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I just can't figure out this chord. I browsed the availble free sheet music and they all seem to substitute this chord for something more trivial. Likewise on the few available youtube covers.

I believe the high (boy) note is a 6th (a 13?), one of the men's notes could be a 9 but I have no clue about the third note. I am not even sure if its just three notes.

Here is the theme song:

If somebody knows the chord, I'd be happy to hear an explanation about how it works (is it essentially a tonic?)

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I hear an A (boy) singing "ah", an E singing "man", an A (an octave lower than the boy) singing "man" again, and a D singing "mmmm".

That's A D E A: Asus4.

My analysis is that the tonal center is ambiguous and shifts between C (major pentatonic and mixolydian) and A (minor pentatonic).

The bass ostinato establishes A minor pentatonic but when the boy enters it shifts to C mixolydian. When the ostinato reenters it becomes ambiguous between C major pentatonic and A minor pentatonic. But the ending suggests A minor pentatonic again.

So that last chord is a tonic A chord where the third is replaced with a fourth to "jazz it up".

Or you can call it a rootless C6 add 9 no 5 tonic chord and analyze the whole as C mixolydian/pentatonic.

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Asus 4 rather than an add 4? (penultimate para.) –  Tim May 24 at 13:59
    
@Tim You're right. I tried to word it better. –  cyco130 May 25 at 11:29

The three notes are E, D and A.(not necessarily in that order !) Since the tune's in C maj., the chord could be construed as a 6/9 of C.Since there are three of them singing, there probably are three notes.

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