Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics

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The long-awaited songbook of poems and lyrics, penned by one of the most acclaimed music artists of her time, Alicia Keys, is finally here for her throngs of fans. When she burst onto the scene, Alicia's years of intensive classical piano study and musical schooling paid off with over 12 million copies of her two albums sold, a huge international fan base, and an arena tour with female musical contemporaries, Beyoncé and Missy Elliot. Her talent has been rewarded with nine Grammy Awards (including Best New ...

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Overview

The long-awaited songbook of poems and lyrics, penned by one of the most acclaimed music artists of her time, Alicia Keys, is finally here for her throngs of fans. When she burst onto the scene, Alicia's years of intensive classical piano study and musical schooling paid off with over 12 million copies of her two albums sold, a huge international fan base, and an arena tour with female musical contemporaries, Beyoncé and Missy Elliot. Her talent has been rewarded with nine Grammy Awards (including Best New Artist), four American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Award, and two Soul Train Awards.

Though Alicia has been very vocal through her career, there were always "delicate thoughts" that she never before imagined she'd share with anyone else-until now. Alicia Keys opens the journals and notebooks that she has kept throughout her life, documenting her growth as a person, a woman, and an artist, and reveals her heart to her fans in return for all the love they have shown to her and her music.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
No doubt Keys has a fascinating story to tell-raised by a single mother, she's a classically trained, New York born-and-bred neo-soulster with two multiplatinum albums and five Grammys to her name-but she merely hints at it in this gathering of poems and lyrics. With their themes of loneliness, confusion, wonder and desire, most of Keys's free-verse poems could be the cris de coeur of any American 20-something: "Sometimes I feel/ like I don't belong anywhere/ And it's going to take so long/ for me to get somewhere/ Sometimes I feel so heavy-hearted/ but I can't explain/ cause I'm so guarded." But other poems hint at her world travels, her budding sense of social justice and her concerns about stardom ("When gone is the glory/ When gone is the shine/ Is gone the whole/ Of your fortune and pride?"). Nearly half of the book consists of lyrics from her two albums, Songs in A Minor and The Diary of Alicia Keys; while they make a nice complement to the poems, the words feel a bit flat without the blaxploitation beat of "Heartburn," say, or the impassioned vocal delivery of "Fallin.' " For the Keys completist, however, this will be a compelling book of rock ephemera. Agent, David Vigliano. (Nov.) FYI: Putnam plans to release another volume of Keys's writings in fall 2005. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Multiple-award-winning songstress Keys shares her most intimate thoughts in this first collection, drawn from her journal and CDs. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Keys has sold millions of copies of her CDs and has won multiple Grammy Awards. Here, she shares the lyrics from these discs, as well as a collection of poems from her journals and notebooks. After several of the poems, she offers readers glimpses of her mindset and inspiration for her writings. Sadly, these poems read like what they are-journal entries from a young woman-and they don't have great insight or clever wordplay. (There's no "moon/June" here, but there is "cry/die" and "cry/goodbye" and "cry/fly.") Even her song lyrics, so powerful when accompanied with lush piano arrangements, come across as banal when unadorned with instrumentation. However, both their creator and their subject matter will give these simple selections immense appeal with a teen audience. The writer talks about insecurities, personal growth, loneliness, and love-good, bad, long-distance, and unrequited. These topics are the stuff of creative writing projects. Like Ashanti's Foolish/Unfoolish (Hyperion, 2002), Keys's poems will attract her fans and perhaps encourage them to explore poetry.-Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425205600
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 425,810
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Alicia Keys is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation, having won five Grammy Awards (including Best New Artist), two American Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Award, four Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards, and two Soul Train Awards. The daughter of a single mother, at age four she began the intensive Suzuki method of classical piano study. She is a graduate of the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City and at sixteen was valedictorian of her senior class. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Golden child 7
P.O.W. 11
6:33 a.m 15
Gold of Johannesburg 17
Lilly of the valley 21
Beckoning green 25
Damn you! 29
Mind sex 31
Love in chains 33
Unfulfilled keys 35
Bus ride through a periwinkle sky 39
The shore (you sure?) 43
Constant evolution of going nowhere 47
Love with a shot of distance 51
Cosmopolitan woman 53
Still water 57
Is it insane? 59
In my search for heaven 63
Mr. jealousy 67
Angel 71
No room for religion 75
Such a strong word 79
Everywhere is nowhere 83
Lady Malasuerte 87
Stolen moments 91
4 letter word 95
When gone is the glory 97
Girlfriend 101
Fallin' 103
Troubles 105
Rock with you 107
A woman's worth 109
Jane Doe 113
Goodbye 117
The life 121
Mister man 123
Butterflyz 125
Why do I feel so sad? 127
Caged bird 129
Lovin' you 131
Karma 135
Heartburn 139
You don't know my name 143
If I ain't got you 147
Diary 149
Dragon days 151
Wake up 153
So simple 155
When you really love someone 159
Slow down 163
Samsonite man 165
Nobody, not really 169
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    very deep

