• Sussex By The Sea – Why the Key Was Changed

    A few words of explanation for the different version of SBTS played out yesterday. The original that is normally played is perfectly fine to sing along to, IF all you’re going to sing is the “chorus” (technically, the refrain) “Good Old Sussex By The Sea…” etc.

    But here’s what happens when people try to sing the song right from the very start. It’s the first game at the Amex and everyone’s pumped up. But they simply can’t manage the high notes and only come back in for the chorus. The original version is being played, and it’s pitched in B flat. (Start 30” in)



    And that's what's been happening ever since, before every game at the Amex.

    When singing the song spontaneously in a group, people always start off far too high, and have to change key in mid-song to one that comfortably suits their own vocal range. Countless YouTube and other recordings confirm that they almost always end up singing in E flat. Here’s the (painful) evidence.







    So, re-pitching the Amex playout version down a mere 4 semitones from B flat to F sharp has the effect of making people start off a little lower-pitched than expected, but finding themselves now able to complete the song comfortably, without having to screech or change key.

    Unfortunately, Saturday’s playout pre-match had problems with sound quality, making it difficult to hear the actual key. The half-time playout was much louder and clearer, but hardly anyone sings at that point anyway.

    It’s a pity that, currently, most fans just clap along and only join in when the chorus begins. The new, re-pitched version will make it easier for everyone to be able sing the Albion’s anthem all the way through – creating far more atmospheric impact at the Amex than ever before possible. And that's certainly something worth having.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sussex By The Sea – Why the Key Was Changed started by Gilliver's Travels View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. TomandJerry's Avatar
      TomandJerry -
      There can only be one result from this, Barber OUT!
    1. Dougie's Avatar
      Dougie -
      The same could be applied to " you're just to good to be true " you've got to start it real low or you can get caught out badly after the trumpet interlude .
      On the same theme , west ham always get found out when singing bubbles . They start too high and after " and like my dreams they fade and die " fortunes comes out all over the place ( a real ear splitting moment )
      All in all a great thread to start a Sunday morning !
    1. Bob!'s Avatar
      Bob! -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gilliver's Travels View Post
      ........ The new, re-pitched version will make it easier for everyone to be able sing the Albion’s anthem all the way through – creating far more atmospheric impact at the Amex than ever before possible. And that's certainly something worth having.
      Only for those of us that actually sing it!!

      Why don't the clubs put the words on the screens to get this going!!
    1. Albumen's Avatar
      Albumen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gilliver's Travels View Post
      A few words of explanation for the different version of SBTS played out yesterday. The original that is normally played is perfectly fine to sing along to, IF all you’re going to sing is the “chorus” (technically, the refrain) “Good Old Sussex By The Sea…” etc.

      But here’s what happens when people try to sing the song right from the very start. It’s the first game at the Amex and everyone’s pumped up. But they simply can’t manage the high notes and only come back in for the chorus. The original version is being played, and it’s pitched in B flat. (Start 30” in)



      And that's what's been happening ever since, before every game at the Amex.

      When singing the song spontaneously in a group, people always start off far too high, and have to change key in mid-song to one that comfortably suits their own vocal range. Countless YouTube and other recordings confirm that they almost always end up singing in E flat. Here’s the (painful) evidence.







      So, re-pitching the Amex playout version down a mere 4 semitones from B flat to F sharp has the effect of making people start off a little lower-pitched than expected, but finding themselves now able to complete the song comfortably, without having to screech or change key.

      Unfortunately, Saturday’s playout pre-match had problems with sound quality, making it difficult to hear the actual key. The half-time playout was much louder and clearer, but hardly anyone sings at that point anyway.

      It’s a pity that, currently, most fans just clap along and only join in when the chorus begins. The new, re-pitched version will make it easier for everyone to be able sing the Albion’s anthem all the way through – creating far more atmospheric impact at the Amex than ever before possible. And that's certainly something worth having.
      Brilliant!
    1. Surf's Up's Avatar
      Surf's Up -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bob! View Post
      Only for those of us that actually sing it!!

      Why don't the clubs put the words on the screens to get this going!!
      This has been suggested so many times but for some reason the club seem to have a problem with it.
    1. dazzer6666's Avatar
      dazzer6666 -
      Agree. Get the words karaoke style on the big screens Barber !
    1. Titanic's Avatar
      Titanic -
      Not unanimously popular!

      http://www.northstandchat.com/showth...sex-by-the-Sea
    1. Nidri's Avatar
      Nidri -
      I agree with you. Put the words up on the big screen. My son ever sings the proper words to Sussex By The Sea.

      Quote Originally Posted by Bob! View Post
      Only for those of us that actually sing it!!

      Why don't the clubs put the words on the screens to get this going!!
    1. shaun_rc's Avatar
      shaun_rc -
      All good stuff, and we'll have see if it works. But... What happened to the chorus? That was always part of the song when played at the Goldstone and after. The current version still has that part cut out, going straight from the verse to "the refrain", making it shorter?
    1. ROSM's Avatar
      ROSM -
      It was shortened to allow time to get the music ending as the teams run towards their goal and allow the snazzy team lineups to be fitted in

      Now it's in a key that I've never heard recorded before. The key only matters for those who can sing in key. That's a small minority of a football crowd. Too much thought but not a lot of sense has gone into this decision
    1. Gilliver's Travels's Avatar
      Gilliver's Travels -
      Quote Originally Posted by ROSM View Post
      It was shortened to allow time to get the music ending as the teams run towards their goal and allow the snazzy team lineups to be fitted in

      Now it's in a key that I've never heard recorded before. The key only matters for those who can sing in key. That's a small minority of a football crowd. Too much thought but not a lot of sense has gone into this decision
      What's this? Only a small minority of football crowd can sing in key? What calumny! Try telling that to 90,000 people singing Abide with Me at Wembley, or the massed choirs of Anfield!

      If you read through the explanation and then listen to each of the videos above, surely the case for the key change is made on the basis of straightforward logic and the most compelling of (quite painful) evidence?
    1. ROSM's Avatar
      ROSM -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gilliver's Travels View Post
      What's this? Only a small minority of football crowd can sing in key? What calumny! Try telling that to 90,000 people singing Abide with Me at Wembley, or the massed choirs of Anfield!

      If you read through the explanation and then listen to each of the videos above, surely the case for the key change is made on the basis of straightforward logic and the most compelling of (quite painful) evidence?
      In my view items harder to sing to the new version than the old. So we had an arrangement that nobody had heard before but now in a key that seems not to have been recorded previously either.
    1. Titanic's Avatar
      Titanic -
      The good old Bb version was used again v Bolton... has this been abandoned?