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U2 guitar tabs for Mothers of the disappeared

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Here's "Mother's of the Disappeared" off of U2's "Joshua Tree" album. To keep myself from going
totally insane, I've given treble rhythms above the TAB and bass rhythms below the TAB. Sorry if
this causes a headache, but it's the only way that I can post this without having to recalculate
every note length. This can be either fingerpicked or flatpicked, your choice. If you don't want
the rhythm notations, then ignore them. I've decided to try to be as thorough as possible when I
post stuff on the net, so rhythms are for those who want them. You should be able to easily ignore
them if you so desire.

The main guitar is acoustic, and the 2nd guitar is a distorted electric. How to decipher my
notation: top line is guitar type (if it is necessary to point out), 2nd line is lyrics, 3rd line
is chord names, 4th is treble rhythm. Then the TAB, and under that is bass rhythm. You'll figure
it out.

Notation:
s - sixteenth note
e - eighth note
q - quarter note
h - half note
w - whole note
. - play note for one and a half times the value before it (just like a dot in standard notation)
^ - ties two note lengths together
NOTE LENGTHS IN CAPITAL LETTERS MEAN REST FOR THAT VALUE OF TIME!
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
h - hammer-on
p - pull-off

"Mothers of the Disappeared" as performed by U2, from The Joshua Tree
Words by Bono, Music by U2

(Acoustic guitar - let ring)
            A5 chord diagramA5A5               A chord diagramAA                A5 chord diagramA5A5                   A chord diagramAA             (Asus9 chord diagramAsus9Asus9)
    e  e    e  q  q.  e e    q.  q. q. e e    e  q    q.   e   e   h   Q e  e    e  q q.   e e
E chord diagramEE---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------
B chord diagramBB---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------
G chord diagramGG---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------
D chord diagramDD---11-12-|-12/14-14-14-12-|-11--11---11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11----11/12-|-11\9-9----9-11---
A chord diagramAA-0-------|-0--------------|-(0)----0-------|-(0)---0----0-------|-(0)-0-------|-(0)-----0--------
E chord diagramEE---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------
  q.        w                 h^e   q.         q    q.   q.        h^e q.        h^e     q.

  (Asus4 chord diagramAsus4Asus4)              (A chord diagramAA)                                    A5 chord diagramA5A5                 A chord diagramAA
  e  q    q  e  e  e   s e^e. s s^q s s e    Q  e e Q e  e    e  q  q.    e  e   h^e  q    e
E chord diagramEE--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------
B chord diagramBB--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------
G chord diagramGG--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------
D chord diagramDD-11/12---12-12-11-9-|-9\7----7-7---7/9\7-|-----7-7---11-12-|-12/14-14---14-12-|-11---11---12-----
A chord diagramAA-(0)---0------------|-0------0-0---------|-(0)-----0-------|-(0)------0-------|-0--0----0--------
E chord diagramEE--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------
   q    h.             q.     s s^h          h   E chord diagramEE  q.         h^e     q.        q. q.   q

  A5 chord diagramA5A5                 A chord diagramAA                (Asus9 chord diagramAsus9Asus9)         (Asus4 chord diagramAsus4Asus4)             (A chord diagramAA)
  e  q  q.   e  e    q.  q.    e e    e  q q.  e e    e  q    q.   e  e   s e.e q.  q    e  q.  h
E chord diagramEE------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|------------
B chord diagramBB------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|------------
G chord diagramGG------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|------------
D chord diagramDD-12/14-14---14-12-|-11--11---11h12-|-11\9-9---9-11-|-11h12---12---11-9-|-9\7-7-7---7-|-(7)-7---7--
A chord diagramAA-(0)------0-------|-(0)----0-------|--------0------|-(0)---0----0------|-(0)-----0---|-(0)---0---0
E chord diagramEE------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|------------
   h^e     q.         h^e   q.        (h^e)  q.        q    q.   q.        h^e    q.     q Q  q  q.

