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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##

From: Scott A. Yanoff 


>From mal11@cwns5.INS.CWRU.Edu  Sat Apr 18 16:42:40 1992

U2     "Even Better Than the Real Thing"

 Heavy distortion recommended. :)

Intro:            (Riff below is repeated during verses)
E--------5-5-----|------------------------------------------|
B----------------|------------------------------------------|
G----------------|-----------6\7\6--------------------------|
D----------------|------------------5--4--------------------|
A----------------|------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-----------|------5-----------------------------------|
  (The \ means to slide to the next fret)

For bass players and people who want to just play chords:
  A  D  A

Part before chorus: ("You're a honey child to a swarm of bees...")
E------------------|--------------------|
B-10---------------|--10----------------|
G--9---------------|---7----------------|
D--7---------------|---7----------------|
A------------------|--------------------|
E------------------|--------------------|
 (each chord above is repeated many times.)

Again, for bassists and chord players:
  G Bminor  D  A

Chorus:"You're the real thing"(repeat)  "..child..."
E-12-12-12-12------------------|-------|
B-10-10-10-10------------------|--10---|
G------------------------------|---9---|
D------------------------------|---7---|
A------------------------------|-------|
E------------------------------|-------|
  (Then back to riff above from intro.)

Chords:
  A  C  D
  A  G  D
  A  C  D
  A  G  D


From: Timo Gorges 
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 95 11:47:45 +0200

 Date:    18-07-95
 From:    habe0001@stud.uni-sb.de
 Subject: Even better than the real thing ( live version ) by U2
          Transcripted by Marko Becker

 This tab is a live version of "Even better than the real thing"
 that U2 played during their Zoo-Tv Tour.
 I personally own a ZOOM " PLAYER " 2020 and the sound that I created
 is very similar to Edge's sound.
 I think the most important thing of the song is the delay-effect
 (Zoom Player: 350ms, Feedback 2, Mix 7)

 Comments or other suggestions are requested.
 Now enjoy playing this song.

 **INTRO**

 D5 - x577xx

 At the beginning of the song The Edge plays a D5 chord that he modifies with
 his DigiTech "Whammy". So he can create this special sound.
 If you haven't got a "Whammy" you can create a similar sound
 with a small trick.
 Play the Ab and the Db string together and repeat this 2 times,
 then play the Gb string and the other 2 strings alternately.

 So, that's it, not very difficult.


 ** FIGURE 1 **

      a              b                c            d

 eb-------|----------------------|---------|---------------|
 Bb----7p-|-------------------7p-|---------|----------7p---|
 Gb-------|-------5--4-----------|-------5-|-4-----0-------|
 Db--0----|-5--7--------7--0-----|-5--7----|----7----------|
 Ab-------|----------------------|---------|---------------|
 Eb-------|----------------------|---------|---------------|

             e                   f
 eb-----------------------|---------------|
 Bb--------------------7p-|---------------|   P = pull string and bend the
 Gb--------5--4-----------|--------5--4---|       note a half step up and
 Db--5--7--------7--0-----|--5--7---------|       down
 Ab-----------------------|---------------|
 Eb-----------------------|---------------|


 ** FIGURE 2 **

       a        b          c             d

 eb--8-----|---12----|-----3------|---------------------|
 Bb--8-----|---12----|-----3------|-----7p--------------|
 Gb--------|---------|------------|--------------5--4---|
 Db--------|---------|------------|--0-----5--7---------|
 Ab--------|---------|------------|---------------------|
 Eb--8-----|---12----|-----3------|---------------------|

 ** FIGURE 3 **
                          D5
 eb--------------------|--------|
 Bb--------------------|--------|
 Gb--------------------|--7-----|
 Db--14--12--10--9--7--|--7-----|
 Ab--12--19---8--7--5--|--5-----|
 Eb--------------------|--------|

 ** Solo (use bottleneck) **
                                  Solo part I
 eb-------------------------------------------------------------------->
 Bb-------------------------------------------------------------------->
 Gb-0--2--7--5--7--11--9--7--5--2--0--2--7--10--12--10--7--10--12--14-->
 Db-------------------------------------------------------------------->
 Ab-------------------------------------------------------------------->
 Eb-------------------------------------------------------------------->

                                           Solo part II
                              (repeat the last two notes several times)
 eb--13--10--15--13--12--10-|-----------------------------------------------|
 Bb----------------------10-|-----------------------------------------------|
 Gb-------------------------|--7--12--10--9--10--12--10--9--10--9--7--5--7--|
 Db-------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
 Ab-------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
 Eb-------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|


 VERSE 1:


 <      FIGURE 1.a      ><      FIGURE 1.b        > < FIGURE 1.c >
 Give me one more chance, and you'll be satisfield

 <      FIGURE 1.d       ><     FIGURE 1.e   > <  FIGURE 1.f  >
 Give me two more chances  you won't be denied

 <             FIGURE 2.a               >
 Well my heart is where it's always been

 <         FIGURE 2.b           >
 My head is somewhere in between

 <                  FIGURE 2.c                       > < FIGURE 2.d >
 Give me one more chance let me be your lover tonight.


 REFRAIN:


 <                    3 X FIGURE 3                                >
 You're the real thing, yeah the real thing, you're the real thing

 <           FIGURE 3            >
 Even better than the real thing...


 VERSE 2:

 <       1.a            ><            1.b           > < 1.c >
 Give me one last chance and I'm gonna make you sing

 <        1.d         ><               1.e                > < 1.f >
 Give me half a chance to ride on the waves that you bring

 <                  2.a                   >
 You're the honey child to a swarm of bees

 <               2.b                   >
 Gonna blow right through like a breeze

 <                          2.c                                     > < 2.d >
 Give me one last dance, we'll slide it down on the surface of things


 REFRAIN:


 <                     3 X  FIGURE 3                              >
 You're the real thing, yeah the real thing, you're the real thing

 < FIGURE 3 with D5 at the end >
 Even better than the real thing...

 ** After the second refrain Edge starts his solo. The first part is played
    without words. In the second part Bono starts to sing **


 <                      Solo 2nd part
 We're free to fly the crimson sky the sun won't melt our wings tonight
                           >

 Oh no, oh no here she comes


 ** The next part of the song is played like the REFRAIN **


 Take me higher, take me higher, can you take me higher?, will you take me
 higher?
 You're the real thing, yeah the real thing, you're the real thing
 Even better than the real thing
 Even better than the real thing
 Even better than the real thing...
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