Best Tracy Chapman Songs

17 Best Tracy Chapman Songs (list with chords & lyrics)

If you are trying to find the most awesome Tracy Chapman songs ever made, you’ve come to the right website. This is our picks for the most noteworthy Tracy Chapman songs that you have to check out today.

We have listed the greatest songs with their words plus guitar chords – so you can play and sing along with these legendary tracks too.

Fast Car

Fast Car Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Capo: 2nd fret

INTRO
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x4
 
VERSE 1
 
Cmaj7          G
You got a fast car.
Em                 D
I want a ticket to anywhere.
Cmaj7           G
Maybe we make a deal,
Em                    D
Maybe together we can get somewhere.
Cmaj7        G
Any place is better.
Em                      D
Starting from zero, got nothing to lose.
Cmaj7            G
Maybe we'll make something,
Em               D
Me myself, I got nothing to prove.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x2
 
VERSE 2
 
Cmaj7          G
You got a fast car.
Em              D
I got a plan to get us out of here:
Cmaj7                 G
I been working at the convenience store,
Em                     D
Managed to save just a little bit of money.
Cmaj7                   G
Won't have to drive too far
Em                         D
Just 'cross the border and into the city, 
Cmaj7         G
You and I can both get jobs
    Em                  D
And finally see what it means to be living.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x2
 
VERSE 3
 
         Cmaj7              G
You see, my old man's got a problem:
   Em                               D
He live with the bottle, that’s the way it is.
   Cmaj7                       G
He says his body's too old for working,
    Em                  D
His body's too young to look like his.
   Cmaj7             G             Em                         D
My mama went off and left him, she wanted more from life than he could give,
         Cmaj7                  G
I said, "Somebody's got to take care of him."
   Em                       D
So I quit school and that's what I did.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x2
 
VERSE 4
 
Cmaj7          G
You got a fast car.
          Em                    D
But is it fast enough so we can fly away?
Cmaj7             G
We gotta make a decision:
Em                        D
Leave tonight or live and die this way.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D X2
 
CHORUS
 
     C                      G                C
So I remember when: we were driving, driving in your car,
    G                         C
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk,
Em              C
City lights lay out before us
         Em                     C
And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder. 
    C Em      D
And I   had a feeling that I belonged
    C Em      D                  Em          C           Em
And I   had a feeling I could -- be someone, be someone, be someone.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x2
 
VERSE 5
 
Cmaj7          G
You got a fast car.
    Em                     D
And we go cruising to entertain ourselves;
Cmaj7                 G
you still ain't got a job
      Em                    D
And I work in a market as a checkout girl.
Cmaj7                  G
I know things will get better:
Em                   D
You'll find work and I'll get promoted, 
Cmaj7                 G
We'll move out of the shelter
Em                     D
Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x2
 
CHORUS
 
     C                      G                C
So I remember when: we were driving, driving in your car,
    G                         C
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk,
Em              C
City lights lay out before us
         Em                     C
And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder. 
    C Em      D
And I   had a feeling that I belonged
    C Em      D                  Em          C           Em
And I   had a feeling I could -- be someone, be someone, be someone.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x2
 
VERSE 6
 
Cmaj7          G
You got a fast car.
    Em               D
And I got a job that pays all our bills.
Cmaj7                 G
You stay out drinking late at the bar,
        Em                         D
You see more your friends than you do your kids.
Cmaj7                G
I'd always hoped for better,
Em                     D
Thought maybe together you and me would find it,
Cmaj7                  G
I got no plans I ain't going nowhere,
   Em                     D
so take your fast car and keep on driving.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x2
 
CHORUS
 
     C                      G                C
So I remember when: we were driving, driving in your car,
    G                         C
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk,
Em              C
City lights lay out before us
         Em                     C
And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder. 
    C Em      D
And I   had a feeling that I belonged
    C Em      D                  Em          C           Em
And I   had a feeling I could -- be someone, be someone, be someone.
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x2
 
VERSE 7
 
Cmaj7          G
You got a fast car.
          Em                     D
But is it fast enough so you can fly away?
Cmaj7              G
You gotta make a decision:
Em                        D
Leave tonight or live and die this way.
 
OUTRO
 
Cmaj7 G  Em D x3
Cmaj7 G
Show more

Mountains O Things

Mountains O Things Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
 Am                Dm       F   G    Am
|/ / / / |/ / / / |/ / / / |/ / / / |/ / / / |/ / / / |
 
VERSE 1
Am
The life I've always wanted I guess I'll never have 
        Dm
I'll be working for somebody else Until I'm in my grave
        F                              G            F            Am
I'll be dreaming of a live of ease and mountains Oh mountains o' things 
 
VERSE 2
Am
To have a big expensive car Drag my furs on the ground 
Dm
And have a maid that I can tell To bring me anything 
F
Everyone will look at me with envy and with greed 
G                                 F            G            Am
I'll revel in their attention And mountains Oh mountains o' things 
 
VERSE 3
Am
Sweet lazy life Champagne and caviar
Dm
I hope you'll come and find me Cause you know who we are 
F
Those who deserve the best in life And know what money's worth 
G                                          F            G          Am
And those whose sole misfortune Was having mountains o' nothing at birth 
 
