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"Bullet The Blue Sky" by U2 
As heard on "The Joshua Tree" (1987)

Track Length: 4:32

Guitar 1 Tuning: eb Bb Gb Db Ab Eb -elec. w/ slight echo -full dist. w/slide
Guitar 2 Tuning: eb Bb Gb Db Ab Eb -elec. w/ dist. set 0 gain (1 pickup)

Not that the other version was wrong in any way... here's my interpretation.
Lyrics not quite lined up.

Begins with drums (0:00)

 G1 (0:06) w/slide (clink noises from slide) *tap harmonic to slowly mute it
e|-----------|-----------------------------12^-----------------------------|
B|-----------|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----7^----|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-7^--------|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------8^-|--9.5^*------------------------------------------------------|

 G1 Intro (0:31) w/ slide *accidental harmonics                       (0:44)
e|----------------------------------------12-------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------12-------------------------------|
G|-12======\9---9^*-----12======\9==\7/12-12======\9---------12======\9----|
D|------------------8^*-12======\9==\7/12-12---------\x-9/12-12======\9----|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------0--|

 G1 Verse (0:57) volume down until 2:22
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--7^---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 "In the howling wind... comes a stingin' rain. 

 G1
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--15^--------------------------------------------------------------------|
  See it drivin' nails into the souls on the tree of pain.

 G1 *ringing from previous note
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-*-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
  From the fire fly... a red orange glow.

 G2
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------x-------x---|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------x-------x---|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------x-x----x--x-x-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------x------x----x-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 See the face of fear runnin' scared in the valley below.


 G1 Chorus (1:08)
e|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
B|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
G|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                  Shot                                 Shot

 G2
e|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
B|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
G|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
          Wooh- hoo hoo.                       Wooh- hoo hoo.

 G1
e|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
B|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
G|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                  Shot                                 Shot

 G2
e|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
B|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
G|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
  Bullet the blue sky                   Bullet the blue sky

 G1
e|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
B|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
G|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                  Shot                                 Shot

 G2
e|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
B|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
G|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7======-|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
  Bullet the blue...                   Bullet the blue...         oh- oh...

 G1 Verse (1:28)
e|-----------------------7------------|-------------------------------------
B|-----------------------7------------|-------------------------------------
G|-----------------------7------------|-------------------------------------
D|------------------------------------|-------------------------------------
A|------------------------------------|-------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------|-------------------------------------

 G2
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------x----x--|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------x----x--|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------x----x--|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                In a locust wind... comes a rattle and hum.

 G1 *equivalence on the frettboard
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|*25----------26----------26/27----------27/28----------28/29\25----------|
G|*------25----------26-------------27-------------28----------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 Jacob wrestled and angel and the angel was overcome.

 G1 *equivalence on the frettboard
e|--------------------15==\12\3\0------------------------/12/15\-----------|
B|*-------25----------15==\12\3\0------------------------/12/15\-----------|
G|*-25---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 You have a demon seed... you need the flower of fire.

 G1
e|-------------------------------------------------------15\12-------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------15\12-------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 G2
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------x-----------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------x-----------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------x-----------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 See them burning crosses... see the flames higher and higher.

 G1 Chorus (1:56)
e|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
B|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
G|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                   Shot                                 Shot

 G2
e|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
B|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
G|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
          Wooh- hoo hoo.                       Wooh- hoo hoo.

 G1
e|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
B|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
G|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                   Shot                                 Shot

 G2
e|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
B|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
G|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
  Bullet the blue sky                   Bullet the blue sky

 G1
e|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
B|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
G|-----------------------7------------|-----------------------7------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                   Shot                                 Shot

 G2
e|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
B|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
G|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|-(7)-(7)-7(7)-----------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7--5--7-|---------------(5)--(5)--5--7======-|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
  Bullet the blue...   oh- oh...        Bullet the blue...         oh- oh...
 G1 (2:22) volume swell
e|------------------------------------|-------------------------------------
B|-12----------------12---------------|-------------------------------------
G|-12======\9--x-----12======\9-------|-------------------------------------
D|-12----------x/12--12----------x/12-|-------------------------------------
A|------------------------------------|-------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------|-------------------------------------

 G1 Verse *volume back down
e|-12==\9------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-12==\9------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------17^----------------------------------------------|
  This guy comes up to me, face red like a rose on a thornbush, like all the

 G1
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------22^----------------------------|
  colors of a royal flush. And he's peelin' off those dollar bills, slappin'

 G1 let ring* touching random harmonics w/ feedback
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------17^*----------------------------|
  em' down. "One-hundred, two-hundred." And I can see those fighter planes.

 G1 let ring* touching random harmonics w/ feedback
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 And I can see those fighter planes. Across the mudhuts where children sleep

 G1 let ring* touching random harmonics w/ feedback
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--19^*-------------------------------------------------------------------|
  Through the alley of a quiet city street. And take a staircase to the 

 G1 let ring* touching random harmonics w/ feedback
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------12^*-------------|
  first floor. And turn the key and slowly unlock the door.

