While it isn't as dirty as that screenshot makes it out as, there's a lot of domestic violence implied. So...trigger warning?

Song Lyrics Meaning

There seem to be at least two kinds of Pink songs: the scornful ones ("So What", "U+Ur Hand", "Blow Me One Last Kiss"), and the inspirational ones ("Raise Your Glass", "Perfect"). "Try" falls into the second category.

Really, the verses are forgettable. They're both vague and short, but that doesn't mean that they aren't important. They frame the rest of the words so they connect to that young girl in a bad relationship, or maybe that boy afraid to take that step to do what they love.

The chorus is a message to the listener:

Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame, someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns, doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try, try, try.

This is quite universal and powerful. Although in the context of a song, it's saying how all passionate relationships are painful, it can apply to any desire. Like singing. Becoming a pop star like her must've been painful and stressful.

Yet she tried and succeeded.

Plus, the fire metaphor is simple but simple. It reminds me of this one guy who accidentally set himself on fire when he was a boy and endured extreme pain while being engulfed--and yet he lived. Permanently scarred, but spiritually changed for the better.

From a non-lyrical standpoint, "Try" got it down. Pink's non-verbal moans are chilling, along with the piano and arrangements, but her message is what stands out.

Music Video Summary and Thoughts

Pink and her coaster in a pose together.
Just one shot of the pain.
The music video stirred me so much.

It's basic, with only two characters and two settings. Pink is in ragged garments with chalky colors adorning her. 

She engages in interpretive dance with a man. Although it seem strange at first, like a routine on You Think You Can Dance, it quickly blurs the line between acting...and real.

I mean, I didn't know the exact nature of what was going on until they started pushing each other around.

God. Violence hasn't been conveyed in such a way.

The Most Painful Thing

It's unclear whatever this relationship is supposed to be abusive or just an episode of their darkest moment. It's mutual, but it's never spelled out who's at fault and why. Whatever that's better or not is up in the air.

Interplay of sex and violence, with less emphasis on sex. It's a concept I want to write about one day, but considering what I write about, it's likely it'll reach that point.

The Most Emotional Thing

What's more wrenching about the entire video is the pure emotion Pink is going through. Every action has fury behind it, and every rest have tears.

I think the highest point in the video is when Pink says "are you getting by, by, by". With every word, the man is jerking her head toward her, as if she's banging her head against a wall. It's just before the final chorus.

If you're going to cry, that's the time to start.

The Strangest Thing 

Pink in "Try".
That isn't a typical shot.
It's a surreal version of "Love The Way You Lie", another favorite music video of mine.

In the end, surreal is what it is, especially in the desert scene. What's exactly happening there?

Who knows?

To be honest, there isn't too much to explain. That's not what you're supposed to do. Instead, you have to watch it, experience it, and marvel at how much of an artist Pink is.

YOUR TURN: What do you think of Pink's "Try", and the nature of the relationship within it?