Riff: Alicia Keys – “101”

Nov 26, 2012

I might as well stand stand in front of a bullet/Close my eyes and kick the chair to the floor

from 101 lyrics by Alicia Keys

Saving the best piano-led torch song for last, the haunting atmospherics of “101” reflect Keys’ resignation that no matter how hard she tries to pretend she’s not just another notch on her playa boyfriend’s bedpost, she will always only ever be a stopgap until the unsuspecting Ms 102 comes along.

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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