For Teddy

Those of us with Irish blood often let music speak for us….

“Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.

[INTRO]
|F . . . | . Dm G . | Am . Am/B . | Am/C . Am/D Am|
|F . . . | . Dm G . | Am . . . |

[VERSE 1]
G Am
Oh, life is bigger
Em
It’s bigger than you
Am
And you are not me.
Em
The lengths that I will go to,
Am
The distance in your eyes,
Em Dm
Oh no, I’ve said too much,
G
I set it up.

[CHORUS]
Am
That’s me in the corner,
Em
That’s me in the spotlight
Am
Losing my religion.
Em
Trying to keep up with you.
Am
And I don’t know if I can do it.
Em Dm
Oh no, I’ve said too much,
G
I haven’t said enough.

[BRIDGE]
G F
I thought that I heard you laughing,
Dm G Am Am/B Am/C Am/D
I thought that I heard you sing.
Am F F Dm G Am
I think I thought I saw you try.

[VERSE 2]
G Am Em
Every Whisper of every waking hour
Am
I’m choosing my confessions,
Em
Trying to keep an eye of you
Am
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool, fool
Em Dm
Oh no, I’ve said too much,
G
I set it up.

[VERSE 3]
Am
Consider this, consider this,
Em
The hint of a century,
Am
Consider this: the slip
Em
That brought me to my knees failed.
Am
What if all these fantasies
Em
Come flailing around?
Dm G
Now I’ve said too much.

[BRIDGE]
G F
I thought that I heard you laughing,
Dm G Am Am/B Am/C Am/D
I thought that I heard you sing.
Am F F Dm G Am G
I think I thought I saw you try.

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Mandolin fill:

Am G
e| -12-12-12-10-10-10-10-10- 8- 8- 8- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- |
B| ————————————————- |
G| ————————————————- |
D| ————————————————- |

F G
e| -12-12-12-10-10-10-10-10- 8- 8- 8- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- |
B| ————————————————- |
G| ————————————————- |
D| ————————————————- |

C D
But that was just a dream,
C D
That was just a dream.

[CHORUS]
Am
That’s me in the corner,
Em
That’s me in the spotlight
Am
Losing my religion.
Em
Trying to keep up with you.
Am
And I don’t know if I can do it.
Em Dm
Oh no, I’ve said too much,
G
I haven’t said enough.

[BRIDGE]
G F
I thought that I heard you laughing,
Dm G Am Am/B Am/C Am/D
I thought that I heard you sing.
Am F F Dm G Am Am/B Am/C Am/D Am
I think I thought I saw you try.
F Dm G
But that was just a dream,
Am Am/B Am/C Am/D Am
Try, cry, why, try.
F Dm G Am G
That was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream, dream.

About Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson has written over 50 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other U.S. cities as well as in Canada and New Zealand. His works include: Waiting on Sean Flynn, Next of Kin, Farmhouse, Malaria, Shelter, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Bluer Than Midnight, Bombardment, Dead of Winter, and Delusion of Darkness. In 2006, his bittersweet Lost Wavelengths was a mainstage selection at Portland Center Stage's JAW/West festival, and, in 2008, won the Oregon Book Award (he also was an OBA finalist in 1992 and 2002). In 1997, he won the inaugural Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for his play Turquoise and Obsidian. View all posts by Steve Patterson

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