1234 chords by Feist

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1234 | Chords + Lyrics


||: D5 D/C# | B5 G5 :||

Verse 1

| D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 |
One, two, three, four, tell me that you love me more.
| D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 |
Sleepless long nights, that is what my youth was for.

Bridge 1

| D5 A5/E | B5 G5 |
Old teenage hopes are alive at your door.
| D5 A5/E | B5 G5 |
Left you with nothing but they want some more.

Chorus 1

| A5 | G5 |
Oh-oh-oh, you’re changing your heart.
| A5 | G5 |
Oh-oh-oh, You know who you are.

Verse 2

| D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 |
Sweetheart, bitter heart now I can’t tell you apart.
| D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 |
Cozy and cold, put the horse before the cart.

Bridge 2

| D5 A5/E | B5 G5 |
Those teenage hopes who have tears in their eyes.
| D5 A5/E | B5 G5 |
Too scared to own up to one little lie.

Chorus 2

| A5 | G5 |
Oh-oh-oh, you’re changing your heart.
| A5 | G5 |
Oh-oh-oh, you know who you are.

Verse 3 (breakdown)

| D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 |
One, two, three, four, five, six, nine, or ten.
| D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 |
Money can’t buy you back the love that you had then.

Instrumental 1

||: D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 :||

Verse 4

| D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 |
One, two, three, four, five, six, nine, or ten.
| D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 |
Money can’t buy you back the love that you had then.

Instrumental 2

||: D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 :||

Chorus 3

| A5 | G5 | A5 | G5
Oh-oh-oh, you’re changing your heart. Oh-oh-oh, you know who you are.
| A5 | G5 | A5 | G5 | G5 |
Oh-oh-oh, you’re changing your heart. Oh-oh-oh, you know who you are.
| D5 A5/E | B5 G5 | D5 A5/E | B5 G5 |
Who you are, a-are. Oh-oh

Instrumental 3

||: D5 A5/E | B5 G5 :|| x6


| D5 A5/E | B5 G5 | D5 A5/E | B5 G5 |
Oh-oh, those teenage boys, they’re breaking your heart.
| D5 A5/E | B5 G5 | D5 A5/E | B5 G5 |
Those teenage boys, they’re breaking your heart.


||: D5 D5/C# | B5 G5 :||

1234 Chords: Learn the progressions

1234 Guitar Lesson + TAB T

1234 is played in drop D tuning, which means that you lower the 6th string from an E to a D. Because of this, all chord shapes using this string will have to be modified.

In the case of the parts I play for 1234’s chords, this only affects the G chord, let’s take a look at how.

  • G chord verse/bridge – The root is on fret five, rather than three. This means you can barre it from the root up to string four, using just one finger. This is based on an E-shaped chord.

Do this and you create a thick-sounding chord that works well with both D5 and D5/C# for the verse, as well as D5 and A5/E for the bridge.

  • G chord chorus – During the chorus, the G chord looks more like an open position G. Mute the 5th string, and play the root on fret five, string six.

Now that you know how to play a G chord in a drop D tuning in two ways, let’s look at 1234’s chord progressions.

These are the chords for 1234’s intro/verse/outro sections.

| D5 (I) D5/C# (I/7) | B5 (VI) G5 (IV) |

In Roman Numerals, this is I – I/7 – VI – IV, a simple progression that gives the track a descending feel. It’s interesting to me how you can hear this movement, even though all chords are power chords.

The B5 should be minor, all other major. Members get TAB for all sections, as a preview, here’s the TAB for that verse.

1234 chords and TAB, intro, verse, and instrumental.

The bridge is almost identical, only changing one chord, like this:

| D5 (I) A5/E (V) | B5 (VI) G (V) |

Using Roman Numerals we can see how this is a variation on what I list at #3 on my top 10 chord progressions list – The safe bet for modern hits! Only the 5th in the bass differs.

Compare 1234’s bridge to I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.

1234’s chorus chords are even simpler, only going between chords V and IV, like this:

| A5 (V) | G5 (IV) |

Together these three progressions create a loop that drives the track forward. I have to give credit to Feist here, most songwriters would have kept writing more parts, potentially ruining the appeal of the simplicity.

The single-line variation at 1:04 doesn’t sound strange since the chord progression by now is so ingrained in us, only referring to its descending pattern is enough.

This is a great trick when in need of creating a breakdown section. When you properly go for it in the last chorus, the effect is more dramatic since the difference in dynamics is more extreme.

Whenever you arrange a song for just one acoustic guitar, you may need to apply tricks like this, even if the tune doesn’t actually do it.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson where you’ll get TAB for all sections as well as some tips on how to play rhythm guitar well (members only): 1234 – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

An iPod ad sync with 1234 launched Feist’s career!

As a daughter of an abstract expressionist university lecturer, Feist’s artistic path was laid out with interests in dance, painting, film, and music. All these elements come together in the music video for 1234. 

The video was shot in a single take, giving the choreographed dance a fantastic depth, and turning the sweeping camera motion into a great experience to watch. Ironically the “making of video” is cut like a traditional music video.

Director Patrick Daughters and Choreographer Noemie Lafrance played a huge part in the success of this genius video.

Combined with Feist’s great arrangement and songwriting (co-wrote with Sally Seltmann) 1234 became one of the big songs in 2007 and reached a worldwide audience.

Nominated for 4 Grammy Awards and reaching #17 on Rolling Stones’ “Greatest Songs of 2007”, the tune did stick in everybody’s mind.

In retrospect, the sound of the recording might be seen as representative of the sound of ’07. Retro without any fear of using instruments that a few years earlier might have seemed uncool.

Feist might not have brought back the Banjo, but she certainly did make it fit in a hit.

The success of 1234 is largely linked to the song being featured in the Apple iPod nano ad. Before the worldwide reach of the ad, 1234 had moderate success with 2.000 singles per week, the week after the ad came out, sales rose to 19.000.

Feist could on the back of such a synchronization launch her career on a different level.

In 2009, Feist said that she is taking a short break before the next album will be recorded. With over a million copies sold of The Reminder, critics eagerly awaited the follow-up. iPod Nano ad or not, everyone gave Feist’s follow-up a listen.

In 2011, she released Metals, and in 2017 we saw Pleasure hit the shelves. Single One Evening from Metals, did reasonably well, however, for most, Feist is still synonymous with her tune 1234.

1234 Chords | Related Pages

Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords like 1234.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.

Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play 1234's chords, try these five tunes from the song book.

Feist tunes

Feist wrote 1234.

Leslie Feist is a Canadian singer-songwriter who became famous after her signature song was featured in an iPod nano ad.

She is best known for her tunes Mushaboom, My Moon Man, 1234, and How Come You Never Go There.

Feist on the web

Listen to Feist on Spotify.

Country & Folk

When you can play 1234, check these Country and Folk tunes as well.

In the primarily acoustic genres of Country & Folk, you must acquire what matters the most: A repertoire. Nothing else will give you the gig.

Learn tunes by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, America, Don McLean, and many more.

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