Song Lyric Sunday – 25 July 2021 – Chasing Cars

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Automobile, Car, Jalopy, Vehicle.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I offer you a really lovely and haunting song, Chasing Cars.

This is a song by Scottish-Northern Irish alternative rock band Snow Patrol. It 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.

Lead singer Gary Lightbody said he wrote the song when he became sober after a binge of white wine. The song has a plain melody over sparse guitars, which has an ever-building crescendo. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he 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.” True of so many young men! 

In 2019 this song was noted as the most played song of the 21st century on UK radio.

You don’t get much purer or simpler love than that expressed in the words: 

“If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

I’m offering a choice of three versions, and it’s difficult for me to choose a favourite. If you only have time to look at one then I would suggest you listen to the reworked version Live at the Albert Hall from November 2011. 

This is a great example of why live music matters. See the joy on the musicians faces and the power of audience participation.

Read the comments on YouTube to see how people are affected by this song.

Lara Mitchell

“When this song came out….I was in prison….this song would take me away….away…and I’m just now exploring his other music..I love this man! OMG! His smile! How can one not smile back.”

Julie Dean

“This was our favourite song. And I whispered it to my husband as he was dying.  I cry every time I hear it.  But it is still my favourite song.”

Kelly Murphy-Stevens

“When my dog was at the end of life and he did not know what was going on. He was as thin as when we rescued him from the streets many years earlier. I did not want to let go. I would lay down with him on my chest and we chase cars. He made me so human.”

The second video is an acoustic version from The Quay Sessions in Glasgow from August 2018. This, again, shows the joy of the artists (only three this time), and the total absorption of the audience.  They know they will be invited to join in, in fact they were invited to do so at the beginning, but they are so engrossed by the performance that they almost miss their cue!

The final version is the Official US release video. This is included just to show how it started out.  Although it is still beautiful, and moving, it is almost a disappointment compared to the live versions.  What am I saying? No version of this song could disappoint. I’ve been listening to all three, and others, for over a week now.  You know what? I rather like this song!

Chasing Cars

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?

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Natah Connolly / Gary Lightbody / Jonathan Quinn / Tom Simpson / Paul Wilson

Chasing Cars lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

38 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 25 July 2021 – Chasing Cars

  1. Those three words go unsaid in this song, but they are understood to be “I Love You” and I don’t think that we will ever find a better way to express that, even they are over used. this song seems so simple, but it is also very beautiful. I know this is a love song, but blogging is a lot like Chasing Cars to me, as I get lost in my writing and also reading all of the other blogs. Thanks for sharing this Peter and the first video is my favorite.

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  2. I didn’t expect to be so emotional this morning when the prompt was cars of all thing but this song brought the feels like it always does. The first video you shared, chills!!!! Absolutely LOVE! I didn’t realized I needed to see this until I did. Funny how that works. Weight of the world lifting away.

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  3. I really enjoyed all three versions, but I’m with you, the first was the best. The official video was a distraction from the music with Lightbody lying in those different places. Anyway, great post.

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