"One More Try" as written by and George Michael....
I've had enough of danger
And people on the streets
I'm looking out for angels
Just trying to find some peace
Now I think it's time
That you let me know
So if you love me
Say you love me
But if you don't just let me go

'Cause teacher
There are things that I don't want to learn
And the last one I had
Made me cry
So I don't want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you're mine
Because it ain't no joy
For an uptown boy
Whose teacher has told him goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

When you were just a stranger
And I was at your feet
I didn't feel the danger
Now I feel the heat
That look in your eyes
Telling me no
So you think that you love me
Know that you need me
I wrote the song, I know it's wrong
Just let me go

And teacher
There are things
That I don't want to learn
Oh the last one I had
Made me cry
So I don't want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you're mine
Because it ain't no joy
For an uptown boy
Whose teacher has told him goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

So when you say that you need me
That you'll never leave me
I know you're wrong, you're not that strong
Let me go

And teacher
There are things
That I still have to learn
But the one thing I have is my pride
Oh so I don't want to learn
Hold you, touch you
Think that you're mine
Because there ain't no joy
For an uptown boy
Who just isn't willing to try

I'm so cold
Inside
Maybe just one more try


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"One More Try" as written by George Michael

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    General CommentI feel exactly like George does in the song.
    I'm going thru a divorce right now. I ended the Marriage/relationship because I had a suspicion that my wife was cheating on me. And also she was treating me bad. Lying and manipulating me, always saying everything was my fault, if something went wrong and telling me that I was an insecure little boy. Stuff like that. She broke me down in so many ways.
    BUT even though she has done these things, I still love her and I don't really want to live without her, but I can't go on like this, because it is killing me.
    This song truly describes how woundable lovers can be. I know it's hurting me to be in the relationship with her, but I don't want to let go, in a way. It's very difficult to describe.
    I know I should just forget about her and move on, but she is the only woman I want to be with. I've been in relationships before and tried breaking up and having a broken heart, but not like this.
    We where married!!! This changes everything to me. She was the one!
    It is like Gabigs says: "It's sad how heartbroken and mistreated the guy is...but still feels like "maybe just one more try" THIS IS ME!!! I feel exactly like that. Like: "Maybe if we try again, things will be different, now that I know more, feel stronger and have learned from the mistakes, from the first time around." I know this is probably not true, because she will never change, but in my heart, I wish it could be. My friends say I'm crazy for wanting her back, but I'm deeply in love, what can I do??? I know though, that I don't want her for any price.
    It's like The Malicious Minx says: "I don't need you, but I want you in my life. I can't accept you in it until you make a positive change. Stop breaking my heart and come back home."
    Wow!!!!! This is exactly the feelings that I could not communicate. Thank you!
    I have known this song for years, but not realised until now, how wise and deep it is.
    Maybe because I have grown as a human and I weren't ready to hear this until now.
    Thank you George Michael, for this beautiful and heartbreaking song.

    I'm so cold
    Inside
    Maybe just one more try...
    Tyler2004durdenon November 06, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI agree with obscurusvita. I believe the song is about unrequited love. I can relate to it so much because I am there right now. It hurts so bad to realize that you what you thought was love was never real.
    muldercaton January 27, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMy friend and I have dicussed the meaning of this song. He and I both came to the same conclusion.

    I've had enough of danger
    And people on the streets
    I'm looking out for angels
    Just trying to find some peace
    Now I think it's time
    That you let me know
    So if you love me
    Say you love me
    But if you don't just let me go...

    THIS IS ABOUT A PERSON WHO IS TIRED OF GIVING HIS LOVE WHEN HE KNOWS IT COULD BE DENIED. HE IS TIRED OF SEEING EVERONE ELSE HAPPY AND HE WOULD LIKE TO FIND SOMETHING REAL. HE WOULD LIKE TO FIND THE SAME PEACE AS EVERYONE ELSE. HE WANTS TO FIND SOMETHING REAL. AND IF THIS PERSON DOESNT LOVE HIM THEN THAT PERSON NEEDS TO BE HONEST AND LET HIM GO.

    'Cos teacher
    There are things that I don't want to learn
    And the last one I had
    Made me cry
    So I don't want to learn to
    Hold you, touch you
    Think that you're mine
    Because it ain't no joy
    For an uptown boy
    Whose teacher has told him goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

    THIS "TEACHER" IS SOMEONE MAYBE OLDER BUT SURELY WISER AND HE IS SAYING THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN HURTS THAT HE DOESNT WANT TO LEARN. HE DOESNT WANT TO HOLD OR TOUCH THIS PERSON AND HAVE FAITH THAT THIS PERSON IS "HIS". BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NOTHING BUT SADNESS IN THE END IF THIS "TEACHER" SAYS GOODBYE. HE IS GOING TO MAKE THE CHOICE TO SAY GOODBYE HIMSELF.

