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Chord progression of Imagine by John Lennon

Posted by Harryhood 
Chord progression of Imagine by John Lennon
June 03, 2018 08:09AM
I'm wondering if anybody could explain the function of the major 3 chord in the chorus of Imagine.
The progression goes like this:

F G C Cmaj7 E E7

Obviously the E and E7 chords are not part of the diatonic triads of the C major scale since they contain a G-sharp. Can somebody explain the use of this chord? More directly, where does it come from? It doesn't seem to be borrowed from a parallel mode or relative/parallel minor.
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Re: Chord progression of Imagine by John Lennon
June 05, 2018 09:16PM
F G C Cmaj7 E E7

I'd analyze the E E7 pattern as a chromatic approach to F if this pattern is repeated. Sort of a secondary seventh VII/IV.
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