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U2 guitar tabs for Mothers of the disappeared

Guitar tabs with lyrics

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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)
            A chord diagramA5A5               A chord diagramA majorA                A chord diagramA5A5                   A chord diagramA majorA             (Asus9)
    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---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------
B---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------
G---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------
D---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-0-------|-0--------------|-(0)----0-------|-(0)---0----0-------|-(0)-0-------|-(0)-----0--------
E---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------
  q.        w                 h^e   q.         q    q.   q.        h^e q.        h^e     q.

  (A chord diagramAsus4Asus4)              (A chord diagramA majorA)                                    A chord diagramA5A5                 A chord diagramA majorA
  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--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------
B--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------
G--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------
D-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-(0)---0------------|-0------0-0---------|-(0)-----0-------|-(0)------0-------|-0--0----0--------
E--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------
   q    h.             q.     s s^h          h   A chord diagramE MajorE  q.         h^e     q.        q. q.   q

  A chord diagramA5A5                 A chord diagramA majorA                (Asus9)         (A chord diagramAsus4Asus4)             (A chord diagramA majorA)
  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------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|------------
B------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|------------
G------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|------------
D-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-(0)------0-------|-(0)----0-------|--------0------|-(0)---0----0------|-(0)-----0---|-(0)---0---0
E------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|------------
   h^e     q.         h^e   q.        (h^e)  q.        q    q.   q.        h^e    q.     q Q  q  q.

  A chord diagramA5A5                                                                           A chord diagramE5E5
Midnight...
  A chord diagramE MajorE q q.  q     e  q e e e s s e     e  q.  q.  e    q    q.  e q              A chord diagramE MajorE q.  q   q
E------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|--------------
B------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|--------------
G---9-9---9--|-(9)-9-9-9-9-9/11\9-|-(9)-9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9-9------------|--------------
D------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|---9---9---9\-
A-0-----0----|--0----0------------|--0----0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0------------|--------------
E------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|-0---0---0----
  h^e   q.      q.   h^e             q.   q.  q      e  q.  q   q              q.  q   q.

   (A chord diagramF# minorF#m)  (A chord diagramD MajorD)       A chord diagramA5A5
   you ...
  e e e e e e e e   A chord diagramE MajorE q.  q.  e    q    q.  q   e    e  q.  q.  e     q     q.  q   e
E-----------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
B-----------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
G-----------7---7-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9---9-|-(9)-9---9---9---|-(9)---9---9---9-
D---4---4---------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
A---------5---5---|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0---|-0-----0---0-----|-(0)-0---0---0---
E-2---2-----------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
                    q.  q.  q      e  q.  q   q     q.    q.  q        e  q.  q   q

                                    A chord diagramE5E5             (A chord diagramF# minorF#m) (A chord diagramD MajorD)       A chord diagramA5A5
 in ....
   e  q e q.  e    q    q.  q   e   A chord diagramE MajorE q.  q   q    e e q e e e e   A chord diagramE MajorE q.  q.  e    q    h   e  e
E---------------|-----------------|--------------|---------------|-------------|-------------------
B---------------|-----------------|--------------|---------------|-------------|-------------------
G-(9)-9-9-9---9-|-(9)---9---9---9-|--------------|---------7---7-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---10-9----
D---------------|-----------------|---9---9---9\-|---4-----------|-------------|-------------------
A-0-----0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0---|--------------|-------5---5---|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---------
E---------------|-----------------|-0---0---0----|-2---2---------|-------------|-------------------
  q.    q.  q      e  q.  q   q     q.  q   q.                     q.  q.  q      e  q.  h

  A chord diagramD MajorD                               A chord diagramA5A5                             A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramD5D5
  ..whoo                      whoo
  A chord diagramE MajorE q. q e e   e   e q.  q    e   A chord diagramE MajorE q. q   e e    e e h   e  e   q.  q.  q    e  q    q.   e  e
E------------|------------------|---------------|--------------|-----------|--------------------
B---7--7---7-|-(7)---7---10---7-|---------------|--------------|-7---7---7-|-(7)-10---10---10-7-
G--------7---|-(7)-7------------|---9--9---9/11\|\9-9-9---10-9-|-----------|--------------------
D-0----------|-0-------0----0---|---------------|--------------|---0-0-0---|-(0)----0----0------
A------------|------------------|-0------0------|---0---0------|-----------|--------------------
E------------|------------------|---------------|--------------|-----------|--------------------
  w            h       q    q     h^e    q.       A chord diagramE MajorE h   q.       A chord diagramE MajorE q q q.     q     q.   q.

