Try Again (Keane song)

"Try Again" is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane that appears as the tenth track on their second album, Under the Iron Sea. The song was released as the sixth single off the album, and currently is only being sold in Germany.[1] This is also Keane's first single with three B-sides, all live performances in Cologne, Germany.

"Try Again"
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Single by Keane
from the album Under the Iron Sea
A-side"Try Again"
  • "Nothing in My Way" (Live)
  • "Is It Any Wonder?" (Live)
  • "Bedshaped" (Live)
  • "Everybody's Changing" (Live)
  • "This Is The Last Time" (Live)
  • "A Bad Dream" (Live)
  • "Somewhere Only We Know" (Live)
  • "The Frog Prince" (Live)
  • "Try Again" (Live)
Released9 February 2007 (2007-02-09)
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Tim Rice-Oxley
Tom Chaplin
Richard Hughes
Producer(s)Andy Green
Keane singles chronology
"A Bad Dream"
"Try Again"
"The Night Sky"

Trance act Blank & Jones remixed the single though their production has yet to be released. However, they have played their remix out during their live DJ sets and passed it onto other top name DJ/producers as the likes of Armin van Buuren, who premiered on his radio show "A State of Trance".

Composition and recordingEdit

It was composed by Tim Rice-Oxley in early 2005, and first played live two weeks after composed by Rice-Oxley. The song was first played with the electric piano and a tambourine as very much a work-in-progress, and as a result was shorter than the recorded version.

The album version is a melancholic piano ballad, featuring drums, synthesizers, an extended outro, along with Rice-Oxley's electric piano. In the extended outro, distortion piano notes can also be heard from lead singer Tom Chaplin's Yamaha CP60M.

Rufus Wainwright was asked by Keane to sing this song along with Chaplin at the Wireless Music Festival on 29 June 2005. Chaplin apparently wanted Wainwright to also play the piano but he refused.

  • Tempo: 72bpm
  • Key: EbMaj7
  • Time signature: 4/4 8-beat

It was recorded and at the Heliosentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex and at The Magic Shop, New York City in late 2005.

Song's meaningEdit

Rice-Oxley explains his thoughts about "Try Again" on the fifth Keane podcast:

I always think about it as being a commuter's love song. There's something weird about that feeling of being on a train really really late at night when there's just a handful of you there, and I always wonder what everyone's story is - especially people who've been to work and probably got up at some horrendous hour of the morning, and they're traipsing back to their home somewhere in the suburbs.


"Try Again" was also used as main title for the film One Way with the German actor and producer Til Schweiger.

Track listingEdit

1."Try Again"4:27
2."Nothing in My Way" (Live)4:03
3."Is It Any Wonder?" (Live)3:19
4."Bedshaped" (Live)4:23
1."Try Again"4:27
2."Everybody's Changing" (Live)3:48
3."This Is the Last Time" (Live)3:49
4."A Bad Dream" (Live)5:02
1."Try Again"4:27
2."Somewhere Only We Know" (Live)4:23
3."The Frog Prince" (Live)4:29
4."Try Again" (Live)4:18

Release historyEdit

Country Date
Germany 9 February 2007 (2007-02-09)

Chart performanceEdit

Chart Peak position
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 39
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 83


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