HOOK
        C       G                                       Am
Oh they tell me There's still time to save my soul They tell me 
  C             G                                   Am
Renounce all Renounce all those material things you gained by 
F                G             Am
Exploiting other human beings 
 
VERSE 4
Am
Consume more than you need This is the dream 
Dm
Make you pauper Or make you queen 
F
I won't die lonely I'll have it all prearranged   
G                                       F             G            Am
A grave that's deep and wide enough For me and all my mountains o' things 
 
HOOK
        C       G                                       Am
Oh they tell me There's still time to save my soul They tell me 
  C             G                                   Am
Renounce all Renounce all those material things you gained by 
F                G             Am
Exploiting other human beings 
 
BRIDGE
G             F       Am
Mostly I feel lonely 
G                    F                 Am
Good good people are   Good people are only My stepping stones 
G                      F                      Am
It's gonna take all my mountains o' things To surround me 
G           F            G                   F                   Am
Keep all my enemies away Keep my sadness and loneliness at bay 
 
VERSE 5
Am
The life I've always wanted I guess I'll never have 
        Dm
I'll be working for somebody else Until I'm in my grave
        F                              G            F            Am
I'll be dreaming of a live of ease and mountains Oh mountains o' things 
 
OUTRO
        F                                     G                            Am
I'll be dreaming dreaming dreaming dreaming...dreaming dreaming dreaming...dreaming 
I'll be dreaming dreaming dreaming dreaming...dreaming dreaming dreaming...dreaming
I'll be dreaming dreaming dreaming dreaming...dreaming dreaming dreaming...dreaming
I'll be dreaming dreaming dreaming dreaming...dreaming dreaming dreaming...dreaming
Show more

Stand By Me (Acoustic)

Stand By Me (Acoustic) Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
G  Em  C  D  G
 
VERSE 1
G                             Em7
When the night has come, and the land is dark
        C               D                    G
And the moon is the only light you see
G                          Em7
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
        C             D          G
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
 
CHORUS 1
G
Oh darling, darling, stand by me
   Em7                  C           D           G
Oh stand by me, Oh Stand, Stand by me
 
VERSE 2
G                       Em7
If the sky we look upon Should tumble and fall
          C                 D                   G
Or the mountains should crumble to the sea
G                       Em
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
C            D                       G
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
 
CHORUS 2
G
Oh darling, darling, stand by me
Em         Em7                  C       D       G
Oh stand, stand by me, Oh stand by me
 
VERSE 3
G
Whenever your in trouble you just stand by me
Em              C       D       G
Oh stand by me, Oh stand by me
 
INSTRUMENTAL
G  Em7  C  D  G  Em Em7 C  D  G
 
VERSE 4
G
Whenever your in trouble you just stand by me
       Em                       C       D       G
Oh stand by me,  Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me
 
OUTRO
G
 Oh darling, darling, stand by me
Em                 C         D         G
Oh stand by me, Oh stand, stand by me,
G
stand by me, stand by me ….
Show more

A Hundred Years

A Hundred Years Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
C   G/B   F  G F G C     F G F C     F G F C
 
VERSE 1
           G/B
Baby sweet baby
F
Won't you please
C           F     G   C
Come on back home to me
               G/B
I've been so lonely
F              G
These few days feel like
  F    G   C     F G F C   F G F Bb
A hundred years
 
CHORUS
                F     G
How you make me worry baby
                 C               Bb
How you make me worry about you
              F
Here I am I'm knowing
             C                   Bb
That I can't live without you
                   F          G               C            Bb
Here I am thinking someday we make this a long time thing
               F
Here I am I'm knowing
    G            C
That I'd do most anything
        F     G          C
If you keep on loving me
   F   G F G C
Baby
 
VERSE 2
           G/B
Baby sweet baby
F
I've been waiting
          G          F   G  C
Seem like waiting is all I do
                              G/B
Don't say you won't come back to me
F                       G          F  G   C   F G F C     F G F Bb
And make me have to go out chasing after you
 
CHORUS
            F
We get in a fight
     G            C     Bb
You stay out late
                  F
You have no idea
G                    C             Bb
How much you make me worry baby
                    F     G
Called everyone in town
          C        Bb
I think you know
                F
So come on now
        G
Come on come on
      C       F  G F G C
Back home
 
VERSE 3
           G/B
Baby sweet baby
F
I'm a fool in love
       G        F    G       C
But I still got my pride too
                           G/B
I'll wait a little longer. I'll suffer for my heart
F                            G
Then I'll go find someone to worry about me
F          G  C               F G F C    F G F Bb
As much as I worry about you
 
CHORUS
                F     G
How you make me worry baby
                 C               Bb
How you make me worry about you
              F
Here I am I'm knowing
             C                   Bb
That I can't live without you
                   F          G               C            Bb
Here I am thinking someday we make this a long time thing
               F
Here I am I'm knowing
    G            C
That I'd do most anything
        F     G          C
If you keep on loving me
   F   G F G C
Baby
 
VERSE 4
           G/B
Baby sweet baby
F
Won't you please
C           F     G   C
Come on back home to me
               G/B
I've been so lonely
F              G
These few days feel like
  F    G   C     F G F C   F G F C
A hundred years
Show more

