Losing My Religion chords R.E.M.


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Losing My Religion | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

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

Verse 1

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

Bridge 1

| G Dsus2 | | Dm Dsus2 | Am Am/B | C6 Dsus2 |
I thought that I heard you 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/A | Dm Dm/A | G G/D | 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/A | Dm Dm/A | G G/D |
flailing around, now I’ve said too much.

Bridge 2

| G Dsus2 | | Dm Dsus2 | Am Am/B | C6 Dsus2 |
I thought that I heard you 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 Am | Fmaj7 F6 | D7sus2 |

Tag

| C Cadd9 | D7sus2 | C Cadd9 | D7sus2 |
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 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/A | Dm Dm/A | G G/D |
Oh no I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough.

Outro

| G Dsus2 | F | Dm Dsus2 | Am Am/B | C6 Dsus2 |
I thought that I heard you 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 |
||: A5 :|| x6
| Amadd4 | A5 |



Losing My Religion Chords: Learn the progressions


Losing My Religion guitar lesson + TAB T

In the key of Am, R.E.M.’s Losing My Religion’s chords don’t break any harmonic rules, 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 have one.

The intro moves II – IV – II. The II chord uses mainly sus2 extension, disguising if it’s minor or major at first, like this:

Dsus2 (II) – F (IV) – DmDsus2.

Strum these chords with the rhythm of the melody and the chord extensions will make the melody line pop out. However, for best results, you need to strum a different amount of strings at different points so to get this perfect you need TAB.

Next, we have the movement of chord VI with an ascending bass line:

AmAm/BC6. The 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 with AmG. Here are all the chords for Losing My Religion’s intro, with TAB.

Losing My Religion chords and TAB intro

Two things here are important to point out.

  1. The notation saying x means a muted strum, these fall on the 2 and 4, where the snare drum goes.
  2. You must play all strums with a pendulum up and down movement of 8th notes. For the first chord, this means that the last note is played with an upstroke which may feel odd at first as it’s a low string.

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 with II – V. Looks like this:

||: Am (VI) | Am | Em (III) | Em :|| x3
| Dm (II) Dm/A | Dm Dm/A | G (V) G/D | G |

Members get TAB for how to best strum this verse, for example, the DmDm/A in the first bar is played differently to the second bar, you must look at TAB to get this right.

These two sections, the verse and intro/bridge repeat three times before we get an instrumental section.

The bridge has the same chords as the intro but you need to strum it differently, members get TAB.

Losing My Religion’s instrumental section uses these chords:

| Am (VI) Asus4 | Am/G Am | Fmaj7 (IV) F6 | D7sus2 (II) |

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, D7sus2 is chord II with no 3rd.

For the lyrics “that was just a dream…”, the chords now go somewhere new. C Cadd9D7sus2. Since the melody is still the same here, all we do is change the bass notes, again, members get TAB.

The outro first plays an Am, then just the note E before we move down playing notes that can be described as an Amadd4.

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

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Losing My Religion – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Losing My Religion has many songwriting lessons for you!

Originating from the southern part of the U.S., “losing my religion” means losing my temper.

This is fascinating to me as I always believed it meant losing your faith, which is great proof that lyrics with a vague meaning, allowing the listener to decide the meaning themselves, is a great songwriting trick.

Written by lead singer Michael Stipe, the song is about unrequited love, and apparently, the lyrics started as “that’s me in the kitchen.”

This is another great tip for the budding songwriter; put something down that allows you to keep developing the song, rather than get stuck on a detail.

Another great example of this kind of lyric writing is Yesterday by Paul McCartney, which famously started out as “scrambled eggs.”

Anyway, once Stipe had settled on the lyrics and the mandolin riff (surprisingly easy to adapt to a guitar) was in place, R.E.M. had their signature song down and ready for their seventh album, Out Of Time (1991).

This was the album that took the band to superstardom with 18 million copies sold and 183 weeks in the U.K. charts, and 109 in the U.S.

As a single, “Losing My Religion” sold 1.5 million in combined U.S. sales (digital and physical).

This is impressive as when it was released, there was no such thing as a digital download to buy. Clearly, Losing My Religion has had great longevity, something I, for one, am attributing to that since the chords are so easy to play, millions of guitar players have learned it, and in that way, kept it relevant.


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