What Key Is Hallelujah In?

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Let’s talk about the real secret chord.
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Hallelujah is one of the most important songs in folk rock history. It’s a perfect demonstration of the genre’s ability to tell a story with both its words and its music. Musically, though, it’s pretty straightforward, sticking mostly to just four chords and a simple diatonic melody, so you’d think it’d be easy to figure out what key it’s in, right? I mean, yeah. Obviously, it’s in C major. Everyone knows that. But maybe there’s a bit more to it than that? I dunno, just hear me out.

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