Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting/The fall and the lift?


qwerty wrote at 2012-08-19 11:58:55
umm that song is by leonard cohen, not rufus wainwright, and was most famously performed by jeff buckley.

i found this on the web about the fall and the lift:

and also on another blog:

"Regarding the line, "The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift," to which the chords played are: F - G - Am - F:

It is clever the way that not only the chords line up in the lyrics and in the music, but also because the connotations themselves of "major" and "minor" add to the meaning of the song. The "fourth" is a major chord based on the fourth of the key Buckley is playing in. Likewise the fifth is the major chord based on the fifth tone of the key. The "Minor Fall" corresponds to Buckley playing a minor chord based on the sixth of the key. "Major Lift" corresponds to playing the major chord on the fourth again. "

Music geek wrote at 2012-12-18 03:22:38
That answer that you have given is correct it is often in piano but it is also applied to the clerinet.  

Jon wrote at 2013-02-09 11:21:15
Chuck, how in the world have you never heard Hallelujah?  and Alan this is a song by Leonard Cohen that has been covered by a plethora of artists. The most popular being Jeff Buckley from his only full length album Grace. It never gained the notoriety it did in Buckleys life. Its one of the greatest songs ever and Buckleys version just elevates it to another level. Rolling stone magazine rated it #303 on the 500 best songs of all time.  

Rdanson wrote at 2014-10-12 01:02:25
This was actually written by Canadian Leonard Cohen

2lisa wrote at 2015-11-19 03:11:06
Best version IMO is by k.d.lang, another Candadian.

Jar-el Zen wrote at 2016-04-05 15:55:37
"They" made Leonard change the lyrics "The minor fall and major lift" before publishing it. It is about the real Ineffable Name, all vowels as attested to by Flavius Josephus. It has to do with harmonic resonance, the music of the spheres. You can move mountains, build a pyramid, or bring down the walls of Jericho with it. I can make a limestone ashlar walk uphill.

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