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Fast Car

Tracy Chapman


Capo 2


Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

      3    4

G:    3x0003


Em:   022000


Dsus4: xx0233


D:    xx0232





Main Riff I:







1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


Main Riff II:







1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


Chorus Strum:  D d D DU UD DUDU

               1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



Main Riff I (x2)

Main Riff II

Main Riff I


Play all Verses w/ Main Riff I:


you got a fast car
and I want a ticket to anywhere
maybe we make a deal
maybe together we can get somewhere

any place is better
starting from zero got nothing to lose
maybe we'll make something
but me myself I got nothing to prove

Main Riff I (x2)

you got a fast car
and I got a plan to get us outta here
I been working at the convenience store
managed to save just a little bit of money
 won’t have to drive too far
just 'cross the border and into the city
you and I can both get jobs
and finally see what it means to be living

Main Riff I (x2)

you see my old man's got a problem
he lives with the bottle that's the way it is
he says his body's too old for working
his body's too young to look like his
my mama went off and left him
she wanted more to life than he could give
I said somebody's got to take care of him
so I quit school and that's what I did

Main Riff I (x2)

you got a fast car
but is it fast enough so we can fly away?

we gotta make a decision
leave tonight or live and die this way

Main Riff I (x2)



So remember we were driving driving in your car

the speed so fast I felt like I was drunk

and the city lights lay out before us

and your arm felt nice wrapped round my shoulder

     C    Em           D
and I   -   I had a feeling that I belonged

     C    Em            D
and I   -   I had a feeling I could be someone

C                  D

be someone, be someone


Main Riff I (x2)


you got a fast car
and we go cruising to entertain ourselves
you still ain't got a job
and I work in a market as a checkout girl
I know things will get better
you'll find work and I'll get promoted
we'll move out of the shelter
buy a big house and live in the suburbs


Main Riff I

Main Riff II




Main Riff I (x2)

you got a fast car
and I got a job that pays all our bills
you stay out drinking late at the bar
see more of your friends than you do of your kids
I'd always hoped for better
thought maybe together you and me would find it
I got no plans I ain't going nowhere
so take your fast car and keep on driving


Main Riff I (x2)




Main Riff I (x2)

you got a fast car
but is it fast enough so you could fly away
you gotta make a decision
you leave tonight or live and die this way


Main Riff I (x3)









1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.