Time After Time chords & lyrics

by Cyndi Lauper

  • Time After Time was written by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman.
  • Recorded: The Record Plant, New York City in June, 1983
  • Released: Oct 14th, 1983 from the album She's So Unusual.
  • Music: C Major in 4/4 time at 130 bpm (♩)
  • Song Chords: C, Dm, Em, Am, G, F
  • If you use the open F chord, you may want to try playing the alternative G chord (xx5433) - same finger positions as an open F + 2 frets - starting on the 3rd fret.

Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

Intro: 4/4
   |  F  |  G  |  Em  |  F  |  F  |  G  |  Em  |  F  |

   Dm     C     Dm     C        Dm    C           Dm       C
1. Ly-in’ in my bed I hear the clock tick___ And think of you
     Dm   C     Dm   C          Dm  C       Dm       C
   Caught up in cir-cles___ Con-fu-sion is noth-ing new
     F    G       Em    F                G       Em
   Flash-back___ Warm nights___ Al-most left be-hind
    F    G      Em     F           G
   Suit-case of mem-o-ries___ Time af-ter...

    Dm    C       Dm       C          Dm   C      Dm     C
2. Some-times you pic-ture me___ I'm walk-ing too far a-head
   Dm      C       Dm  C       Dm     C         Dm     C
   You're call-ing to  me___ I can't hear what you've said
         F   G     Em   F         G       Em
   Then you say___ Go  slow___ I fall be-hind
  F    G        Em       F
   The se-cond hand un-winds

                   G                         Am            F     G       C
Chorus: If you're lost you can look and you will find me___ Time af-ter time
                G                         Am            F     G       C
        If you fall I will catch you I'll be wait-ing___ Time af-ter time
                   G                         Am            F     G       C
        If you're lost you can look and you will find me___ Time af-ter time
                G                       Am                   F     G       C
        If you fall I will catch you___ I will be wait-ing___ Time af-ter time

        |    F    |    G    |    Em    |    F    |

   Dm    C     Dm         C        Dm   C         Dm       C
3. Af - ter my pic-ture fades and dark-ness has turned to grey
    Dm    C          Dm   C             Dm       C     Dm    C
   Watch-ing through win-dows___ You're won-der-ing if I'm O.K.
    F   G       Em  F           G       Em
   Sec-rets___ Stol-en___ From deep in-side
  F     G         Em      
   The drum beats out of time

                   G                         Am            F     G       C
Chorus: If you're lost you can look and you will find me___ Time af-ter time
                G                         Am            F     G       C
        If you fall I will catch you I'll be wait-ing___ Time af-ter time
               
Instr: |   G   |  Am  |  F  -  G  |   C   |   G   |   Am   |  F  -  G  |   C   |

         F   G      Em  F         G       Em
Bridge: You said___ Go slow___ I fall be-hind
       F     G       Em       F 
        The sec-ond hand un-winds

                   G                         Am            F     G       C
Chorus: If you're lost you can look and you will find me___ Time af-ter time
                G                         Am            F     G       C
        If you fall I will catch you I'll be wait-ing___ Time af-ter time
                   G                         Am            F     G       C
        If you're lost you can look and you will find me___ Time af-ter time
                G                       Am                   F     G       C
        If you fall I will catch you___ I will be wait-ing___ Time af-ter time

       F     G       C      F     G       C
        Time af-ter time___  Time af-ter time

       F     G       C      F     G       C
        Time af-ter time___  Time af-ter time... (repeat to fade)
    

C Major

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                Dm                Em                Am                 G                 F
  e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |-1-|---|---|
  B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
  G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|
  D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|-3-|
  A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|x
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       C                Dm                Em                Am                 G                 F
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|-1-| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G
 |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-3-|---|---| D
 |-3-|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A  x|---|---|---| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper

Born: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper on the 22nd June 1953 in Queens, New York, U.S.

Occupation: Singer, songwriter, actress, activist

Instruments: Vocals, Appalachian dulcimer, zither, guitar, recorder, omnichord, trombone, percussion, electric bass, piano, banjo, ukulele... wow!

Active Years: 1980 – present

Music Styles: Pop, rock, new wave, blues, soul

Associations: Blue Angel, The Hooters


Chart Success for Time After Time:
US Billboard Hot 100 - No 1
UK Singles Chart - No 3
Aria Singles Chart - No 3
Nominated for 'Song of the Year' in the 1985 Grammy Awards.

The song has been recorded or performed live by at least 120 different artists... only a great song gathers that much interest!

Cyndi has had a number of popular hits including, 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun', 'She Bop', and 'True Colors'.

It is interesting to note that Cyndi Lauper has a wide singing range of at least 4 octaves along with perfect pitch... this means she can pitch and name a note without the help of an instrument. She continues to compose music and perfom with a unique style that is truly hers.

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