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Acrobat

U2

 

 

Right at the beginning Edge plays some harmonics-

 

E-----------------------

B-----------------------

G------------------12---

D-------------12--------

A-----------------------

E------12---------------

 

Then ad lib a bit perhaps with some open/mute stings and/or 5th fret

harmonics. Then Edge plays some sort of E minor chord. That is,-

 

RIFF 1

E-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--

B---s/8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--

G---s/9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-- etc..

D---s/9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--

A--------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------

 

 

And then the intro chords kick in-

 

INTRO CHORDS-

 

E---s/8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8s/--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3s/8--8--8--8-

B---s/10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10s/-5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5s/10-10-10-10

G---s/9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9s/--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4s/9--9--9--9- etc.

D---s/7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7s/--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2s/7--7--7--7-

A------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

These chords (Am,Em) are also played during the first part of the first

verse but with variations in timing. When Bono starts singing "when I first

met you darling.." Edge plays something like this-

 

RIFF 2

E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

B------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G--9--7s/5--4--5h7--9--7--5--4--4h5--7--9--7--5--4--4h5--4--2--2--0------------

D------------------------------------------------------------------------0--2--

A------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E--------------0-----------------------------

B--------------------------------------------

G--2--2s/5--5------5s/7--7--7s/9--9--9-------

D--------------------------------------------

A--------------------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------

 

This will give you some idea of what is played over the chorus but play

around with it.-

 

E----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

B-------13--13--13---------13---------13----------13----------13---------13-------13

G---12----------------12---------14---------12----------12----------14--------14---

D----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E------------------------------

B---13--15--------13-------13--

G-------------12-------14------ x 3 but on the last time it is played finish on

D------------------------------ the high note on the 15th fret and slide

A------------------------------ it up the fretboard.

E------------------------------

 

Then play RIFF 1 again and then the Am and Em INTRO CHORDS. Play them during

the first part of the second verse as in the first but right at the end Edge

slides from the Am chord to a Bm. That is-

 

E--8--8--8--8--8--8s/10--10--10--10--10---

B--10-10-10-10-10-10s/12-12--12--12--12---

G--9--9--9--9--9--9-s/11-11--11--11--11---

D--7--7--7--7--7--7-s/ 9--9---9---9---9---

A-----------------------------------------

E-----------------------------------------

 

Then play RIFF 2 again, and then the chorus progression. For the bit just

before the solo, play an open Am chord and then ad lib playing it arpeggio.

For example-

 

E--0----------------------------------------------------0--------

B--1------------------1p0--3--1-----------1-------------------1--

G--2-------------------------------2-----------2-----------------

D--2-------------------------------2-----------------------------

A--0-------------------------------------------------------------

E----------------------------------------------------------------

 

Now for the solo-

 

E----s/17----------17-----------17------17---17---------------17-----------17---

B-----------17-----------17-------------17---17-------17------------17----------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E----17-------------17--17--17--17--17--17--17-----15--15--15--15--15--15----14-

B-----------17------------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E-14-14--14--14--12--12--12--12--12----10--10--10--10--10--10--8--8--8--8--8--8-

B-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7----3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3-------5--5--5--5--5--5--5

B------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E---10--8--10--10--10--10--10----12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12------5--5--5--5-

B-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E--5--5--5--5----8--8----10--10--10--10--10--10--10----12--12--12--12--12--12-12

B-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5---8--8---10--10--10--10--10--10--10---12--12--12-12

B-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E--12--12-----5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5----10--8--10--10--10--10--10--10--7-7--7--7

B-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E--7--7--7----8--8--8--8--8--8--8----5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5----1--1--1--1--1-

B-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E--0--0--0--0--0-------

B---------------------- and then Edge plays something that sounds like-

G----------------------

 

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

B---s/10--10--10-----------10--------------10---------------10------------------

G--------------------12--------------12-------------12------------------12------

 

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

B-----------10----------------10-----10--10s/13--13--------------10---------10--

G----12--------------12------------------------------------12---------12--------

 

E---------------------

B--------10------10--- etc..

G--12--------12-------

 

The next bit is quite hard to hear because there is so much going on so ad

lib using the structure from RIFF 2. However, this is just an example of

what can be played-

 

E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

B-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

G-----7--7s/9--7s/5--5--5h7p5--2--2--2h4--5--4--2--4--7--5--7--9--9--9--9-----

D-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

If you play around with the above notes you should be able to get something

that sounds OK. Edge then plays this a few times-

 

E--------------------------------------------

B--------------------------------------------

G----------11--12--14----------------11--12--

D--------------------------------------------

A----0----------------------0----------------

E--------------------------------------------

 

and then perhaps finish off with playing an A power chord-

 

E--------------------------------------------

B--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10s/--

G---9--9---9----9---9---9---9---9---9---9s/--

D---7--7---7----7---7---7---7---7---7---7s/--

A---0--0---0----0---0---0---0---0---0---0s/--

E--------------------------------------------

 

***************************************************************************

Acrobat

 

 

Intro: Em7 Am

 

Am G Fmaj7 Em/D

Don't believe what you hear, don't believe what you see

Am G Fmaj7 Em/D

If you just close your eyes you can feel the enemy

 

When I first met you girl, you had fire in your soul

What happened your face of melting snow?

 

C

Now it looks like this

Am7

and you can swallow or you can spit

F G

You can throw it up or choke on it

 

And you can dream, so dream out loud

F G Am7

You know that your time is coming 'round

F G Am

... Don't let the bastards grind you down

 

No nothing makes sense, nothing seems to fit

I know you'd hit out if you only knew who to hit

And I'd join the movement if there was one I could believe in

Yeah I'd break bread and wine if there was a church I could receive in

 

'Cos I need it now

To take the cup, to fill it up

To drink it slow, I can't let you go

And I must be an Acrobat to talk like this and act like that

And you can dream, so dream out loud

... Don't let the bastards grind you down

 

What are we going to do now it's all been said?

No new ideas in the house, and every book has been read

 

And I must be an acrobat

To talk like this and act like that

And you can dream, so dream out loud

And you can find your own way out

You can build and I can will

And you can call I can't wait until

You can stash and you can seize

In dreams begin responsibilities

And I can love, and I can love

I know that the tide is turning 'round

...Don't let the bastards grind you down

 

CHORD FORMATIONS

----------------

Am7 x 0 2 0 1 0 Em/D 0 2 0 0 0 0

 

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