Smoke And Ashes

Smoke And Ashes Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Asus2                 E
I'd heard rumors and I'd heard talk
Asus2                            E
About the trail you'd left of broken hearts
Asus2                            E
About the sea of tears too wide to cross
Asus2                            E
But a little bad press has never scared me off
Asus2
So I burned a path to figure out
E
How to get me some of what you got 
 
Asus2
I've got a red hot heart
E
If the talk is true yours is the same
Asus2
And we should be together
E
And let our passions fan love's flame 
 
Asus2                          E
When I looked for you I almost passed you by
Asus2
You were so cool and calm
E
I thought my friends had lied
Asus2                                       E
But I thought so much reserve must make you wild inside
Asus2
It was there and then that I knew 
E
I had to get some of what you got 
 
Asus2
I've got a red hot heart
E
If the talk is true yours is the same
Asus2
And we should be together
E
And let our passions fan love's flame 
 
Asus2                                           E
I thought I'd won your heart when I held you hand //
 in mine //
Asus2                                            E
I thought it was true love the way we complemented //
... each other
Asus2
But my right is your wrong
                               E
And when you're right then I'm left // 
...with nothing
Asus2                                   E
Your light and your heat have all been spent...
Leaving only smoke and ashes
 
Asus                      E
Only smoke and ashes baby 
 
Asus2
I've got a red hot heart
E
And your heart's as blue as the blood in your veins
Asus2
I say there's fire down below
E
You say it's only smoke and ashes baby 
 
Am7
I'm crying all the time, salty stinging tears
D7
And mourning for the past carbon-dated years
Am7
But knowing now for certain that you were always right
D7
Because if a breeze could blow you out of my life
E                           Asus2    E
It's only smoke and ashes baby
                         Asus2       E
Only smoke and ashes baby 
Asus2
I've got a red hot heart
E                               Asus2               E
And your heart's as blue as the blood in your veins 
Asus2
I say there's fire down below
E                                 Asus2         E
You say it's only smoke and ashes baby 
 
Am7
I was blinded by devotion, my unwavering love for you
D7
So blinded that I thought all your lies were true
Am7
But now I know for certain since you've gone away
D7
It was just a smoldering fire I mistook for a blaze
E                      Asus2         E
Only smoke and ashes baby ....
 
Asus2
I've got a red hot heart
E                              Asus2                E
And your heart's as blue as the blood in your veins 
Asus2
I say there's fire down below
E                                 Asus2
You say it's only smoke and ashes baby
E                         Asus2
Only smoke and ashes baby, baby   
Show more

Telling Stories

Telling Stories Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
 
Em
(alternately double pick/strum E string and D string)
 
 
VERSE 1
         Em                     C
There is fiction in the space between 
    G                     D6/F#
The lines on your page of memories
         Em                   C
Write it down, but it doesn't mean
       G                D6/F#
You're not just telling stories
 
 
INSTRUMENTAL
Em C G D6/F#  (2x)
 
 
VERSE 2
         Em                      C
There is fiction in the space between
G         D6/F#
You and reality
          Em            C
You would do and say anything
             G                  D6/F#
To make your everyday life seem less mundane
         Em                      C
There is fiction in the space between
G       D6/F#
You and me
 
 
INSTRUMENTAL
Em C G D6/F#  (2x)
 
 
VERSE 3
                  Em                     C
There's a science fiction in the space between
G       D6/F#
You and me
       Em                C
A fabrication of a grand scheme
      G              D6/F#
Where I am the scary monster
          Em                      C
I eat the city and as I leave the scene
      G              D6/F#
In my spaceship I am laughing
          Em                 C
In your remembrance of a bad dream
        G              D6/F#
There's no one but you standing
 
 
INSTRUMENTAL
Em C G D6/F#  (2x)
 
 
BRIDGE
D                            C                G
Leave the pity and the blame for the ones who do not speak
D                                                 C          G
You write the words to get respect and compassion and for posterity
C                       Em                    G            D       Em
You write the words and make believe there is truth in the space between
 
 
INSTRUMENTAL
Em
 
(same style as Intro)
 
 
VERSE 4
         Em                     C
There is fiction in the space between
G            D6/F#
You and everybody
Em                  C
Give us all what we need
        G             D6/F#
Give us one more sad, sordid story
       Em                     C
In the fiction of the space between
G              D6/F# N.C.               Em   C
Sometimes a lie      is the best thing
G              D6/F# N.C.               Em C G D6/F#
Sometimes a lie      is the best thing
                   Em C G D6/F#
Oh, the best thing
                  Em C G D6/F#
Is the best thing
 
 
OUTRO
Em C G D6/F#
Em
(Repeat Intro)
Show more

For My Lover

For My Lover Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO x2
 
      Em              G                D           Cmaj7
      D   u           D   u            D   u   D   u
e-----0---0-----------3---3-----------|2---2---2---0---------|
B--T--0---0-----------0---0-----------|3---3---3---0---------|
G--A--0---0-----------0---0-----------|2---2---2---0---------|
D--B--2---2-------0---0---0-------0---|0---0---0---2---------|
A-----2---2---0^2-----2---2---0^2-----|------------3---------|
E-----0---0-----------3---3-----------|----------------------|
 
 
VERSE 1
Em                G
Two weeks in a Virginia jail
D             A
For my lover, for my lover
Em              G
Twenty thousand dollar bail
D             A
For my lover, for my lover
 
