Try (Nelly Furtado song)

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"Try"
Nelly Furtado - Try.jpg
Single by Nelly Furtado
from the album Folklore
B-side "I'm Like a Bird"
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2004 (2004-02-23)
Studio Metalworks (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)
Length4:38
Label DreamWorks
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Track & Field
  • Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado singles chronology
"Powerless (Say What You Want)"
(2003)
"Try"
(2004)
"Força"
(2004)
Music video
"Try" on YouTube

"Try" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, taken from her second studio album, Folklore (2003). The song, written by Furtado herself, and Brian West, was released as the second single from the album in February 2004. The song was moderately successful in several European countries, including Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, where it reached the top 20. It did not chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, but it did peak at number 29 on the Adult Top 40 chart.

Contents

Lyrically, Furtado said the song "is about the reality of love. My energy used to just go everywhere, but now I'm more grounded because I've found true love. The idea here is that, yeah, sometimes life sucks. But life is only so long, and somebody can come along who makes you want to be a better person. You just have to roll with the punches. So "Try" is not a happy-go-lucky song. It has a strange arrangement because the chorus happens only twice, and the end is improvisational. It's like one of those epic power ballads." The Los Angeles Times said of "Try", "Her unfettered enthusiasm wins out as she sings of passion for life".

Commercial release

Although the single was a success in some European countries, it did not chart in the United States. "Try" was the last single released from Folklore in the US; the subsequent singles were released only in Canada, Europe and Latin America. Two versions of the song exist; the original with the chorus only occurring twice, and a radio edit version in which the improv is taken out at the end and an extra chorus is added. A Spanish version, "Dar", was released in 2007 in the album of Loose (Summer Edition) only available in Latin America.

Music video

The music video was directed by Sophie Muller. The music video features Nelly and a male actor (who is assumed to be her husband) in traditional Portuguese dress, around the Settler time period. It shows their various hardships, and in one scene Nelly is seen tying lover's knots to the underside of the couple's bedsprings, which is assumed to be an infertility cure from folklore. There is an alternate version of the video, that shows Nelly singing the song with a guitar near the sea. [1]

Track listings

US promo CD [2]

No.TitleLength
1."Try" (radio edit)3:49
2."Try" (video edit)4:02

UK enhanced CD single [3]

No.TitleLength
1."Try" (radio edit) 
2."I'm Like a Bird" (acoustic live on New Ground) 
3."Powerless (Say What You Want)" (video) 

European CD and German mini-CD single [4] [5]

No.TitleLength
1."Try" (radio edit version)3:49
2."I'm Like a Bird" (acoustic live on New Ground)4:33

Australian enhanced maxi-single [6]

No.TitleLength
1."Try" (radio edit)3:49
2."I'm Like a Bird" (acoustic live on New Ground)4:33
3."Try" (acoustic version)4:42
4."Try" (video) 

Credits and personnel

Charts

Release history

RegionDateFormat(s)LabelRef.
United StatesFebruary 23, 2004 DreamWorks [22]
United KingdomMarch 15, 2004 CD single [23]
Digital download [24]
AustraliaMarch 29, 2004CD single [25]

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