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Question #45278 posted on 05/26/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What chord "goes like this: the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift"?

Baffled, composing Hallelujah

A: Dear Baffled,

I heard it was a secret chord that David played, and it pleased the Lord.

But you don't really care for music, do you?

-habiba (who hates to hear anyone but Rufus Wainwright sing that song)
A: Dear King,

Actually, what's being described is more a chord sequence than any individual chord, despite what the previous line of the song says. In fact, those chords are precisely the chords played as their respective lyrics are sung. The song is in C Major (at least it is on the Shrek soundtrack), so the chords are F Major (P4, 2nd inversion), G Major (P5, 2nd inversion), A Minor (m6, 2nd inversion), F Major (P4, root). Note that the terms "minor fall" and "major lift" aren't well-defined technical terms, so the interpretation in the song is a bit loose, but it works.

Great song.

-Yellow
A: Dear king,

As a side note, try Imogen Heap's version, and Regina Spektor's.

-Olympus, who doesn't really care for Rufus Wainwright's version because after he did it, no one remembered Jeff Buckley's version, which came before Rufus Wainwright's (though not first)