CHORUS
C                     Aadd9
  And everybody thinks.. I'm the fool
D                      C
  They don't get.. any love from you
Em                       Aadd9
  Things we won't do for love 
Em
  I'd climb a mountain if I had to,
G
  Risk my life so I could have you 
D                Cmaj7
you you you you, you you you you you
 
VERSE 2
Em                  G
Everyday I'm psychoanalyzed
D             A
For my lover, for my lover
Em                    G
They Dope me up and I tell them lies
D             A
For my lover, for my lover
 
CHORUS
C                     Aadd9
  And everybody thinks.. I'm the fool
D                      C
  They don't get.. any love from you
Em                       Aadd9
  Things we won't do for love 
Em
  I'd climb a mountain if I had to,
G
  Risk my life so I could have you 
D                Cmaj7
you you you you, you you you you you
 
BRIDGE
Cmaj7              Em
 I follow my heart.. and leave my head to ponder
D                       Cmaj7
 Deep in this love.. no man can shake.
 
Cmaj7              Em
 I follow my heart.. and leave my mind to wonder,
D                              Cmaj7
 is this love worth.. the sacrifices I make?
 
VERSE 3
Em                G
Two weeks in a Virginia jail
D              A
For my lover, for my lover
Em              G
Twenty Thousand Dollar Bail
D              A
For my lover, for my Lover
Em                 G
Everyday I'm psychoanalyzed
D              A
For my lover, for my lover 
Em                    G
They Dope me up and I tell them lies
D             A
For my lover, for my lover
 
 
CHORUS
C                     Aadd9
  And everybody thinks.. I'm the fool
D                      C
  They don't get.. any love from you
Em                       Aadd9
  Things we won't do for love 
Em
  I'd climb a mountain if I had to,
G
  Risk my life so I could have you 
D                Cmaj7
you you you you, you you you you you
 
OUTRO
| Em G | D Cmaj7 |
| Em G | D Cmaj7 |
Show more

Crossroads

Crossroads Guitar Chords & Lyrics
:_____: = repeat
 
 
:F    C    G    Am: (x4)
 
F                       C             G      Am
All you folks think you own my life
    F                  C              G      Am
But you never made any sacrifice
F               C                     G      Am
Demons they are on my trail
    F                    C                  G        Am
I'm standing at the crossroads of the hell
  F                  C                     G        Am
I look to the left I look to the right
         F                     C           G        Am
There're hands that grab me on every side
 
 F   C   G   Am    F   C     Am
:mmm mmm mmm    mm mmm mmm        :
 
F                     C                G     Am
All you folks think I got my price
   F                   C               G     Am
At which I'll sell all that is mine
          F                C           G     Am
You think money rules when all else fails
   F                  C                G     Am
Go sell your soul and keep your shell
    F                        C         G     Am
I'm trying to protect what I keep inside
        F             C                G     Am
All the reasons why I live my life
 
 
 F   C   G   Am    F   C     Am
:mmm mmm mmm    mm mmm mmm        :
 
     F                  C               G     Am
Some say the devil be a mystical thing
  F                  C                  G     Am
I say the devil he a walking man
     F                 C                    G     Am
He a fool he a liar, a conjurer and a thief
          F
He try to tell you what you want,
       C                       G    Am
try to tell you what you need__
 
 
 F   C   G   Am    F   C     Am
:mmm mmm mmm    mm mmm mmm        :
 
 
BRIDGE
 
G    C    F    C
G
 Standing at the point
C                           F     C
 The road it cross you down
G
 What is at your back
C                           F     C
 Which way do you turn__
F                 G
 Who will come to find you first
Am                 Am
    Your devils or your gods
F     G
mmm   mmm
 
 
:F     C     G     Am:
 
F                       C              G      Am
All you folks think you run my life
    F                      C           G      Am
Say I should be willing to compromise
      F                 C              G      Am
I say all you demons go back to hell
     F            C             G       Am
I'll save my soul save myself
 
 
 F   C   G   Am    F   C     Am
:mmm mmm mmm    mm mmm mmm        :
 
 
     F            C             G       Am
I'll save my soul save myself
     F            C             G       Am
I'll save my soul save myself
     F            C             G       Am
I'll save my soul save myself
     F            C             G       Am
I'll save my soul save myself 
Show more

Give Me One Reason

Give Me One Reason Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Capo: 2nd fret

E A B7 E
 
E                               A          B7               E     E7 E
Give me one reason to stay here,  and I'll turn right back around
A                               A7         B7               E     E7 E
Give me one reason to stay here,  and I'll turn right back around
          B7
Because I don't want leave you lonely
    A                            E    E7 E
But you got to make me change my mind
 
E                      A      B7                E    E7 E
Baby I got your number, and I know that you got mine
    A                          A7   B7              E     E7 E
But you know that I called you,  I  called too many times
        B7                   A
You can call me baby you can call me anytime
               E       E7 E
But you got to call me
 
E                               A          B7               E     E7 E
Give me one reason to stay here   and I'll turn right back around
A                               A7         B7               E     E7 E
Give me one reason to stay here   and I'll turn right back around
          B7
Because I don't want leave you lonely
    A                            E    E7 E
But you got to make me change my mind
 
