Nothing in My Way

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"Nothing in My Way"
Single by Keane
from the album Under the Iron Sea
B-side "Thin Air"
Released 30 October 2006
Format 7" Vinyl
CD single
512 MB USB memory stick
Recorded Heliocentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex
The Magic Shop, New York
Genre Alternative rock, piano rock
Length 4:00
Label Island
Writer(s) Tim Rice-Oxley (Main composer)
Tom Chaplin
Richard Hughes
Producer(s) Andy Green
Keane singles chronology
"Crystal Ball"
"Nothing in My Way"
"Try Again"
Under the Iron Sea track listing
"Is It Any Wonder?"
"Nothing in My Way"
"Leaving So Soon?"

"Nothing in My Way" is a song performed and composed by English rock band Keane and is featured as the third track on their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea. The song was also released 30 October 2006 as the third commercial and fourth overall single from that album in the United Kingdom (see 2006 in British music). After the French pop-rock band Bubblies, the single's release is notable as being the first ever commercial music release in USB format, a special edition limited to 1,500 copies.

"Nothing in My Way" was included as part of the FIFA 07 video game soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

CD Single[edit]

Catalogue number: 1712175

  1. "Nothing in My Way"
  2. "Thin Air"
  3. "Tyderian"

UK 7" Vinyl[edit]

Catalogue number: 1712200

  1. "Nothing in My Way"
  2. "Thin Air"

512 MB USB memory stick content[edit]

    • "Nothing in My Way" (Audio)
    • "Nothing in My Way" (Video)
    • Three screensavers: Tube animations by Corin Hardy
    • Link to special page on the website to view an alternative version of "Nothing in My Way" (including a competition to see the band in the US next year)

Composition and recording[edit]

It was composed by Tim Rice-Oxley in late 2004, debuting at the Rolling Stone Roadshow, Germany along with "Hamburg Song" in 20 October 2004. From 2004 to late 2005 (during the final sprint of the Hopes and Fears Tour) was called "Nothing in Your Way" though the lyrics remain almost the same. Chaplin plays his Hammond organ on live performances for the outro of this song.

It was recorded and at the Heliosentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex and at The Magic Shop, New York in late 2005.

Musical structure[edit]

While the first demos and performances of this song were played in the key of C, the final studio version was recorded with a C sharp tuned 20 cts. above. For live performances this configuration is used too. The reminiscent "Somewhere Only We Know" intro (because of the "piano hammering") includes since then the distorted piano effect sound used in most songs on the album. Vocals are introduced with 24 seconds of playback. The introduction includes a riff created with Keane's distortion piano instrument. The song drives almost the same until the last chorus, when drumming becomes soft and Rice-Oxley plays a small riff with the piano to finally let Chaplin sing again becoming Rice-Oxley the backing vocalist of the outro.


Pianist Tim Rice-Oxley gave this meaning in 16 May 2006:


Thin Air[edit]

This song was originally listed on Under the Iron Sea but was later retired. It was also set to appear on the second "This Is the Last Time" single, which could mean it was composed sometime in 2004. The song supposedly talks again about the Rice-Oxley-Chaplin relationship. It follows a chord playing similar to that of "Ladder To The Sun" by Coldplay with the alternance of a major chord with a major seventh (C + Fmaj7)


This is Keane's second instrumental, after "The Iron Sea". It has an unusual house-styled dance rhythm never seen before in their material. "Tyderian" is also Keane's first song totally produced, composed, recorded and mixed only by Rice-Oxley, and was recorded at his home.

Technical information[edit]

Song Length Tempo Key Time signature Genre
"Nothing in My Way" 4:00 86bpm Bbm/Db + 0.20 (Si flat minor, Re flat on bass, detuned + 20 cents) 4/4 on 16 beats Rock
"Thin Air" 3:58 122bpm C (Do major) 4/4 on 8 beats Piano rock
"Tyderian" 4:39 120bpm G (Sol major) 4/4+ on 32 beats House rock
"Nothing in Your Way" (Demo) 4:00 86bpm C6 (Do sixth major) 4/4 on 8 beats Piano rock

Chart performance[edit]

"Nothing In My Way", although not one of Keane's highest-charting songs did reasonably well on most charts. On the UK Singles Chart, the song entered the Top 20 at #19, which would become its peak. Over the next month, it dropped out of the Top 40 completely. It did well in Argentina, peaking at #3 and in Greenland, where it hit #7. In Most charts, the song charted in lower places in the Top 40.

Chart Peak position
Mexican airplay (Alfa Radio) 3
Argentina 3
Greenland 7
UK Singles Chart 19
Nedelandse Tippeparade 18
UK Official Download Chart 20
Top France Airplay 100 20
Dutch Top 40 20
M4B Charts 21
Slovakia Singles Chart 26
Chile Charts 35
Latvian airplay 36
Polish Singles Chart 43
Russian Singles Chart 95[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Nothing in My Way" is a live performance shot at ULU directed by Dick Carruthers and produced by Kit Hawkins for White House Pictures.

The US release music video for "Nothing in My Way" is the identical video for the UK single "Crystal Ball", without clips of the band interspersed through the story, and with subtitles added. At around the time of this single release it was announced that Tom Chaplin had gone into rehab for 'drug and alcohol addiction'. It is noticeable that the original video does not feature any close up shots of Chaplin, but several of Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes, though it is unknown whether this is deliberate.


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