How To Play: If I Ain't Got You


Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You l PianoDiana



I love to hear the intro to this famous song written and performed by Alicia Keys, If I Ain't Got You from The Diary of Alicia Keys. Are you a fan?

Key: Em
Time: 3/4 Moderately slow, in one

Chords & Lyrics: If I Ain't Got You

Intro
Cmaj7 Bm7 Am7 Gmaj7  Am7  Bm7 
Cmaj7 Bm7 Bbm7 Am7 Gmaj7 

Gmaj7                        Em7 
Some people live for the fortune
Am7                           D7 
Some people live just for the fame
Gmaj7                        G#dim7 
Some people live for the power yeah
Am7                               D7 
Some people live just to play the game

Bridge
Gmaj7       Am7            Bm7      Am7 
Some people think that the physical things
Gmaj7  Am7     Bm7 
Define what's within
Cmaj7 Bm7  Am7 Gmaj7  Am7
I've been there before
Bm7          Am7 
But that life's a bore
Gmaj7       Am7     Bm7 
So full of the superficial

Chorus
Cmaj7 
Some people want it all
Bm7 
But I don't want nothing at all
Am7 
If it ain't you baby
Gmaj7 
If I ain't got you baby
Am7 Bm7           Cmaj7
Some people want diamond rings
               Bm7 
Some just want everything
Bbm7                  Am7
But everything means nothing
Gmaj7 
If I ain't got you

Verse

Gmaj7                     Em7
Some people search for a fountain
Am7                D7
Promises forever young
Gmaj7                         G#dim7
Some people need three dozen roses
Am7                                        D7
And that's the only way to prove you love them

Bridge

Gmaj7         Am7       Bm7    Am7
Hand me the world on a silver platter
     Gmaj7  Am7         Bm7
And what good would it be
Cmaj7  Bm7  Am7  Gmaj7  Am7
No one to share
Bm7         Am7   Gmaj7
No one who truly cares for me

Chorus
Some people...

Outro

Gmaj7  Cmaj7  Bm7  Am7  Gmaj7  Am7  Bm7 
Cmaj7  Bm7  Bbm7  Am7  Gmaj7

© 2003 EMI April Music, Inc.




Chord Intro

The catchy, beautiful intro is filled with triplets in the right hand with bass walk down, plus left hand octaves. 

C/E-B-G (single note triplets) // B/D-A-F# (single note triplets)
A/C-G-E (single note triplets) // G/B-F#-D (single note triplets)

GG/B-F#-D
AA/C-G-E
BB/D-A-F#
CC/E-B-G

BB/D-A-F#
BbBb/Db-Ab-F
AA/C-G-E

GG/DF#B

Chord Breakdown

Gmaj7 = G/DF#B

G#dim7 = G#/BF

Em7 =  E/DA

Am7 = A/EGC

D7 = D/F#CD

Bm7 = B/AD

Bbm7 = Bb/DbFB

Chord Outro

AA/C-G-E
GG/DF#B,  GG/F#BD. GG/BDF#, GG/DF#A
Then play part of a chromatic scale in the r.h.
GG/B-C-C#-D-D#-E-F-F#-G-G#-A-A#-B

Chord Charts to Other Alicia Key Songs


1. A Woman's Worth

2. No One

3. Unbreakable

4. You Don't Know My Name

Do you have a favorite Alicia Keys song?

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