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Van Diemens Land chords

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U2 - Van Diemen's Land (by The Edge)

Original Key: #F major (with all string's tuned half step down). 
But if you can reach the high note, why bother. Just stick to
standard tuning (G major key).

To get the authentic flavour of this simple yet great song done by
The Edge of U2, one needs to understand a few key characteristics
of the chords employed.

1) All G chords are played with D on B string (see chord shapes below)
2) C2 shape used for all G-C2-G transitions
3) Play the /G  /B bass notes right, leading to Em chord
4) Appreciate the use of C chord as transition in between Em and G.
   Compare with playing without it, and you will see the magic touch
   of the true Master - The Edge rules!

See how The Edge plays it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el7oKnbPdfY

Chord shapes used in this song

       E A D G B E
G    : 3 2 0 0 3 3
C2   : x 3 2 0 3 3
C    : x 3 2 0 1 0
Em   : x x 2 0 0 0
Dsus4: x x 0 2 3 3
D    : x x 0 2 3 2
Bm   : x 2 4 4 3 2


G - - - | C2 - - - | G - - - | D - - - | G - - C2 | G - Hold me

Verse 1

G      C2           |G - - C2 | G - /G   /B
now,      oh hold me now.           Till this
Em     C           Dsus4     D
hour     has gone around.        And I'm
Bm                 Em        C
gone on the rising tide.         For to
G    D              |G - - C2 | G  
fa - ce Van Diemen's land          It's a bitter

Verse 2

G      C2           |G - - C2 | G - /G   /B
pill       I swallow here.          To   be
Em     C              Dsus4     D
rent      from one so dear         We fought for
Bm                  Em          C
justice and not for gain.         But the magis-
G     D          |G - - C2 | G  
tra - te sent me away.         Now kings will

Verse 3

G      C2                  |G - - C2 | G -   /G   /B
rule,     and the poor will toil.        And tear their
Em     C                  Dsus4     D
hands    as they tear the soil.       But a day will 
Bm                  Em        C
come in the dawning age.        When an honest
G    D               |G - - C2 | G  
man    sees an honest wage.         Hold me

(Repeat Verse 1 with outtro)

G      C2           |G - - C2 | G - /G   /B
now,      oh hold me now.           Till this
Em     C           Dsus4     D
hour     has gone around.        And I'm
Bm                 Em        C
gone on the rising tide.         For to
G    D               Em      C  
fa - ce Van Diemen's land.       For to 
G    D              |G - - C2 | G  
fa - ce Van Diemen's land


Hi. My name is Jeff Hao. I arrange songs for easy piano solo and chords 
and put them on Hao Staff (a kind of piano tab that anyone can read and
play). Check out www.haostaff.com (All free downloads).

In my work, I need to figure out the chords first (accurately). I will 
start to share all my work here for the guitar players. You will notice 
the unique format I came up for myself in matching the chord change with
the right word (or part of the word). Being a guitar player, I find this
format much easier to read and sing along. It also shows the chord
progression structure more clearly for easier memorizing. Enjoy!


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haostaff 63 Jul 26, 2013 12:03 AM

A neater intro would be (like in the Rattle and Hum movie):

G - - /B | D - - - | D - - - | G - - C2 | G - Hold me ...

I also missed out a /B bass note at end of first measure (G chord) of the first sentence in every verse. This leads to the C2 chord. These leading bass notes make this song special. Sorry about missing this one out in my first submission.

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jolov1 10 Dec 14, 2015 12:03 AM

I like most of it...but.....
the chord C2 is Cadd9 (because the 3rd is played as well rather than the d instead of the e)

And personally I prefer the run to the Em to be Cadd9 /G /F# Em

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