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!

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  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!

    http://idolator.com/5802932/kylie-minogue-pete-hammond-put-your-hands-up

  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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