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C# minor

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Alan W. Pollack's Notes on All I've Got to Do



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The Beatles: All I've Got to Do - - (Table view)

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Composed by Lennon & McCartney

I can't tell if this song is in C#m or in E. It starts with a chord that in The Betales Complete Scores is labeled as a Eaug add9 add11, a chord that does not give any hint of the key. The verse has the chords C#m - E - C#m - F#m - Am - E. Just as one start to think that it is probably in C#m, then the verse ends on an E. The bridge part goes A - C#m - A - E -A -E, and the ending is C#m - E - C#m. It ends on a minor chord, but there is no B7-E or G#(m)-C#m change that could establish a strong key. And as songwrites often do when they are not able to make a proper ending: The song just fades out.

Progressions

  • I-IV-vi Major
  • From Alan W. Pollack's "Notes on "All I've Got To Do" " (Bridge part):

    Most of the work here is done by three chords, I, IV, and vi (E, A, and c#), with a little help from their friends, ii and V (f# and B). In addition to the naturally occurring Major IV chord, we also have near the end of the verse an appearance of the borrowed minor iv chord, this one motivated by chromatic downward motion of an inner voice.

    Special chords

    aug add9 add11

    Modulation

    Unsettled Major / relative minor

    From Alan W. Pollack's "Notes on "All I've Got To Do" " (Bridge part):

    There is no small amount of ambiguity as to whether the song is in E Major or its relative minor key of c#; a by-product of the way in which phrases of the verse start off on vi, and the virtual absence throughout the song of firm V->I chord 'cadences' which would have more clearly established E as the home key. This exploitation of the vi/I chords was something which Lennon and McCartney leaned on heavily during this period; see for other examples, "From Me To You", "She Loves You", and "It Won't Be Long."

    Books including the song

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    The Beatles Fake Book (Fake Books)
    RefNr: HL240069
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    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

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    The Beatles Guitar Chord Songbook A-I
    A-I (Guitar Chord Songbook)
    RefNr: HL699558
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

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    The Beatles - Complete Scores
    This outstanding hard-cover edition features over 1100 pages with full scores and lyrics to all 210 titles recorded by The Beatles.
    RefNr: HL673228
    Order From:
    SheetmusicPlus
    MusicRoom
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

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    The Beatles Complete Fake Book
    Every song by the 'Fab Four' in freshly engraved top-line arrangements.
    RefNr: NO90535
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    MusicRoom
    Videos including the song
    CDs including the song

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    With the Beatles
    RefNr: B000002UAC
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    Amazon UK

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