“One More Night” opens with two goldfish swimming around in a bowl before segueing into a sequence where the seemingly idyllic home life Levine enjoys with video girlfriend Minka Kelly and their baby daughter is set against scenes of his hands being wrapped and of him training in a boxing ring.
At home, he eats a protein-heavy meal and revels in his baby girl’s laughter as he holds her high in the air. But all is not well, as frequent cuts to Kelly’s concerned frown let on.
The writing is on the wall when he has to leave for a big fight. As he steps into the ring to cheers, she packs her bags. He wins the fight, but when he returns home battered from the battle, he finds he’s lost everything that really mattered. Kelly and their child are gone and all that’s left are the relics of his profession — trophies, a jump rope, a few pictures and a lone goldfish.
Levine hustles in the ring and trains hard for the big show, but it ultimately comes at the expense of everything he holds dear. Taken further, the clip could be looked at as a metaphor for the difficulties Levine faces balancing his professional life as a world-famous singer and TV star and a personal life with the same wants (happy relationship, a family) as everyone else.
Perhaps the video is a lingering response to his recent breakup from model Anne Vyalitsyna , which came less than a month before the band debuted the smash single, “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa. The song continues to enjoy huge success on the charts; it is #3 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, having peaked at #2 a few weeks back.
Maroon 5 and Levine have been riding a professional high for some time (they spent weeks at #1 late last summer with the Grammy-nominated “Moves Like Jagger” and Levine has found major success on “The Voice”), but is it worth it when it comes at the expense of private happiness? That’s the question the “One More Night” seems to be asking.
With the pop star left sitting alone on a couch in a sad, empty house at the video’s end, Levine’s answer to that question is pretty clear.
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