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Septuple time

Here's a series of songs with seven beats to the bar:

The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love" (the verses only, the chorus seems to be in 4/4):

Rather more frantically, "Mother", an early song by The Police:

On a different plane, the chorus "Old Joe Has Gone Fishing" from Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes:

Probably even more famous than "All You Need Is Love" (and qualifies better for this list since it is mostly in 7/4) - "Money" by Pink Floyd:

If you watch none of the others, do watch Dave Brubeck's joyous "Unsquare Dance":



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 10th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Don't forget:

Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel


Thunderchild, Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds (sung by Chris Thompson)
Jul. 10th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Listen to Sufjan Stevens. There's a track on his album 'Illinois', which you should certainly own in any case, which is in 65/16. Or something like that. He loves mixing it up between 7/8 and 9/8 too.
Jul. 11th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
I have watched none of the others (yet) but I did watch the Dave Brubeck. Thank you! I remember buying "Unsquare Dance" as a 45rpm single when it first came out (a bit disappointing after "Take Five", actually), but I had never seen the dance before!
Jul. 11th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Mother is one of the later songs by The Police, surely? Wasn't it on Synchronicity?

Liberal Neil.
Jul. 11th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
One of these days, I will tap along correctly to that double shave-and-a-haircut at the end.
s g
Jul. 16th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Never heard that police song before - I guess it was a stuart copeland experiment. Drummers!

Thanks for the links. The Beatles and Pink floyd were actually the least interesting.
Jul. 24th, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
Alas for You, from Godspell, is in 7/4.
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