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February challenge - I IV V

Okay, apropos of absolutely nothing and with no authority but my own -- I give you your challenge for February. It is to write/record a song with the I IV V* sequence appearing somewhere in it. The most boring sequence imaginable (we'll get to more interesting sequences in future months).

Post your songs in this thread.

*I IV V means the tonic, subdominant and dominant, for example C F G in the key of C, or G C D in the key of G. 1 4 5 in Nashville speak.
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That's quite the challenge for any songwriter, known or unknown. Since the pattern has been done so much, navigating and finding a uniquely memorable melodic sequence *above* the cliche chord pattern would take some imagination, skill, inspiration or maybe even some luck.
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February challenge - i iv v
That looks like a minor 1, 4, 5 challenge --- or 1- 4- 5- in Nashville.
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That looks like a minor 1, 4, 5 challenge --- or 1- 4- 5- in Nashville.
Yeah, I noticed that too! Too many beers, probably. I'll edit it.
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It's not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I am getting bored of this progression now and after playing it for the fourteen hundredth time today the only meaningful thing I have come up with is a fourth verse for "Running to stand still" (she dies in the end btw).

I have never tried to write a song using I - IV - V, it always felt so lazy. I know now that it is anything but lazy if anyone manages to write something that sounds original.
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There's nothing to say that you can't add some whacky chords BEFORE or AFTER the I IV V...
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