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I Am Not a Robot
I Am Not A Robot single artwork
Released April 26, 2009
Genre Indie-pop, baroque-pop
Length 3:36
Label 679 Recordings, Atlantic Records
Producer Liam Howe
The Family Jewels (UK edition) track listing
"I Am Not a Robot" is track number 3.
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"I Am Not a Robot" (registered as "(i Am Not a) Robot") is a song by Welsh singer-songwriter Marina and the Diamonds. The song was written by Marina Diamandis and produced by Liam Howe. It is the third track and the third single from her first studio album The Family Jewels.

Background

In an interview with the UK newspaper The Sun, Diamandis states:

"They ["I Am Not A Robot" and "Numb"] are both about being emotionally detached. Even though I'm this jolly and bubbly person on the surface, I'm very different with certain people."

"I Am Not a Robot" was released as the fourth single from The Family Jewels on April 26, 2010. However, it was only released as a single in the United Kingdom.




Critical reception

Gareth James from Clash named "I Am Not a Robot" "one of 2009's best singles," calling it "an infectious pop track featuring a unique vocal with more fluctuations than Florence sat on a washing machine." Alexis Petridis from The Guardian commented that "the lovely delicacy of 'I Am Not a Robot's' tune is easy to miss when there's a woman doing Dalek voices over the top of it. Such are the dangers of trying a little too hard." John Murphy from musicOMH praised the song, saying it "shows a pleasing touch of vulnerability which works very well." Diamandis was also praised following a performance of the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on 23 April 2010.

Diamandis said that she decided to release "I Am Not a Robot" as a single because "people seem to empathize and relate with the song, regardless of gender or age".

Commercial performance and charts

I Am Not A Robot enjoyed commercial success across Europe, making the top 40 in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, and Norway. The song is also the most streamed The Family Jewels track on Spotify, with over 36 million plays as of July 2018.

Chart (2010) Peak

Position

Belgium Singles Chart[1] 8
Norway Singles Chart[2] 6
Sweden Singles Chart[3] 11
UK Singles Chart[4] 26

You Are Not a Robot

"I Am Not a Robot" was heavily sampled by Hoodie Allen in his debut single "You Are Not A Robot" in 2010.

Music video

Official music video

Music Video Information
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "I AM NOT A ROBOT"

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "I AM NOT A ROBOT"

Premiere June 1, 2009
Filmed May 6, 2009
Director Chris Cottam, Rankin
Producer TBA
Production co TBA
Exec. producer TBA
Editor TBA
Choreographer TBA
Length 3:37
Source

Background

The video was directed by Rankin and Chris Cottam. The 16-hour shoot involved three full body paint jobs and required Diamandis to memorize and perform the song vocals in reverse.

Behind the scenes

Alternate music video

Music Video Information
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "I AM NOT A ROBOT" L.A

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "I AM NOT A ROBOT" L.A.

Premiere April 14, 2010
Filmed Unknown, 2010
Director TBA
Producer TBA
Production co TBA
Exec. producer TBA
Editor TBA
Choreographer TBA
Length 3:37
Source

Background

The video was directed by a currently unknown person and shot in the Hollywood Boulevard in 2010.

Official versions

  • Album version — 3:35
  • LA version —3:30
  • Instrumental version — 4:23
  • Acapella version 3:22
  • Radio edit — 4:22
  • Demo version 1 — 3:25 (Fake)
  • Demo version 2 — 3:37 (MySpace Demo)

Lyrics

  Verse 1.  

You've been acting awful tough lately
Smoking a lot of cigarettes lately
But inside you're just a little baby, oh
It's okay to say you've got a weak spot
You don't always have to be on top
Better to be hated than love-love-loved for what you're not

  Pre-chorus.  

You're vulnerable, you're vulnerable
You are not a robot
You're lovable, so lovable
But you're just troubled

  Chorus.  

Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot

  Verse 2.  

You've been hanging with the unloved kids
Who you never really liked and you never trusted
But you are so magnetic, pick up all the pins
Never commenting to anything
You don't pick up the phone when it ring-ring-rings
Don't be so pathetic, just open up and sing:

  Pre-chorus.  

"I'm vulnerable, I'm vulnerable
I am not a robot"
You're lovable, so lovable
But you're just troubled

  Chorus.  

Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot

  Middle eight.  

Can you teach me how to feel real?
Can you turn my power on?
And let the drum beat drop

  Chorus.  

Guess what? I am not a robot
Guess what? I am not a robot

  Outro.  

Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot

MySpace Demo

[Verse 1]
You've been acting awful tough lately
Smoking a lot of cigarettes lately
But inside, you're just a little baby, oh
It's okay to say you've got a weak spot
You don't always have to be on top
Better to be hated than loved, loved, loved for what you're not

[Pre-Chorus 1]
You're vulnerable, you're vulnerable
You are not a robot
You're loveable, you're loveable
But you're just troubled

[Chorus]
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot

[Verse 2]
You've been hanging with the unloved kids
Who you never really liked and you never trusted
But you are so magnetic, you pick up all the pins
Never committing to anything
You don't pick up the phone when it ring, ring, rings
Don't be so pathetic, just open up and sing

[Pre-Chorus 2]
I'm vulnerable, I'm vulnerable
I am not a robot
You're loveable, you're loveable
But you're just troubled

[Chorus]
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot

[Bridge]
Can you teach me how to feel real?
Can you turn my power off?
And let the drum beat drop

[Chorus]
Guess what? I'm not a robot a robot
Guess what? I'm not a robot, a robot

[Instrumental Outro]

Credits

Personnel
  • Marina Diamandis — Glockenspiel, Piano, Vocals
  • Alison Dods – Violin
  • Calina de la Mere – Violin
  • Chris Allan – Cello
  • Dougal Lott – Assistant engineering
  • Guy Davie – Mastering
  • Liam Howe — Bass, Mellotron, Mixing, Philicorda, Production, Programming, Synths
  • Lucy Shaw – Double bass, String arrangements
  • Rachel Robson – Viola
  • Richard Wilkinson – Engineering
  • Steve Durham – Drums

Technical

  • Published by Warner Chappell and Sony ATV
  • Recorded at The Ivory Tower, Konk Studios (London)
  • Mixed at The Ivory Tower

Charts

Chart (2010) Peak position
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 8
Norway (VG-lista) 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 26
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 14

Additional Information

  • The same pose used in the single art was also used on the back of The Family Jewels' cover.

External links

Buy "I Am Not a Robot EP"

References

  1. WW 008942136 00
  2. http://bit.ly/robotEP
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3nMfS10_1Y
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_oMD6-6q5Y

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