Chasing Cars chords and lyrics

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: A, A5, E/G#, D5/A, Dadd9
  • Picking Notes 1:
  • A5: xx79xx
  • E/G#: xx69xx
  • D5/A: x579xx
  • Picking Notes 2:
  • A5: x(12)(14)xxx
  • E/G#: x(11)(14)xxx
  • D5/A: (10)(12)(14)xxx
  • Power Chords
  • A5: 57xxxx
  • E/G#: 47xxxx
  • D5/A: 55xxxx
  • Guitar Chords
  • A: 577655 (barre)
  • E/G#: 476454 (barre)
  • Dadd9: x54230

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Intro: 4/4    
    |     A5     |   A5   |   A5   |  
 
         A5       E/G#             D5/A        |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  |
1. We'll do it all___  Ev'-ry-thing___  On our own
   A5           E/G#          D5/A        |  A5  |  A5  |
   We don't need___  Any-thing___  Or any-one

                  A5               E/G#
Chorus: If I lay here___ If I just lay here
                      D5/A                         |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  |
        Would you lie with me and just forget the world

     A5              E/G#           D5/A        |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  | 
2. I don't quite know___  How to say___  How I feel
    A5              E/G#                  D5/A                |  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
                      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  |  A5  |
        Show me a gar-den that's burst-ing in-to life

    A5             E/G#             D5/A               |  A5  |  A5  |  A5  | 
3. Let's waste time___ Chas-ing cars___  A-round our heads
      A5            E/G#             D5/A            |  A5  |  A5  | 
   I need your grace___ To re-mind me___  To find my own

                  A                E/G#
Chorus: If I lay here___ If I just lay here
                      Dadd9                        |  A  |  A  |
        Would you lie with me and just forget the world
                            A                     E/G#
        For-get what we're told___ Be-fore we get too old
                  Dadd9                          |  A  |  A  |
        Show me a gar-den that's burst-ing in-to life

                   A                E/G#
Chorus: All that I am___ All that I ev-er was
                        Dadd9                              |  A  |  A  |
        Is here in your per-fect eyes___ They're all I can see
                      A                        E/G#
        I don't know where___ Con-fused a-bout how as well
                             Dadd9                             |  A  |  A  |
        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                 
                      D5/A                          |  A5  |  A5  | 
        Would you lie with me and just forget the world...
        
Notes:

Level Of Ease: Fairly Easy once you get the hang of it. Very easy if you are just strumming chords.

  • Picking Notes 1: Just alternate between the 3rd and 4th strings including the 5th string for D5/A picking only the notes shown. This is played right through to the end of verse 3 and the very last chorus ( 2 lines).
  • Picking Notes 2: Just alternate between the 4th and 5th strings including the 6th string for D5/A picking only the notes shown.
  • Power Chords: Only play the bottom 2 strings (strings 5 and 6). This is played in the 2 choruses after verse 3. The very last chorus goes back back to the finger-picking notes.
  • Guitar Chords: These are played in the 2 choruses after the 3rd verse. A and E/G# are played as barre chords with a smooth transition to Dadd9 using the same C-shape chord as E/G#.
  • 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 2 strings - in this case an E leading with a G# bass note... see charts of power chord patterns above.
  • Dadd9 is a D chord with an added E. The formula = 1-3-5-9 or D-F#-A-E
  • 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 Dadd9 with a D.
  • See power chords if you need to revise them or just want to know a little more about them.

A Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
O: Play Open
x: Don't play string

Right Handers: 

Picking Notes 1: 
  
               A5                         E/G#                      D5/A
    e |---|---|---|---|---|x   e |---|---|---|---|---|x   e |---|---|---|---|---|x  
    B |---|---|---|---|---|x   B |---|---|---|---|---|x   B |---|---|---|---|---|x
    G |---|---|---|---|-4-|    G |---|---|---|---|-4-|    G |---|---|---|---|-4-| 
    D |---|---|-2-|---|---|    D |---|-1-|---|---|---|    D |---|---|-2-|---|---| 
    A |---|---|---|---|---|x   A |---|---|---|---|---|x   A |-1-|---|---|---|---| 
    E |---|---|---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|---|---|x
Frets   5   6   7   8   9          5   6   7   8   9          5   6   7   8   9


Picking Notes 2:
   
               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 |---|---|---|---|-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 |---|---|---|---|x   D |---|---|---|---|x   D |---|---|---|---|x
    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
  
  
Guitar Chords:  
 
              A                     E/G#                   Dadd9  
    e |-1-|---|---|---|    e |-1-|---|---|---|    e |---|---|---|---|o
    B |-1-|---|---|---|    B |-1-|-2-|---|---|    B |---|-2-|---|---|
    G |-1-|-2-|---|---|    G |-1-|---|---|---|    G |-1-|---|---|---|
    D |-1-|---|-4-|---|    D |-1-|---|-3-|---|    D |---|---|-3-|---| 
    A |-1-|---|-3-|---|    A |-1-|---|---|-4-|    A |---|---|---|-4-|
    E |-1-|---|---|---|    E |-1-|---|---|---|    E |---|---|---|---|x
Frets   5   6   7   8          4   5   6   7          2   3   4   5  
  
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Left Handers:

Picking Notes 1:

               A5                        E/G#                       Dsus2
     x|---|---|---|---|---| e   x|---|---|---|---|---| e   x|---|---|---|---|---| e
     x|---|---|---|---|---| B   x|---|---|---|---|---| B   x|---|---|---|---|---| B
      |-4-|---|---|---|---| G    |-4-|---|---|---|---| G    |-4-|---|---|---|---| G
      |---|---|-2-|---|---| D    |---|---|---|-1-|---| D    |---|---|-2-|---|---| D
     x|---|---|---|---|---| A   x|---|---|---|---|---| A    |---|---|---|---|-1-| A
     x|---|---|---|---|---| E   x|---|---|---|---|---| E   x|---|---|---|---|---| E
        9   8   7   6   5          9   8   7   6   5          9   8   7   6   5  Frets

        
Picking Notes 2:

               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
    x|---|---|---|---| D   x|---|---|---|---| D   x|---|---|---|---| 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
       
Guitar Chords:

             A                    E/G#                  Dadd9
     |---|---|---|-1-| e    |---|---|---|-1-| e   o|---|---|---|---| e
     |---|---|---|-1-| B    |---|---|-2-|-1-| B    |---|---|-2-|---| B
     |---|---|-2-|-1-| G    |---|---|---|-1-| G    |---|---|---|-1-| G
     |---|-4-|---|-1-| D    |---|-3-|---|-1-| D    |---|-3-|---|---| D
     |---|-3-|---|-1-| A    |-4-|---|---|-1-| A    |-4-|---|---|---| A
     |---|---|---|-1-| E    |---|---|---|-1-| E   x|---|---|---|---| E
       8   7   6   5          7   6   5   4          5   4   3   2   Frets
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