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She Will Be Loved

"She Will Be Loved" is the third single from 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 has sold over 2,722,000 downloads since release as of December 2012. It also peaked at #4 in the United Kingdom. The song reached #1 in Australia and remained at the top for 5 non-consecutive weeks. The single is noted for its music video which stars Kelly Preston. Being as successful as "This Love"  and alternative rock stations playing the song and "Harder to Breathe", "She Will Be Loved" was the song that made alternative radio outlets remove Maroon 5 off their playlists due to their newer songs being too light for the format and "Harder to Breathe" and "This Love" were the only songs being played on the format and Maroon 5's newer hits were only played on pop and adult contemporary stations. The song achieved the same success as its prior hit also hitting number 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts.

Music VideoEdit

The music video for "She Will Be Loved" tells a sad love story which features a lovelorn socialite (played by Kelly Preston) and her rich, deadbeat, abusive husband whose relationship is juxtaposed with that of their daughter's (played by Corinne Carrey) relationship with a young man (played by lead singer Adam Levine). The younger man, however, constantly obsesses over his girlfriend's mother, undertsanding 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. (see Synopsis for more details)


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Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved

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 and the older woman embracing Levine and they slow dance together. Levine then dives into the pool via front flip and cools down when submerged underwater, 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 watches from his car, and all three protagonists are soon brought face to face, hinting at events that ensue within the video.

In the events that follow, the young man in his new-found love with his girlfriend (Corinne Carrey), dive into the swimming pool together. Submerged underwater, they embrace, sharing a kiss before they float up 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's helping her daughter dry up after swimming and glances at Levine, who remains captivated upon finding the mother beautiful and attractive. That same day during the quartet's social gatherings with the upper society, as the young couple relax and become acquainted with each other, the young man keeps watching over the mother, understanding of the woman's helplessness and desperation for love and noticing that not all is going well in the woman's relationship with the older man.

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 Maroon 5 band members Jesse CarmichaelMickey MaddenJames Valentine and then-drummer Ryan Dusick) for comfort, and gyrates seductively, showing confidence in flirting with the male guests supported by their admiration for her in her acts of seductive behavior. The older man, though not willing to return his wife's affections, except when he notices the eyes of other men on her -- then he becomes the jealous type and needs to asserts his dominance. During 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 upper society. During the confrontation, the mother tries apologizing to her husband, begging for his forgiveness in hopes of earning 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 more. Grabbing her face, he smears her red lipstick harshly with his hands (the smearing of the make-up is a reference to the older woman being someone who is confident about her looks) and slaps her across the face as akin to him saying to her "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. Unbeknownst to everyone at the party, she collapses after making her entrance into one of the rooms, apparently due to trauma and exhaustion.

One night, the young man descends 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 revive her and comes to find that she's recently suffered abuse, seeing that her lipstick's smeared across her face. Miraculously, she awakens and find herself face-to-face with Levine, recognizing him as the young man from the party who kept watching over her before she was taken into an abusive encounter by her husband 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 the daughter go shopping. The mother also appears to become obsessed, parking her car outside the young couple's house one night to watch him and discovers that the couple's relationship is obviously going through a rocky period (Fight scene at the window). Despite her feelings for the young man, the socialite is still married even though her marriage is troubled, therefore her and Adam are forbidden to be together. The daughter, however, is someone he cares about and can stay with, so the young man remains with her even though he has feelings for the mother.

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 together is very symbolic of how the daughter becomes a front for his and the mother's relationship as he sees the mother's face in the place of his girlfriend's throughout the night, which increases the tension among the romantic quartet.

At the end of the video when the quartet are reunited again, it's revealed in flashbacks that the mother's ordeal with the emotional and physical abuse from her marriage has left her a broken woman since the quartet was last together. 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 from the group, the abusive husband takes notice of his wife's absence -- then immediately goes back to reading his newspaper and 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, saving her from any further emotional heartache, and they embrace, nearly kissing.

The final flashbacks piece everything together and explains why this song is addressed to the younger girl, 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 love between her boyfriend and her mother is something she had witnessed before, when Adam went to comfort the mother the first time. The mother and daughter obviously have a very close relationship seen earlier in the video by the way they laugh and walk together, that it'd be hard for her to not know her mother's hardships. For the entirety of the affair, the younger girl knew and let it happen so that her mother would feel love and be loved and only stayed by Levine's side to protect the two from her abusive father and the public eye.

The video uses the "radio edit", an alternate and slightly shorter take of the song which only appears on promotional CDs and The 10th Anniversary Edition of Song About Jane.

Produced by Oil Factory, "She Will Be Loved" was directed by Sophie Muller.


