TUNE Taller Than Stories - Pain
Pain is a piano ballad in rondo form. At this point in the album, the narrator has just ended a relationship. The original chord progression returns twice in different keys, starting in C minor before returning in G minor and G# minor. Alternate sections that do not repeat link these sections. Almost the entirety of the song is in 4/4 aside from the second section at 0:35. This is in compound time with irregular bar lengths of 7, 8, 5 then 4 beats. The piano part plays a melody in the recurring sections that alludes to the melody at 2:53. This section is in E minor. It follows an 8 bar chord progression that uses a non-inverted Neapolitan 6th chord to prepare the dominant. Clean guitars play a harmony over the melody before the rest of the conventional rock band instruments enter. The final section of this piece uses false relation extensively. A major to C major to E major. Half way through one phrase, the song ends, and Joy begins. The sudden stop is much like ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ by The Beatles. This song takes influence from Danny Elfman (Victor’s Piano Solo), Beck (Lonesome Tears) & Tom Waits(Ruby’s Arms, Tom Traubert Blues etc).