28 Thousand Days

Album: non-album single (2015)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This bluesy rocker finds Alicia Keys celebrating life.

    If you had 28,000 days, who would you love?
    What would you celebrate?
    I'm telling you that life's too short to just throw it away
    So have the time of your life


    The song title symbolizes the average number of days that people live. "Yo, I read this ill article that said the average life is 76 years which equals 28,000 days," said Keys. "That made me think that I gotta live every moment to the fullest. What you gonna do to make the most out of today? We gonna do a song about that."
  • Getting the most out of life is a familiar theme in Alicia Keys' music. On "Like You'll Never See Me Again," she sings about about living every moment with her lover as if it's your last. ("I don't wanna forget the present is a gift. And I don't wanna take for granted the time you may have here with me. 'Cause Lord only knows another day is not really guaranteed").

    On "New Day," inspired by the birth of her baby boy, Keys celebrates the possibilities of every new day ("I celebrate mine, 'cause I ain't gonna get no more").

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Scott Stapp

Scott StappSongwriter Interviews

The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.

Spot The Real Red Hot Chili Peppers Song Titles

Spot The Real Red Hot Chili Peppers Song TitlesMusic Quiz

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have some rather unusual song titles - see if you can spot the real ones.

Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. SchmitSongwriter Interviews

The longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.

Women Who Rock

Women Who RockSong Writing

Evelyn McDonnell, editor of the book Women Who Rock, on why the Supremes are just as important as Bob Dylan.

Janis Ian

Janis IanSongwriter Interviews

One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.

Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)

Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Songwriter Interviews

Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.