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Mysterious Ways guitar tab

MYSTERIOUS WAYS (live with solo) - U2

-corrections-
*Mysterious Ways--Actually, the guy had the right 
chord changes, I think, but the song is done easier 
when tuned down 1/2 step, and played in B major (which 
gives it a Bb tone).  Just tune down 1/2 step and use power 
chords with a lot of distortion, flange, and wah.  The 4 
chords are: B, E, A, D.
(from Leniart, Brandon K (leniarbk@jmu.edu))



This is called RIFF A

   with extensive use of wah peddle
E--6---6-----x---x---4/5-----
B--6---6-----x---x---4/5-----
G--7---7-----x---x---5/6-----
D--8---------x---x---6/7-----
A--8---------x---x---6/7-----
E--6---------x---x---4/5-----

Riff A formations
Bb: fret 6
Eb: fret 11
Db: fret 9
Ab: fret 4


Bb w/Riff A (x8)

Bb
Johnny took a walk
       Eb
With your sister the moon
Bb
Let her pale light in 
   F
To fill up your room
Bb
You've been living underground
Eb
Eating from a can

Bb
You've been running away
          F
Prechorus w/Riff A
Bb      
She's slippy
Eb
You're sliding down
Bb
She'll be there
Eb
When you hit the ground

Chorus w/Riff A
Bb                            Eb
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
Db         Ab
She moves in mysterious ways
Bb                             Eb
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
Db         Ab
She moves in mysterious ways 
Johnny take a dive
With your sister in the rain
Let her talk about the things
You can't explain
To touch is to heal
To hurt is to steal
If you want to kiss the sky
Better learn how to kneel (...on your knees boy!)
    
She's the wave
She turns the tide
She sees the man inside the child

It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
Lift my days...light up my nights

Normal Solo:
 E-16-18-16-18-16-18-16-18-16-18-------
 B-------------------------------------
 G-------------------------------------
 D-------------------------------------
 A-------------------------------------
 E-------------------------------------
  (Repeat above riff 5 times)

 E-10-10-10-10-10-10-11-10--8----------
 B-------------------------------------
 G-------------------------------------
 D-------------------------------------
 A-------------------------------------
 E-------------------------------------
  (Repeat above riff 6 times) (Give plenty of wah peddle on this)

Live solo:
E-------------------|--------------------
B-12/18-18-18-18-16-|-14-13-14-13-11-9---
G-------------------|--------------------
D-------------------|--------------------
A-------------------|--------------------
E-------------------|--------------------
 *Play this 3 times*

E-------------------|----------------18-16-15-16-18--
B-12/18-18-18-18-16-|-12/18-18-18-18-----------------
G-------------------|--------------------------------
D-------------------|--------------------------------
A-------------------|--------------------------------
E-------------------|--------------------------------
 *Play this 2 times*

E----18----18----18----18----18----18----20(bend)-18-16-15-16-15-13-
B-18----18----18----18----18----18----------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------

Bridge: (Strum each chord once, and let ring)

Bb-minor       Eb
One day you'll look back
        Bb-minor
And you'll see

Where
        Ab
You were held how
     Bb
By this love

While
       Eb
You could stand

There
     Db

And not move on this moment
Ab
Follow this feeling

    
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
We move through miracle days
Spirit moves in mysterious ways
She woves with it
She woves with it
Db               Ab                   Bb
Lift my days and light up my nights

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"Mysterious Ways"
  ---------------

tabbed by: Scott Yanoff, yanoff@csd4.csd.uwm.edu

(Heavy distortion recommended)

This song can be played with a capo on the 8th fret, if you can do that.
Then it becomes fairly simple just playing D instead of A, etc. (see the
chord formations). Or you can play it with a capo on 1st fret, which is
how I've finally put the chords. [Editor's Comment]

Intro/transitions: (Repeated about 9 times)
E--------------------------------------
B------10-10---------------------------
G-------9--9---------------------------
D----7--7--7---------------------------
A-10-----------------------------------
E--------------------------------------
  (Note: the above is basically the A chord played on a few strings)

(Note: chords given below generally are played by an organ in background)

