I’m a Believer chords by The Monkees


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I’m a Believer | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| F/A C/G |
||: (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).



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I’m a Believer Analysis + TAB T

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 have a chord outside the key, which we start with!

Being in the key of G, the F is a bVIIx (also known as a backdoor dominant), and the C chord is IV, this gives us tension, especially when this returns after a chorus.

The signature single-note riff has been written in brackets as C D F on repeat, like this:

| F/A (bVIIIx/3) C/G (IV/5) |
||: (C D F, C D F, C D F) :||

What’s extremely important here is to play these chords using the right inversions, there is a correct and wrong way to play it. Here’s the wrong way:

I'm A Believer chords and TAB intro wrong

The chords are too big and the open string in the riff sounds wrong and is difficult to play.

Here’s the correct way to play I’m a Believer’s intro riff.

I'm A Believer chords and TAB intro correct

As the verse starts we only have chords I – V. This feels like a relief after all that tension (members get TAB).

| G (I) | D (V) | G | G |
| G | D | G | G |

The bridge, like so many bridges do, starts on chord IV. To then finish on a V chord can only be increased in tension by playing nothing (members get TAB).

| C (IV) | G (I) | C | G |
| C | G | D (V) | 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 with an F means we are set up to repeat the intro where those single-line notes could be described as an F6 chord.

| G (I) C (IV) | G | G C |
| G | G C | G | G C |
| G | G N.C | C | G | F (bVIIx) |

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.

Members get TAB for all these sections adapted for this to work on just one acoustic guitar, making it a perfect beginner song.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): I’m A Believer – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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I’m a Believer was 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., it went to #1 in a further twelve countries!

In total, I’m A Believer sold over 10 million copies worldwide, largely helped by The Monkees is not just a band, but an actual TV show, or a sitcom if you like.

As a band, The Monkees were a huge success all over the world, selling a staggering 75 million records, thanks to the hits Last Train To Clarkesville, Daydream Believer, and most of all what we’ve looked at here with chords and lyrics; I’m A Believer.

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.

If you’re in a band that plays tunes from the late ’60s, this one is guaranteed to appear on the setlist.



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