A couple years back I made a video of my performing the Norah Jones song “Lonestar.” This song to me is a perfect country song, or pop song… doesn’t matter. It’s a a great melody, lovely chord structure, and the lyrics are universal enough to appeal to anyone, without being cliche.
The chords are at the bottom of this article.
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The chords are fairly simple, but she employs a couple of nifty songwriting tricks. While the song is in the key of C, there are two chords that are slightly out of that key. The E major chord does not belong in the key (it would normally be an E minor), and the D7/F# doesn’t either (would also normally be a minor). But the major thirds in those chords give a nice uplifting sense.
These are both some pretty common songwriting tricks, but they’re used very artfully here in this song.
If you’re not familiar with chord names like D/F#, it’s not nearly as complicated as it sounds. It’s just a D chord, but with F# as the lowest pitch. On guitar that F# is usually played using the thumb of your left hand on the second fret of the low E strong. For example: D/F#: 200232.
Lonestar - Norah Jones Intro: / C - / - - / C F C Lonestar, where are you out tonight? G E Am Am/G D7/F# This feeling I'm trying to fight G E Am Am/G D7/F# It's dark and I think that I would give anything F G C For you to shine down on me C F C How far you are I just don't know G E Am Am/G D7/F# The distance I'm willing to go G E Am Am/G D7/F# I pick up a stone that I cast to the sky F G C Hoping for some kind of sign * Instrumental Verse * C F C Lonestar, where are you out tonight? G E Am Am/G D7/F# This feeling I'm trying to fight G E Am Am/G D7/F# It's dark and I think that I would give anything F G Am Am/G D7/F# For you to shine down on me F (hold) G (hold) C (hold) For you to shine down on me