Give Me One Reason

Tracy Chapman

About Give Me One Reason

"Give Me One Reason" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on her 1995 album New Beginning, and as a single the same year, her first since 1992's "Dreaming on a World." The song is Chapman's biggest US hit to date, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also her biggest hit in Australia, where it reached number three as well, and it topped the charts of Canada and Iceland. Elsewhere, the song reached number 16 in New Zealand, but it underperformed in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 95 in March 1997. Chapman first performed "Give Me One Reason" six years before its release, on the December 16, 1989, episode of Saturday Night Live. A music video was released to promote the single. Chapman earned the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track, that was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1997. A well known version of this song featuring Eric Clapton was released in 1999 in the compilation album A Very Special Christmas Live. 


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Give me one reason to stay here 
And I'll turn right back around 
Give me one reason to stay here 
And I'll turn right back around
Said I don't want leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind 

Baby I got your number, oh and I know that you got mine
But you know that I called you, I called too many times
You can call me baby, you can call me anytime
But you got to call me 

Give me one reason to stay here 
And I'll turn right back around 
Give me one reason to stay here 
And I'll turn right back around
Said I don't want leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind 

I don't want no one to squeeze me, they might take away my life
I don't want no one to squeeze me, they might take away my life
I just want someone to hold me, oh and rock me through the night 

This youthful heart can love you, yes and give you what you need
I said this youthful heart can love you, oh and give you what you need
But I'm too old to go chasing you around
Wasting my precious energy 

Give me one reason to stay here 
Yes, and I'll turn right back around 
Give me one reason to stay here 
Oh, and I'll turn right back around
Said I don't want leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind 

Baby just give me one reason, oh, give me just one reason why
Baby just give me one reason, oh,  give me just one reason why I should stay
Said I told you that I loved you
And there ain't no more to say

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Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles "Fast Car", "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "Give Me One Reason" and "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist. more »

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Release Information
"Give Me One Reason" is a song by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on her 1995 album, "New Beginning."
Chart Performance
This song was Chapman's biggest US hit ever, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Grammy Awards
"Give Me One Reason" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1997.
Song Composition
Chapman composed the song herself. It's often recognized for its bluesy elements and soulful vocals.
Lyrics
The lyrics of the song are a plea from someone to her lover to convince her to stay, instead of ending their relationship.
Critical Reception
The song generally received positive reviews from music critics and was praised for its classic rock-and-roll sound.
Platinum Status
"Give Me One Reason" was certified Platinum in the United States, signifying one million units sold.
Cover Versions
Many artists have covered "Give Me One Reason." It's a favorite among musicians because of its powerful lyrics and beautiful melody.
Single Release
The song was the first single to be released from the album "New Beginning."
Global Influence
Even though it did not lead the charts worldwide, the song has still had a broad impact, engaging audiences in many different countries with its relatable lyrics and catchy tune.
Song Recording
The album recording features Chapman on lead vocals and guitar, featuring an electric guitar solo, which contributes to its bluesy sound.
Music Video
The music video for "Give Me One Reason" features Chapman singing and playing her guitar in a barren landscape. Her powerful performance is the main focus.
Radio Plays
It's consistently played on both classic rock and adult contemporary radio stations, proving its widespread appeal.
Other Awards
Apart from the Grammy, the song also received a nomination for Song of the Year by the ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
Live Performances
Chapman has performed "Give Me One Reason" on various occasions, including several television appearances. Its universal theme and melodic tune make it a crowd favorite.

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