DOWNLOAD THE SONGSHEET
IMPORTANT NOTE: TO USE MY SONGSHEET, FIRST YOU MUST DETUNE YOUR G STRING TO F# (Am6 TUNING)
THIS IS A GOOD, EASY EXERCISE TO TEACH A GROUP ABOUT USING ALTERNATE TUNINGS!
YOU CAN PLAY ALONG IN THE SAME KEY AS THE VIDEOS! The first video is the original song recorded in 2005 with a few extra lyrics, found on their studio album "Eyes Open", which I've included in the songsheet. The 2nd video was created for the North American audience.
"Chasing Cars" was released as the second single from their fourth studio album, Eyes Open (2006). It was recorded in 2005 and released on 6 June 2006 in the United States and 24 July 2006 in the United Kingdom. In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer, Gary Lightbody, said "It's the purest love song that I've ever written." The phrase "Chasing Cars" came from Lightbody's father, in reference to a girl Lightbody was infatuated with, "You're like a dog chasing a car. You'll never catch it and you just wouldn't know what to do with it if you did."
The song received critical acclaim. Billboard magazine's Sven Phillip found "Chasing Cars" to be the only song on Eyes Open which was "not to be missed". He called it a "catchy, colossal ballad that succeeds without any fireworks". The song was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song as well as for a 2007 BRIT Award for Best British Single. After the popularity of its association with the Grey's Anatomy television show in 2006 and the vampire diaries , the song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, the band's first Top 10 hit in the US.