Losing My Religion chords by R.E.M.


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Losing My Religion | Chords and lyrics

Intro

| N.C Dsus2 | | Dm Dsus2 | Am Am/B
| C6 Dsus2 | F | Dm Dsus2) | Am | G |

Verse 1

| Am | Am | Em | Em |
Oh, life is bigger, it’s bigger than you and you are not me.
| Am | Am | Em | Em | Am | Am |
The lengths that I will go to, the distance in your eyes.
| Em | Em | Dm | Dm | G | G |
Oh no I’ve said too much, I set it up.

Verse 2

| Am | Am | Em | Em | Am |
That’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spotlight, losing my religion.
| Am | Em | Em | Am | Am |
Trying to keep up with you, and I don’t know if I can do it.
| Em | Em | Dm | Dm | G | G Dsus2 |
Oh no I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough. I thought that I heard you 

Bridge 1

| | Dm Dsus2 | Am Am/B | C6 Dsus2 |
laughing, I thought that I heard you sing.
| F | Dm Dsus2) | Am | G |
I think I thought I saw you try, 

Verse 3

| Am | Am | Em | Em | Am |
Every whisper, of every waking hour, I’m choosing my confessions, 
| Am | Em | Em | Am | Am |
trying to keep an eye on you. Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool. 
| Em | Em | Dm | Dm | G | G |
Oh no I’ve said too much, I set it up.

Verse 4

| Am | Am | Em | Em | Am |
Consider this, consider this the hint of the century, consider this. 
| Am | Em | Em | Am | Am |
The slip, that brought me to my knees, failed, and what if all these fantasies come, 
| Em | Em | Dm | Dm | G | G Dsus2 |
flailing around, now I’ve said too much. I thought that I heard you

Bridge 2

| F | Dm Dsus2 | Am Am/B | C6 Dsus2 |
laughing, I thought that I heard you sing.
| F | Dm Dsus2) | Am | G |
I think I thought I saw you try. 

Instrumental

| Am Asus4 | Am/G | Fmaj7 F6 | D9omit3 |

Tag

| C Cadd9 | D9omit3 | C Cadd9 | D9omit3 |
But that was just a dream, that was just a dream,

Verse 5

| Am | Am | Em | Em | Am |
That’s me in the corner. that’s me in the spot-light. losing my religion.
| Am | Em | Em | Am | Am |
Trying to keep up with you and I don’t know if I can do it.
| Em | Em | Dm | Dm | G | G Dsus2 |
Oh no I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough. I thought that I heard you

Outro

| F | Dm Dsus2 | Am Am/B | C6 Dsus2 |
laughing, I thought that I heard you sing.
| F | Dm Dsus2) | Am Am/B | C6 Dsus2 |
I think I thought I saw you try
| F | Dm Dsus2) | Am Am/B | C6 Dsus2 |
But that was just a dream. Try, cry, fly, try.
| F | Dm Dsus2) | Am | G |
That was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream, dream. 

End

||: Am :|| x7
| Amadd4 | Am |


Losing My Religion chords and progressions

In the key of Am, Losing My Religion’s chords doesn’t break any harmonic rules, they do however flirt with doing so, let’s take a look at each section.

The instrumental intro is what later on comes back as what feels like a bridge, although it doesn’t lead to a chorus as the song doesn’t really have one.

The intro moves II – IV – II, the II chord uses mainly sus2 extension, disguising if it’s minor or major at first. Dsus2F  – DmDsus2. Strum these chords with the rhythm of the melody and the chord extensions will make it pop out.

This is followed by an ascending movement, AmAm/BC6. The Am is chord VI. Am/B is like some kind of variation on a VII chord. C6 is chord I, but also an Am/C.

Next, we repeat what we started with, then finish off with AmG. Here’s the full intro.

| N.C Dsus2 | F  | Dm Dsus2 | Am Am/B
| C6 Dsus2 | F | Dm Dsus2 | Am | G |

If you fit all these chords in using only open-position chords and play the rhythm of the melody, it will automatically pop out.

Let’s take a look at the verse, the chords are now much simpler.

We start with repeating chords VI – III, three times. This is finished off with II – V. Looks like this:

||: Am | Am | Em | Em :|| x3
| Dm | Dm | G | G |

These two sections, the verse and what feels more like a bridge than a chorus, repeat three times before we get an instrumental section. Goes like this.

| Am Asus4 | Am/G | Fmaj7 F6 | D9omit3 |

You could see these chords as variations on an Am, with a descending bass line. Even the Fmaj7, is an Am/F. F6 is chord IV, D9omit3 is chord II with no 3rd.

For the lyrics come in next “that was just a dream…”, the chords now go somewhere new. C Cadd9D9omit3.

After this new section, we go back to the verse and bridge, before we finish off on an Amadd4. Again, strum the rhythm right, use open-position chords and that melody will just pop out.

Peter Buck may have written the riff for Losing My religion on a mandolin, but little did he know that it would work so well on just one acoustic guitar!


Losing My Religion – R.E.M.’s signature song

Prior to the worldwide hit R.E.M had with Losing My Religion in 1991, they had ten years of releasing albums. During the 80s, they released six full-length studio albums but only had one hit in ‘87 with The One I Love.

In ‘91 when R.E.M. released Out Of Time, the band must have learned a thing or two about songwriting as this one contained Shiny Happy People, as well as their most successful song, Losing My Religion.

These two songs took the band from a revered alternative rock act to worldwide superstars. When they finally parted ways in 2011, they had sold over 85 million albums.


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