“Give Me One Reason” is a song by the American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on her 1995 album New Beginning.
It is also Chapman’s biggest hit to date, reaching #3 on the US Hot
100. Chapman also performed the song six years before its release, on
the December 16, 1989 episode of Saturday Night Live.
The song is a classic twelve bar blues,
both in musical structure and the repeated lyrics in each verse and
chorus. It is the story of an ending relationship, and a plea from the
narrator to her partner for the partner to convince her to remain, to
“give me one reason to stay here, and I’ll turn right back around.” At
the end of the song, the partner is apparently given voice for the last
line, “said I told you that I loved you, and there ain’t no more to say.”
Tracy Chapman – Give me one reason
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