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Thread #156777   Message #3696043
Posted By: GUEST
22-Mar-15 - 10:19 PM
Thread Name: Odd chord progression in Tom Paxton song
Subject: Weird chord progression in Tom Paxton song
I recently found that the chord progression in Tom Paxton's song I Don't Want Your Pardon is rather weird. The song is in the key of E.

Apart from itself, common chords in E major songs would include A, B7, G#m, C#m, F#m, and sometimes maybe Am, F# and G#. But this Paxton song uses none of these chords. Instead, it has the following chord progression:

E - C - E
E - C - D - E
E - G - E
E - G - D - E

The chord progression is very simple, not complicated at all - but are all unusual chords for a song in E major. How come they sound smooth together?