Counting Stars chords

by OneRepublic

Counting Stars was written by Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of the band OneRepublic. It was released on the 14th June, 2013 from the album Native.
Music: Key of C# Minor in 4/4 time at 108 - 122 bpm (♩)
Chords with no capo: C#m, E, B, A
Easier: Capo on 4th fret - play in the key of Am
Chords with Capo: Am, C, G, F
OneRepublic

Counting Stars by OneRepublic

        C#m                  E
Chorus: Late-ly, I've been, I've been lo-sing sleep
       B                                 A
        Dream-ing a-bout the things that we could be
            C#m                E
        But ba-by, I've been, I've been pray-ing hard, 
       B                                      A
        Said no more count-ing do-llars___  We'll be count-ing stars
       A
        Yeah we'll be count-ing stars
                        
Instr:
   |  C#m  |   E   |   B   |   A   |  C#m  |   E   |   B   |   A   |

              C#m                             E
1. I see this life like a swing-ing vine___ Swing my heart a-cross the line
   B                              A
   In my face is flashing signs___ Seek it out and ye shall find
   C#m                           E
   Oh, but I'm not that old___ Young, but I'm not that bold
       B                                 A
   And I don't think the world is sold___ I'm just do-ing what we're told
C#m          E                     B                    A
   I-I-I-I-I-I feel some-thing so right___ Do-ing the wrong thing
C#m          E                      B                   A
   I-I-I-I-I-I feel some-thing so wrong___ Do-ing the right thing
C#m                          E
   I couldn't lie, couldn't lie, couldn't lie
   C#m
   Ev'-ry-thing that kills me makes me feel a-live

        C#m                  E
Chorus: Late-ly, I've been, I've been lo-sing sleep
       B                                 A
        Dream-ing a-bout the things that we could be
            C#m                E
        But ba-by, I've been, I've been pray-ing hard, 
       B                                      A
        Said no more count-ing do-llars___  We'll be count-ing stars


        C#m                  E
Chorus: Late-ly, I've been, I've been lo-sing sleep
       B                                 A
        Dream-ing a-bout the things that we could be
            C#m                E
        But ba-by, I've been, I've been pray-ing hard, 
       B                                      A                             C#m
        Said no more count-ing do-llars___  We'll be___ We'll be count-ing stars

        |     C#m     |      E      |     B     |      A      |
         (stars)                                            (I feel the)  
    
              C#m                         E 
2. I feel the love and I feel it burn___ Down this ri-ver, ev'-ry turn
    B                             A
   Hope is a four-letter word___ Make that mo-ney, watch it burn
   C#m                           E 
   Oh, but I'm not that old___ Young, but I'm not that bold
       B                                 A
   And I don't think the world is sold___ I'm just do-ing what we're told
C#m          E                      B                   A
   I-I-I-I-I-I feel some-thing so wrong___ Do-ing the right thing
C#m                            E
   I could-n't lie, could-n't lie, could-n't lie
   C#m                         
   Ev'-ry-thing that drowns me makes me wan-na fly


        C#m                  E
Chorus: Late-ly, I've been, I've been lo-sing sleep
       B                                 A
        Dream-ing a-bout the things that we could be
            C#m                E
        But ba-by, I've been, I've been pray-ing hard, 
       B                                      A
        Said no more count-ing do-llars___  We'll be count-ing stars


        C#m                  E
Chorus: Late-ly, I've been, I've been lo-sing sleep
       B                                 A
        Dream-ing a-bout the things that we could be
            C#m                E
        But ba-by, I've been, I've been pray-ing hard, 
       B                                      A                           
        Said no more count-ing do-llars___  We'll be
                           N.C. 
        We'll be counting stars___ Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh...


Bridge: Take that money__ Watch it burn__ Sink in the river__ The lessons are learnt
        Take that money__ Watch it burn__ Sink in the river__ The lessons are learnt
        Take that money__ Watch it burn__ Sink in the river__ The lessons are learnt
        Take that money__ Watch it burn__ Sink in the river__ The lessons are learnt

       C#m                B 
**     Ev'-ry-thing that kills me...  makes me feel a-live

        C#m                  E
Chorus: Late-ly, I've been, I've been lo-sing sleep
       B                                 A
        Dream-ing a-bout the things that we could be
            C#m                E
        But ba-by, I've been, I've been pray-ing hard, 
       B                                      A
        Said no more count-ing do-llars___  We'll be count-ing stars


        C#m                  E
Chorus: Late-ly, I've been, I've been lo-sing sleep
       B                                 A
        Dream-ing a-bout the things that we could be
            C#m                E
        But ba-by, I've been, I've been pray-ing hard, 
       B                                      A                             C#m
        Said no more count-ing do-llars___  We'll be___ We'll be count-ing stars


        C#m                                E
Bridge: Take that money__ Watch it burn__ Sink in the river__ The lessons are learnt
         B                                 A
        Take that money__ Watch it burn__ Sink in the river__ The lessons are learnt
        C#m                                E
        Take that money__ Watch it burn__ Sink in the river__ The lessons are learnt
         B
        Take that money__ Watch it burn__ Sink in the river__ The lessons are learnt 
                                          N.C.

C#m & Am

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
           C#m                E                 B                   A  
    e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|-----|   e |---|---|---|
    B |-1-|-2-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-3-|   B |---|-3-|---|
    G |-1-|---|-4-|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-3-|   G |---|-2-|---|
    D |-1-|---|-3-|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |-1-|---|-2-3-|   D |---|-1-|---|
    A |-1-|---|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |-1-|---|-----|   A |---|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|-----|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets   4   5   6         1   2   3         2   3   4           1   2   3

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
         C#m                E                 B                 A
    |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e   |-----|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---|
    |---|-2-|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |-3-4-|---|-1-| B   |---|-3-|---|
    |-4-|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |-3-3-|---|-1-| G   |---|-2-|---|
    |-3-|---|-1-| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |-3-2-|---|-1-| D   |---|-1-|---|
    |---|---|-1-| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |-----|---|-1-| A   |---|---|---|
   x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E  x|-----|---|---| E  x|---|---|---|
      6   5   4         3   2   1           4   3   2         3   2   1
      
      
    Beginners - place capo on 4th fret and play the following chords 
                   This is only necessary if you are playing with the video
                   
Right-Handed 
           Am                 C                 G                F              F (barre)  
    e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |-1-|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|-3-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|
    A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |-1-|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 
 
Left-Handed       
         Am                 C                 G                F              F (barre) 
    |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|-3-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|-1-| G
    |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-3-|---|---| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D
    |---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy - beginners will find it easier with the capo.
  • The capo version of chord charts can be found directly underneath the original version - Am, C, G, F
  • The whole song is basically a repeat of 4 chords - C#m, E, B, A.
  • Song Key: C#m - The relative minor of E Major ... 4 sharps (F#, C#, G# D#)
  • Tempo: Intro - 108 bpm / 122 beats per minute once the drums come in at the start of Verse 1.
  • N.C. represents No Chord. This occurs in several places throughout the song where there are only voices without instrument accompaniment.
  • The spelling for C#m is (x)4-4-6-6-5-4. This means you have a choice with the bottom string (x or 4) - either don't play it or play the note on the 4th fret of that string. You will also notice this on the chord chart for C#m where the white note is optional.
  • The same applies for the B chord (x)2-2-4-4-4-2. Either omit the bottom string or play the note on the 2nd fret of that string.
  • Don't forget to use the Free Music Service below for all key transpositions.
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