Beauty queen of only eighteen
She had some trouble with herself
He was always there to help her
She always belonged to someone else

I drove for miles and miles and wound up at your door
I've had you so many times but somehow I want more

I don't mind spending every day
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved
And she will be loved

Tap on my window, knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful
I know I tend to get so insecure
It doesn't matter anymore

It's not always rainbows and butterflies
It's compromise that moves us along, yeah
My heart is full and my door's always open
You come anytime you want, yeah.

I don't mind spending every day
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved

I know where you hide alone in your car
Know all of the things that make you who you are
I know that goodbye means nothing at all
Comes back and begs me to catch her every time she falls


Tap on my window knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful

I don't mind spending every day
Out on your corner in the pouring rain, oh.
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved

[in the background:] Please don't try so hard to say goodbye
Please don't try so hard to say goodbye

Yeah, yeah.

[softly:] I don't mind spending every day
Out on your corner in the pouring rain

Please don't try so hard to say goodbye

American IdolEdit

Blake Lewis, the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol, performed the song on the show on May 23, 2007. The original version of the song re-entered Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart at #45 that week. After the finale of Idol, Lewis sang the song on various television shows, including The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (combined with a snippet of U2's "With or Without You"), The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly and The Early Show. A remix of the song also appears on the non-profit collaborative album Rhythms del Mundo, which fuses an all-star cast of Cuban musicians with tracks from U.S., UK and Irish artists.

Other cover versionsEdit

In Popular CultureEdit

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.

The song was featured in the film The Last Song, was sung by Miley CyrusKelly Preston who appeared in the song's music video, also appears in the film.


  • The actress, Corinne Carey who plays Levine's girlfriend in the music video, was 17, a year younger than the lyrics discribe her character, "Beauty Queen Of Only Eighteen/She Had Some Trouble With Herself"
  • The old man and his socialite wife's relationship is juxtaposed against that of their daughter's romance with a young man.
  • The younger man, however, constantly obsesses over his girlfriend's mother, understanding that, although she is constantly abused and 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.
  • Throughout the video, he sees the mother's face in place of his girlfriend's, which increases the romantic tension among the quartet.
  • "She Will Be Loved" is the first song and music video from Songs About Jane to feature a mother-daughter love triangle, though one of few Maroon 5 music videos to feature a love-triangle.
  • "She Will Be Loved" is the second music video to be directed by Sophie Muller, who also directed the music video for "This Love".
  • Throughout the song, it is assumed he sings about the mother and his feelings of sympathy towards her. Not until the end is it revealed, through the closing lyrics, that he is also singing about his girlfriend, who discovered the affair, yet continues like nothing happened, despite knowing Levine's feelings for her mother.
  • This is about a guy who has a best friend who is someone else's spouse. He knows everything about her and she runs to him when her relationship goes bad. He keeps wanting to save her because he secretly loves her. He'll do anything for her, because she's hurt by staying with her abusive spouse, so he's waiting for her to realize what a mistake she is making with her abusive husband.
  • The younger man then saves the mother from her misery, at the cost of losing his girlfriend and the mother losing her daughter's trust.
  • Lead Singer Adam Levine ended up in hot water with his girlfriend for kissing his favourite actress, Kelly Preston, in his new video. The singer confessed his partner, stunning model Kelly McGee, is furious over the passionate love scenes between the two in the video for 'She Will Be Loved'. Adam then increased her anger by admitting he only picked the gorgeous actress - the wife of John Travolta - to appear in the promo, not only because she too was his favorite actress, but because he knew he would get to kiss her. He said: "I admit Kelly Preston is a woman I would love to make out with in real life. My girlfriend refuses to watch it and was less than happy when I came home from the shoot." However, despite his lust for Preston, the singer admitted there was nothing remotely sexual about the scenes, although he confessed he was still really nervous. He added: "Because she's such a professional it was like playing cards - it wasn't sexual. But you are thinking about whether your breath smells."
  • It was revealed that Kelly Preston, 41 at the time, appeared as the abused, yet sultry older woman who romances Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine in the video for the band's single "She Will Be Loved", a post-modern take on the 1967 film, The Graduate. Director Sophie Muller initially suggested Demi Moore, but the band thought her spotlight might shine a little too brightly. Sharon Stone was another candidate, but the band thought she was too sexy for the character. Preston fit the bill, and flew to L.A from a vacation in florida just to shoot the video. Our spies tell us she looked beautiful and was very friendly to everyone on set. Perhaps she was too good -- for that Levine's girlfriend at the time, Kelly McGee , who appeared with the singer in the band's "This Love" video, left the set while the steamy love scenes were filming.

Cut ScenesEdit

Behind The Scenes:The Making of "She Will Be Loved"Edit

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