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/ U2 / The Joshua Tree (1987) / One Tree Hill guitar tab

ONE TREE HILL - U2

The following tab gives the main points for playing the complete song.
There are variations and improvisations throughout the song (especially in Riff 2).
 

This first bit is the synth that plays throughout the song.                                                    
                 
 E |-------------------------|
 B |-------------------------|
 G |---17-17-17---17-17-17-17|
 D |-------------------------|
 A |-15---------15-----------|
 E |-------------------------|



Intro: 
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 B |-------------------------|--13--13--13--13--13------|-------------13--13--13--|
 G |----5-5---5/7---5--------|--12--12--12--12--12------|-----12--12--12--12--12--|
 D |----5-5---5/7---5--------|--------------12--12--10--|-10--12--12--14--14--14--|
 A |-------------------------|----------------------10--|-10----------------------|
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|

 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 B |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 G |--12--12--------------12-|--12--10--10--10----------|-------------------------|
 D |--12--12--10--10--10--12-|--12--10--10--10--10--10--|--10--10--10-------------|
 A |----------10--10--10-----|------------------10--10--|---8---8---8-------------|
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|


Riff 1: (Repeated throughout verses with variations)
        
     (C5)                                                 (F5)
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 B |--------13----13---------|----------13----13--------|---------6-----6---------|
 G |--12----------------12---|--12-12-------------12----|---5-----------------5---|
 D |--10---------------------|--10-10-------------------|---3---------------------|
 A |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|

                               (Bb5)                      (F5)                             
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 B |---------6-----6---------|--------11----11----------|---------6----6----------|
 G |--5-5----------------5---|--10---------------10-----|---5----------------5----|
 D |--3-3--------------------|---8----------------------|---3---------------------|
 A |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|

     (C5)                                (C7)  (C5)
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 B |--------13-----13--------|--13---13---11----13------|
 G |--12-----------------12--|--12---12---12----12------|
 D |--10---------------------|--------------------------|
 A |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|


Riff 2: ("You run like a river...")    

     (Bb)                      (F)                        (C5)                                                 
                            
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|--------------------0----|
 B |-11------11-------11-----|-10------10------10-----10|--8-----8-----8----------|
 G |-----10-------10------10-|-----10------10------10---|-------------------------| 
 D |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 A |-------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------------|
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|-----8-----8-----8-------|



Synth chords: (Played after cello solo, throughout 3rd verse and at very end)   

        C         F                Bb5       F/C                                     
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 B |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 G |----9--------10----------|------10--------10--------|
 D |---10---------7----------|-------8---------7--------|
 A |--------------8----------|--------------------------|
 E |----8--------------------|-------6---------8--------|



Distorted guitar: (Played towards end and more extensively when live)                                          
                                       
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 B |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 G |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 D |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 A |--1---3---1---3---1---1--|--0---1---0---1-----------|
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|


 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 B |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 G |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 D |-------------------------|--1---1---1---1-----------|
 A |--1--3--3--3--1--3--3----|----3---3---3-------------|
 E |-------------------------|--------------------------|



First verse with Riff 1:

C5                               F5
    We turn away to face the cold, enduring chill

           Bb5             F5     C5         C7 C5
    As the day begs the night for mercy love

C5                                   F5
    The sun's so bright it leaves no shadows, only scars

    Bb5         F5           C5            C7 C5
    carved into stone on the face of earth

C5                          F5
    The moon is up and over One Tree Hill

               Bb5    F5           C5
    We see the sun go down in your eyes


Chorus with Riff 2:

                 Bb   F         C5
    You run like river in like a sea
                   Bb   F              C5
    you run like a river runs to the sea


Second verse same as first verse:
    And in the world a heart of darkness, a firezone
    Where poets speak their hearts, then bleed for it
    Jara sang, his song a weapon, in the hands of love
    You know his blood still cries from the ground


Chorus as before.

Cello Solo.

Now play synth chords (C C F F Bb5 F/C C C)

Third verse with synth chords:

C                              F    
    I don't believe in painted roses or bleeding hearts

          Bb5                  F/C          C
    while bullets rape the night of the merciful

                                 F    
    I'll see you again when the stars fall from the sky

            Bb5                F/C      C      
    and the moon has turned red over one tree hill 


Continue to play Riff 2 to end.

Distorted guitar kicks in towards end.

Outro: (With synth chords)

    C        F/C    Bb5       F/C
    Oh great ocean, old great sea

    C          F      Bb5 F/C    C
    run to the ocean, run to the sea.


Greg Carroll's funeral 10th July 1986 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------



One Tree Hill
--- ---- ----

tabbed by: Scott Yanoff, yanoff@csd4.csd.uwm.edu

 C                       F
We turn away to face the cold, enduring chill
        Bb            F         C
As the day begs the night for mercy
Your sun's so bright it leaves no shadows, only scars
Carved into stone on the face of earth
The moon is up and over One Tree Hill
We see the sun go down in your eyes

              Bb F         C
You ran like river to the sea
        Bb F         C
Like a river to the sea

And in our world a heart of darkness, a firezone
Where poets speak their hearts, then bleed for it
Jara sang, his song a weapon, in the hands of love
You know his blood still cries from the ground

It runs like a river to the sea, like a river to the sea

I don't believe in painted roses or bleeding hearts
While bullets rape the night of the merciful
I'll see you again when the stars fall from the sky
And the moon has turned red over One Tree Hill

We run like a river to the sea, like a river to the sea


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