Nothing in My Way

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"Nothing in My Way"
Single by Keane
from the album Under the Iron Sea
  • "Thin Air"
  • "Tyderian"
Released30 October 2006
Format7" Vinyl, CD single, 512 MB USB memory stick
StudioHeliocentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex
The Magic Shop, New York City
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes
Producer(s)Andy Green
Keane singles chronology
"Crystal Ball"
"Nothing in My Way"
"Try Again"

"Nothing in My Way" is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane for their second studio album Under the Iron Sea (2006). The song was also released 30 October 2006 as the third commercial and fourth overall single from that album in the United Kingdom. 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

Catalogue number: 1712175

  1. "Nothing in My Way"
  2. "Thin Air"
  3. "Tyderian"
UK 7" vinyl

Catalogue number: 1712200

  1. "Nothing in My Way"
  2. "Thin Air"
512 MB USB memory stick content
    • "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" on 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 City 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 on 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

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.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[1] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[2] 56
UK Singles Chart 19
UK Official Download Chart 20


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