Locked Out Of Heaven chords

by Bruno Mars

  • Locked Out Of Heaven was written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine.
  • Recorded in 2012
  • Single release on Oct 1, 2012 from the album Unorthodox Jukebox.
  • Music: Key of D Minor in 4/4 time at 146 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Dm, C, B♭, F, Gm, A
  • Power Chords: D5, C5, B♭5, F5, G5, A5... charts below.
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
C Major Dm Bb Major F Major Gm A Major

Power Chords:

C5 D5 Bb5 F5 G5 A5
C Major Dm Bb Major F Major Gm A Major

Power Chords:

C5 D5 Bb5 F5 G5 A5
ASCII Chord Charts: number = fret, x = don't play, 0 = play open string, (B) Barre Chord
Chord Guitar Piano Chord Guitar Piano
C x32010 C-E-G F xx3211 F-A-C
Dm xx0231 D-F-A Gm 355333 G-Bb-D
Bb x13331 (B) Bb-D-F A x02220 A-C#-E

Locked Out Of Heaven

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
 
Intro: 4/4 | 1&  2&  3  &4  &  |   
                        C   Dm  

   C   Bb            F    Gm                              C  Dm
   Oh, yeah, yeah    Oh,  yeah,  yeah,  yeah,  yeah... Ooh! 
   C   Bb            F    Gm                              C  Dm
   Oh, yeah, yeah    Oh,  yeah,  yeah,  yeah,  yeah... Ooh! 

              C    Bb            F   Gm               C  Dm
1. Ne-ver had much faith in love or  mir-a-cles    Ooh! 
              C   Bb              F   Gm         C  Dm
   Ne-ver wan-na  put my heart on the line    Ooh! 
                    C    Bb             F     Gm                C  Dm
   But swim-ming in your wa-ter is some-thing spir-i-tual    Ooh! 
                       C  Bb             F   Gm 
   I'm born a-gain ev'-ry time you spend the night    Ooh! 

         C          Dm              Bb
Bridge: 'Cause your sex takes me to Par-a-dise
                   Dm              Bb
        Yeah, your sex takes me to Par-a-dise
               F        A
        And it shows... yeah, yeah, yeah

                           Bb                                   Gm7
Chorus: 'Cause you make me feel like    I've been locked out of hea-ven
                F               C
        For too long    For too long 
                          Bb                                   Gm7
        Yeah, you make me feel like    I've been locked out of hea-ven
                F               C         C  Dm        C  Bb
        For too long    For too long |          |            |

       F   Gm                   C  Dm
Intro: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, Ooh! 
       C   Bb            F    Gm                            C  Dm
       Oh, yeah, yeah    Oh,  yeah,  yeah,  yeah,  yeah  Ooh! 

                   C  Bb             F  Gm              C  Dm
2. You bring me to my knees you make me test-i-fy    Ooh! 
                C  Bb             F    Gm
   You can make a  sin-ner change his  ways    Ooh! 
   C     Dm             C     Bb           F  Gm                  C  Dm
   O-pen up your gates 'cause I can't wait to see the light    Ooh! 
                   C  Bb          F  Gm
   And right there is where I wan-na stay    Ooh! 

         C          Dm              Bb
Bridge: 'Cause your sex takes me to Par-a-dise
                   Dm              Bb
        Yeah, your sex takes me to Par-a-dise
               F/A      A
        And it shows... yeah, yeah, yeah

                           Bb                                   Gm7
Chorus: 'Cause you make me feel like    I've been locked out of hea-ven
                F               C
        For too long    For too long 
                          Bb                                   Gm7
        Yeah, you make me feel like    I've been locked out of hea-ven
                F               C         C     
        For too long    For too long |   (hold)|
   
           Bb                Gm
Interlude: Oh, oh, oh, oh    Yeah, yeah, yeah
                      F                                 C
           Can I just stay here    Spend the rest of my days here
           Bb                Gm
           Oh, oh, oh, oh    Yeah, yeah, yeah
                        F                                 C
           Can't I just stay here    Spend the rest of my days here

                           Bb                                   Gm7
Chorus: 'Cause you make me feel like    I've been locked out of hea-ven
                F               C
        For too long    For too long 
                          Bb                                   Gm7
        Yeah, you make me feel like    I've been locked out of hea-ven
                F               C          C  Dm         C  Bb 
        For too long    For too long |            |            |      

       F   Gm                   C  Dm
Outro: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, Ooh! 
       C   Bb            F    Gm                            C  Dm 
       Oh, yeah, yeah    Oh,  yeah,  yeah,  yeah,  yeah  Ooh! 

Notes:

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly Easy - You will need to know a few barre chords, B♭ and Gm.
  • Song Key: Dm (1 flat - B♭)... relative minor of F Major.
  • Once you get used to the timing, the song is pretty straight-forward. The chord changes in the Intro's and verses are pretty quick. If you count each bar as | 1& 2& 3& 4& | there are 2 chords played towards the end of each bar on &4&...

    1) 1st chord on the & of &4 (1 beat - quarter-note / crotchet)

    2) 2nd chord on the & of 4& ( half-beat - eighth-note / quaver)

    This timing is illustrated on the song chart above in the Intro. Remember that this pattern occurs during each Intro and each Verse... and at the end of the first and 3rd chorus.
  • If this is confusing, listen to the song and tap it out with your hands using the 1& 2& 3& 4& count, and eventually it will fall into place.
  • Stick with it. It may seem a little hard at first, but the more you play along and become familiar with the timing, the easier it will become to play.
  • If you are using an electric guitar and want to use a little overdrive or distortion, you can play the song using power chords, B♭5, G5, F5, C5, D5 and A5. Remember that power (5) chords are neither major or minor so they can be played over any minor or major chord and will still sound fine.
  • There are several other ways to play these power chords. These are probably the most common ways to play them without too much confusion with only 2 set shapes.
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