Give Yourself a Try

The 1975

About Give Yourself a Try

"Give Yourself a Try" is a song by English rock band The 1975 from their third studio album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (2018). It was released on 1 June 2018 as the album's lead single.


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You learn a couple things when you get to my age
Like friends don't lie and it all tastes the same in the dark
When your vinyl and your coffee collection is a sign of the times
You're getting spiritually enlightened at 29

So just give yourself a try
Won't you give yourself a try?
Won't you give yourself a try?
Won't you give?

I found a grey hair in one of my suits
Like context in a modern debate I just took it out
The only apparatus required for happiness 
is your pain and fucking going outside
And getting STD's at 27 really isn't the vibe
Jane took her own life at 16
She was a kid who had the box tattooed on her arm
And I was 25 and afraid to go outside
A millenial that baby-boomers like

Won't you give yourself a try?
Won't you give yourself a try?
Won't you give yourself a try?
Won't you give?

'And what would you say to your younger self?'
Growing a beard's quite hard
And whiskey never starts to taste nice
And you'll make a lot of money, and it's funny
'Cause you'll move somewhere sunny and get addicted to drugs
And spend obscene amounts on fucking seeds and beans online

So just give yourself a try
Won't you give yourself a try?
Won't you give yourself a try?
Won't you give?

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The 1975

The 1975 are an English pop rock band originating from Manchester. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew "Matty" Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and drummer George Daniel.The band's origins trace to them attending Wilmslow High School in Cheshire and playing together as teenagers in 2002. Gigs organised by a council worker led the band to formally sign as the 1975. Their choice of name was inspired by a Jack Kerouac beat poetry book. They eventually signed a record deal after their success with Dirty Hit and Polydor Records. Following the release of four EPs, their self-titled debut album was released on 2 September 2013, topping the UK Albums Chart on 8 September 2013. Their second album I Like It When You S… more »

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Written by: Adam Brian Thomas Hann, George Bedford Daniel, Matthew Timothy Healy, Ross Stewart MacDonald, Bernard Sumner, Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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11 facts about this song

Song Release
"Give Yourself a Try" is a song by the British indie rock band The 1975. It was first released as a single on 1 June 2018.
The song is the first track and lead single from their third studio album, "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships", which was released on 30 November 2018.
Music Style
The song showcases a distinct musical departure from the band’s previous sound, featuring a loop of a jagged guitar riff and minimalistic production.
Lyric Theme
The lyrics are laden with reflective self-advice, where lead singer Matty Healy talks about a range of topics like the anxiety of social media, antidepressant use, and the pressures of growing up.
Frontman Matty Healy said the song is about, "finding compassion, applying that to yourself and exploring fear and the anxieties of growing up".
Musical Influence
The guitar riff in "Give Yourself a Try" has been compared to Joy Division's track "Disorder".
Chart Performance
Upon its release, the song charted on Billboard's Alternative Songs at no. 23, and reached the top 20 in the UK singles chart.
Music Video
The music video was directed by Diane Martel - the woman behind Miley Cyrus's controversial "We Can't Stop" video. It's stripped back and as simple as their previous videos, featuring the band playing in a mirrored room.
Cultural References
The song’s lyrics reference a variety of cultural figures, including poet Wendell Berry, American journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and punk singer-songwriter Ian Curtis.
In 2019, the song helped The 1975 win Best British Group and Best British Album at the BRIT Awards.
Critical Reception
The song was generally well received by critics, with some praising its raw and honest lyrics, as well as its catchy and unique sound.

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