  E                               A            B7           E    E7 E
I don't want no one to squeeze me   they might take away my life
  A                               A7           B7           E    E7 E
I don't want no one to squeeze me   they might take away my life
       B7                     A                        E     E7 E
I just want someone to hold me and rock me through the night
 
Break
 
E A B7 E  E7 E
 
E A B7 E  E7 E
 
B7 A E  E7 E
 
     E                           A    B7                E    E7 E
This youthful heart can love you, and give you what you need
     A                           A7    B7                E    E7 E
This youthful heart can love you,  and give you what you need
            B7                           A
But I'm too old to go chasing you around
                        E  E7 E
Wasting my precious energy
 
E                               A          B7               E     E7 E
Give me one reason to stay here   and I'll turn right back around
A                               A7         B7               E     E7 E
Give me one reason to stay here   and I'll turn right back around
          B7
Because I don't want leave you lonely
    A                            E    E7 E
But you got to make me change my mind
 
E                            A         B7              E   E7 E
Baby just give me one reason   Give me just one reason why
A                            A7        B7                           E    E7 E
Baby just give me one reason   Give me just one reason why I should stay
          B7                        A
Because I told you that I loved you
                           E    E7 A A7 E
And there ain't no more to say
Show more

The Promise

The Promise Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Capo I
 
C G F C 2x
 
   C  G  F        C
If you   wait for me 
         G F        C
then I'll  come for you
  F           C        G
Although I've traveled far
  F      C      F         Am  G     C
I always hold a place for you in my heart
 
C G F C 2x
 
   C  G  F        C
If you   think of me
              G  F        C
If you miss me   once in awhile
     F      C       G
Then I'll return to you
F      C        F         Am    G       C
I'll return and fill that space in your heart 
 
C G F C
 
  C     Am
Remembering
     F
Your touch
     G
Your kiss
     C    G  Am
Your warm em brace
     F       G    C    G  Am
I'll find my way  back to you
   F         G   C
If you'll be waiting
 
C G F C 2x
 
   C  G  F        C
If you   dream of me 
      G  F        C
Like I   dream of you
     F            C        G
In a place that's warm and dark
     F           C     F        Am      G       C
In a place where I can feel the beating of your heart 
 
C G F C
 
  C     Am
Remembering
     F
Your touch
     G
Your kiss
     C    G  Am
Your warm em brace
     F       G    C    G  Am
I'll find my way  back to you
   F         G   C
If you'll be waiting
 
C G F C 2x
 
C   G  Am         C
I've   longed for you 
      G  F      C
And I    have desired
   F        C         G
To see your face your smile
   F  G    F       Am   G   C
To be with you wherever you are 
 
C G F C
 
  C     Am
Remembering
     F
Your touch
     G
Your kiss
     C    G  Am
Your warm em brace
     F       G    C    G  Am
I'll find my way  back to you
       F             G   C
Please say you'll be waiting
 
C G F C
 
  C       G
Together again
         Am      G       C
It would feel so good to be
        G
In your arms
      Am     G        C
Where all my journeys end
Am                G
If you can make a promise 
        F        G       Am
If it's one that you can keep
  F      C        G
I vow to come for you
   Am  G        C
If you wait for me 
 
C G F C 2x
 
    F   G      Am
And say you'll hold
  F     Am  G
A place for me 
        C
In your heart.
 
C G F C
 
  F         G          C    C G F C
A place for me in your heart
  F         G          C    C G F C
A place for me in your heart
  F         G          C
A place for me in your heart 
Show more

Across The Lines

Across The Lines Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Capo: 2nd fret

INTRO
Em D  Am  C  (2x)
 
 
CHORUS
Em         D      Am        C
Across the lines, who would dare to go
Em        D                Am
Under the bridge, over the tracks
               C
That separates whites from blacks
Em               D            G
Choose sides, or run for your life
Am          C       D
Tonight the riots began
Em                  D
On back streets of America,
Am                        C        G
They killed the dream of America
 
 
Em                                D
Little black girl gets assaulted, ain't no reason why
    Am                         C
Newspaper prints the story and racist tempers fly
     Em                      D
Next day it starts the riot, knives and guns are drawn
    Am                         C
Two black boys get killed, one white boy goes blind
 
 
CHORUS
Em         D      Am        C
Across the lines, who would dare to go
Em        D                Am
Under the bridge, over the tracks
               C
That separates whites from blacks
Em               D            G
Choose sides, or run for your life
Am          C       D
Tonight the riots began
Em                  D
On back streets of America,
Am                        C        G
They killed the dream of America
 
 
       Em                               D
Little black girl gets assaulted, don't no-one know her name
Am                             C
Lots of people hurt 'n angry, she's the one to blame
 
 
CHORUS
Em         D      Am        C
Across the lines, who would dare to go
Em        D                Am
Under the bridge, over the tracks
               C
That separates whites from blacks
Em               D            G
Choose sides, or run for your life
Am          C       D
Tonight the riots began
Em                  D
On back streets of America,
Am                        C        G
They killed the dream of America
 
OUTRO
F/G  G
Show more

I’m Ready

I’m Ready Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
F C G F
F C G F
 
VERSE 1
F                C
I want to wake up and know where I'm going
G            F
Say I'm ready Say I'm ready
F                     C
I want to go where the rivers are overflowing and
G            F
I'll be ready I'll be ready
 