A                             D
Johnny took a walk with your sister the moon
        A                 E
Let her pale light in to fill up your room
A                               D
You've been living underground, eating from a can
A                                       E           A
You've been running away from what you don't understand (love)
    
Chorus: (the chorus basically just switches back between the A and D chords)

E--------------10-10-|-----------------
B------10-10---10-10-|-----------------
G-------9--9----7--7-|-----------------
D-------7--7---------|-----------------
A--------------------|-----------------
E--------------------|-----------------
         (A)    (D)

(So, when you see A or D, play the above chord formations, respectively)

A              D
She's slippy, you're sliding down
A                D
She'll be there when you hit the ground

A                      D
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
C               G
She moves in mysterious ways
A                      D
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
C               G
She moves in mysterious ways

Johnny take a dive with your sister in the rain
Let her talk about the things you can't explain
To touch is to heal, to hurt is to steal
If you want to kiss the sky
Better learn how to kneel (...on your knees boy!)
    
She's the wave, she turns the tide
She sees the man inside the child

It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways                    (x3)
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
Lift my days...light up my nights
    
Guitar Solo:
 E-15-17-15-17-15-17-15-17-15-17-------
 B-------------------------------------
 G-------------------------------------
 D-------------------------------------
 A-------------------------------------
 E-------------------------------------
  (Repeat above riff 5 times)

 E--9--9--9--9--9--9-10--9--7----------
 B-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10----------
 G--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9----------
 D-------------------------------------
 A-------------------------------------
 E-------------------------------------
  (Repeat above riff 6 times) (Note: this is just a "play" on the A chord)

Bridge: (Strum each chord once, and let ring)

Am                   D             Am
One day you'll look back and you'll see
                G               A
Where you were held how by this love
                 D
While you could stand there
        C
And not move on this moment
G
Follow this feeling

It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright...it's alright...it's alright
We move through miracle days
Spirit moves in mysterious ways
She moves with it, she moves with it
C                G                    A
Lift my days and light up my nights

CHORD FORMATIONS:       (8th fret equivalence)
A    x  x  7  9 10  9   (D chord formation)
D   10  9  7  7 10 10   (G/D chord formation)
E    x  7  9  9  9  x   (A chord formation)
C    8 10 10  9  8  8   (F chord formation)
G    7 10  9  7  8  x   (C chord formation)
Am   x  x  7  9 10  8   (Dm chord formation)

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   Mysterious Ways by U2 (album version)
Transcribed by Richard Zangoli (ahowden@magna.com.au)
        I saw the transcriptions to this song on the Archive and noticed
some mistakes and that they weren't 100% complete. This is the complete tab
to the album version and I can guarantee that it is quite accurate because I
used a professional transcription that appeared in a guitar magazine a few
years back as a guide. Tune down 1/2 a step and use a wah-wah where
appropriate. The transcription actually says to use an envelope filter (what
the hell is that?!) and some reverb but when Edge plays it live he obviously
uses some sort of wah effect.

The intro-

E---7-----------------------------
B---7-----------------------------
G---8-----------------------------   x 8
D---9---9--9s/------x--x-----7h9---
A---9---9--9s/---------------------
E-------7--7s/----------------------

For the verses this is the keyboard arranged for guitar-

      Johnny  take a walk with your sister the moon let her pale light in to
fill up
E--7---------------------------------------------------------------------
B--7---------------------------------------------------------------------
G--8-----8------------------9----------------------8----------------11---
D--9-----9------------------9----------------------9----------------11---
A--9---------------------------------------------------------------------
E--7---------------------------------------------------------------------

your room. You've been living underground, eating from a can, you've been
running away
E------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------8-------------------9------------------------------8---
D-----------------9-------------------9------------------------------9---
A------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

from what you don't understand.    Look,
E---------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------
G---------------11--------------8--------
D---------------11--------------9--------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

The second verse is the same with the only difference being that after Bono
sings "you can't explain", Edge plays this-

E---------
B--15s/---
G--15s/---
D--15s/---
A---------
E---------

Note that instead of playing the synthesiser chords as I have tabbed them
above (ie. B(xx89xx),E5(xx99xx),F5(xx11 11xx)) you might want to just play
the bar chords (ie. B(799xxx),E(x799xx),F(x9 11 11xx)) as they sound ok and
in my opinion are easier to play.

