In 2006, living legend Vince Gill was joined on stage by fellow country artists Alison Krauss for a heart-wrenching performance of “Tryin’ to Get Over You” in front of an invitation-only audience at CMT Cross Country. Joined by their bands, the two musicians blended their amazing vocals into one outstanding bluegrass showcase.
Before the song began, Krauss made a hilarious comment. She said, “I remembered the first time I heard this next song on the radio, and Vince was singing it, and I thought to myself, ‘He sounds a lot like a woman,'” to which the audience laughed out loud.
A Tragic Song Every Brokenhearted Can Relate To
Written by Vince Gill, “Tryin’ to Get Over You” is a tragic tune which reveals that, even though the relationship has ended, only death will heal his wounded heart – although the man in the song is trying everything, from spending time alone to being fixed up by his friends.
“I’ve been tryin’ to get over you. I’ve been spending time alone. I’ve been tryin’ to get over you. But it’ll take dyin’ to get it done. All my friends keep tryin’ to fix me up. They say I need somebody new. When it comes to love, I’ve all but given up. ‘Cause life don’t mean nothin’ without you,” the song goes.
“Tryin’ to Get Over You” was released in 1994 as the fifth single from Gill’s album I Still Believe in You. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and became Gill’s last No. 1 single until twenty-three years later.
And Its Music Video Was as Heart Wrenching
The song’s music video was also as poignant as the song. Directed by John Lloyd Miller, the short-clip for “Tryin’ to Get Over You” was uniquely filmed in black-and-white with a grainy texture, and featured a cameo from Gill’s then-wife, Janis Oliver.
It began with a still shot of Gill and Janis’s silhouette. The action started as she suddenly left him, while the remainder of the video showed Gill in a bar and walking along a city street on a rainy night surrounded by various people and alone trying to cope with his sadness. Shots of Janis on her separate path looking blank-faced were also shown. It ended with a shot of Gill’s silhouette again, but this time, he is alone.
Check out the beautiful rendition of “Tryin’ to Get Over You” by Vince Gill and Alison Krauss in the video below.