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?
Time: 3/4 Moderately slow, in one
Chords & Lyrics: If I Ain't Got You
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
Gmaj7 Cmaj7 Bm7 Am7 Gmaj7 Am7 Bm7
Cmaj7 Bm7 Bbm7 Am7 Gmaj7
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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)
Gmaj7 = G/DF#B
G#dim7 = G#/BF
Em7 = E/DA
Am7 = A/EGC
D7 = D/F#CD
Bm7 = B/AD
Bbm7 = Bb/DbFB
GG/DF#B, GG/F#BD. GG/BDF#, GG/DF#A
Then play part of a chromatic scale in the r.h.
Chord Charts to Other Alicia Key Songs
1. A Woman's Worth
2. No One
4. You Don't Know My Name
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