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Date of composition

1994

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Genre

Rock ballad
Love themed

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Tempo

64 bpm

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Metre

12/8 time

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Melody

Melodic line falls with glissando's

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Verse (melody)

Low in Buckley's voice range
Moves by step
Buckley slides from high to low notes (sense of gloom)

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Pre-chorus (melody)

Higher in pitch
Ironic "my fading voice"

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Verse 1- (word painting-melody)

"Not afraid to die" falls down to low E
"Love" falling melisma (lots of notes to one syllable)

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Verse 2- (word painting-melody)

"Oh my love" on high E, full of emotion, sounds desperate
"Believe my time has come" higher A and falls off- desperation, emotion, passion

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Middle 8- (word painting-melody)

"Pain" and "leave" are high notes, anxious to leave the pain behind
"Goes so slow" very long notes

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Intro (Harmony/Tonality)

E minor
Full of tonal ambiguity
Starts on F minor chord, only lands on E minor in bar 3
Then we hear D major and A major

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Verse (Harmony/Tonality)

Combination of power chords with an E minor drone
Minor key

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Link A (Harmony/Tonality)

Minor

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Link B (Harmony/Tonality)

Major key

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Chorus (Harmony/Tonality)

Combinations of power chords with an E minor drone

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Pre-chorus (Harmony/Tonality)

Modal key

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Instrumentation

Voice- male, huge range, sings falsetto in middle 8
Electric guitars x2 lowest string tuned to D
Acoustic guitar
Bass guitar
Full drum kit- focus on toms in verse

Strings
Synthesisers

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Link A (instrumentation)

Clean electric guitar sound
'Pull offs' used
'Guitar whispers' turning the volume up after the note is played with reverbe and delay on the sound

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Middle 8 (instrumentation)

Telephone EQ used on the voice 'reminds me of'

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Final link (instrumentation)

Col Legno, strings struck with the back of the bow- time ticking away

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Verse 3 (instrumentation)

Very high singing but not falsetto, strains his voice emphasising the emotion

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Technology

Delay and reverbe- on electric guitar (guitar whispers)
Flanger effect-gives the guitar a thick metallic sound
Synthesiser- eery effect on the word "sorrow"
Telephone EQ- harsh and clashing effect

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Structure

Link- A and B
Verse 1
Pre-Chorus
Link
Verse 2
Pre-Chorus- pizzicato strings
Chorus
Middle 8- vocalisation (no words, emotional) layers on voice
Link
Verse 3
Coda

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Texture

Homophonic throughout (melody+accompaniment)

Layers added and taken away throughout, maintaining interest in a repetitive piece

Use of toms and cymbals effects texture

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Chorus (melody)

Minimal and repetitive
'Wait in the fire" x4

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Texture (verse 2)

More complex texture, thicker than in verse 1 due to additional sound effects on guitar

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Texture (Link)

Link takes texture back down
A- no kit, bass or acoustic guitar- builds anticipation, guitar plucked
B- much thicker whole band playing, guitar strummed (brighter)