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Sha Na Na: Those Magic Changes Meaning

Song Released: 1978


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What's that playing on the radio, why do I start swaying to and fro
I have never heard that song before, but if I don't hear it anymore
It's still familiar to me, sends a thrill right through me
'Cause those chords remind me of the night that...

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    anonymous
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    Mar 28th, 2018 3:04pm report


    I don't understand what its meant to do with Eugene singing it in grease. Anyone care to... Explaaaaiiin??



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    anonymous
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    Sep 29th, 2017 9:31am report


    Musicians, particularly jazz musicians, refer to the harmonic underpinning of a song as "chord changes," or simply "changes." This song refers to the fact that song after song in the Du Wop era traversed the same harmonic path over and over, namely the chord pattern that this song employs. The pattern is one of the most recognizable hallmarks of the music. When the song begins, with the actor/singers rhythmically chanting C, then A, then D, then G, they are chanting the roots of the chords that constitute this harmonic cul de sac. The interesting thing about these lyrics is that this use of the term "changes" is not common knowledge, being almost the exclusive jargon of jazz musicians. Thus, its use by the characters in the musical "Grease" is totally unrealistic.




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