True Colors chords & lyrics

by Cyndi Lauper

True Colors was written by Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. The song was recorded March 3rd, 1986 and released July 25th, 1986 from the album True Colors.

Music: Key of A Minor in 4/4 time at 85 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: Am, G, C, C+5, Dm, Dsus4, F
Cyndi Lauper

True Colors by True Colors

Intro: 4/4
   |  Am  -  G  |  C  -  F  |  Am  -  G  |  C  -  F  |

                Am   G       C            F
1. You with the sad eyes___ Don't be dis-cour-aged
        C+5  F           Am           G
   Oh I rea-lize___ Its hard to take cour-age
          C           Dm          C                 F
   In a world full of peo-ple___ You can lose sight of it all
            Am           G                        F        C
   And the dark-ness in-side you___ Can make you feel so small

                        F    C        G
Chorus: But I see your true col-ors shin-ing through
                    F    C              F            G
        I see your true col-ors___ And that's why I love you
            F           C       F        Am
        So don't be a-fraid to let them show
              F    C          F    C
        Your true col-ors___ True col-ors
              G                  | Am  -  G  | C  -  F  | Am  -  G  | C  -  F  |
        Are beau-ti-ful___ Like a rain-bow

       |  Am  -   G  |  C  -  F   |  Am  -  G  |  C  -  F  |

              Am    G       C            F
2. Show me a smile then___ Don't be un-happy
             C+5      F         Am            G
   Can' t re-mem-ber when___ I last saw you laugh-ing
       C                   Dm                    C              F
   If this world makes you cra-zy___ And you've tak-en all you can bear
        Am     G                   F             C
   You call me up___ Be-cause you know I'll be there

                           F    C        G
Chorus: And I’ll see your true col-ors shin-ing through
                    F    C               F           G
        I see your true col-ors___ And that's why I love you
            F           C       F        Am
        So don't be a-fraid to let them show
              F    C          F    C
        Your true col-ors___ True col-ors
              G                  | Am  -  G  | C  -  F  | Am  -  G  | C  -  F  |
        Are beau-ti-ful___ Like a rain-bow
               
    | Am  - C  | Am  - C+5  | Dsus4  - Dm         |    Am     -      G  |
                           (I can’t re-mem-ber when I last saw you laugh-ing...)

       C               Dm                   C               F
3. If this world makes you cra-zy___ You've ta-ken all you can bear
        Am     G                   F             C
   You call me up___ Be-cause you know I'll be there

                           F    C       G
Chorus: And I’ll see your true col-ors shi-ning through
                    F    C              F            G
        I see your true col-ors___ And that's why I love you
            F           C       F      Am
        So don't be a-fraid to let it show
              F    C          F    C
        Your true col-ors___ True col-ors 
         F    C            G   
        True col-ors are shin-ing through
                    F    C               F           G
        I see your true col-ors___ And that's why I love you
            F           C       F        Am
        So don't be a-fraid to let them show
              F    C          F    C
        Your true col-ors___ True col-ors                   (Hold) 
             G                           | Am  - G  | C   -  F  |
        Are beau-ti-ful___ Like a rain-bow                       ... Drums

A Minor

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 

           Am                   G                   F               F (barre) 
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|-3-|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|-3-|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |-1-|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|-3-|     D |-1-|---|-4-|
    A |---|---|---|     A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |-1-|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |-1-|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3  

            C             CaddG or C+5             Dm                 Dsus4 
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|-4-|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |---|---|-4-|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|-3-|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|
    A |---|---|-3-|     A |---|---|-3-|     A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|x
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs

         Am                   G                   F               F (barre)
    |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|-3-|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|-1-| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |-3-|---|---| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D
    |---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|-1-| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets 

          C             CaddG or C+5             Dm                 Dsus4 
    |---|---|---| e     |-4-|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |-4-|---|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D
    |-3-|---|---| A     |-3-|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly - I have kept this version as simple as possible so that beginners can play as well. Don't be scared of the C+5 or CaddG. It's simply a C chord with an added note(G).
  • Song Key: A Minor... no sharps or flats (relative minor of C Major)
  • The standard chord progression for A minor: Am - Bdim - C - Dm - Em - F - G . It's always interesting to look at the chords used in any song. All the chords in this song follow the standard chord progression for A minor, with some added 'usable' chords, i.e., C+5 and Dsus4.
  • C+5 means you play a C chord with an added 5th or G (1st string, 3rd fret). It can also be written as CaddG... see chart above. This is not to be mistaken for C+ which is C augmented, which means a raised or sharpened 5th (G#).
  • big-eyed catIf you're confused about the Dsus4 in the chart above which is usually played with fingers 1, 3 and 4, I have displayed it with fingers 2, 3 and 4 because the Dm follows the Dsus4 closely - simply take your pinkie off the 1st string (3rd fret) and add your index finger to the 1st string (1st fret) to play the Dm... very easy.
  • The hyphen between two chords simply means that the 2 chords share the bar equally. In this case the bar has 4 beats, so each chord will be played for 2 beats of the bar, e.g., | Am - G | means you play the Am for 2 beats and the G for 2 beats.
  • The fermata or pause symbol over the last chord of this song means the note is held for a duration that is left up to the discretion of the performer. You may want to stop abruptly or keep the chord hanging and let it fade naturally like the video, or you may want to play the chord for a few bars... the choice is yours.
  • You can replace the Am with an Am7 if you want.
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