I'm wondering if this song is in F major, various websites seem to think it is. It seems to have the notes of F major, but why does it sound so sad? Is it a mode, or maybe it's just D minor? How can you tell?

edit: I noticed it sounds similar to Greene's cycle of fourths progression. So maybe this is just a cycle of fourths?

closed as off-topic by Dom Nov 17 '18 at 16:11

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Basic analysis questions, such as "What key is this song in?", are off-topic. Questions should be substantial and refer to a well-defined work or subsection, including a concrete reference (sheet music, etc.)." – Dom
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


Countless times, people here have stated that sad doesn't equal minor, or vice versa. Making the counter: it's major, so it can't sound sad...

There's a few major sevenths in there, and when you consider that the top three notes on their own produce a minor sounding harmony, maybe that's what makes it sound sad - to you!

Wistful may be more apposite, or maybe pensive, it's pretty subjective...

Don't feel it's Dm either, although that harmony does present itself at some point. But why shouldn't it?

  • I'm starting to think it's in D minor, since the progression goes: iv III iiº i. – foreyez Nov 17 '18 at 15:34
  • 1
    C dominant 9th doesn't usually lead to anything except F. – Tim Nov 17 '18 at 15:45

Firmly in F major I think. It visits a Dm chord a few times, but doesn't linger. All the cadential points head for F major, even though some of them swerve off to the subdominant then round the cycle of 5ths again!

Like @Tim says, you may be hearing the Fmaj7 chords as 'sad'.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.