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Riff: Alicia Keys – “Not Even The King”

Nov 26, 2012

Some people so lonely what good is a castle/Surrounded by people/But ain’t got a friend that’s not on the payroll

from Not Even The King lyrics by Alicia Keys

Once again bearing the hallmarks of Sande’s sentimentality, this intimate but schmaltzy gospel-soul ballad is likely to repel anyone not in a relationship but leave those that are cooing at the ‘Money Can’t Buy Love’ message which even manages to sneak in a bizarre Humpty Dumpty reference.

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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