  A5 chord diagramA5A5                                                                           E5 chord diagramE5E5
Midnight...
  E chord diagramEE q q.  q     e  q e e e s s e     e  q.  q.  e    q    q.  e q              E chord diagramEE q.  q   q
E chord diagramEE------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|--------------
B chord diagramBB------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|--------------
G chord diagramGG---9-9---9--|-(9)-9-9-9-9-9/11\9-|-(9)-9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9-9------------|--------------
D chord diagramDD------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|---9---9---9\-
A chord diagramAA-0-----0----|--0----0------------|--0----0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0------------|--------------
E chord diagramEE------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|-0---0---0----
  h^e   q.      q.   h^e             q.   q.  q      e  q.  q   q              q.  q   q.

   (F#m chord diagramF#mF#m)  (D chord diagramDD)       A5 chord diagramA5A5
   you ...
  e e e e e e e e   E chord diagramEE q.  q.  e    q    q.  q   e    e  q.  q.  e     q     q.  q   e
E chord diagramEE-----------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
B chord diagramBB-----------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
G chord diagramGG-----------7---7-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9---9-|-(9)-9---9---9---|-(9)---9---9---9-
D chord diagramDD---4---4---------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
A chord diagramAA---------5---5---|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0---|-0-----0---0-----|-(0)-0---0---0---
E chord diagramEE-2---2-----------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
                    q.  q.  q      e  q.  q   q     q.    q.  q        e  q.  q   q

                                    E5 chord diagramE5E5             (F#m chord diagramF#mF#m) (D chord diagramDD)       A5 chord diagramA5A5
 in ....
   e  q e q.  e    q    q.  q   e   E chord diagramEE q.  q   q    e e q e e e e   E chord diagramEE q.  q.  e    q    h   e  e
E chord diagramEE---------------|-----------------|--------------|---------------|-------------|-------------------
B chord diagramBB---------------|-----------------|--------------|---------------|-------------|-------------------
G chord diagramGG-(9)-9-9-9---9-|-(9)---9---9---9-|--------------|---------7---7-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---10-9----
D chord diagramDD---------------|-----------------|---9---9---9\-|---4-----------|-------------|-------------------
A chord diagramAA-0-----0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0---|--------------|-------5---5---|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---------
E chord diagramEE---------------|-----------------|-0---0---0----|-2---2---------|-------------|-------------------
  q.    q.  q      e  q.  q   q     q.  q   q.                     q.  q.  q      e  q.  h

  D chord diagramDD                               A5 chord diagramA5A5                             D chord diagramDD            D5 chord diagramD5D5
  ..whoo                      whoo
  E chord diagramEE q. q e e   e   e q.  q    e   E chord diagramEE q. q   e e    e e h   e  e   q.  q.  q    e  q    q.   e  e
E chord diagramEE------------|------------------|---------------|--------------|-----------|--------------------
B chord diagramBB---7--7---7-|-(7)---7---10---7-|---------------|--------------|-7---7---7-|-(7)-10---10---10-7-
G chord diagramGG--------7---|-(7)-7------------|---9--9---9/11\|\9-9-9---10-9-|-----------|--------------------
D chord diagramDD-0----------|-0-------0----0---|---------------|--------------|---0-0-0---|-(0)----0----0------
A chord diagramAA------------|------------------|-0------0------|---0---0------|-----------|--------------------
E chord diagramEE------------|------------------|---------------|--------------|-----------|--------------------
  w            h       q    q     h^e    q.       E chord diagramEE h   q.       E chord diagramEE q q q.     q     q.   q.

