…a rare chord enables the Doctor of Rock’s very mediocre pun.
I’m going to propose probably the best i ever in (in a song that’s in the key of I), and at least a very very very very good II (in a song that’s in the key of I), and therefore easily the best i-II punch ever.
See what I did there? i-II punch! Hah!
Here we go:
Elton John – Love Lies Bleeding
[F#m]And love lies [Bm]bleeding in my [E]hand Oh it [F#m]kills me to think of [Bm]you with another [E]man I was [F#m]playing rock and roll and you were [Bm]just a fan But my [C#m]guitar couldn't hold you So I [D]split the baaaa-a-ha-[Am]a-nd [F#m]Love lies [E]bleeding in my [A]hands
That’s a fantastic i, no?
Now allow me a little build-up to the II…
Here’s the first verse:
The [A]roses in the window box Have tilted [E]to one side [A]Everything about this house Was born to [Bm]grow and die Oh it [A]doesn't seem a year ago to this very [Bm]day [D] You said I'm [A]sorry honey If I [E]don't change the pace I [D]can't face another day [E] [F#m]
Nothing special there, just great fucking rock and roll. But here’s the second verse:
I [A]wonder if those changes Have left a [E]scar on you Like [C#m]all the burning [D]hoops of fire That you and [Bm]I passed through [B7] You're a [A]bluebird on a telegraph [C#m]line I hope you're happy [Bm]now [D] Well if the [A]wind of change come a'[E]down your way girl You'll [D]make it back somehow [E] [F#m]
If that II happened in both verses, it would be a very very good II. Maybe even a very very very good II. But it just happens once! That’s SO AWESOME!
Therefore, I think I can assert without further proof that this is the best combination of i and II EVER (wrt a I-key song).
Fuck, listening to this song in headphones is blowing my mind. The bass is amazing, the piano is amazing, the guitar tone is amazing. This is a perfect rock recording. This is THE perfect rock recording. Seriously, even if you don’t care about bass, LISTEN TO THAT BASS.
Hey, I thought you might be interested to see this thesis project that an MIT student made last year. It borrows a lot from Songsmith. https://github.com/betaveros/riffshuffle
I came across you guys just today and start loving your post immediatly! Now I have so much to read… but leave an useless idea for next posts… “Songs that started with ‘wind'”.
And guys… Goodbye Yellow Brick Rock… wow… just a masterpiece.