Most sites list Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" as being in the scale (EDIT: key!) of A Major.
- The only chords in the song that I hear are: A Maj, D Maj & E Maj.
- Both the chorus and verse centre around the A Maj chord, plus it feels to me like that is the root (i.e. any tension seems resolved when returning to the A note).
But I noticed that the vocal melody contains a G natural when Bob sings the word "be": (i.e. "every little thing gonna be alright"). Yet, the A Maj scale contains a G#, not a G natural doesn't it?
At the time this note is played, the chord underneath is a D Maj - which has a G natural in it - I believe I'm right in saying the only difference between the G Maj scale and D Maj scale is the G, so I'm wondering:
a) Is the song actually in the scale of D Maj, not A Maj?
b) Is the song in A Maj but with a vocal melody in D Maj? (if so, is this kind of thing common?)
c) Is this a modal thing (I vaguely remember reading about songs that temporarily borrow notes from another mode and I think this is the correct terminology)?
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: I incorrectly referred to the G Natural as a flattened G in the original post - hence the confusion in the replies.