"Chasing Cars" as written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson....
We'll do it all
On our own

We don't need
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?

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"Chasing Cars" as written by Gary Lightbody Natah Connolly

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  • +20
    General CommentLike any good songs I think the lyrics are open to multiple interpretations, but for me the song reminds me of those beautiful summer evenings getting to know someone, hoping they feel the same way about you, but feeling like you could live in those moments forever. Without question an amazing song, hopefully a single as well.
    enderuon March 28, 2006   Link
  • +18
    General Commentthose three words/are said too much/they're not enough

    that is one amazing lyric
    addiction9on June 06, 2006   Link
  • +15
    My InterpretationI couldn't help but chuckle to myself when someone claimed it's about having a dog. Each to their own, I suppose!

    It's about insecure teenagers being in love.

    It's about being scared to say "I love you" as your parents have told you that every day and you want what you say to mean something.

    It's about being frustrated because of the insecurity (and inexperience) of of articulating your feelings. The the fear of being misinterpreted, and perhaps, spoiling what is, is too much to risk.

    It's about enjoying the moment with that special person, and enjoying their presence without the need to talk. You're free to imagine happy places with them, and so long as they are next to you, it could even come true.

    It's about growing up and finding things out for yourself - ie making mistakes, before you're too old.

    A beautiful song, which sums up the innocence of young, and/or naive love,
    originukon November 17, 2013   Link
  • +12
    General CommentOn the snow patrol thing this morning that i watched, gary said his father used to tell him chasing girls was like chasing cars, he wouldn't know what to do if he got one - i think anyway, still a really beautiful song
    bloc_party15on May 07, 2006   Link
  • +11
    General CommentTo me this song is all about someone telling a girl that he loves her. hes then just asking if she feels the same way about her. It's all in this one line, "'Would you lie with me, and just forget the world." He just wants to be with her and have her in his arms. He loves her and even though he says it, it isn't enough to show how he feel about her
    endure5678on June 27, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General Comment"Chasing cars", so much innocence in these two words
    lawfuldrugson April 30, 2006   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis song makes me feel so sad. I think it's about loving someone so intensly, you really can't live without them. Not being certain if they feel the same way about you.
    I love the lyrics theyre so powerful, and the fact that he says them slowly and clearly helps you make sense out of them.
    Crimson_heartfoilon June 09, 2006   Link
  • +6
    General CommentWhen asked about his favorite song, Gary replied

    "chasing cars. just did the vocals for that this morning. the vocals have been refined and i think it's the purist love song i've written. no tinges of darkness or misery, just totally up lifting. - garyL"
    enderuon April 05, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIdealized love, that's what I hear. This song seems to be the beautiful side of ignoring reality through love, whereas the next song, Shut Your Eyes, seems to be about the dangerous side. Track 4 leads to track 5 and it is eventually revealed that this is a naive state of mind. For however good it feels in the moment, it's a set-up for disaster.

    The theme of the album shows up in the line, "Here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see". It's not shut your eyes, but it is some form of blindness.

    There is also the matter of lying down on the ground, which appears in this song, Set the Fire to the Third Bar, and Warmer Climate. For some reason, I picture this song as a couple with their backs to the ground, staring up at the stars. It would stand to reason that the ground could represent reality, as they would have their backs to reality in this song, later to be faced as "cold" reality and "warm" reality in the other songs, respectively.

    I can't get used to the title, though, it just doesn't seem like the heart of the song to me. The explanation, "he wouldn't know what to do if he caught one" makes sense, but I still don't like it.

    Great song though, I can't pick on it too much. This is simply a great album.
    davidecoyoteon May 18, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentReminds me of my friends. Good friends will just sit with you and do nothing, will cheer you up, will love you forever.

    Chasing cars reminds me of "Trainspotting"--it's just doing nothing. Like what kids do when they hang out together.
    freethegoldfishon May 19, 2006   Link

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