Counting Stars chords & lyrics

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

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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