 G1 let ring* touching random harmonics w/ feedback
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-0*----------------------------------------------------------------------|
 As a man breathes into a saxiphone, and through the walls 

 G1
e|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------12======\9-|-------------------------12======\9-|
G|-------------------------12======\9-|-------------------------12======\9-|
D|-------------------------12======\9-|-------------------------12======\9-|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
  you hear the city groan.             Outside it's America.

 G1
e|-------------------------12======\9-|------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------12======\9-|-------------------------12======\9-|
G|-------------------------12======\9-|-------------------------12======\9-|
D|------------------------------------|-------------------------12======\9-|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
  Outside it's America                 America...

 G1 Solo (3:19) *volume swell
e|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|-9/12----------------12~~-----------|--12~~--------------12--------------|
G|---------12~~--12~~--------12~~-----|--------12~~--------------12~~------|
D|---------------------------------12-|--------------12~---------------12~-|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|

 G1
e|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|---------------12==/14--14~~~~=\9---|-9/12~~--------------12~~-----------|
G|-12==/14-------12==/14=~------------|---------12~~--------------12=====~-|
D|-12==/14~~~~~~----------------------|---------------12~~-----------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|

 G2
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------12------12----12------12---12------|
G|------------------------------------------12------------12-----------12--|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 G1
e|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|-12~~--------------12~~-------------|---------------14-------------------|
G|-------12~~--------------12~~-------|-12==/14~~~~~~-----14~~~~~----------|
D|-------------12~---------------12~--|-12==/14~~~-------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|

 G2
e|-----------------------------------------------12------------------------|
B|-12------12----12------12----12------12----12-----12----12------12----12-|
G|-----12------------12------------12-------------------------12-----------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 G1
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-14---------14.5-----------15-------15.25-------15.5------15.75-----(16)-|
G|------14----------14.75--------15--------15.25-------15.5------15.75-----|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 G2
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------12------|
B|-----12----12------12----12------12----12------12----12------12------12--|
G|-12------------12------------12------------12------------12--------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 G1
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------21----------21----------21\20-------19\12p0-9====\7~~~~--------|
G|-19/21----------21----------21------------20----------9====\7~~~~--------|
D|------------------------------------------------------9====\7~~~~p0--12^-|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 G2
e|-----12------12----12------12----12------12----12------12----12------12--|
B|-12------12------------12------------12------------12------------12------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 G1
e|-----7--7--7--7\-----7--7--7--7/--------7--7--7--7\-----7--7--7--7-7/19\-|
B|-----7--7--7--7\-----7--7--7--7/--7-----7--7--7--7\-----7--7--7--7-7/----|
G|-----7--7--7--7\-----7--7--7--7/--------7--7--7--7\-----7--7--7--7-7/----|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-0---------------0------------------0---------------0--------------------|

 G2
e|-----12------12----12------12----12------12----12------12----12------12--|
B|-12------12------------12------------12------------12------------12------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 G1 Verse (4:08) let ring* touching random harmonics w/ feedback
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-0*----------------------------------------------------------------------|
 
 G2
e|-----12------12----12------12----12------12----12------12----12------12--|
B|-12------12------------12------------12------------12------------12------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  Across the feild see the sky ripped open. See the rain through the gaping

 G1 *feedback from previous note
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|*0-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
  wound. Telling the women and children to run.  Into the arms of America."


Notation Key

 - = string
 # = frett
 ~ = vibrato
 / = slide up (if not indicated, to and from "nowhere")
 \ = slide down (if not indicated, to and from "nowhere")
 h = hammer-on
 p = pull-off
 b = bend (to indicated frett or 1/4 step if not specified)
fb = full bend (1 step)
hb = hold bend
pb = pre-bend (bend before striking
 r = release bend
 x = string noise (tap/rake)
(#)= mute string (after striking)
 ^ = natrual harmonic (wanted to use <> but html problems...)
 + = artificial harmonic
 t = trill/tremelo (as noted)
 = = hold note
 * = as noted

Lemme know if I should fix it.
e-mail: unsupersimth@gmail.com

            
            
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jimbopo 692 Jul 20, 2008 06:48 PM

ZOMG! I wrote this tab when I couldn't log in and I was told it was rejected! What the Hell man?!! I fixed it up a bit and noted that it's effects were created using a digitech II whammy pedal and complex delay system and the corrected version just got rejected over night so that this could be posted... bogus pocus! Oh well.

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skux 142 Mar 22, 2009 06:31 PM

great tab man just wondering what u mean by this symbol ^ thoughout the tab

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jimbopo 692 Apr 12, 2009 12:16 PM

Natural Harmonic pitches... some of them are hard to make because they are very small pitches (you would have to hit them dead on). Im pretty sure most of those are caused by feedback looped through the digitech II whammy pedal and all he's really doing is hitting open low Eb.

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