She Will Be Loved

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"She Will Be Loved"
Single by Maroon 5
from the album Songs About Jane
Released July 27, 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2002 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 4:14
Label Octone
Writer(s) Adam Levine, James Valentine
Producer(s) Matt Wallace
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"This Love"
"She Will Be Loved"
"Sunday Morning"

"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.[1] 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.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "She Will Be Loved" features 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. Before diving in, flashbacks appear, hinting at possible romantic connections to follow: a young woman swimming in a pool, Levine kissing the younger woman, Levine comforting another woman who appears to be in distraught, the other woman hiding alone in her car at night, and Levine and the other woman slow dancing together. Levine then dives into the pool via front flip to cool down, remaining unprepared of what's to happen to him or falling in love that the summer, while more 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 brought face to face, hinting at events that ensue within the video.

Following that summer, the young couple (played by Adam Levine and Corinne Carrey), so much 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 and sees the socialite mother (played by 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 their social gatherings with the upper society, the mother goes to her husband for affection, who is unmoved by their romance and rather uses his time to talk with the guests about his wealth, neglecting his wife, much to her consternation. While the couple's daughter shows affection with her boyfriend, the young man keeps watching over the mother, understanding of her helplessness and desperation for love, along with the abuse and neglect she has to endure within her marriage. After being rejected by her husband, the mother turns her attention toward the male guests (played by the Maroon 5 band members), and gyrates seductively. After seeing how happy she's become flirting with the male guests throughout her acts of seductive behavior directed towards them while they show admiration for her, the husband becomes jealous seeing the male guests give his wife attention and leaves abruptly.

After which, the husband 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, now aware that her actions had only complicate her marriage even more, the mother apologizes to her husband, begging for his forgiveness, hoping to earn the love that she desperately wants and deserves. Remaining indifferent toward his wife's apology and rather than forgive her by returning her romantic feelings, the husband abuses the mother once again. Grabbing her face, smearing her lipstick harshly with his thumb and culminates by slapping her across the face as punishment. Brokenhearted, the mother walks away, wiping away her tears and heads 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. As Levine keeps the mother alive, she awakens and recognizes the young man who kept watching over her during the social gathering earlier. Seeing that he cares about her so much, the mother turns to Levine for comfort and they embrace, kissing passionately.

After the romantic encounter, the young man's become obsessed, parking his car outside a building to watch the mother and his girlfriend go shopping together one day. The mother also appears to become obsessed, parking her car outside the young couple's house one night to watch him. When Levine and his band perform "She Will Be Loved" during a concert at the bar lounge, the daughter constantly looks at him, smiling during his serenade 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, while 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, reminiscing over the young man continuously while she watches from afar. As the video progresses, flashbacks of the romantic moments between the young man and the mother, continue to obsess both the minds of Levine and Preston, increasing the romantic feelings between the both of them along with the growing tension within the quartet.

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 walks away crying. As the mother isolates herself further away from the group, the wealthy old man notices his wife's absence once, then immediately goes back to reading his newspaper, acting like nothings happened. Levine follows after 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 through her anxiety. Witnessing the incident from afar, the daughter shows concern and follows after them to help. While the mother's calmed down, Levine comforts her, 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.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]


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