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Angel Of Harlem Chords

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Angel of Harlem - U2   submitted by Warren Black

I am frustrated with the other versions of this song that are listed on the net so
I would set it straight. The KEY to getting this song right is applying the CORRECT 
& F chords.

Tuning: Standard EBGDAE

Chords:  The F, G & Am chords during the breaks and chorus’s are played as per normal.
the C & F’s during the intro & verses are played as such: the C is as per normal but with
pinky finger on string 1, fret 3. The F in the verse’s is played, from the C shape 
by merely dropping fingers 2 & 3 (the two middle ones) one string down each, your
and index figures stay where they are throughout all the C-F changes. Thus the change 
C to F and back to C again during the verse’s is done by merely moving fingers 2 & 3 up or 
one string each.

Strum:  In the verse’s the C is played two down-one up with a change into F which is
down-up, down-up and then back into C again. Listen to the song intro and you will
 Try changing the strum pattern in the break & chorus for maximum effect

It takes some practice to get right but when you do it sounds awesome!

[Intro]     [C    F]       (x4)


C                      F
It was a cold and wet December day
C                              F
When we touched the ground at JFK
C              F
Snow was melting on the ground
C        F                        C    F
On BLS I heard the sound,   of an angel
C               F
New York, like a Christmas tree
C                F                C     F
Tonight this city belongs to me,   Angel

[Chorus I]       (change to a normal F)

F     G                           F
Soul love...this love won't let me go
          G       [C    F]       (x4)
So long...angel of Harlem

C                    F
Birdland on fifty-three
C                        F
The street sounds like a symphony
C                        F
We got John Coltrane and a love supreme
C                      F       C   F
Miles says she's got to be an angel
C                  F
Lady Day got diamond eyes
C                             F      C     F
She sees the truth behind the lies,   Angel

[Chorus II] (change to a normal F)

[Break] (change to normal chords)

Am     G         F
Oooh, oooh….oooh, aaahh aaaaahhh
        Am      G                F      (1 strum & stop)
 She says it's heart...heart and soul...

Pause 2-3-4

             [C     F]   x4
Yeah yeah...(yeah)

C                   F
Blue light on the avenue
C                   F
God knows they got to you
C                    F
An empty glass, the lady sings
C                    F
Eyes swollen like a bee sting
C                F
Blinded you lost your way
C                                F
Through the side streets and the alleyway
C                     F
Like a star exploding in the night
C                       F
Falling to the city in broad daylight

[Break] (change to normal chords)
An angel in Devil's shoes
Salvation in the blues
You never looked like an angel
          G          [C    F]   x4
Yeah yeah...angel of Harlem
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epiphysis 10 Mar 18, 2009 08:28 AM

In other words, the F in the intro and verses should be Fmaj?

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Nero Galon 334 Mar 18, 2013 11:51 AM

Good tab apart from sometimes the F's are all over the place, but the progression is so basic you can just ignore it.

Awesome song for people like me practicing to sing and play at the same time :)

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