Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Raspberries - "Ecstasy" (1973)

At eight bars, there's a sense that the verse of this song is truncated. It's not just the length, though; there's also an irregular lyric pattern with only three lines of text (thirteen syllables, five syllables, and eight syllables, with lines two and three rhyming) and there's no dominant prep chord either. They just go straight from iii to V at the end.

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The truncation adds to the rush to the chorus, which comes after only this one verse, at only thirty-four seconds into the song.

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