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City Of Blinding Lights tab

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U2 - City of blinding lights
ALbum: how to dismantle an atomic bomb
tab by: lennert moens ( hallo_kroket14@hotmail.com )
Tune Your Guitar down ½
This is the second time I post this tab but now I have managed to tab it as accurate as 
enjoy it!!!

The most important thing is that you use Delay, otherwise you can’t play the song as it was meant to be!

In the verses when you have to play palm muted it’s important that you use the dimpled 
of your plectrum, is you don’t have dimpled plectrums than you can’t play the song as it 
meant to be! Also you your palm mute gently!

[Intro Guitar] 3X (00:12s)
e|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
B|-10-x--x--10—-x—-x-10—-x—-x-10--x--x-10--x—10—-x-|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|
Gently mute the b-string and let the e-string ring
The delay will do the rest

[REST OF INTRO] 4X
e|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-----------------------------|
B|-10-x--x--10—x—-x--10—10—10--9--9--9--9-12-12-9—9-10—10-|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
B|-10-x--x--10—-x—-x-10—-x—-x-10--x--x-10-x—-x—-10-|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|
Gently mute the b-string and let the e-string ring
The delay will do the rest (it’s important to keep up the rithem of the delay ) listen 
the song how much the edge plays this because I’m not sure!

[MELODY] 2X
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15-----14--------10--/12--/15------14------10----------10--/12---/15----|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--14-------10-/-12\---7--------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Verse]
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10—10-10-10--|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
Play this palm muted

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|-10----10—10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10—10-10-10--|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
NOT palm   / from here palm muted again
muted

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10—10-10-10--|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
Play this palm muted

e|----------------------------------12---12---12----|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10-10--10---10—-—10—-----|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
Play this palm muted        / FROM HERE NOT PALM MUTED

e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10--9—-9—-9--9-12-12—9--9-10-10-|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|
First note not palm muted, rest is palm muted

e|------------------------------------12------------|
B|-10-10-10—10--------10-/-12-(12)-10----10—10-10---|
G|-------------11-(11)------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
Play this palm muted                    / NOT Palm Muted from here

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10-9—-9—-9--9-12-12—9--9-10-10-|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|
First note not palm muted, rest is palm muted

e|-------------------------------------------12-----|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10—10----10--|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
Play this palm muted                    / NOT Palm Muted from here

[PRE-CHORUS] 2X
e|-10---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------13------12---13---12---10--12-----10----------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------12-11--9--------|
D|----0------0-------0---------0--------0------0--------------0-----|
A|------0------0----------0---------------0------0--------------0---|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

LET THE d and a string RING, the edge plays it like this because otherwise it sounds 
tender, and that is not the intention.

[CHORUS] 3X
e|-0—-0--0--0--0—-0--0—-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
B|-12-12-12-9--12-12-12-9--12-12-12-9—-12-12-12-9--|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|-10-10-10-10-12-12-12-12-14-14-14-14-10-10-10-10-|
B|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

[MELODY] 1X
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15-----14--------10--/12--/15------14------10----------10--/12---/15----|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--14-------10-/-12\---7--------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Verse 2]
e|---12---12---12----12------------------------------------------------|
B|-10---10—-—10—--10---10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
                        / from here palm muted but gently and sometimes let
                    A not ring , it will create and nice tone with the delay

e|-------------------------------------------------------12----|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10----10-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---12---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10--10—10—10—10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10--9—-9—-9--9-12-12—9--9-10-10--|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
  NOT PM   / Play this palm mute  / FROM HERE NOT PALM MUTED

e|-------------------12-12----12----12------------------------------|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-------10----10---10-(10)-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                        / PALM MUTED
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|—10—10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10--9—-9—-9--9-12-12—9--9-10-10-|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
                        / NOT PALM MUTED

e|-------------------------------------------------------12----|
B|-10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10----10-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|
/ AGAIN PALM MUTED                              /NOT P.M.

THIS NEXT TWO BARS 2X (make sure that the strings ring like hell)
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-11--/--12-11----9------11--/--12-11----9-------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------7----/--9---------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------|
B|-----------------|
G|-----------------|
D|----2---2--------|
A|---0---0---------|
E|--0---0----------|

[PRE-CHORUS] 2X
e|-10---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------13------12---13---12---10--12-----10----------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------12-11--9--------|
D|----0------0-------0---------0--------0------0--------------0-----|
A|------0------0----------0---------------0------0--------------0---|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
LET THE d and a string RING, the edge plays it like this because otherwise it sounds 
tender, and that is not the intention.

[CHORUS] 3X
e|-0—-0--0--0--0—-0--0—-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
B|-12-12-12-9--12-12-12-9--12-12-12-9—-12-12-12-9--|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|-10-10-10-10-12-12-12-12-14-14-14-14-10-10-10-10-|
B|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

[MELODY]
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15-----14--------10--/12--/15------14------10----------10--/12---/15----|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--14-------10-/-12\---7--------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[BRIDGE] 4X
e|-------------------|
B|-------------------|
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-1/14--1/9---1/14\\|
E|-------------------|
If possible use 2 distortions at the same time,

[CHORUS] 5X
e|-0—-0--0--0--0—-0--0—-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
B|-12-12-12-9--12-12-12-9--12-12-12-9—-12-12-12-9--|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|-10-10-10-10-12-12-12-12-14-14-14-14-10-10-10-10-|
B|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

[MELODY] 2X
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15-----14--------10--/12--/15------14------10----------10--/12---/15----|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--14-------10-/-12\---7--------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Outro]
e|---12--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10--10—12—10—12-10-12—10-12-10-12-10--9—-9—-9--9-12-12—9--9-10-10-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10-10—10—10—10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10—10—10--|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10—12—10—12-10-12—10-12-10-12-10--9—-9—-9--9-12-12—9--9-10-10-|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10-10—10—10—10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10—10—10--|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10—12—10—12-10-12—10-12-10-12-10--9—-9—-9--9-12-12—9--9-10-10-|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-10-10—10—10—10-10-10—10-10-10-10-10-10—10—10--|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

FADE OUT OR END WITH
e|---12---12---12----|
B|-10--10—--10----10-|
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-------------------|
E|-------------------|

************************************

| x    Dead note
| /    Slide up
| \    Slide down
| (n)  Ghost note
| PM   Palm mute

************************************
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timmy3125 262 Jun 01, 2006 06:23 PM

Your other tab was perfectly fine, but this one nailed it. The Edge plays it a half-step down like this, as does Adam Clayton with U2's bass guitar. Very awesome job here my friend, rock on.

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paddypower27 83 Jan 16, 2007 02:45 AM

nice job dude, souonds perfect, my mum honestly ran in the room hopin the edge was ther when i added the delay! =D btw i set my stereo delay to quaver time (eighth note 2 americans) with around a 76% offst and a 52% mix (the delay is ever so slightly quieter than the first rung noise). so thats just a tip on that. nicely done m8, my hat's off to you =]

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rhyme2zone 10 Aug 20, 2008 04:12 AM

dude this is awesome, i made my own acoustic version out of ur tab. very good job.

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