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Chasing Cars
Song

Chasing Cars

Snow Patrol
Album:
Eyes Open

Meaning of the song Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, and what it is about


The song was allegedly written by lead singer Gary Lightbody in the garden of song producer Jacknife Lee's Kent villa after he sobered following a white wine binge. Lightbody sings a straightforward melody with little guitar accompaniment that builds to a crescendo throughout the song.


Lightbody's father used the expression "chasing cars" to describe a girl he was crushing on: "You're like a dog chasing a car." You simply wouldn't know what to do with it if you did, therefore you'll never catch it."


In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said "It's the purest love song that I've ever written. There's no knife-in-the-back twist. When I read these lyrics back, I was like, 'Oh, that's weird.' All the other love songs I've written have a dark edge."


After appearing in the second season finale of the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, which aired on May 15, 2006, the song became extremely well-known in the United States.


Both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart saw the song peak at number five and number six, respectively.


Lyrics of the song Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol


We'll do it all

Everything

On our own

 

We don't need

Anything

Or anyone

 

If I lay here

If I just lay here

Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

 

I don't quite know

How to say

How I feel

 

Those three words

Are said too much

They're not enough

 

If I lay here

If I just lay here

Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

 

Forget what we're told

Before we get too old

Show me a garden that's bursting into life

 

Let's waste time

Chasing cars

Around our heads

 

I need your grace

To remind me

To find my own

 

If I lay here

If I just lay here

Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

 

Forget what we're told

Before we get too old

Show me a garden that's bursting into life

 

All that I am

All that I ever was

Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see

 

I don't know where

Confused about how as well

Just know that these things will never change for us at all

 

If I lay here

If I just lay here

Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Release Date

2006

Songwriter/s

Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connolly, Tom Simpson, Paul Wilson

Producer/s

Jacknife Lee

Label/s

Polydor, Fiction

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