Chasing Cars chords

by Snow Patrol

Chasing Cars was written by Gary Lightbody from the band Snow Patrol. It was recorded in 2005 and released in the U.S. on the 6th June 2006 and in the U.K. on the 24th July 2006 from the album Eyes Open.
Music: A Major in 4/4 time at 104 bpm (♩)
Chords: A5, E/G#, Dsus2, D5/A
  • Picking Chords
  • A5: xx79xx
  • E/G#: xx69xx
  • Dsus2: xx09xx
  • Power Chords
  • A5: 577xxx
  • E/G#: 476xxx
  • D5/A: 557xxx
Snow Patrol

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Intro: 4/4    
    |     A5     |   A5   |   A5   |  
 
         A5       E/G#             Dsus2       |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  |
1. We'll do it all___  Ev'-ry-thing___  On our own
   A5           E/G#          Dsus2       |  A5  |  A5  |
   We don't need___  Any-thing___  Or any-one

                  A5               E/G#
Chorus: If I lay here___ If I just lay here
                      Dsus2                        |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  |
        Would you lie with me and just forget the world

     A5              E/G#           Dsus2       |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  | 
2. I don't quite know___  How to say___  How I feel
    A5              E/G#                  Dsus2               |  A5  |  A5  |
   Those three words___  Are said too much___  They're not e-nough

                  A5               E/G#
Chorus: If I lay here___ If I just lay here
                      Dsus2                          |  A5  |  A5  |
        Would you lie with me and just forget the world
                            A5                    E/G#
        For-get what we're told___ Be-fore we get too old
                  Dsus2                            |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  |
        Show me a gar-den that's burst-ing in-to life

    A5             E/G#             Dsus2              |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  | 
3. Let's waste time___ Chas-ing cars___  A-round our heads
      A5            E/G#             Dsus2           |  A5  |  A5  | 
   I need your grace___ To re-mind me___  To find my own

                  A5               E/G#
Chorus: If I lay here___ If I just lay here
                      D5/A                         |  A5  |  A5  |
        Would you lie with me and just forget the world
                            A5                    E/G#
        For-get what we're told___ Be-fore we get too old
                  D5/A                           |  A5  |  A5  |
        Show me a gar-den that's burst-ing in-to life

                   A5               E/G#
Chorus: All that I am___ All that I ev-er was
                        D5/A                               |  A5  |  A5  |
        Is here in your per-fect eyes___ They're all I can see
                      A5                       E/G#
        I don't know where___ Con-fused a-bout how as well
                             D5/A                              |  A5  |  A5  |
        Just know that these things will ne-ver change for us at all

                  A5               E/G#
Chorus: If I lay here___ If I just lay here                 
                      Dsus2                         |  A5  |  A5  | 
        Would you lie with me and just forget the world...
        

A Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
O: Play Open
x: Don't play string

Right Handers            Picking Notes    
               A5                         E/G#                      Dsus2
    e |---|---|---|---|---|x   e |---|---|---|---|---|x   e |---|---|---|---|---|x  
    B |---|---|---|---|---|x   B |---|---|---|---|---|x   B |---|---|---|---|---|x
    G |---|---|---|---|---|x   G |---|---|---|---|---|x   G |---|---|---|---|---|x
    D |---|---|---|---|-4-|    D |---|---|---|---|-4-|    D |---|---|---|---|-4-| 
    A |---|---|-2-|---|---|    A |---|-1-|---|---|---|    A |---|---|-2-|---|---| 
    E |---|---|---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|---|---|x   E |-1-|---|---|---|---| 
Frets  10  11  12  13  14         10  11  12  13  14         10  11  12  13  14

                                Power Chords    
             A5                     E/G#                   D5/A  
    e |---|---|---|---|x   e |---|---|---|---|x   e |---|---|---|---|x
    B |---|---|---|---|x   B |---|---|---|---|x   B |---|---|---|---|x
    G |---|---|---|---|x   G |---|---|---|---|x   G |---|---|---|---|x
    D |---|---|---|-4-|    D |---|---|-2-|---|    D |---|---|---|-3-|
    A |---|---|---|-3-|    A |---|---|---|-3-|    A |---|-1-|---|---|
    E |---|-1-|---|---|    E |-1-|---|---|---|    E |---|-1-|---|---|
Frets   4   5   6   7          4   5   6   7          4   5   6   7
  


 Left Handers            Picking Notes
               A5                        E/G#                       Dsus2
     x|---|---|---|---|---| e   x|---|---|---|---|---| e   x|---|---|---|---|---| e
     x|---|---|---|---|---| B   x|---|---|---|---|---| B   x|---|---|---|---|---| B
     x|---|---|---|---|---| G   x|---|---|---|---|---| G   x|---|---|---|---|---| G
      |-4-|---|---|---|---| D    |-4-|---|---|---|---| D    |-4-|---|---|---|---| D
      |---|---|-2-|---|---| A    |---|---|---|-1-|---| A    |---|---|-2-|---|---| A
     x|---|---|---|---|---| E   x|---|---|---|---|---| E    |---|---|---|---|-1-| E
        14  13  12  11  10         14  13  12  11  10         14  13  12  11  10  Frets
        
                                Power Chords
            A5                    E/G#                  D5/A
    x|---|---|---|---| e   x|---|---|---|---| e   x|---|---|---|---| e
    x|---|---|---|---| B   x|---|---|---|---| B   x|---|---|---|---| B
    x|---|---|---|---| G   x|---|---|---|---| G   x|---|---|---|---| G
     |-4-|---|---|---| D    |---|-2-|---|---| D    |-3-|---|---|---| D
     |-3-|---|---|---| A    |-3-|---|---|---| A    |---|---|-1-|---| A
     |---|---|-1-|---| E    |---|---|---|-1-| E    |---|---|-1-|---| E
       7   6   5   4          7   6   5   4          7   6   5   4   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly Easy once you get the hang of it. Very easy if you are just strumming chords.
  • Song Key: A major ( 3 sharps - F# C# G#)
  • Picking Notes: Just alternate between the 4th and 5th strings including the 6th string for Dsus2 picking only the notes shown. This is played right through to the end of verse 3 and the very last chorus ( 2 lines).
  • Power Chords: Only play the bottom 3 strings (strings 4,5 and 6). This is played in the 2 choruses after verse 3. The very last chorus goes back back to the fingerpicking notes.
  • D5/A and A5 are power chords while E/G# is not a '5' chord but is played like a power chord in that you play the bottom 3 strings - in this case an E chord leading with a G# bass note... see charts of power chord patterns above.
  • The chord formula for Dsus2 is D - E - A (1st - 2nd - 5th). If you want to strum Dsus2, just play a D chord and take off your 3rd finger (F#).
  • Alternative: You can just strum the whole song using A, E and D if you prefer. Replace A5 with an A, E/G# with an E, and D5/A or Dsus2 with a D.
  • See power chords if you need to revise them or just want to know a little more about them.
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