More songs by Tracy Chapman

This file is part of a collection that (moreso than the rest of the site) are not meant to be detailed or accurate transcriptions of the original recordings. They're just some simple chord charts that I made for my own use, some of them my own arrangements.
- T-rev

"FAST CAR" by Tracy Chapman
From her 1988 self-titled album
Words and music by Tracy Chapman
Transcribed by T-rev
Capo 2nd fret.

     Cmaj7         G
     You got a fast car
     Em7            D4
     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
     Me myself I got nothing to prove

     You got a fast car
     I got a plan to get us out of 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

     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
     Leave tonight or live and die this way

  So 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
      C  Em       D
  And I---- had a feeling that I belonged
  C  Em       D                           C         D
  I---- had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

     You got a fast car
     We go cruising, 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 bigger house and live in the suburbs


     You got a fast 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 always hoped for better
     Thought maybe together you and me find it
     I got no plans I ain't going nowhere
     So take your fast car and keep on driving

  You gotta make a decision

Transcribed 2018-08-24 by T-rev
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x3200x Cmaj7 (hammer-on/pull-off x3201x C)
32003x G
022033 Em7
xx0032 D4

x3201x C
022000 Em
xx0232 D

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