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No One by Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys blockbuster hit that many young (and not so young) couples may make their own special love song.

Song: No One
Artist: Alicia Keys
Album: As I Am
Songwriter: Alicia Keys, Kerry Brothers Jr., George D. Harry
Producer: Alicia Keys, Kerry Brothers Jr., George D. Harry
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Concept
Proud and defiant archetypal testament to a couple's love for each other despite anyone's saying anything to the contrary.

Lyric
This lyric is a classic case of sometimes the best love songs are simple, just straight from the heart. I just want you close where you can stay forever You can be sure that it will only get better You and me together through the days and nights I don't worry 'cause everythng's gonna all right People keep talking, they can say what they like But all I know is everything's gonna be all right No one, no one, no one Can get in the way of what I'm feeling No one, no one, no one Can get in the way of what I feel for you

Groove
Moderate straight ahead 8th note groove over with a strong quarter note feel makes a strong background for Key's overlaid 16th phrasing.

Melody
Strong melody that is a testament to feelings of loyalty, determination and devotion. The contrasting architecture between sections and dramatic intervals etch lines that stay in one's memory.

Harmony
Simple 4-chord triadic loop. I V vi IV (looped until the bridge) ii I/3 IV vi ii I/3 IV V

Structure
Easy to follow structure. Sig A B C A B C D C Tag Signature Verse Pre-chorus Chorus Verse Pre-Chorus Chorus Bridge Chorus Tag

Signature
Simple 4-chord piano arpeggio figure.

Production
Simple almost street production that captures an everyman feel rather than a slick studio sound.

Performance
Alicia outdoes herself with this soulful performance that captures both the sincerity of her feelings and her tasteful licks.

Predicted Longevity
This universal song of love with strong conviction will be played on the radio, not to mention at weddings, for years and years.

Album Cover: As I Am

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