I’m a Believer chords by The Monkees


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I’m a Believer | Chords and lyrics

Intro

| F/A C |
||: (C D F, C D F, C D F) :||

Verse 1

| G | D | G | G |
I thought love was only true in fairy tales,
| G | D | G | G |
meant for someone else but not for me.

Bridge 1

| C | G | C | G |
Ah, love was out to get me, oh, that’s the way it seemed.
| C | G | D | D N.C |
Disappointment haunted all my dreams. Then I saw her,

Chorus 1

| G C | G | G C |
face, now I’m a believer.
| G | G C | G | G C |
Not a trace, of doubt in my mind.
| G | G N.C | C | G | F |
I’m in love (mm), I’m a believer (oh, yeah), I couldn’t leave her if I tried.

Instrumental 1

||: (C D F, C D F, C D F) :||

Verse 2

| G | D | G | G |
I thought love was more or less a giving thing,
| G | D | G | G |
seems the more I gave the less I got.

Bridge 2

| C | G | C | G |
What’s the use in trying, all you get is pain?
| C | G | D | D N.C |
When I needed sunshine, I got rain. Oh, then I saw her,

Chorus 2

| G C | G | G C |
face, now I’m a believer.
| G | G C | G | G C |
Not a trace, of doubt in my mind.
| G | G N.C | C | G | F
I’m in love (mm), I’m a believer (oh, yeah), I couldn’t leave her if I tried. Oh.

Instrumental 2

||: (C D F, C D F, C D F) :||

Solo

||: G | D | G | G :||

Bridge 3

| C | G | C | G |
Oh, love was out to get me, now that’s the way it seemed.
| C | G | D | D N.C |
Disappointment haunted all my dreams. Oh, then I saw her,

Chorus 3

| G C | G | G C |
face, now I’m a believer.
| G | G C | G | G C |
Not a trace, of doubt in my mind.
| G | G N.C | C | G | F
I’m in love (mm), I’m a believer (oh, yeah), I couldn’t leave her if I tried.

Instrumental 3

||: (C D F, C D F, C D F) :||

Outro

||: G C | G :||
Yes, I saw her face, now I’m a believer.
Without a trace, of doubt in my mind.
Said, I’m a believer, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (I’m a believer)
Said, I’m a believer, yeah (I’m a believer)
I said, I’m a believer, yeah (I’m a believer)


I’m a Believer chords and progressions

There are four sections to work out in I’m a Believer. Let’s look at them one by one, starting with the intro/instrumental section.

This is the characteristic section that tells the listener what song this is. The clever thing here is that we actually have a chord outside the key, which we actually start with!

Being in the key of G, the F is a bVIIx, the C chord is IV, and the D chord is V.

| F/A C |
||: (C D F, C D F, C D F) :||

As the verse starts we only have chords I – V.

| G | D | G | G |
| G | D | G | G |

The bridge, like so many do, start on chord IV. Finishing on a V chord can only be increased in tension by playing nothing.

| C | G | C | G |
| C | G | D | D N.C |

The chorus turns the bridge concept around as it goes from I – IV, rather than IV – I. The final chord is that bVIIx which we had in the intro. Finishing on this means we are set up to repeat the intro.

| G C | G | G C |
| G | G C | G | G C |
| G | G N.C | C | G | F |

The arrangement is the same throughout, only varied by having a solo instead of a verse. Here’s the structure.

||: Intro/Instrumental
Verse
Bridge
Chorus :||
Instrumental
Solo (Verse)
Bridge
Chorus
Instrumental
Outro

The outro is just the first half of the chorus on repeat.


The biggest-selling single of 1967

Written by Neil Diamond but recorded and made famous by The Monkees, I’m a Believer was released in late 1966. It went to the #1 spot in the U.S. and stayed there for seven weeks.

The song was so popular it became the biggest-selling single of 1967. The success wasn’t just in the U.S., the song went to #1 in a further twelve countries!

Since the late 60s, I’m a Believer has remained on many covers bands’ repertoire, sitting comfortably next to songs such as I Saw Here Standing There, Honky Tonk Women, and Brown Eyed Girl.

Let’s take a look at the chords and lyrics to work out how this classic was put together.


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The Monkees

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Their best tunes include I’m A Believer, Last Train To Clarksville, (Theme from) The Monkees, and Daydream Believer.

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