Wide Awake chords & lyrics

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.

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).

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on the 25th October 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. She is a singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist and businesswoman whose instruments include vocals, guitar and piano. She has been performing since 2000 and her music styles include pop and rock music.

Katy Perry began her career singing gospel music in her parents' ministry between the ages of 9 and 17. It was here that she was first noticed, and through perseverance and hard work, she has grafted a successful career and has become a world-wide favorite.

Although her first album didn't reach great heights, her second album, One Of The Boys, sold about 3 million copies globally. The singles released from the second album were, I Kissed A Girl (Number 1 On The US Billboard Chart), Hot n Cold (Number 3), Waking Up In Vegas (Top 10), and Thinking Of You (Top 30).

In August 2010 Katy Perry released her new album, Teenage Dream. This album was written in collaboration with Katy and a number of other writers. It had 6 hits world-wide including, California Gurls, The One That Got Away, and Fireworks to name a few. All three singles reached the top 5 on The US Billboard Chart, with the album selling over 5 million copies world-wide.

In 2012, the album was re-released with the name, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. The album debuted at number 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. This release featured 3 singles; Part Of Me, and 2 new tracks, Dressing Up and Wide Awake. In June 2012, Wide Awake was in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.


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