I | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - |
The first two bars only have the root and fifth. Then the third is introduced in the third bar. There is also a little 4-5 hammer-on bit that happens at the end of every second measure.
I V9 I Imaj7(6) ii(6) | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | iii ii V IV V Vadd6 V7 | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - |
The voicings and parallel movement of chords are important to the feel of this song. These are the guitar chords:
Here is a full transcription of the second half of the first verse: Fleet Foxes – Montezuma Verse.
It sounds like the guitar voicings and vocal harmonies stay the same throughout the song, so I didn’t bother transcribing any of the other verses. The vocal melody does change slightly from verse to verse, but it maintains the same pentatonic structure and overall contour.
IV V Vadd6 V7 | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | x2
The IV is embellished with a descending bassline
V IV V IV V IV | - - | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | V | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - | - - - - |
- Primarily pentatonic vocal melody, reminiscent of early american folk
- Parallel motion in the guitar and vocal harmonies, rather than counterpoint, also lends to the early folk quality
- The use of perfect intervals and parallel fifths in the vocals at the beginnings and ends of phrases in the verse imparts a vaguely medieval feel.