Fast Car Lyrics

Fast Car

Tracy Chapman

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Fast Car Lyrics

You got a fast car, 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

You got a fast car, I got a plan to get us out of here
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, finally see what it means to be living

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 from 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

You got a fast car, is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision, we leave tonight or live and die this way

So I remember when we were driving, driving in your car
Speed so fast it felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us and your arm felt nice wrapped round my shoulder
And I, I had a feeling that I belonged
And I, I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car, we go cruising to entertain ourselves
You still ain’t got a job and I work in the 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 bigger house and live in the suburbs

So I remember when we were driving, driving in your car
Speed so fast It felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us and your arm felt nice wrapped round my shoulder
And I, I had a feeling that I belonged
And I, I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

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

So I remember when we were driving, driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us and your arm felt nice wrapped round my shoulder
And I, I had a feeling that I belonged
And I, I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

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


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Fast Car – Step 1

In this first step, we learn how to play the two guitar parts that make up the original verse of Fast Car.

Complete this step and you’ll realize that just working out the original part is not enough if you want to learn how to actually write something like this.

Go to Fast Car Step 1.


Fast Car – Step 2

In this step, we develop the two guitar verse parts into one guitar parts.

You get ten examples, learn these before you start developing your own variations.

Go to Fast Car Step 2.


Fast Car – Step 3

Let’s look at three different strumming patterns you could use to play the chorus of Fast Car.

All are played with a pick as this sounds better. Of course, I show you how you could play it fingerstyle as well.

Go to Fast Car Step 3.


Fast Car – Step 4

It’s time to play the complete song. Use the ten verse ideas as you play along with me and the singer. Aim to vary your verse part as much as possible.

For the chorus, there’s a new idea available in TAB that will work along with my frenetic fingerstyle strumming.

Go to Fast Car Step 4.


Fast Car – Step 5

It’s time to take that Fast Car and keep on driving up and down the fretboard.

Using a real song to learn about the fretboard is always a better idea than playing a random exercise.

Go to Fast Car Step 5.


Fast Car – Step 6

In this step, we find another 2nd guitar part that compliments the fingerstyle version.

This time, it is played using only string 1-3. Can you do this without reading the TAB?

Go to Fast Car Step 6.


Fast Car – Step 7

In today’s step, we largely ignore the song’s melody. Instead, we improvise, using the chord shapes as a guide.

Aim to connect the fretboard by playing all over it.

Go to Fast Car Step 7.


Fast Car – Step 8

In this final step, take everything you’ve learned and come up with a 2nd guitar part that makes me and the singer sound better.

Your part need to sound as if it belongs to the performance. Simply put the video on repeat and come up with stuff. If it works, repeat it.

Go to Fast Car Step 8.


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CHords

This song is played differently to how Tracy Chapman played it. Instead of finding the chords higher up the neck, I use open position chords.

Perhaps the most difficult part is to move from a fingerstyle verse to a strummed chorus.

Go to Fast Car Chords.


Biography

tracy-chapman-thumbTracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles Fast Car, Talking About A Revolution and Baby Can I Hold You from her self-entitled titled debut.

Amazingly, these were the three first songs on the debut.

Go to Tracy Chapman Biography.


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