    I am an alicia keys music fan. So when I read some of her poetry, I was interested. Her poems are very meaningful and deep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    love this book

    this book is amazing i love every poem

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    Amazing

    This book is so amazing and so inspiring that not only has she inspired me to start writing poetry, it has inspired me to read more poetry as well. An amazing and excellent book, thanks for letting us into your thoughts Alicia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    Very Introspective

    Alicia's poetry is absolutely amazing. I'm glad she thought twice and decided to put this book out, it definitely holds a lot of feelings, emotions and thoughts that needed to be heard. It's personal, but easy to relate to she speaks to her fans as well as herself. I hope there's more on the way, I'm sure it can only get better. Thanks so much for sharing it with us Alicia! An excellent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    intense emotions

    i very much enjoyed this collection of lyrics and poems. they were so emotionally driven it's impossible not to take something valuable away from the words. i highly recommend this read, just keep your heart and mind open.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    it was good

    this book is great for all alicia keys fans. it gives the reader a sneak peek into her thoughts and life experiences on a deep and personal level. she writes about being in love, being depressed, and even being unsure of her own worth. i would have really liked to see some more poetry from her though, she keeps you wanting more and has even inspired me to begin writing poetry again. it's a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    Astonishing

    During the whole book...i felt connected to her...like she was speaking to me. If i meet her in real life i might cry cuz it would be like looking in a mirror of thoughts. The book was breathtaking!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    ***AWESOME****

    This book is a must read for anyone. If your depressed or even if your happy read this wonderful book that will have you rethinking everything. Some of her poems were meant for something else but made me reflect on a different subject. Definetly a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    The True Diary

    I love this book from cover to cover!! From the way this has been written, you can tell the poems Alicia writes come from the heart. After some of the poems, there are reasons why she came to write it, what inspired her and how she put it to paper. About half way through the book, there are the lyrics for both of her albums (Songs In A Minor, and The Diary of Alicia Keys).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2005

    The Greatest Emotions Ever

    This book is one of those books that will save yoyr life even though you may not need it in your life. It is wonderful. Everyone should have this book in there collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    i know what she feels

    hay this is a seventeen year old female and i can relate on what she is feeling because i been through alot of bad memories that hurt me really bad and i think we can be stronge and independet loving honest and respect how others feel. i would love to have her book because i love her some much, she and i are the only real good people in this little world. love always Stina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2005

    I Like Her Poetry

    Her poetry really helped kinda find myself in a way and lead me to the poetry inside of me to have it be ok with my poetry.A mirror image of feelings that i was not the only one having.I really liked this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Uplifting And Inspiring

    This book gives me a reason to go on. Sometimes when I feel that life isn't worth living, I will read this book and I know that Alicia has been through or can relate to what I'm going through. I feel that I'm not alone and that other people have hard and good times like me. Thank you Alicia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    Uplifting Book

    Alicia Keys's poetry and lyrics are very uplifting. It really maked you think about situtions that are happening in the world today. I just love this book. Everyone should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2005

    Extremely Gifted

    Alicia Keys was blessed with wisdom far beyond her years. In this book, she expresses her feelings on a range of topics such as love, socialism and despair on her quest for knowledge and understanding. Tears for Water is a wonderful, extremely well written book. Bravo Miss Keys, on a job well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    Alicia Keys is the 10th muse

    I commend Alicia Keys for revealing her life-story to the world. I loved every word, every emotion, everything that it made me feel. It was something that I could really relate too as a poet myself. However, I wish more people would write as realisticly as she does.........Alicia Keys you are the 10th muse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    A great book to read

    Alicia Keys words are wonderful. Her poems are very deep and heartfelt. I specially love her poem 'Unfulfilled Keys'. I recommend this book to everyone who loves to read poems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Alicia continues to AMAZE me!!

    I'm a huge Alicia fan! So I support everything she does. But I can't even begin to fathom what she was going through when she wrote these poems. I can only wonder and imagine. These poems are so deep, and intimate. Her writing style makes me feel not for her, but with her. The explanation behind Tears For Water is just so deep, and is so understandable for methods of survival. To have thoughts, joys, pains and sufferings stem from your tears to give you nourishment...I agree with you Alicia when you say that you don't mind drinking your tears for water. This book is AWESOME!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Wow

    I am totally shocked by this book. I can totally relate to Alicia's words. She has a way with them and this book takes you inside of her thoughts as well as your own. I can't wait for more to come in the future. I'm very proud that Alicia had the courage to put her feelings and poetry out there for us to read and I appreciate her for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    This book is wonderful !!!!

    Alicia Keyes is the ultimate performer and poet !!!! She defines somethings that men and women need to hear about each other and life in this well written book !!!! Bravo Alicia !!!!

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