CHORUS
F C G                    F
    I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me
F C G                    F
    I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me
 
VERSE 2
F           C
If it's love flowing freely
G        F
I'm ready I'm ready
F            C
If the waters can redeem me
G        F
I'm ready I'm ready
 
CHORUS
F C G                    F
    I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me
F C G                    F
    I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me
 
INTERLUDE
Dm  G        C    F
Ohhh ohhhhhh
Dm  G        C    F
Ohhh ohhhhhh
 
VERSE 3
F                C G F
I want to wake up
F             C               G F
I want to know where I'm going
F                 C G F
I want to go where
F             C           G F
the rivers are overflowing
 
CHORUS
F C G                    F
    I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me
F C G                    F
    I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me
F C G                    F
    I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me
F C G                    F
    I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me
 
OUTRO
F C G        F
    I'm ready I'm ready
F C G        F
    I'm ready I'm ready
F C G        F
    I'm ready I'm ready
F C G        F
    I'm ready I'm ready
Show more

For You

For You Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
Dsus2  Asus2
Dsus2  A
(A)  Asus4  C
C  Asus4
 
Dsus2  Asus2
Dsus2  A
(A)  Asus4  C
C  Asus4
 
VERSE
Dsus2       Asus2
No words to say
Dsus2       A
No words to convey
     Asus4     C
This feeling inside
  C        Asus4
I have for you
 
BRIDGE
Dsus2      Asus2    C   Asus4
Deep in my heart
Dsus2        A
Safe from the guards
   Asus4     C                    (1 bar rest)
Of intellect and reason
 
Dsus2           Asus2
Leaving me at a loss for
Asus4            C                (1 bar rest)
words to express my feelings
 
Dsus2   Asus2    C    Asus4
Deep in my heart
Dsus2   Asus2     C   Asus4
Deep in my heart
 
CHORUS
Em
  Look at me losing control
C
  Thinking I had a hold
Am
  But with feelings this strong
C
  I'm no longer the master of my emotions
 
INSTRUMENTAL
Dsus2  Asus2
Dsus2  A
(A)  Asus4  C
C  Asus4
 
VERSE
Dsus2       Asus2
No words to say
Dsus2       A
No words to convey
     Asus4     C
This feeling inside
  C        Asus4
I have for you
 
BRIDGE
Dsus2      Asus2    C   Asus4
Deep in my heart
Dsus2        A
Safe from the guards
   Asus4     C                    (1 bar rest)
Of intellect and reason
 
Dsus2           Asus2
Leaving me at a loss for
Asus4            C                (1 bar rest)
words to express my feelings
 
Dsus2   Asus2    C    Asus4
Deep in my heart
Dsus2   Asus2     C   Asus4
Deep in my heart
 
CHORUS
Em
  Look at me losing control
C
  Thinking I had a hold
Am
  But with feelings this strong
C
  I'm no longer the master of my emotions
 
INSTRUMENTAL
Dsus2  Asus2
Dsus2  A
(A)  Asus4  C
C  Asus4
 
OUTRO
Dsus2       Asus2
No words to say
Dsus2       A
No words to convey
     Asus4     C
This feeling inside
  C        Asus4
I have
    Dsus2   Asus2   Dsus2   A
for you                      Hmmm
Asus4  C     C      Asus4
hmm    hmm
 
    Dsus2   Asus2   Dsus2   A
for you                      Hmmm
Asus4  C     C      Asus4          Dsus2
hmm    hmm               For you
Show more

Baby Can I Hold You

Baby Can I Hold You Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
   D         Dsus2 D
e|-2----2--x-0--x--2---|
B|-3----3--x-3--x--3---|
G|-2----2--x-2--x--2---|
D|-0----0--0-0--0--0---|
A|---------------------|
E|---------------------|
 
   A7sus4    A7
e|-0----0--x-0---------|
B|-3----3--x-2---------|
G|-0----0--x-0---------|
D|-2----2--x-2---------|
A|-0----0--0-0---------|
E|---------------------|
 
VERSE 1
D        Dsus2  D
Sorry
    A7sus4  A7        Em
Is all that you can't say
A7sus4     A7     D Dsus2 D
Years gone by and still
A7sus4      A7       Em
Words don't come easily
     G          A     Asus4 A
Like sorry like sorry
 
VERSE 2
   D        Dsus2  D
Forgive me
   A7sus4   A7        Em
Is all that you can't say
A7sus4     A7     D Dsus2 D
Years gone by and still
A7sus4      A7       Em
Words don't come easily
     G          A         Asus4 A
Like forgive me forgive me
 
CHORUS
                D Dsus2 D
But you can say baby
Em         G          D Dsus2 D
Baby can I hold you tonight?
Em         G            Bm
Maybe if I told you the right words
            A Asus2 A
Oooh at the right time
            D Dsus2 D
You'd be mine
 
Em7   F#m G  A
 
VERSE 3
  D        Dsus2  D
I love you
      A7sus4   A7        Em
Is all that you can't say
A7sus4     A7     D Dsus2 D
Years gone by and still
A7sus4      A7       Em
Words don't come easily
       G          A       Asus4 A
Like I love you I love you
 
