The song was the fourth of six singles to be released from George's debut solo album Faith. A ballad at six minutes in length, the song lyrically explores a young man's hesitancy to enter/revisit a new relationship because he had been emotionally hurt so many times previously. The song concludes with temptation taking over, and Michael ends by singing the title for the only time.
"One More Try" remained a live favourite at Michael's concerts in the years which followed, although its radio airplay tends to be restricted to specific "Love Songs"-esque features because of both the tempo and the length.
It reached No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart but became his sixth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. Four of the six singles issued from Faith went to number one in America, while by comparison, none managed to do so in the UK.