Counting Stars Chords

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If lately, you’ve felt like learning “Counting Stars”, here are the chords for the song of One Republic. Enjoy!

Counting Stars Chords

Standard tuning

(Capo 4)

The intro is played in finger-picking like this:
   Am                  C                      G
e|------0---------0----------0-----------0----------------------------------|
B|------1---------1----------1-----------1----------0-----------0-----------|
G|---2----2----2----2-----0-----0-----0-----0-------0-----------0-----------|
D|-----------------------------------------------0-----0-----0-----0--------|
A|-0---------0---------3-----------3----------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------3-----------3-----------------|
  Lately,  I've been,  I've been losing sleep, Dreaming about the things that

    F
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1------------1----------------------------------------------------|
G|--------2------------2----------------------------------------------------|
D|-----3-----3------3-----3-------------------------------------------------|
A|--3------------3----------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    we could be.     

   Am                  C                      G
e|------0---------0----------0-----------0----------------------------------|
B|------1---------1----------1-----------1----------3-----------3-----------|
G|---2----2----2----2-----0-----0-----0-----0-------0-----------0-----------|
D|-----------------------------------------------0-----0-----0-----0--------|
A|-0---------0---------3-----------3----------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------3-----------3-----------------|
But baby, I've been,  I've been praying hard, Said, no more counting dollars

    F
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1------------1-------------1---------------1----------------------|
G|--------2------------2-------------2---------------2----------------------|
D|-----3-----3------3-----3-------3-----3---------3-----3-------------------|
A|--3------------3-------------3---------------3----------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    We'll be counting stars, yeah we'll be counting stars

Intro: (for a better reading)
Am                 C
Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep
G                              F
Dreaming about the things that we could be
    Am               C
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
G                   
Said, no more counting dollars
F                              F
We'll be counting stars, yeah we'll be counting stars

Instrumental: (x2)
Am | C | G | F

Verse 1:
           Am
I see this life like a swinging vine
C
Swing my heart across the line
G
In my face is flashing signs
F
Seek it out and yee shall find
Am
Old, but I'm not that old
C
Young, but I'm not that bold
G
I don't think the world is sold
F
I'm just doing what we're told

Pre-Chorus 1:
Am C                G
I feel something so right
            F
Doing the wrong thing
Am C                G
I feel something so wrong
             F
Doing the right thing
F
I could lie, could lie, could lie
F (stop)
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive

Chorus 1:
Am                 C   
Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep
G                              F
Dreaming about the things that we could be
Am                   C               
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
G
Said, no more counting dollars
F
We'll be counting stars
Am                 C
Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep
G                              F
Dreaming about the things that we could be
Am                   C
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
G                       
Said, no more counting dollars
F
We'll be, we'll be counting stars

Instrumental:
Am | C | G | F

Verse 2:
           Am 
I feel the love and I feel it burn
C
Down this river, every turn
G
Hope is a four-letter word
F
Make that money, watch it burn
Am
Old, but I'm not that old
C
Young, but I'm not that bold
G
I don't think the world is sold
F
I'm just doing what we're told

Pre-Chorus 2:
Am  C                 G
I feel something so wrong
               F
Doing the right thing
F       
I could lie, could lie, could lie
F (stop)
Everything that drowns me makes me wanna fly

Chorus 2:
Am                 C
Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep
G                              F
Dreaming about the things that we could be
    Am               C
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
G         
Said, no more counting dollars
F
We'll be counting stars
Am                 C
Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep
G                              F
Dreaming about the things that we could be
    Am               C
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
G              
Said, no more counting dollars
F
We'll be, we'll be counting stars

Bridge:
(no chords here - you can just make the beat on your guitar or with your foot)

Oh, take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned

F               Dm
Everything that kills me makes feel alive

Chorus 3:
Am                 C
Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep
G                              F
Dreaming about the things that we could be
    Am               C
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
G           
Said, no more counting dollars
F
We'll be counting stars
Am                 C
Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep
G                              F
Dreaming about the things that we could be
    Am               C
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
G                        
Said, no more counting dollars
F
We'll be, we'll be, counting stars

Outro:
Am
Take that money, watch it burn
C
Sink in the river, the lessons are learned
G
Take that money, Watch it burn
F
Sink in the river, The lessons are learned
Am
Take that money, Watch it burn
C
Sink in the river, The lessons are learned
G
Take that money, Watch it burn
F 
Sink in the river, The lessons are learned

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4 comments

  1. Hey,
    Thanks for sharing the chords for Counting Stars.
    I know who’s going to appreciate it big time.
    I’m going to bookmark your post and show it to him 🙂
    All the best.
    Eliane

  2. Hi Ben,

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll print these out and try them out. 🙂
    I noticed your post on guitar tuners.
    I’ll have to bookmark and come back later to read more. 🙂

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