She Will Be Loved
|"She Will Be Loved"|
|Single by Maroon 5|
|from the album Songs About Jane|
|Released||July 27, 2004|
|Recorded||2002 in Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genre||Pop rock, soft rock|
|Writer(s)||Adam Levine, James Valentine|
|Maroon 5 singles chronology|
"She Will Be Loved" is the third single on the American band Maroon 5's 2002 debut album, Songs About Jane. Released in 2004, the single peaked at #5 in the United States, and by December 2012 had sold more than 2,722,000 digital downloads. It peaked at #4 in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it reached #1, a position it held for 5 non-consecutive weeks. The single is noted for its music video starring Kelly Preston in a love triangle with lead singer Adam Levine.
The song proved as successful as the band's previous hits, "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe", hitting number 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, but it prompted many alternative radio outlets to remove Maroon 5 from their playlists, on the ground that the band's newer songs were too light for alt-rock audiences. These stations continued to play "Harder to Breathe" and "This Love", but Maroon 5's newer hits were played only on pop and adult contemporary stations.
The music video for "She Will Be Loved" tells a sad love story, featuring a lovelorn socialite (Kelly Preston) and her rich, deadbeat, abusive husband, whose relationship is juxtaposed with that of their daughter's (Corinne Carrey) relationship with a young man (played by lead singer Adam Levine). The younger man, however, constantly obsesses over his girlfriend's mother, understanding that, although she is constantly rejected by her husband and that her life is one of emotional anxiety, she is nonetheless beautiful and attractive, and possibly more so than his own girlfriend.
The beginning of the video features Levine standing in front of a swimming pool. As he prepares to dive in, flashbacks appear: a younger woman swimming in a pool, Levine and the younger woman sharing a kiss, Levine comforting another woman who appears to be in distress, the older woman hiding alone in her car at night, and Levine embracing the older woman as they slow dance together. Levine then dives into the pool via front flip to cool down, remaining unaware of what's to happen to him in falling in love that summer, while flashbacks appear: the older woman and the younger woman walking side by side in the city together while someone (presumably Levine) watches from his car, and all three protagonists are soon brought face to face, hinting at events that ensue within the video.
Following that summer, a young couple (Adam Levine and Corinne Carrey) that have fallen in love with each other, dive into the pool together. Submerged underwater, they embrace, kissing as they float towards the surface. The young man then resurfaces to find his girlfriend introducing him to her socialite mother (Kelly Preston) for the first time who, helping her daughter dry up after swimming, glances at the young man, who remains captivated upon finding the mother beautiful and attractive. That same day, during one of the quartet's social gatherings with the upper society, the young man keeps watching over the mother, understanding of the woman's helplessness and desperation for love. While socializing with guests at the party, the mother goes to her husband for affection; who has grown tired of her and instead uses his time to talk with the guests about his wealth, neglecting his wife, much to her consternation. Rejected by her husband, the mother turns to the male guests (played by the Maroon 5 band members) for comfort, and gyrates seductively, gaining confidence in flirting with the male guests, supported by their admiration for her in her acts of seductive behavior. The husband notices and, not willing to return his wife's affections, except when he notices the eyes of other men on her -- then the older man becomes the jealous type and needs to asserts his dominance.
After which, the husband leaves abruptly, grabs his wife by the arm and carries her away from the party. When they're alone, the husband physically and verbally abuses his wife, for flirting with the male guests and embarrassing him in front of the guests. During the confrontation, the mother tries apologizing to her husband, begging for his forgiveness, hoping to earn the love that she desperately wants and deserves from him. Despite her emotional protests to stop him from abusing her anymore and rather than forgive his wife by returning her romantic feelings, the husband abuses the mother once again. Grabbing her face, he smears her red lipstick harshly with his hands (the smearing of the make-up is very symbolic as the older woman is someone who is confident about her looks) and slaps her across the face as akin to him saying to the mother "You are ugly and worthless". Brokenhearted, the mother walks away, wiping away her tears as she leaves to their mansion to cleanse her ruined makeup. Making her entrance into one of the rooms, she collapses, apparently due to trauma and exhaustion.
One night, the young man walks down the stairs into one of the rooms and finds the mother laying on the floor unconscious. Fearing the worst has happened to her, Levine goes to see if she's okay and becomes aware that she's recently suffered abuse, seeing her lipstick smeared across her face. Keeping her alive, the mother awakens to find herself face-to-face with Levine, recognizing him as the young man who kept watching over her during the social gatherings just before her abusive encounter moments earlier. Reassured by the young man that she is wanted and still beautiful, the mother turns to Levine for comfort and they embrace, kissing passionately.
After the encounter, the young man appears to become obsessed, parking his car outside a building one day to watch the mother and his girlfriend go shopping, who obviously have a very close relationship seen by the way they laugh and walk together, that it'd be hard for the daughter to not know her mother's hardships. The mother also appears to become obsessed, parking her car outside the young couple's house one night to watch him as the couple's relationship is obviously going through a rocky period (Fight scene at the window). When Levine and his band perform "She Will Be Loved" during a concert at the bar lounge, the daughter constantly looks at him, smiling out of assumption that he's singing about her and her feelings toward him, however, Levine sings too about the mother and his feelings of sympathy towards her. The next scene where Levine and his girlfriend slow dance on the stage is very symbolic of how the daughter becomes a front for his and the mother's relationship, seeing the mother's face in the place of his girlfriend's, which increases the tension among the romantic quartet. Later that night, the mother is found to be in the bar wearing a red dress and makeup, watching from afar as she reminisces over the young man continuously.
At the end of the video when the quartet are reunited together once again, after still gaining no romantic attention from her husband and seeing how in love the young couple are, the mother is overcome with emotion and throws her hand against her husband's newspaper before she walks away crying. As the mother isolates herself further away from the group, the abusive husband notices his wife's absence -- then immediately goes back to reading his newspaper, acting like nothings happened. Levine follows after her and, in her actions of denial and self-sacrifice, the mother stops and tries to keep away from Levine as he attempts to console her, at this point he's trying to reassure her she's beautiful, telling her he's sorry she's so hurt. Witnessing the incident from afar, the daughter shows concern about the situation and follows after them. While the mother's calmed down, Levine comforts her once again, saving her from any further emotional heartache, and they embrace, nearly kissing.
It's shown in flashbacks that her daughter actually caught them kissing the first time, and is now aware the unconditional love still exists between her boyfriend and her mother. The final flashbacks piece everything together and explains why this song is addressed to the daughter as she's seen walking over in her robe and it switches to a similar scene where she is descending down the stairs in the same robe. This was meant to reveal that the unconditional love between her boyfriend and her mother is something she witnessed before, when Adam went to comfort the mother after she was found unconscious the first time. For the entirety of the affair, the younger girl knew and let it happen so that her mother would be loved and only stayed romantically involved with Levine to protect the two from her abusive father and the public eye.
In popular culture
The song was featured in the two episodes "Life in a Dream House" (the first season) and "The Desperate Kingdom of Love" (the second season) from the television series One Tree Hill.
The acoustic version of the song appeared in the fourth season episode "Gone" from the television series Smallville.
Charts and certifications
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