Fast Car chords

by Tracy Chapman

Fast Car was written by Tracy Chapman. The song was recorded in 1987 and released in April, 1988 from the album Tracy Chapman.

Music: Key of A Major in 4/4 time at ~ 90 bpm (Minim)
Guitar Chords: Riff: Dmaj7, A5, F#m, Eadd4      Chorus: D, A, F#m, E

Tracy Chapman plays with a Capo on the 2nd fret:

Riff Chords: Cmaj7, G5, Em, Dadd4... take note of the altered Em
Cmaj7: xx0222
G5: 300033
Em: 022003
Dadd4: xx0032
Tracy plays Em and Dadd4 as Barre Chords like so:
Em: 779987 (B)
Dadd4: x55775 (B)

Chorus Chords: C, G, Em, D... take note of the altered G
C: x32010
G: 320033
Em: 022000
D: xx0232

See below for the Guitar Sheet Music Introduction of Fast Car - including tabbed version...

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Charts

The 4 bars of Intro Riff are played throughout the entire song except for the choruses. I have started with the live version as it is slower than the record version and easier to keep up with especially for beginners. Seasoned players will find the record version below which is played at approximately 104 bpm Minim

Please note:
Live version: Only 4 bars of Intro. with a Guitar Lick on the 4th 4-bar repeat before the last bar... capo on 2 if playing with video

Record version: 16 bars (4 x 4) of Intro with a guitar lick in the 3rd repeat and again on the 3rd repeat before the last bar. This is all included in the Sheet Music Intro and Tabs below.

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

Intro (Riff): 4/4
Timing:     1 2 3  4     1 2 3 4   1 2 3 4        1 2 3 4 
        ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||  x4   
                 
   Cmaj7        G5          Em            Dadd4
1. You got a fa-ast  car___ I want a tick-et to a-ny-where
 Cmaj7               G5     Em            Dadd4
   May-be we make a deal___ May-be to-geth-er we can get some-where
 Cmaj7           G5          Em                 Dadd4
   A-ny place is bet-ter___ Start-ing from ze-ro got no-thing to lose
 Cmaj7                G5           Em          Dadd4
   May-be we'll make some-thing___ Me my-self I got no-thing to prove

Riff: 
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||

   Cmaj7         A         Em          DaddG...
2. You got a fa-ast car___ I got a plan to get us out of here
   I been wor-king at the con-ven-i-ence store
   Ma-naged to save just a lit-tle bit of mo-ney
   We won't have to drive too far
   Just a-cross the bor-der and in-to the ci-ty
   You and I can both get jobs
   And fi-nal-ly see what it means to be li-ving

Riff: 
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||

          Cmaj7               G5      
3. You see my old man's got a pro-blem
      Em                            Dadd4...
   He live with the bot-tle that's the way it is
   He says his body's too old for wor-king
   His bo-dy's too young to look like his
   My ma-ma went off and left him
   She wan-ted more from life than he could give
   I said some-bo-dy's got to take care of him
   So I quit school and that's what I did

Riff: 
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||

        Cmaj7        G5                    Em             Dadd4 
Bridge: You got a fa-ast car___ But is it fast e-nough so we can fly a-way?
        Cmaj7               G5             Em               Dadd4
        We got-ta make a de-ci-sion___ We leave to-night or live and die this way

Riff: 
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||
                                               (So re-mem-ber when we were)

                                    C
Chorus: So re-mem-ber when we were dri-ving, dri-ving in your car
              G  
        The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
      Em
        Ci-ty lights lay out be-fore us
                  D
        And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoul-der
            C    Em         D
        And I...     had a feel-ing that I be-longed
        C    Em         D                            C           D
        I...     had a feel-ing I could be some-one, be some-one, be some-one

Riff: 
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||

   Cmaj7        G5             Em            Dadd4...
4. You got a fa-ast car___ And we go crui-sing en-ter-tain our-selves
   You still ain't got a job___ And I work in the mar-ket as a check-out girl
   I know things will get bet-ter___ You'll find work and I'll get pro-mo-ted
   We'll move out of the shel-ter___ Buy a big house and live in the su-burbs

Riff: 
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||
                                               (So re-mem-ber when we were)

                                    C
Chorus: So re-mem-ber when we were dri-ving, dri-ving in your car
              G  
        The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
      Em
        Ci-ty lights lay out be-fore us
                  D
        And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoul-der
            C    Em         D
        And I...     had a feel-ing that I be-longed
        C    Em         D                            C           D
        I...     had a feel-ing I could be some-one, be some-one, be some-one

Riff:
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||

   Cmaj7        G5         Em             Dadd4...
5. You got a fa-ast car___ 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 al-ways hoped for bet-ter
   Thought may-be to-ge-ther you and me'd find it
   I got no plans I ain't going no-where
   So take your fast car and keep on dri-ving

Riff: 
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||
                                               (So re-mem-ber when we were)

                                    C
Chorus: So re-mem-ber when we were dri-ving, dri-ving in your car
              G  
        The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
      Em
        Ci-ty lights lay out be-fore us
                  D
        And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoul-der
            C     Em        D
        And I...     had a feel-ing that I be-longed
        C    Em         D                            C           D
        I...     had a feel-ing I could be some-one, be some-one, be some-one

Riff:
   ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||

        Cmaj7        G5   
Bridge: You got a fa-ast car
              Em            Dadd4...
        Is it fast e-nough so you can fly a-way?
        Cmaj7             G5   
        You got-ta make a de-ci-sion
         Em               Dadd4
        Leave to-night or live and die this way...