  A5 chord diagramA5A5
  E chord diagramEE h q.     q.   e q   q   E chord diagramEE q   q.  q    e  q   q.    s s  e    e  q e q e e   e   e q e e s s  e
E chord diagramEE---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-------------------
B chord diagramBB---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-------------------
G chord diagramGG---9-9---|-(9)---9-9---9-|---9---9---9-|-(9)-9---9-----9/11\9-|-(9)-9-9-9---9-|-(9)---9---9-9/11\9
D chord diagramDD---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|-----------7---|-----7---7---------
A chord diagramAA-0-----0-|-(0)-0-----0---|-0---0---0---|-0-----0---0-0--------|-0-----0-------|-0-------0---------
E chord diagramEE---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-------------------
| h.    q    q  q.    q.    q   q.  q.    q     q   e q.         q.    h^e       h       h
|
|(2nd guitar)
|
|                              h..   e     q q  Q. e                 h..    e    q  q   Q. e
E chord diagramEE---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------
B chord diagramBB---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------
G chord diagramGG---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------
D chord diagramDD---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------
A chord diagramAA---------|---------------|-------------|-12-12\---12\---------|---------------|-12-12\----12\---
E chord diagramEE---------|---------------|----5----(5)/|----------------------|-----5-----(5)/|-----------------

  e q.  q.  e    e  e q e e s s  e   E chord diagramEE q.  q.  e    q    q   q   e  e
E chord diagramEE-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
B chord diagramBB-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
G chord diagramGG---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9-9/11\9-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9---------
D chord diagramDD-7-----------|-----7---7----------|-------------|---------------11-12-
A chord diagramAA-0---0---0---|-(0)-----0----------|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0-------
E chord diagramEE-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
| q.  q.  q      h      h            q.  q.  q      e  q   q   q.
|
|(2nd guitar)
|
| h..      e    q  q     Q.    e     h..      e    q  q   Q.   e
E chord diagramEE-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
B chord diagramBB-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
G chord diagramGG-------------|----14\-------------|-------------|---------------------
D chord diagramDD-------------|----14\-------------|-------------|---------------------
A chord diagramAA-------------|-12-12\---------12\-|-------------|-12-12\-----12\------
E chord diagramEE-5-------(5)/|--------------------|-5-------(5)/|---------------------

                       A chord diagramAA               A5 chord diagramA5A5                   A chord diagramAA
  e  q    q.   e  e    h.      e  e    e  q    q.    e e    h.      e  e
E chord diagramEE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
B chord diagramBB--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
G chord diagramGG--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
D chord diagramDD-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-
A chord diagramAA-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------
E chord diagramEE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
  q     q.   q.        q  q. q.        q     q.   q.        q  q. q.

(Asus9 chord diagramAsus9Asus9)             (Asus4 chord diagramAsus4Asus4)           (A chord diagramAA)
  e  q   q.  e  e   q.   q  e  e  e   s e^e.  q e s s s s   e q.  q   e  e
E chord diagramEE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
B chord diagramBB-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
G chord diagramGG-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
D chord diagramDD-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-
A chord diagramAA-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------
E chord diagramEE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
  q    q.  q.       Q  h.             q.      h^e           q.  q   q.

   A5 chord diagramA5A5                 A chord diagramAA                A5 chord diagramA5A5                   A chord diagramAA
   Night ...
  e  q    q.   e  e    h.      e   e   e  q    q.   e  e    h.      e  e
E chord diagramEE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
B chord diagramBB--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
G chord diagramGG--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
D chord diagramDD-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-
A chord diagramAA-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------
E chord diagramEE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
  q     q.   q.        q  q. q.        q     q.   q.        q  q. q.

  (Asus9 chord diagramAsus9Asus9)           (Asus4 chord diagramAsus4Asus4)           (A chord diagramAA)
  heartbeats...
  e  q   q.  e e    q.   q  e  e  e   s e^e.  q e s s s s   e q.  q   e  e
E chord diagramEE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
B chord diagramBB-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
G chord diagramGG-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
D chord diagramDD-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-
A chord diagramAA-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------
E chord diagramEE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
  q    q.  q.       Q  h.             q.      h^e           q.  q   q.

