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Thread #156777   Message #3696993
Posted By: Jason Xion Wang
26-Mar-15 - 01:58 AM
Thread Name: Odd chord progression in Tom Paxton song
Subject: Chords Add: When Morning Breaks (Tom Paxton)
Thanks for mentioning When Morning Breaks, Tattie. I didn't notice its usage of bVII and bIII chords until you reminded me of that. I've posted the chords to the song on my website here:

             F               D
When morning breaks, I'll be gone.
             F               D    G
When morning breaks, I'll be gone.
               D               F
And where I go, I do not know.
                            D
When morning breaks, I'll be gone.


             C          D
The drums are rolling for war.
             C          D
The drums are rolling for war.
             G      C                D
The lines are forming to wait for the morning,
                C             A    D
To wait for the cruel cannons' roar!


             F               D
When morning breaks, I'll be gone.

It reminds me of another Paxton song - Jimmy Newman. F chord is frequently used, while the song itself is in the key of E. It's a rare occasion where a bII chord is used. I've come across some songs with bIII, bVI or bVII chords, but I believe Jimmy Newman is the only song I've ever played that uses a bII chord. Maybe there are more that I've listened to but didn't notice.

Jason