Losing My Religion chords



You can learn how to play Losing My Religion by R.E.M!

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, R.E.M released six full-length studio albums but only had one hit in ‘87 with The One I Love.

In ‘91 when they 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.


Losing My religion chords and lyrics


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

| 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.

| 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 

| | 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, 

| 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.

| 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 

| 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. 

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

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

| 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

| 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. 

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


Losing My religion chord progression

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, little did he know that it would work so well on just one acoustic guitar!


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