 A5 chord diagramA5A5                    A chord diagramAA                A5 chord diagramA5A5                   A chord diagramAA
  In ..
  e   q   q.   e   e   h.      e   e   e  q    q.    e e    h.      e  e
E chord diagramEE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
B chord diagramBB--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
G chord diagramGG--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
D chord diagramDD-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-
A chord diagramAA-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------
E chord diagramEE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
  q     q.   q.        q  q. q.        q     q.   q.        q  q. q.

  (Asus9 chord diagramAsus9Asus9)           (Asus4 chord diagramAsus4Asus4)           (A chord diagramAA)
  tears                       ..
  e  q   q.  e  e   q.   q  e   e e   s e^e.  q e s s s s   e q.  q   e   e
E chord diagramEE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
B chord diagramBB-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
G chord diagramGG-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
D chord diagramDD-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-
A chord diagramAA-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------
E chord diagramEE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
  q    q.  q.       Q  h.             q.      h^e           q.  q   q.

(Repeat next 4 bars 6 times)
  D chord diagramDD                D5 chord diagramD5D5                  A5 chord diagramA5A5
  Whoo                           Whoo
  e q q.    q      e   q   q.   e  e   E chord diagramEE q   q e e e    e   e e e q   e  e
E chord diagramEE---------------|--------------------|----------------|--------------------
B chord diagramBB-7-7-7-----7---|--7--10---10---10-7-|----------------|---------------10-9-
G chord diagramGG---------------|--------------------|---9---9-9-9/11\|\9---9-9-9-9--------
D chord diagramDD-0-----0-0---0-|-(0)----0----0------|----------------|--------------------
A chord diagramAA---------------|--------------------|-0---0---0------|-(0)-0-------0------
E chord diagramEE---------------|--------------------|----------------|--------------------
  h     e q   e    q     q.   q.       q   q.  q.        e  h       q.

(Repeat the next two bars and fade out)
  E chord diagramEE e e e  e e  e e    e e q   e  e e e
E chord diagramEE-------------------|---------------------
B chord diagramBB-------10-----10---|-10-------10---------
G chord diagramGG-----9------9----9-|----9--------9-9-----
D chord diagramDD---7------7--------|------7----------7\--
A chord diagramAA-0-----------------|--------0------------
E chord diagramEE-------------------|---------------------
| w                   q.     h^e
|
|(2nd guitar)
|
| h..            e    q  q    Q. e
E chord diagramEE-------------------|---------------------
B chord diagramBB-------------------|---------------------
G chord diagramGG-------------------|---------------------
D chord diagramDD-------------------|---------------------
A chord diagramAA-------------------|-12-12\-----12\------
E chord diagramEE-5-------------(5)/|---------------------

The end. The book also gives this little fill, but for the life of me, I can't figure out where it
is supposed to be played. The book never says. For completeness, however, I'm including it.

  q.   q e  s s  e   e q.    q   q
E chord diagramEE------------------|-------------------------------------------
B chord diagramBB------------------|-------------------------------------------
G chord diagramGG------------------|-------------------------------------------
D chord diagramDD-7----7-7-11h12-9-|-7-11---11---11----------------------------
A chord diagramAA----0---0---------|-0----0----0-------------------------------
E chord diagramEE------------------|-------------------------------------------
  Q  q.  q.          q.   q    q.

There may be discrepancies in the rhythm. Not all of the note values add up in the book, and where
I could, I tried to correct them to the best of my ability. In any case, this should do you fairly
well in terms of thoroughness. It may look like a mess, but trust me: just about everything you
could need to play this song is in there. Dynamics and tempo, maybe, but that you should be able to
get from just a single listen to the song.
--
Marc Hirsh (marc@owlnet.rice.edu)

"Good, bad, I'm the one with the gun."
   --- snappy end-of-file sign-off reelin', rockin' quote from Army Of Darkness

\ /
 ^ --- ugly red filthy rich source of all evil
 V

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