Sometimes people can’t take us for all our hopes and dreams. That’s one of the heartbreaking messages in Maren Morris’ brand new video, “I Could Use a Love Song.”
She released the tune as her third single of breakthrough album, Hero. But while the mellow, mid-tempo ballad serves as a sonically down moment on the record, the new video is anything but mild.
In the clip, a young couple move into a new house together. And they can barely keep their hands off each other, completely smitten. Morris sits at a makeup mirror wistfully singing the lines to “I Could Use a Love Song,” which revolve around trying to not be a cynic when it comes to love.
But as the video goes on, the couple clearly has issues beneath the surface. As they watch old videos of the girl dancing, she expresses her desire to audition as a dancer again. The boy greets the idea with skepticism.
Then, when it becomes clear she’s serious about following her dreams, things unravel for the couple. Dramatic shots of dancing intersperse with Morris and the couple. Check it out below.
Morris told Rolling Stone Country the song comes from a real place of a romantic breakup. And when it comes to her singles, the tune draws from a totally different space than “My Church” and “80s Mercedes.”
“The first two singles we released were very anthemic and fun and big messages, and this is just about that heartache you go through with a breakup and trying to not remain a cynic about love,” Morris says. “Which is hard to do.”
As far as Morris’ current video repertoire goes, “I Could Use a Love Song” is absolutely gorgeous. And including the narrative elements really helps. Along with Kenny Chesney’s recent “Rich and Miserable” video, it seems artists are latching on to the art of story telling in music videos.
Despite Grammy, CMA, ACM and critical success, her first two singles fell off the charts in the top 10. But then again, that doesn’t affect Morris’ amazing tour numbers much.
In fact, she just added a whole lot more tour dates through the summer. On some, she headlines, while on others, she supports Sam Hunt. Hopefully radio catches on and gives her the No. 1 single she deserves. But either way, Morris remains one of the best success stories in music.