Analysis of "Not My Friend" by Norah Jones

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Analysis of "Not My Friend"

Instrumentation

  • Acoustic guitar - semiquaver pattern throughout
  • Marimba - adds extra richness
  • Piano - sparingly, reinforcing chords, short fills
  • Electric guitars - played backwards, creates atmospheric sounds throughout

Structure

  • Intro
  • Verse 1 - refrain
  • Verse 2 - refrain
  • 4 bar link
  • Verse 3 (no refrain) - refrain chords
  • 4 bar link
  • Verse 4 (no refrain)

Harmonic language

  • F major throughout
  • Verses based on two chord pattern of F and Am/E
  • Chromatic harmony heard in 4 bar link (F and E+)
  • Finishes

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