    When you were just a stranger
    And I was at your feet
    I didn't feel the danger
    Now I feel the heat
    That look in your eyes
    Telling me no
    So you think that you love me
    Know that you need me
    I wrote the song, I know it's wrong
    Just let me go...

    HE SPEAKS OF WHEN THEY FIRST MET AND THAT THE FEELINGS WERE NOT SO STRONG AND SO HE DIDNT FEEL THE DANGER OF LOVING THIS PERSON. BUT NOW HE TRULY FEELS IT. HE CAN SEE THE LOOK IN THE PERSONS EYES AND HE CAN SEE THAT THIS PERSON DOESNT WANT TO BE WITH HIM. HE IS ASKING THIS PERSON TO STOP MAKING HIM FEEL WANTED BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT ITS WRONG AND HE IS ASKING TO JUST BE LET GO.

    CHORUS AGAIN

    So when you say that you need me
    That you'll never leave me
    I know you're wrong, you're not that strong
    Let me go

    HE IS ASKING AGAIN TO BE LET GO BECAUSE HE KNOWS THE WORDS THIS TEACHER SPEAKS ARE UNTRUE.

    And teacher
    There are things
    That I still have to learn
    But the one thing I have is my pride
    Oh so I don't want to
    Hold you, touch you
    Think that you're mine
    Because there ain't no joy
    For an uptown boy
    Who just isn't willing to try

    HE SPEAKS OF HIS PRIDE AND HE KNOWS THAT HE IS STRONG ENOUGH TO LEAVE AND MAKE THIS CHOICE FOR HIMSELF AND THAT HE IS NOT WILLING TO TRY ANYMORE.

    I'm so cold
    Inside
    Maybe just one more try...

    BUT IN THE END HE IS GOING TO GIVE IT ONE MORE TRY!
    yourgirlon January 24, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaningthe song lyrically explores a young man's hesitancy to enter/revisit a new relationship because he had been emotionally hurt so many times previously. The song concludes with temptation taking over, and Michael ends by singing the title for the only time.
    he sicks of being hurt and i can relate to this song soo much ritenow
    aleyscat88on July 18, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's a sad song that is ultimately about the hope and optimism that comes with new romantic love. In a nutshell, the singer's heart has been broken repeatedly, but he knows that if he doesn't take the risk of new love, his life will be meaningless.

    This song came out when I was 13 and I remember, still being a somewhat literal child and missing the metaphor, thinking it was gross that he was singing about his teacher.
    sharkycharmingon March 06, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's sad how heartbroken and mistreated the guy is...but still feels like "maybe just one more try"...
    I can relate to that painful and destructive kind of relationship.
    Gabigson August 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he's tired of being in a relationship with someone who is just hurting him. He'd like him to be honest and straightforward but he still loves that person so he's hoping for a kind of reaction to his hard words and most of all "one more try".
    Sometimes you realise that you're loathing yourself but you still can't take a decision.
    birba.mozzon April 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationen.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    History

    "The song was the fourth of six singles to be released from George's debut solo album Faith. A ballad at six minutes in length, the song lyrically explores a young man's hesitancy to enter/revisit a new relationship because he had been emotionally hurt so many times previously. The song concludes with temptation taking over, and Michael ends by singing the title for the only time.

    "One More Try" remained a live favourite at Michael's concerts in the years which followed, although its radio airplay tends to be restricted to specific "Love Songs"-esque features because of both the tempo and the length."
    tbyronshepon February 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song Comparisonhe sicks of being a relationship that the person is hurting him
    i had a relationship like the song but he left cause he got his ex gf pregnant im so bitter and im still hurting from it ritenow
    aleyscat88on July 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is fearing loss of intimacy with a lover (heartbreak); so if you fear having a lover because you don't want to lose him, then you never make an effort to build intimacy with someone ["who just isn't willing to try"]. It's still a loss because not building intimacy with someone will leave you "cold inside". Whichever he decides about starting a relationship will be a losing situation in his mind. So, he decides to give it "one more try" to escape the fate of lonliness risking heartbreak; he decides being lonely is worse than heartbreak.
    bellyflooron October 09, 2013   Link

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