TOO BLIND TO SEE
by Steve teare
A major – 110bpm
Beast of Burden
The Rolling Stones
If I Aint Got You
“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, which was released in 2003. The overall theme of the poem is the idea that material possessions and achievements mean little without love and human connection. The opening lines, “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,” set the tone for the rest of the song.
The speaker asserts that some people may want everything, such as diamond rings and material possessions, but they do not feel fulfilled if they do not have someone to share their life with. The repeated refrain, “If I ain’t got you, baby,” emphasizes this point.
The final section of the poem, which is a sort of bridge, is about the speaker’s willingness to be there for their partner through thick and thin. They say, “All your sickness, I can suck it up / Throw it all at me, I can shrug it off,” indicating their devotion and commitment to the relationship. However, the partner does not seem to reciprocate these feelings, leading to feelings of inadequacy in the speaker, who questions, “Ain’t I rich enough?”
The final line, “I’ll never be your beast of burden,” is a rejection of the idea that the speaker should be subservient to their partner’s demands or expectations. Overall, the poem is a reflection on the importance of love and human connection in a world that often values material possessions and achievements above all else.