CHORUS
                D Dsus2 D
But you can say baby
Em         G          D Dsus2 D
Baby can I hold you tonight?
Em         G            Bm
Maybe if I told you the right words
            A Asus2 A
Oooh at the right time
             D Dsus2 D
You'd be mine
 
OUTRO
Em         G          D Dsus2 D
Baby can I hold you tonight?
Em         G            Bm
Maybe if I told you the right words
            A Asus2 A
Oooh at the right time
           D Dsus2 D  Em  G A
You'd be mine
           D Dsus2 D  Em  G A
You'd be mine
          D
You'd be mine
Show more

Bang Bang Bang

Bang Bang Bang Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
G D C G
 
 
VERSE
 
G
What you go and do
           D
You go and give the boy a gun
          C
Now there ain't place to run to
                      G
Ain't no place to run
 
 
VERSE
 
G
When he hold it in his hand
        D
He feel mighty he feel strong
          C
Now there ain't no place to run to
                      G
Ain't no place to run
 
 
VERSE
 
G
One day he may come back
      D
Repay us for what we've done
     C
Then where you gonna run to
                    G
Where you gonna run
 
 
CHORUS
             C
But one fine day
    Em                   C
All our problems will be solved
N.C.
Bang bang bang
                G     D C  G D C
We'll shoot him down
 
 
VERSE
         G
Give him drugs and give him candy
D
Anything to make him think he's happy
    C
And he won't ever come for us
                   G
He won't ever come
 
 
CHORUS
          C
But if he does
               Em           C
And if there's no one else around
N.C.
Bang bang bang
                G     D C  G D C
We'll shoot him down
 
 
VERSE
            G
If he preys only on his neighbors
         D
Brothers sisters and friends
         C
We'll consider it a favor
                       G
We'll consider justice done
 
 
CHORUS
          C
But if he comes for you or me
           Em                 C
And we can place a gun in his hand
N.C.
Bang bang bang
                G     D C  G D C
We'll shoot him dead
 
 
VERSE
G
What you go and do
           D
You go and give the boy a gun
          C
Now there ain't no place to run to
                      G
Ain't no place to run
 
 
VERSE
G
Now we'll all be at his mercy
      D
If he decides to hunt us down
            C
Cause there ain't no place to run to
                      G
Ain't no place to run
 
 
VERSE
G
If he wants the chances that you took from him
    D
And nothing that you own
              C
Then there'll be no place to run to
                            G
There'll be no place to run
 
 
CHORUS
          C
And if he finds himself to be
  Em               C
A reflection of us all
N.C.
Bang bang bang
               G     D C
He'll shoot us down
 
 
CHORUS
C
Before you can raise your eyes to read
    Em             C
The writing on the wall
N.C.
Bang bang bang
                G     D C
He'll shoot you down
 
 
CHORUS
C
Before you can bridge the gulf between
      Em                C
And embrace him in your arms
N.C.
Bang bang bang
                     G
He'll shoot you down
Show more

Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

Talkin’ Bout A Revolution Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
G  Cadd9  Em7 D Dsus4 D  x2
 
 
[Hook 1]
 
G          Cadd9  Em7           D Dsus4 D G
 Don't you know,  talking about a re - vo-lution
   Cadd9         Em7     D Dsus4 D
it sounds like a whisper
 
G          Cadd9  Em7           D Dsus4 D G
 Don't you know,  talking about a re - vo-lution
   Cadd9         Em7     D Dsus4 D
it sounds like a whisper
 
VERSE
 
              G               Cadd9        Em7  D Dsus4 D
While they're standing in the welfare lines
G             Cadd9              Em7       D Dsus4 D
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
G       Cadd9   Em7          D Dsus4 D
Wasting time in unemployment lines
G       Cadd9  Em7           D Dsus4 D
Sitting around waiting for a promotion
 
[Hook 1]
 
G          Cadd9  Em7           D Dsus4 D G
 Don't you know,  talking about a re - vo-lution
   Cadd9         Em7     D Dsus4 D
it sounds like a whisper
 
G                     Cadd9  Em7   D Dsus4 D     G
Poor people are gonna rise up  and get     their share
Cadd9       Em7     D Dsus4 D
 
G                     Cadd9  Em7  D Dsus4 D      G
Poor people are gonna rise up and take    what's theirs
Cadd9       Em7     D Dsus4 D
 
 
BRIDGE
 
G                           Cadd9               Em7                 D   Dsus4 D    G
  Don't you know you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run  run,
Cadd9       Em7     D Dsus4 D
 
 
G                       Cadd9               Em7                 D   Dsus4 D    G
  Oh, I said you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Cadd9       Em7     D Dsus4 D
 
 
[Hook 2]
 
G    Cadd9       Em7      D Dsus4    D   G
Cuz, finally the tables are starting to turn
Cadd9               Em7   D Dsus4 D
Talkin' about a revolution
G    Cadd9       Em7      D Dsus4    D   G
Yes, finally the tables are starting to turn
Cadd9               Em7    D  Dsus4 D
Talkin' about a revolution oh no
G   Cadd9               Em7    D  Dsus4 D
    Talkin' about a revolution oh no
 
