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Fast Car Tab

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                          FAST CAR - Tracy Chapman
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Tabbed by: Bob Miller
Email: onefinebob at gmail dot com
Tuning: Standard - Capo on 2nd fret to play with the recording

After looking through the other versions on the site, there were a couple
of things missing that I wanted to submit, like a full intro tab and
the complete chords for the chorus.

INTRO:
 (C)   (G)        (Em)  (D)        (C)   (G)        (Em)  (D)
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|0h1-0-3---3-----|8-----7---7-----|0h1-0-3---3-----|8-----7---7-----|
G|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|
D|----------------|------0---------|----------------|------0---------|
A|3---------------|7---------------|3---------------|7---------------|
E|------3---------|----------------|------3---------|----------------|

e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|0h1-0-3---3-----|8--10-8-7--8--7-|0h1-0-3---3-----|8-----7---7-----|
G|0---0-0-----0---|0---------------|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|
D|----------------|--------0-------|----------------|------0---------|
A|3---------------|7---------------|3---------------|7---------------|
E|------3---------|----------------|------3---------|----------------|

VERSE Pattern:         *     @ (see notes below)
e|----------------|----------------|
B|0h1-0-3---3-----|8---8-7---7-----|
G|0---0-0-----0---|0---0-0---0-0---|
D|----------------|------0---------|
A|3---------------|7---------------|
E|------3---------|----------------|

This pattern is slightly different than the intro, most noticeably
in the second measure. Here it is varied throughout the song:

* - The note on the G string is often added during the verse, and at times the note on 
B string feels like it is there but is soft.
@ - Again, the note on the G string is often there, but not always.

VERSE:

You’ve got a fast car, I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal, maybe together we can get somewhere
Anyplace is better. Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we’ll make something, but me myself I got nothing to prove

INTERLUDE: (First four bars of the intro)
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|0h1-0-3---3-----|8-----7---7-----|0h1-0-3---3-----|8-----7---7-----|
G|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|
D|----------------|------0---------|----------------|------0---------|
A|3---------------|7---------------|3---------------|7---------------|
E|------3---------|----------------|------3---------|----------------|

VERSE:
You got a fast car, and 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
We 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

INTERLUDE

VERSE:
You see my old man’s got a problem he live with the bottle
That’s the way it is
He says his body’s too old for working
I say 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

INTERLUDE

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

INTERLUDE

CHORUS (chords defined at the end of this file)
                               C             Cmaj7      C
‘Cause I remember when we were driving, driving in your car
    G                Gadd9           G
The speed so fast it felt like I was drunk
Em                Em7            Em
  The city lights lay out before us
         Dsus4         D                 Dsus4
And your arm felt nice wrapped ‘round my shoulder
    C* Em*     D            Dsus2 D
And I    had a feeling that I belonged
    C* Em*     D               Dsus2  D   C*          D*
And I   had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

INTERLUDE

VERSE:
You got a fast car and 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

INTERLUDE B: (slight difference in last bar)
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|0h1-0-3---3-----|8-----7---7-----|0h1-0-3---3-----|8--10-7---7-----|
G|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|
D|----------------|------0---------|----------------|------0---------|
A|3---------------|7---------------|3---------------|7---------------|
E|------3---------|----------------|------3---------|----------------|

CHORUS

INTERLUDE

VERSE
You got a fast car, and 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 would find it
I got not plans I ain’t going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving

INTERLUDE

CHORUS

INTERLUDE

VERSE
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

OUTRO
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|0h1-0-3---3-----|8-----7---7-----|0h1-0-3---3-----|8--10-7---7-----|
G|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|
D|----------------|------0---------|----------------|------0---------|
A|3---------------|7---------------|3---------------|7---------------|
E|------3---------|----------------|------3---------|----------------|

e|----------------|----------------|----------------||
B|0h1-0-3---3-----|8-----7---7-----|0h1-0-3---------||
G|0---0-0-----0---|0-----0-----0---|0---0-0---------||
D|----------------|------0---------|----------------||
A|3---------------|7---------------|3---------------||
E|------3---------|----------------|------3---------||


Chords used in the chorus:

C     x32010  (driving -- car)
C*    335553  (and I/be someone)
Cmaj7 x32000
G     320003
Gadd9 300003
Em    022000  (city lights -- us)
Em7   020030
Em*   779987  (and I...)
D     x00232
D*    557775
Dsus2 x00230 or 557755

                               C             Cmaj7      C
‘cause I remember when we were driving, driving in your car
    G                Gadd9           G
The speed so fast it felt like I was drunk
Em                Em7            Em
  The city lights lay out before us
         Dsus4         D                 Dsus4
And your arm felt nice wrapped ‘round my shoulder
    C* Em*     D            Dsus2 D
And I    had a feeling that I belonged
    C* Em*     D               Dsus2  D    C*          D*
And I    had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

**For the “had a feeling...” sections, you can use either version of
  the chords D and Dsus2.

| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
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dysfuntfred wrote on July 2 2007, 02:20 pm

This tab is just about perfect. It's the same way I play the song. It's more accurate and sounds better than the other tabs for Fast Car that are out there. Great job

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sloppyjoe24 wrote on July 3 2007, 09:12 pm

*high-five*

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bricktopra3 wrote on September 10 2007, 02:31 pm

this is the best tab out there! Thanks for taking the time to write it up!!

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