Just Try


"Just Try" is the fifth track on The Light the Dead See.


You came to me with open arms
To take away my fears
I took you in and you stayed a while
You lived with me right here
You told me to believe in something
Something that's true
Like the mountains and the deep blue ocean
So much bigger than you
You said, Just try
Come on, just try
Lord, just try
Just try
Just try
I offered you a place to stay
Somewhere to rest your head
Lord knows I need you here
There was something you said
You'll have to believe in something
Something bigger than you
Like the great wide open spaces
There's religions too
You said, Just try
Come on, just try
Lord, just try
Just try
Just try
You gave me more than I deserve
You gave me peace
You gave me everything I love in this world
And now I have to sleep
Just let me sleep
Just try
Just try
I have to sleep
Just try
Just try

Dave's Take

Dave and Rich Machin talk about this song at the 5:21 mark.

My Take

This song has such a wholesome and uplifting feel to it that it sounds like it could be right at home on a Hallmark movie or something; I'm not kidding. Who says Dave can only write and sing dark and moody songs? Well, this one sure proves them wrong...Despite the serious and profound subject of the lyrics, though, the ending verses have an unintentional humor to them, I must admit. For instance, I can picture someone waking Dave up in the middle of the night to engage him in a conversation about deep and spiritual subjects and he's just like, "Leave me alone. I have to sleep." And again, I can't emphasize enough the simple beauty of the instrumentation on this album, and that goes for this song, as well. I must admit, I had never heard of the term "cowboy chord" which Rich mentions in the video above so I had to look it up. Apparently, it's just another term for the "open chord," which I did know about.1 Being among the simplest major chords that one can play on the guitar, it plays a big part in giving this song its wholesome and uplifting feel. In conclusion, I would also describe this song as cute and even borderline sappy. But, so what? It doesn't mean that I don't like it. In fact, I certainly wouldn't mind if Dave did more music in this style.

Music Video

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  1. "Open chord", Wikipedia (retrieved on February 14, 2021)