For the pre-chorus Edge plays something like this-

          She's slippery,           You're sliding down       she's gonna be
there when 
E---7---7s/--------------------12---12s/---------------------7--7s/---------
B---7---7s/--------------------12---12s/---------------------7--7s/---------
G---8---8s/--------------------13---13s/---------------------8--8s/---------
D---9---9s/--------------------14---14s/---------------------9--9s/---------
A---9--------------------------14----------------------------9--------------
E---7--------------------------12----------------------------7--------------

  you  hit    the   ground
E------12--12--12--12--12-----12s/--
B------12--12--12--12--12-----12s/--
G------13--13--13--13--13-----13s/--
D------14--14--14-------------14s/--
A------14--14--14-------------14s/--
E------12--12--12-------------12s/--

For the second pre-chorus (ie she's the wave...) play something similar.

Now for the chorus-

     It's alright, it's alright       it's alright           She       moves
in  
E----7--------------7-------------------------------12--10----10--10--10--10-
B----7--------------7-------------------------------12--10----10--10--10--10-
G----8--------------8------s/13----13--13--13-------13--11----11--11--11--11-
D----9--------------9------s/14----14--14--14-----------------12--12--12--12-
A----9--------------9------s/14----14--14--14-----------------12--12--12--12-
E----7--------------7------s/12----12--12--12-----------------10--10--10--10-

   mysterious ways
E---5-----5-----5----5s/--
B---5-----5-----5----5s/--
G---6-----6-----6----6s/--
D---7-----7-----7----7s/--  and play the B E D and A chords over. 
A---7-----7-----7----7s/--
E---5-----5-----5----5s/--

 After the first chorus the intro riff is played 3 times.

Now for the bit just before the guitar solo. There are two guitars here. One
is playing this with some delay (listen to the record for the timing)-

E---17--19--17--19--17--19--17--19-
B----------------------------------
G----------------------------------     x 5

and the other is playing this (this is what Edge plays in the live version)-

E---2-------------------------
B---2--------------------------
G---3-------------------------   x 5
D---4----4--4s/------x--2h4---
A---4----4--4s/---------------
E---2----2--2s/----------------

Now for the actual solo-

E----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-16--16--16--16-----------------------------16--16--16--16--x--x--17--x-x--16----14
G-14--14--14--14------------14---------------14--14--14--14--x--x--14--x-x--14----14
D---------------------14h16------16---14----------------------------------------14--
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--16--16--16--16--x--x--17--x--x--16----14-----16--16--16--16--x-x--16--17--16----14
G--14--14--14--14--x--x--14--x--x--14----14-----14--14--14--14--x-x--14--14--14----14
D-------------------------------------14----------------------------------------14---
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-16--16--16--16--x-x--17--x-x--16----14----16--16--16--16--x--x-17--x-x--16-----14-
G-14--14--14--14--x-x--14--x-x--14----14----14--14--14--14--x--x-14--x-x--14-----14-
D----------------------------------14-----------------------------------------14----
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

For the bridge before the chorus simply play the chorus chords(ie. B,E,D,A)
arppeggio.
For example-

        One day  you'll look                 back   and         you'll      see
E---7------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---7-------------7----------------9-------9h10p9----------------------------------
G---8-------8--------8------8------9---9--------------9-----9-----11---11--11------
D---9-------9------------9---------9---------------------9--9-----12-------12------
A---9------------------------------7------------------------------12---------------
E---7-------------------------------------------------------------10---------------

   where  you were held   how by this love
E----`------------------5--5--5---5---5-----
B-----------------------5--5--5---5---5-----
G------11------11-------6--6--6---6---6-----
D------12------12-------7--7--7---7---7-----
A------12------12-------7--7--7---7---7-----
E-----------------------5--5--5---5---5------

And then go back to playing the chorus chords normally. Play them during the
final time that the chorus is sung and end on the B chord.

That should have all the guitar bits and, by the way, the bass line (I think
the only really distinguishable one in the album version) is this-

G---------------------------------
D---------------------------------
A--------5-----5h7--5-------------  over and over again.
E----7-------------------7----5---


Richard Zangoli.
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