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GCSE Music Analysis - Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

Updated on March 13, 2014

General Points

- Uses two vocal samples which were recorded by a 1950s gospel choir.
- The first vocal sample is a male singer who sings the words ‘Why does my heart feel so bad?’. The second vocal sample is a female singer who sings the words ‘These open doors’.
- Both of the samples are looped.
- It is a single from Moby's dance music album 'Play'.
- Characteristics of dance music include extensive use of samples and loops and layered textures.
- The song consists of 6 chords.


Intro: Bars 1 - 8
Verse: Bars 9 - 40
Chorus: Bars 41 - 48
Verse 2: Bars 57 - 72
Break: Bar 73
Chorus: Bars 74 - 97
Outro: Bars 98 - 105


- It is where the tonic key of A minor is established.
- The metronome count is 98bpm.
- There are 4 crotchets in a bar.


Verse 1

- Consists of 4 repeated chord sequences.

Chorus 1

The key is now ambiguous, either A minor or C major, as both of these chords are used in the chord sequence.


- All instruments drop out.


- Texture reduces to vocal sample 1 accompanied by the synth pad playing the chord sequence using static chords.

Verse 2

- Returns back to the key of A minor.


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      Will "Shark" Rose 2 years ago

      Absolutely love this piece. Me and the rest of the fellas down at Seaworld love listening to this before we go for our daily swim. This song especially speaks to me since it motivated me to star in all five Jaws movies. TOP NOTCH.

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      Harry "Protein" Cameron 2 years ago

      Recently listened to this piece during one of my many weekly gym sessions, and it was really quite motivational, particularly when I started to bench press near to my maximum limit, which happens to be 190kg if anyone's interested.

      All in all, I would definitely give this piece a 10/10, because it really has that feel-good factor, a characteristic of so few songs these days...

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      Fabien "Fabulous" Roberts 2 years ago

      This makes me want to grow my hair longer and wear a tramps coat. INSPIRATIONAL

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      Liam "Dudders" Dudley 2 years ago

      Wow I love this piece it makes hair stand on end and it makes me want to dance.

      Such a wonderful composition of melodic wonderpieces.

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      Dude 2 years ago

      The emd of the chorus sounds like a link which causes confusion

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      Hannah 2 years ago

      The chorus is actually from bar 41-56 and from bar 74-97.

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      Alex 3 years ago

      I Think There's A Link In-between The Chrous And Verse 2 Or Something Else But That's My Guess...I Dunno c:

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      Harry 4 years ago

      Good, but the structure doesn't make sense... Chorus goes up to bar 48, but verse 2 starts at bar 57. What is in-between?