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Lucy in the Mind of Lennon$

Tim Kasser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199747603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199747603.001.0001

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(p.137) Appendix F Musical Similarities between Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Help!, and Strawberry Fields Forever

(p.137) Appendix F Musical Similarities between Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Help!, and Strawberry Fields Forever

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Lucy in the Mind of Lennon
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Oxford University Press

Feature of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Similarity in Help!

Similarity in Strawberry Fields Forever

Time Change

None

4/4 to 2/4 to 3/4 to 4/4 when singing refrain, (e.g. measures 11–14; 29–32, 48–51)

Key Signature in A-major, B-flat-major, or G-major

A-major

A-major/B-flat-major (See Notes on the Methods)

Key Change

See Notes on the Methods

See Notes on the Methods

Three-note stepwise descent in melody

Ending of the song’s introduction (measure 7); specific words in measures 11, 20, 27, 31, 43, 52, 59, 63, 75, 84, 91, and 95; and twice at the end of the refrain in measures 37–38, 69–70, and 101–102.

None

Repeating note in melody

First measures (9–11, 41–43, 73–75) and middle measures (17–19, 49–51, 81–83) of each verse

First two measures of each verse (e.g., measures 15–16, 34–35, and 53–54)

Chord progression with stepwise descent

B, A, G, F-sharp, E at introduction of song (measures 1–6) and in the refrain (measures 25–36, 57–68, and 89–100)

E, D-sharp, D, C-sharp at introduction (measures 1–3) and in the first two measures of each verse (i.e., measures 15–16, 34–35, and 53–54)

Notes: Measures enumerated in this table refer to versions of the songs transcribed by Lowry (1988). Neither Help! nor Strawberry Fields Forever began in 3/4 time or used the long, descending melodic theme, so these two characteristics are not listed in appendix F. See Notes on the Methods regarding my decision process concerning key and key change.

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