Van Diemen's Land - U2 chord transcription by stefano (firstname.lastname@example.org) tune your guitar one half step lower. chords for the 1st verse: G C G Gsus4 Hold me now, oh hold me now Em C D Til this hour has gone around. Em C And I'm gone on the rising tide G D G For to face Van Diemen's Land. same chord pattern for all the other verses: It's a bitter pill I swallow here To be read from one so dear. We fought for justice and not for gain But the magistrate sent me away. Now the kings will rule and the poor will toil And tear their hands as they tear the soil. But a day will come in this dawning age When an honest man sees and honest wage. Hold me now, oh hold me now Til this hour has gone around. And I'm gone on the rising tide For to face Van Diemen's Land. Still the gunman and widows pay A scarlet coat now a black beret. They thought that blood and sacrifice Could out of death bring forth a life.