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The Beatles: Can't Buy Me Love - - (Table view)

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Composed by Lennon & McCartney

The verse is a 12-bar blues in C - almost. The F7 is helt through bar 11, where you would expect a C. But the chrous and the intro is in the relative A-minor, with the chords (C) - Em - Am - Em - Am - Dm7 - G6 -(C)

Progressions

  • Blues 12 Type1 Blues 12 Bar Blues - Type 1 - No turnaround
  • From Alan W. Pollack's "Notes on "Can't Buy Me Love" " :

    The verse sections are all strict 12-bar blues frames. The one slightly unusual detail is in the re-appearance of the I chord being delayed until the final measure instead of coming back, as is more typical, in m. 11:

  • iii Chord Mediant
  • From Alan W. Pollack's "Notes on "Can't Buy Me Love" " :

    By contrast [to the verse], the intro/outro heavily uses the iii and vi chords (e and a minor), and its melody strictly employs the diatonic third of E-natural, both of which connote something other than straight-up blues. Yet, the real kicker comes in the refrain where these two modally different worlds of the verse and intro/outro are starkly contrasted directly with each other in alternation.

  • vi Chord Relative minor (Submediant)
  • From Alan W. Pollack's "Notes on "Can't Buy Me Love" " :

    By contrast [to the verse], the intro/outro heavily uses the iii and vi chords (e and a minor), and its melody strictly employs the diatonic third of E-natural, both of which connote something other than straight-up blues. Yet, the real kicker comes in the refrain where these two modally different worlds of the verse and intro/outro are starkly contrasted directly with each other in alternation.

  • 12 bar Minor Blues T1 Blues Minor Blues 12-bar Type 1
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    Unsettled Major / relative minor

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