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Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold – “For What It’s Worth”

A new music video for the song “For What It’s Worth” by The Truth Untold was released on February 4, 2020.

Following the success of their 2019 video singles for “Easy Prey” and a rock cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, the band is back with the third and final single from their debut EP “Other Side of the Story”.

For What it's worth rose cora perry and the truth untold

The protagonists of the latest video are once again the two founding band members: Rose Cora Perry (vocals, guitar, songwriter) and Tyler Randall (drums).

The video depicts a love story between the two protagonists that is coming to an end. What the two lovers lack is not their feelings for each other, but “contact” with one another. It’s as though they’re living together, but equally apart.

HIM (portrayed by Randall) is too busy with his work, while HER (portrayed by Perry) is committed to travel. Their relationship is reduced to the use of a smartphone, that puts them in contact only sporadically. HIM appears tired of this routine and doesn’t even answer HER’s phone calls.

It seems that the two live in the same house, but the moments in which they are both home are few. The distance therefore between them is not only physical, but also psychic.

In the band’s previous video for “Easy Prey”, we saw references to the HIM and HER characters when that video’s protagonists were presented with notes that gave them each the option of saving themselves or one another (“You or HIM?”, “You or HER?”).

In “For What It’s Worth”, it’s clear that the band is again portraying these characters when Randall receives a letter from the female protagonist addressed to “HIM”. In a final effort to “reach” HIM, HER pens the lyrics to the song on a piece of paper. She approaches his office door to drop off the letter and knocks, but nobody opens. She passes the letter under his door.

He steps over the letter several times without realizing that it is lying there on the ground. Only at the end of the video he finds it, but it’s too late. She’s already gone.

The video for “For What It’s Worth” makes a clear statement about how different communication has become: the smartphone has allowed us to “move away” because of its video/audio advances – making real presence and face-to-face dialogue superfluous.

Instead, writing a letter on a sheet of paper takes us back to a time in the past, when “presence” was fundamental and written letters served to bring us closer to one another.

Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold – “Rolling in the Deep”

Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold – “Easy Prey”