  A chord diagramA5A5
  A chord diagramE MajorE h q.     q.   e q   q   A chord diagramE MajorE q   q.  q    e  q   q.    s s  e    e  q e q e e   e   e q e e s s  e
E---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-------------------
B---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-------------------
G---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---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|-----------7---|-----7---7---------
A-0-----0-|-(0)-0-----0---|-0---0---0---|-0-----0---0-0--------|-0-----0-------|-0-------0---------
E---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-------------------
| 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---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------
B---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------
G---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------
D---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------
A---------|---------------|-------------|-12-12\---12\---------|---------------|-12-12\----12\---
E---------|---------------|----5----(5)/|----------------------|-----5-----(5)/|-----------------

  e q.  q.  e    e  e q e e s s  e   A chord diagramE MajorE q.  q.  e    q    q   q   e  e
E-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
B-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
G---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9-9/11\9-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9---------
D-7-----------|-----7---7----------|-------------|---------------11-12-
A-0---0---0---|-(0)-----0----------|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0-------
E-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
| 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-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
B-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------
G-------------|----14\-------------|-------------|---------------------
D-------------|----14\-------------|-------------|---------------------
A-------------|-12-12\---------12\-|-------------|-12-12\-----12\------
E-5-------(5)/|--------------------|-5-------(5)/|---------------------

                       A chord diagramA majorA               A chord diagramA5A5                   A chord diagramA majorA
  e  q    q.   e  e    h.      e  e    e  q    q.    e e    h.      e  e
E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
B--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
G--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
D-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-
A-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------
E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
  q     q.   q.        q  q. q.        q     q.   q.        q  q. q.

(Asus9)             (A chord diagramAsus4Asus4)           (A chord diagramA majorA)
  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-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
B-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
G-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
D-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-
A-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------
E-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
  q    q.  q.       Q  h.             q.      h^e           q.  q   q.

   A chord diagramA5A5                 A chord diagramA majorA                A chord diagramA5A5                   A chord diagramA majorA
   Night ...
  e  q    q.   e  e    h.      e   e   e  q    q.   e  e    h.      e  e
E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
B--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
G--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
D-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-
A-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------
E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
  q     q.   q.        q  q. q.        q     q.   q.        q  q. q.

  (Asus9)           (A chord diagramAsus4Asus4)           (A chord diagramA majorA)
  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-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
B-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
G-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
D-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-
A-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------
E-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
  q    q.  q.       Q  h.             q.      h^e           q.  q   q.

 A chord diagramA5A5                    A chord diagramA majorA                A chord diagramA5A5                   A chord diagramA majorA
  In ..
  e   q   q.   e   e   h.      e   e   e  q    q.    e e    h.      e  e
E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
B--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
G--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
D-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-
A-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------
E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------
  q     q.   q.        q  q. q.        q     q.   q.        q  q. q.

  (Asus9)           (A chord diagramAsus4Asus4)           (A chord diagramA majorA)
  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-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
B-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
G-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
D-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-
A-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------
E-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------
  q    q.  q.       Q  h.             q.      h^e           q.  q   q.

(Repeat next 4 bars 6 times)
  A chord diagramD MajorD                A chord diagramD5D5                  A chord diagramA5A5
  Whoo                           Whoo
  e q q.    q      e   q   q.   e  e   A chord diagramE MajorE q   q e e e    e   e e e q   e  e
E---------------|--------------------|----------------|--------------------
B-7-7-7-----7---|--7--10---10---10-7-|----------------|---------------10-9-
G---------------|--------------------|---9---9-9-9/11\|\9---9-9-9-9--------
D-0-----0-0---0-|-(0)----0----0------|----------------|--------------------
A---------------|--------------------|-0---0---0------|-(0)-0-------0------
E---------------|--------------------|----------------|--------------------
  h     e q   e    q     q.   q.       q   q.  q.        e  h       q.

(Repeat the next two bars and fade out)
  A chord diagramE MajorE e e e  e e  e e    e e q   e  e e e
E-------------------|---------------------
B-------10-----10---|-10-------10---------
G-----9------9----9-|----9--------9-9-----
D---7------7--------|------7----------7\--
A-0-----------------|--------0------------
E-------------------|---------------------
| w                   q.     h^e
|
|(2nd guitar)
|
| h..            e    q  q    Q. e
E-------------------|---------------------
B-------------------|---------------------
G-------------------|---------------------
D-------------------|---------------------
A-------------------|-12-12\-----12\------
E-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------------------|-------------------------------------------
B------------------|-------------------------------------------
G------------------|-------------------------------------------
D-7----7-7-11h12-9-|-7-11---11---11----------------------------
A----0---0---------|-0----0----0-------------------------------
E------------------|-------------------------------------------
  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
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