Christina Perri “Tragedy”: Lyrics Video Premiere

Apr 26th, 2011 // 9 Comments

Following the news that “Jar Of Hearts” singer-songwriter Christina Perri is featured on the roster for Lollapalooza 2011, we’re proud to premiere the intricate lyrics video for “Tragedy,” a track from her upcoming debut LP lovestrong. (It’s out May 10.) And like Perri’s recent Lyrics visual for “Arms” — which has racked up over 300,000 views on YouTube — the moody and mysterious clip for “Tragedy” was created by Elliott Sellers. Watch below!

The song, which Christina co-wrote with her brother Nick Perri, finds the Pennsylvania-born artist exploring the darker side of a relationship gone bad.

And given Sellers’ attention to detail and painstaking efforts to create a properly somber tone with the objects presented (an old journal, a whirling fan, flowers in a vase, coins on a wooden floor) we’re pretty sure Christina could have slipped us the following clip, left out the word “lyrics” and we would have thought it was a real music video!

“‘Tragedy’ is my oldest song on Lovestrong,” Perri says of the Joe Chiccarelli-produced track. “I wrote it when I was 17. It’s my also my favorite on the album. Seventeen-year-old Christina is so proud — I could not have dreamed this song anymore perfect. ‘Tragedy’ was the first song I wrote about a broken heart. Later I would write ‘Jar Of Hearts’ about the same heart-breaking boy. I think it’s the perfect way to close the album and close my wound.”

Let us know what you think of Christina’s lyrics video for “Tragedy” below!


  1. Why wont Lady gaga Make a Lyric Video Like this?

  2. This one’s up there with Kylie Minogue’s “Put Your Hands Up” lyrics vid in my book!

  3. BRILLIANT….what talent…

  4. Doug

    Amazing song, great video, awesome talent. I’m so glad that Christina’s tracks fill my ipod. I love this song, I love her amazing voice. I can’t wait for more!!!!

  5. KT

    I love this rendition of the song, but I think the Ocean Way Sessions had WAY more emotion behind it – her voice resonated with the piercing, haunting vibe of a more lovesick Stevie Nicks. There’s just something so vintage about the OWS version. Otherwise, this is beautiful. The accent of the strings in this song remind me a lot of Nick Cave’s album No More Shall We Part. — Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. JC

    It’s pretty ironic.
    Christina gets her heart broken into a million pieces by some jerk.
    And she turns it into a million dollar idea.

    Who’s laughing now, Christina. HAHA!! Go gett ‘em girl.
    (…just glad it wasn’t ME)

  7. Eric Ranes

    KT, I agree. This is gorgeous, naturally, but the Ocean Way Sessions … there was just something heart-wrenching behind her singing in that one.

  8. LMG

    her voice just reaches in and PULLS the tears right out of you.

    I happen to love everything I have heard from her and can’t wait for anything new. keep going…please

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