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When Love Comes To Town Tab

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: Mikhail Rutman 
Subject: TAB: "When love comes to town" by U2
In-Reply-To: <1993Nov04.203343.21273@dcc.uchile.cl>

I do this by memory, the chords are correct, maybe the placing of them
is wrong, well here it is, And the lyrics are the actual of what they
sing on the tape, becasue the insert on it gives you a very bogus
non-true version:


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

                    "When Love Comes To Town"
                          Music by U2
                       Lyrics by Bono Vox


Transcribed by Misha Rutman (mr6d@andrew.cmu.edu), all corrections are
more than welcome!!

    You actually don't play the chords that are in parenthesis, if you
do an acoustic version, play  then all of them, but the actual guitar
part played by The Edge is what you see w/o parenthesis.

    The rhythm guitar part is just change between A and E: just hit each
chord once one after the other and let it ring until the next one like
that, if you listen closely to the tape you can hear it. All music stops
where I wrote "E(stop),"But The Edge has a delay going over his rhythm
part and you can hear it really clear at the stops.

Intro(Bono): guitar part just as in the first two lines of verse:

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Verse1(Bono):
(E)                              A E
I was a sailor, I was lost in sea
(E)                                           A E
I was under the waves, before loves resqued me
(E)                                   (A E)
I was a fighter I could turn on threat
    E(stop)
Now I stand accused of things I've said.

Chorus(B.B.):
(A)
Love comes to town,
                          A
I'm gonna jump that train
      E
When love comes to town,
                           A E
I'm gonna catch that flame.

Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down,
        E(stop)
But I did what I did before love came to town.

This is the B.B.'s fill, do it twice:
(* means bend it up 1/4 of a step)

---------------------|E
---5*--5*----3-3-----|B
------------------4--|G
---------------------|D
---------------------|A
---------------------|E

Verse 2(Bono):

Used to make love under the red sunset,
I was making promises I that were soon to forget.
She was pale as the lace of her wedding gown,
But I left her standing before love came to town.


Verse 3(Bono):

Ran into a juke joint when I heard a guitar scream,
The notes were turning blue as days are a dream.
As the music played I saw my life turn around
That was the day before love came to town.

Chorus(B.B.):

The Edge solo (he picks open E chord)
Play the figure 4 times (# this note plays only the first time):

0#-|-----------0-|-----------|E
---|--0----------|-----------|B
---|----1--------|-----------|G
---|-----2-------|-----------|D
---|-------2-----|-----------|A
---|---------0---|-----------|E

Chorus(B.B.) over The Edge's solo part (the figure above):

B.B.'s solo, sorry I do not remember it, but it is basically played
around the fill he does between the first chorus and the second verse.

Verse 4(B.B.), there is no guitar part over this one:

I was there when they crusified my lord
I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword
I threw the dice as they pierced his side,
But I've seen love conquer the great divide.

Chorus(B.B.):

The second solo by B.B. in the beginning of which Bono sings his famous:
"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.........."
And it fades as B.B. solos.


Enjoy!!

Benevolence and warm fuzzies!
Misha.

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Angelgiest 10 Mar 28, 2008 05:58 PM

uh, you know the lyrics are by BB King, right?
it's his classic song, they just played it with him,
but good job, nice tab

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samuelsmeloc 10 Dec 29, 2008 02:21 PM

No, Angelgiest, You're wrong. Lyrics and music by U2, check their album Rattle and Hum, then You'll see. ;)

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soundgun99 10 Jun 19, 2014 05:52 AM

Yeah, Paul wrote the lyrics and Dave wrote the music.

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