Outro:
       ||: Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4  :||
                                                                    Hold      
       ||:  Cmaj7  G5  | G5      | Em    Dadd4  | Dadd4 :|| Cmaj7  G5  |  

G Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
alt: alternative chord voicing

* If you are playing with a Capo, each fret number represents the 'fret distance'
from the capo - not the Nut of the guitar, i.e. 3 represents the 3rd fret from
the capo. * If you watch the video, you will notice Tracy uses the alternate Em and Dadd4 chords which are barre chords.
Right-Handed Chord Tabs Verse chords Cmaj7 G5 Em Dadd4 Em (alt) Dadd4 (alt) e |---|---|---| e |---|---|-4-| e |---|---|-4-| e |---|-2-|---| e |-1-|---|---| e |-1-|---|---| B |---|---|---| B |---|---|-3-| B |---|---|---| B |---|---|-3-| B |-1-|-2-|---| B |-1-|---|-4-| G |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |-1-|---|-4-| G |-1-|---|-3-| D |---|-2-|---| D |---|---|---| D |---|-2-|---| D |---|---|---| D |-1-|---|-3-| D |-1-|---|---| A |---|---|-3-| A |---|---|---|x A |---|-1-|---| A |---|---|---|x A |-1-|---|---| A |-1-|---|---| E |---|---|---|x E |---|---|-2-| E |---|---|---| E |---|---|---|x E |---|---|---|x E |---|---|---|x Frets 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 7 8 9 5 6 7 Chorus chords C G Em D e |---|---|---| e |---|---|-4-| e |---|---|---| e |---|-2-|---| B |-1-|---|---| B |---|---|-3-| B |---|---|---| B |---|---|-3-| G |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |---|-1-|---| D |---|-2-|---| D |---|---|---| D |---|-2-|---| D |---|---|---| A |---|---|-3-| A |---|-1-|---| A |---|-1-|---| A |---|---|---|x E |---|---|---|x E |---|---|-2-| E |---|---|---| E |---|---|---|x Frets 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 Left-Handed Chord Tabs Verse chords Cmaj7 G5 Em Dadd4 Em (alt) Dadd4 (alt) |---|---|---| e |-4-|---|---| e |-4-|---|---| e |---|-2-|---| e |---|---|-1-| e |---|---|-1-| e |---|---|---| B |-3-|---|---| B |---|---|---| B |-3-|---|---| B |---|-2-|-1-| B |-4-|---|-1-| B |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |-4-|---|-1-| G |-3-|---|-1-| G |---|-2-|---| D |---|---|---| D |---|-2-|---| D |---|---|---| D |-3-|---|-1-| D |---|---|-1-| D |-3-|---|---| A x|---|---|---| A |---|-1-|---| A x|---|---|---| A |---|---|-1-| A |---|---|-1-| A x|---|---|---| E |-2-|---|---| E |---|---|---| E x|---|---|---| E x|---|---|---| E x|---|---|---| E 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 9 8 7 7 6 5 Frets Chorus chords C G Em D |---|---|---| e |-4-|---|---| e |---|---|---| e |---|-2-|---| e |---|---|-1-| B |-3-|---|---| B |---|---|---| B |-3-|---|---| B |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |---|---|---| G |---|-1-|---| G |---|-2-|---| D |---|---|---| D |---|-2-|---| D |---|---|---| D |-3-|---|---| A |---|-1-|---| A |---|-1-|---| A x|---|---|---| A x|---|---|---| E |-2-|---|---| E |---|---|---| E x|---|---|---| E 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 Frets
Guitar Sheet Music - Introduction for record version:
Record version of Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
Fast Car Intro - Sheet Music
Tabbed Version of the above: 
(1) First x 4 bars: Riff 

*(T)represents a Tie where 2 notes of the same pitch are played as one note
  and held for the duration equal to the sum of both notes.
* Each segment|--------| is equivalent to one bar of music.
* Each dash/number in each segment is equivalent in time to an eigth-note or quaver.

         (T)               (T)
e|--------|--------|3-----2-|2-2-----|
B|0-1-0-3-|3-3-----|--------|--------|
G|--------|----0---|----0---|----0---|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
E|--------|--------|--------|--------|
    Bar-1    Bar-2    Bar-3    Bar-4

(2) Second x 4 bars: Repeat first 4 bars

(3) Third x 4 bars: Includes Guitar lick on bars 11 and 12...

         (T)          (T)      (T)
e|--------|--------|3--55-3-|2--33-2-|
B|0-1-0-3-|3-3-----|--------|--------|
G|--------|----0---|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
E|--------|--------|--------|--------|
    Bar-9   Bar-10   Bar-11   Bar-12

(4) Fourth x 4 bars: Repeat first 4 bars
  
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