Wide Awake chords

by Katy Perry

Wide Awake was written by Katy Perry, Bonnie McKee, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Henry Walter. The song was recorded in 2012 with the release of the single on May 22nd, 2012 from the album Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection

Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at 160 bpm (♩)
Chords: Gm, Bb, F, C   OR  Gm7, Bb, F, Csus4
Easier to play: Capo on 3rd fret - play in D Major
Chords with Capo: Em, G, D, A  OR  Em7, G, D, Asus4
All chord charts can be found below including alternative voicings.
Katy Perry

Wide Awake by Katy Perry

Easy Version - Capo: 3rd fret if playing with the video

Intro: 4/4       
                    |  Em   |   G   |   D   |   A   |
           I'm wide a-wake
                    |  Em   |   G   |   D   |   A   |
           I'm wide a-wake

               Em                 G 
1. I'm wide a-wake___ Yeah, I was in the dark
          D                       A 
   I was fal-ling hard___ With an o-pen heart
               Em                G                  D   |   A   | 
   I'm wide a-wake___ How did I read the stars so wrong?
               Em                    G 
   I'm wide a-wake___ And now it's clear to me
                 D                             A 
   That ev'-ry-thing you see___ Ain't al-ways what it seems
               Em                   G               D   |   A   | 
   I'm wide a-wake___ Yeah, I was dream-ing for so long

                       Em                  G 
Bridge: I wish I knew then___ What I know now
                       D                    A 
        Would-n't dive in___ Would-n't bow down
                   Em                       G 
        Grav-i-ty hurts___ You made it so sweet
                    D        A 
        Till I woke up on___ On the con-crete

        Em        G          D  | A   |  Em        G       D       A 
Chorus: Fal-ling from cloud nine___     Crash-ing from the hi-i-i-igh
            Em       G       D  | A   |          Em        G         D       A 
        I'm let-ting go to-night___     Yeah I'm fal-ling from cloud ni-i-i-ine

               Em                 G 
2. I'm wide a-wake___ Not lo-sing a-ny sleep
               D                           A 
   I picked up ev'-ry piece___ And land-ed on my feet
               Em                   G                D       A    
   I'm wide a-wake___ Need noth-ing to com-plete my-self, no-o
               Em                G 
   I'm wide a-wake___ Yeah I am born a-gain
              D                           A 
Out of the li-on's den___ I don't have to pre-tend Em G D | A |
And it's too late___ The stor-y's o-ver now the end Em G Bridge: I wish I knew then___ What I know now D A Would-n't dive in___ Would-n't bow down Em G Grav-i-ty hurts___ You made it so sweet D A 'Til I woke up on___ On the con-crete Em G D | A | Em G D A Chorus: Fal-ling from cloud nine___ Crash-ing from the hi-i-i-igh Em G D | A | Em G D A I'm let-ting go to-night___ Yeah I'm fal-ling from cloud ni-i-i-ine Em G D A Chorus: Fal-ling from cloud nine___ (It was out of the blue I'm) Em G D A Crash-ing from the hi-i-i-igh___ Em G D A I'm let-ting go to-night___ (Yeah I'm rea-dy to go I'm) Em G D A I'm fal-ling from cloud ni-i-i-ine Em G D A 3. (I'm wide a-wake)___ Thund-er rumb-ling___ Cast-les crumb-ling Em G D A (I'm wide a-wake)___ I am try-ing to hold o-o-o-on Em G D A (I'm wide a-wake)___ God knows that I tried___ See-ing the bright side Em G D A (I'm wide a-wake)___ But I'm not blind any-mo-o-o-ore | Em | G | D | A | Interlude: I'm wide a-wake | Em | G | D | A | I'm wide a-wake Em G D A Chorus: Yeah, I'm fal-ling from cloud nine___ (It was out of the blue, I'm) Em G D A Crash-ing from the hi-i-i-igh___ Em G D A You know I'm let-ting go to-night___ (Yeah, I'm rea-dy to go, I'm) Em G D A I'm fal-ling from cloud ni-i-i-ine___ Em | G | D | A | Outro: I'm wide a-wake... Em | G | D | A | I'm wide a-wake... Em | G | D | A | I'm wide a-wake... Em | G | D | A | I'm wide a-wake... Em I'm wide a-wake...

F Major (without capo) / D Major (with capo)

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          Original Key -  F Major
         Gm        or      Gm7               Bb                 F                 C        or     Csus4
  e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
  B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
  G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|---|   D |-1-|---|-2-|   D |---|---|-3-|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|-4-|
  A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|---|-3-|
  E |-1-|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets 3   4   5         3   4   5         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

                                          Capo on 3 - Play in D Major     
         Em        or      Em7               G                  D                 A        or     Asus4
  e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---| 
  B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-4-|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|---|-4-| 
  G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-1-|---| 
  D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|(2)|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|
  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|
  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  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            Original Key -  F Major
       Gm      or       Gm7               Bb                 F                 C       or      Csus4
 |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |-3-|---|-1-| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G
 |-4-|---|-1-| D   |---|---|-1-| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D   |-3-|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-4-|---|---| D
 |-3-|---|-1-| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A  x|---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A
 |---|---|-1-| E   |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   5   4   3         5   4   3         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
      
                                           Capo on 3 - D Major       
      Em       or       Em7                G                 D                 A       or      Asus4
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|-2-|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e
 |---|---|---| B   |-1-|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |-4-|---|---| B
 |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G
 |---|-2-|---| D   |---|(2)|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D
 |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A
 |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy with capo, and a little harder without as you will need to know one or two barre chords, namely Gm and Bb.
  • Song Key: This version of the song is in the key of F Major (1 flat - Bb)
  • For the sake of beginners, we will place a capo on the 3rd fret and play in the key of D Major.
    D Major + 3 semitones (capo on third fret) = F Major
  • If you do want to play in the key of F major, replace | Em | G | D | A | with | Gm | Bb | F | C |
  • Capo Users: You can replace Em with Em7 (020000 / 020030 / 022030), and A with Asus4 (x02230) if you like... see what you think. I have kept the song as simple as possible so everyone can play along.
  • You can download a copy of the song without a capo. This is also in a simple format. In this key you can replace Gm with Gm7 (353333), and C with Csus4 (x33011).
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