Fast Car chords



You can learn how to play Fast Car by Tracy Chapman!

Tracy Chapman‘s Fast Car was one of three massive hits from her self-titled debut album.

The other two, Baby Can I Hold You and Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution firmly cemented Tracy as the world’s favorite busker.

My one guitar version of Fast Car is very similar to Tracy’s original guitar part, only a few more notes are added to compensate for the lack of band and that 2nd guitar part you find on the original recording.

That’s for the verse, the chorus has a completely new part which is played finger-style, just like the verse.

In the course, we learn what I play, what Tracy does on the original, as well as develop a 2nd guitar, all over the neck.


Fast Car chords and lyrics – Capo 2


Chords for Fast Car – Guitar 1

| Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 | Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 |
Cmaj7 G5 | Em Esus4 Em D D sus4 D | Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 |

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
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.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
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 across the border and into the city.
You and I can both get jobs, and finally see what it means to be living.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
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.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
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.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
So I remember when we were,

| C | G |
driving, driving in your car, speed so fast it felt like I was drunk.
| Em | D5 D5/A |
City lights lay out before us and your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder,
| C Em | D5 D5/A |
and I, I had a feeling that I belonged.
| C Em | D5 D5/A | C D5 |
And I, I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
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.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
So I remember when we were,

| C | G |
driving, driving in your car, speed so fast it felt like I was drunk.
| Em | D5 D5/A |
City lights lay out before us and your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder,
| C Em | D5 D5/A |
and I, I had a feeling that I belonged.
| C Em | D5 D5/A | C D5 |
And I, I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
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, so take your fast car and keep on driving.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
So I remember when we were,

| C | G |
driving, driving in your car, speed so fast it felt like I was drunk.
| Em | D5 D5/A |
City lights lay out before us and your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder,
| C Em | D5 D5/A |
and I, I had a feeling that I belonged.
| C Em | D5 D5/A | C D5 |
And I, I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||
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.

||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :|| x3
| Cmaj7 G5 |


Fast Car chord progression

The chords in Fast Car are simple, using only chords IV – I – VI – V on a loop over the seemingly never-ending verse.

In the key of G, with some extensions, this becomes ||: Cmaj7 G5 | Em Dadd4 :||

The chorus chords have fewer extensions, my version adds some leading bass notes to compensate for the lack of a bass player when played on just one acoustic guitar.

| C | G | Em | D5 D5/A |
| C Em | D5 D5/A |
| C Em | D5 D5/A | C D5 |

Apply a capo to fret 2 and you’re actually in the key of A. However, you want to think of Fast Car as if you’re in the key of G, even when you play that Em you see in the video guitar lesson at the top of this page, high up the neck.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 1)

Before we start going through all my variations for the verse in step 1, I show you what Tracy and her studio guitarist actually play on the original recording. You can see this in the first video above, starting at 4:53.

Both these guitars use a capo on fret 2, here’s TAB for what they play on the record.


Fast Car – 8 Guitar Lessons

The epic Fast Car is a finger-style masterpiece by Tracy Chapman. The seemingly never-ending verse is actually sung over just two bars of music.

Once we worked this out and developed it, we look at the chorus as well as how we can design a 2nd guitar to go with the original part.

Go to Fast Car – 8 Guitar Lessons.


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.

Go to Fast Car lyrics.


Tracy Chapman – Biography

Tracy 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 debut album.

Amazingly, these three songs were on the debuts A-side.

Go to Tracy Chapman – Biography.


Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.


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If you start with learning all these songs, there’s a good chance you won’t have to learn many more when a gig with a new band appears.

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