"She will be loved," similar to almost all of Maroon 5's work on the Songs about Jane album, is superb.
Although it's simple, which is not suprising considering it is pop music, it's a song I don't mind listening to time after time. But, the non-typical guitar rhythms and off beat melody gives the piece a certain laid back feeling. The instrumentation is fairly typical: drums, singer, guitars, keyboard. The harmonic motion is fairly simple, moving through the tonic and dominant, but also playing around with minor chords.
I would like to take a moment to discuss the lyrics of the piece. When writing music, I often have trouble with writing words to accompany the music. I feel to the composer, the lyrics of this song dictated the music.
I don’t mind spending everyday
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
This verse is almost pleading for the love of the girl, and the "She will be loved" immediately follows. The "She will be loved" chorus is signature of this piece. The singer reaches to a high Bb to express his feelings.
It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
It’s compromise that moves us along
My heart is full and my door’s always open
You can come anytime you want
I think the composer was trying to tell us that love isn't always perfect, life is full of ups and downs. True love is always forgiving.
This song sings of a love that is understanding, patient, and non-quiting. No matter what happens, for bad or good, through the rain or shine, the singer will be waiting. This song is very powerful, every time it comes on the radio I have to sing along with it.