The appearance of a Christina Perri song seems to be a weekly occurrence here. I’m a huge fan of her music which will come as no surprise to many. Today’s song Distance features Jason Mraz who’s song I’m Yours featured here recently. The version of Distance presented below seems to be an unembellished take from a backroom of a club and it’s my favourite version of the song. It highlights the prowess of both artists without sound editing and all the goodies. That which is typical in a Perri song, there is a part in this at 3:00 where she sings ‘And Your Not Listening‘ and I find myself in complete awe.
The sun is filling up the room and I can hear you dreaming
Do you feel the way I do, right now?
I wish we would just give up
‘Cause the best part is falling, call it anything but love
And I will make sure to keep my distance
Say “I love you” when you’re not listening
And how long can we keep this up, up, up?
Please don’t stand so close to me, I’m having trouble breathing
I’m afraid of what you’ll see, right now
I’ll give you everything I am
All my broken heartbeats until I know you’ll understand
Distance is the third official single taken from the deluxe version of Christina’s debut studio album Lovestrong. It was written by Perri and co-written and produced by David Hodges. The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics, with most praising their “emotional vulnerability and engagement” and their chemistry.
Perri remarked about the song:
“I wrote it about being in love with someone and not being able to tell them. All of my songs are so specific. They’re a story in my life or something I went through which I pull from. I wrote this about the summer of 2010. I fell in love with someone, and we had to work pretty closely together. I had to pretend I didn’t like him which was the hardest thing for me because I’m not good at lying [Laughs]. The song is about the feelings and swimming in that kind of tension when you’re around someone and trying to keep it cool. That’s what it means for me. Instead of telling him I loved him, I wrote it to him in a song. That’s where I go.”
1. Distance (Christina Perri Song) – Wikipedia
The harmonies are great.
Yeh, it’s great to be a fly on the wall for this one.
Yes, great harmonies!
I never knew Mraz sang so well as a back-up and has excellent guitar work here.
If you want to hear someone who kills it as back – up for Perri – see this one Sharon:
The connection also is tangible.
He would be someone you want in your corner.
Nice, nice Matt. Good production and great harmonies. I know this song, but not this version. I prefer it. I am not familiar with Mraz! But he does a very good job here! Hope all is well for you in Colombia!
Hi Sharon. Thanks for your kind words. It’s my preferred version as well. You would know Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’ I think. Also, I hope all is well with you in England.
I’ll have to look Mraz up Matt, still not familiar to me. Yes, well life in London is OK, so good of you to enquire. All the best!
Oh, I know this song. Just looked it up Matt. Mraz. ‘I’m Yours’ get it now! Good song.