VERSE
 
              G               Cadd9        Em7 D Dsus4 D
While they're standing in the welfare lines
G             Cadd9              Em7       D Dsus4 D
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
G       Cadd9       Em7          D Dsus4 D
Wasting time in the unemployment lines
G       Cadd9  Em7           D Dsus4 D
Sitting around waiting for a promotion
 
[Hook 1]
 
G         Cadd9        Em7           D Dsus4 D G
Don't you know, you're talking about a re - vo-lution
   Cadd9         Em7    D Dsus4 D
It sounds like a whisper
 
[Hook 2]
 
G    Cadd9       Em7      D Dsus4    D   G
 And finally the tables are starting to turn
Cadd9               Em7   D Dsus4 D
Talkin' about a revolution
G    Cadd9       Em7      D Dsus4    D   G
Yes, finally the tables are starting to turn
Cadd9               Em7    D  Dsus4 D
Talkin' about a revolution oh no
G   Cadd9               Em7    D  Dsus4 D
    Talking about a revolution oh no
G   Cadd9               Em7    D  Dsus4 D
    Talking about a revolution oh no
Show more

Change

Change Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Notes:
     The Dm* indicates to play a Dm while doing a quick hammer-on/pull-off
     of the 1st string, 3rd fret with pinky (listen to the recording).
     Also, their little riff (for a second guitar) during the chorus
     and end of the song is as follows:
 
[Riff]
 
e|--5-5----5-5-6-5----|
B|---6------6---------|
G|--------------------|
D|--------------------|
A|--------------------|
E|--------------------|
 
 
INTRO
 
  Dm*  Bb  F  C    (x2)
 
 
VERSE 1
 
  If you [F]knew that you [C]would die today
  And you [Dm]saw the face of [Bb]God and love
  Would you [F]change?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
 
 
VERSE 2
 
  If you [F]knew that love can [C]break you heart
  When you're [Dm]down so low, you [Bb]can not fall
  Would you [F]change?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
 
 
CHORUS
 
  [Gm]How bad, how good, does it need to [F]get?    [C]    [Riff]
  [Gm]How many losses, how much re[F]-gret?      [C]       [Riff]
  [Gm]What chain reaction would cause an [F]effect?   [C]  [Riff]
  [Gm]Makes you turn around,   [C]  Makes you try to explain,  [Bb]
  Makes you forgive and forget, [Gm]   Makes you cha-a-a-nge.
  [Dm*]  [Bb]   Makes you [F]change.     [C]
  Dm*  Bb  F  C
 
 
VERSE 3
 
  If you [F]knew that you would [C]be alone
  Knowing [Dm]right, but [Bb]being wrong
  Would you [F]change?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
 
 
VERSE 4
 
  If you [F]knew that you would [C]find a truth
  That [Dm]brings a pain, that [Bb]can't be soothed
  Would you [F]change?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
 
 
CHORUS
 
  [Gm]How bad, how good, does it need to [F]get?    [C]    [Riff]
  [Gm]How many losses, how much re[F]-gret?      [C]       [Riff]
  [Gm]What chain reaction would cause an [F]effect?   [C]  [Riff]
  [Gm]Makes you turn around,   [C]  Makes you try to explain,  [Bb]
  Makes you forgive and forget, [Gm]   Makes you cha-a-a-nge.
  [Dm*]  [Bb]   Makes you [F]change.     [C]
  Dm*  Bb  F  C
 
 
BRIDGE
 
  [A]Are you so upright, you can't be [Dm]bent?
  If it [C]comes to blows,
  [A]Are you so sure you [A7]won't be [Dm]crawling?
  If [C]not for the good, why risk [Gm]falling?
  Why risk [C]falling?
 
 
VERSE 5
 
  If [F]everything you [C]think you know
  [Dm]Makes your life un[Bb]-bearable
  Would you [F]change?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
 
 
VERSE 6
 
  If [F]you've broken [C]every rule and vow
  And [Dm]hard times come to [Bb]bring you down
  Would you [F]change?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
 
 
VERSE 7
 
  If you [F]knew that you [C]would die today   [Dm*]   [Bb]
  If you [F]saw the face of [C]God and love   [Dm*]   [Bb]
  Would you [F]change,?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
  Would you [F]change,?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
 
 
VERSE 8
 
  If you [F]saw the face of [C]God and love   [Dm*]   [Bb]
  If you [F]saw the face of [C]God and love   [Dm*]   [Bb]
  Would you [F]change?  [C]     Would you [Dm*]change?    [Bb]
 
  F  C  Dm*  Bb  [Riff]       F
Show more

Listen To Tracy Chapman Songs

For a limited-time only, you can get unlimited access to Tracy Chapman songs, ad-free for 3 months when you sign up to Amazon Music Unlimited through this page.

Unlike other music streaming sites, Amazon Music Unlimited allows you to listen to Tracy Chapman both online and offline (so you could be listening to your favorite Tracy Chapman tracks from anywhere in the world, without worrying about data usage or having the songs cut out midway)

This offer is currently available when we last checked (June 1st 2024), but we can’t say for sure if they’ll still be offering it when you are reading this. The quickest way to find out is to click here.

What Did We Miss?

Those are our best tracks from Tracy Chapman, what is your favourite? Were there any we missed that you feel must be on the page? Let others know by submitting a comment and we might consider adding it.

Disclosure: We are a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *