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If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys

If I Ain't Got You

The Diary of Alicia Keys
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Released February 17, 2004. "If I Ain't Got You" is a song recorded, written, and produced by American R&B-soul singer Alicia Keys for her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003). Released in February 2004 as the album's second single, the song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Keys' second consecutive R&B chart-topper, remaining atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for six weeks. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End chart for 2004. A remix featuring Usher and a Spanish-language version featuring Arturo Sandoval appear on the bonus CD of select international pressings of The Diary of Alicia Keys. The song is featured in the 2004 PlayStation 2 karaoke game Karaoke Revolution Volume 3. The single's music video, directed by Diane Martel, is set in a wintry New York City and features a cameo by rapper-actor Method Man as Keys' boyfriend. The song has been covered four times on American Idol, by Vonzell Solomon, Kinnik Sky, Syesha Mercado, and Taylor Vaifanua. Eli Mattson also sang this song on America's Got Talent in 2008. British indie band Athlete have covered the song on Radio 1. The single cover depicts Keys similarly to the subject of Man Ray's 1924 painting Le Violon d'Ingres.


Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), better known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American recording artist, musician and actress. She was raised by a single mother in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. At age seven, Keys began to play classical music on the piano. She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16 as valedictorian. She later attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. Show more ...

If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys

[Verse 1]
Some people live for the fortune
Some people live just for the fame
Some people live for the power yeah
Some people live just to play the game
Some people think that the physical things
Define what's within
And I've been there before
But that life's a bore
So full of the superficial

[Chorus]
Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you

[Verse 2]
Some people search for a fountain
That Promises forever young
Some people need three dozen roses
And that's the only way to prove you love to them

Hand me the world on a silver platter
And what good would it be
With no one to share, with no one who truly cares for me

[Chorus]
Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, you, you

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you

[Outro]
If I ain't got you with me baby
Nothing in this whole wide world don't mean a thing
If I ain't got you with me baby



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