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The Fly (Album Version)
This song is in Em, but changes key for the chorus.

For the intro Edge plays(with echo effects):
E------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------
D-------5----------------------------------------------------
A----7-----7--5-----7-----7----------------------------------
E----------------0-----0-------------------------------------


Followed by Riff 1(only play the slide for the first one) (play fast)

E------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------
A----7s/-----0--0---7--7---0--7---0--7--7--5------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------------------------
G---------------------------------------------------------  
D----------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E----0--0---12---12---0--12--0--12--12---10----------------

E------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------
A------------0--0---7--7---0--7---0--7--7--5------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------
(play twice)


E--------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------------------------
G---------------------------------------------------------  
D----------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E----0--0---12---12---0--12--0--12--12---10----------------
(play 8 times)
This will go until Bono sings it's no secret for the first time
After that, it's just chords for a little while.
These are   Em    A    Asus4
 		0	5	5
		0	5	5
		0	6	7
		2	7	7
		2	0	0
		0	x	z



Em
It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
It's no secret that our world is in darkness tonight
              A                 Asus4
They say the sun is sometimes eclipsed by a moon
                Em
You know I don't see you when she walks in the room

Riff 1
It's no secret that a friend is someone who lets you help
It's no secret that a liar won't believe anyone else
They say a secret is something you tell one other person
So I'm telling you, child

It changes key here which is why it becomes an E not an Em.
The Chords are	C#m	E and A. 
			4	4
  			5	5
			6	4
			6	6
			4	x
			x	0

C#m  E
(Love, we shine like a             A man will beg
  A
Burning star                       A man will crawl
We're fallin' from                 On the sheer face of love
    C#m  E     A                   Like a fly from the wall
The sky... tonight)                         Em
                        	     It's no secret at all

Then it goes back to either Chords or Riff 1 whatever you want to play.
Em
It's no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
It's no secret that ambition bites the nails of success
      A                          Asus4
Every artist is a cannibal Every poet is a thief
     Em
All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief

Then Back to the Chorus
C#m  E
(Love, we shine like a             A man will beg
  A
Burning star                       A man will crawl
We're fallin' from                 On the sheer face of love
    C#m  E     A                   Like a fly from the wall
The sky... tonight)                        Em
                                   It's no secret at all

Then at the start of the solo he plays chords fist

Em	Em	Em	Em	B	B	B	B       
				7
				7
				8
				9
				9	
				7

Then he goes into the fast bit. I can't play this very well (I don't have an electric 
just yet so hammers are hard). It's easiest not to pick many of these notes,

E-----15---14---10---12---15---14---10---12---10---7--------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------

E-----15---14---10---12---15---14---10---10---10--9--10--9--7--9--7--5--7--5
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------

E----3--5--3--2--3--2--0--2--0-----0-----0------------
B-------------------------------3-----3---------------

E----5---4---2---0---5---4---2---4---7---9---9-----------
B--------------------------------------------------------

E----9---7---7---5--7--5--4--5--4--2--4--2--0--0---0--2------------------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------

E---4--2--0--2---4--2--0--2--4--2--2-0--2--2--4--4--5--4--5--7--7--9--9--11--11
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------

E----12--11--12--11---------------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------

The edge continues to solo through the next two chorus' and verse but I don't know it yet, 
maybe I'll come back to it later.

For now it's just 

C#m  E
(Love, we shine like a             
  A
Burning star                       
We're fallin' from                 
    C#m  E     A                   
The sky... tonight)

C#m  E
(Love, we shine like a             A man will beg
  A
Burning star                       A man will crawl
We're fallin' from                 On the sheer face of love
    C#m  E     A                   Like a fly from the wall
The sky... tonight)                         Em
                        	     It's no secret at all
Then 
         Em
It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
The universe exploding 'cosa one man's lie
Look I gotta go, yeah I'm running out of change
There's a lot of things if I could I'd rearrange

Then there is another bit of solo at the end that goes like this.
This may sound wrong if you play it, it needs to be played FAST. Many notes can be cut however.

E-----15---15--15--17--14--15--17--12---12---12--14--10--12--14--10--15---15
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------

E-----15--17--14--15--17--12---12---12--14--10--12--14--10-15---15
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------

E----15--17--15--17--15--14--10--12-----12------------------------
B------------------------------------12----12---10--12--8--12--12-5hold/


This is seriously the correct version. There are some wierd bits in the solo that
might not sound right but they are. I'll try to get the rest of the solo including 
the end part unless someone can come up with it.

Huw Murdoch
huwmurdoch@netgazer.net.au 



    The Fly (live)
Transcribed by Richard Zangoli.(ahowden@magna.com.au)
        Well, I got a request to tab the live version of this song a while
back so this is it or at least what I can make of it. I transcribed it from
the Sydney concert video. It is also useful to use this transcription in
conjunction with the previous one on the archive. Tune down 1/2 a step.

For the intro Edge plays something like this (quite a few times)-

E------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------
A-------------7---7-----7-------7-----7--5-------------------
E--15s/----0---------0-----0---------------------------------

When Bono sings "no secret that our world is in darkness tonight" play this
with a wah-wah and tremolo bar if you have got them-

E--------------------------------------------------------------------------
B----12--12--12--12------------14--14--12--12-----x--x--x---12--12--12--12-
G----12--12--12--12------------14--14--12--12-----x--x--x---12--12--12--12-
D----12--12--12--12------------14--14--12--12-----x--x--x---12--12--12--12-
A--------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Then it goes back to the main riff. Then sythesiser then plays the C#m, E
and A chords a couple of times (see the previous transcription to this song).

After Bono sings "it's no secret" Edge plays something like this again with
the wah-wah and tremolo bar-

RIFF 1-
E------------------------------------------------
B--x--x--x--x-----8--8-----x--x---x--x----8--8---
G--x--x--x--x-----7--7-----x--x---x--x----7--7----
D--x--x--x--x--------------x--x---x--x-----------
A-------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------

For the next bit Edge plays around with the first few notes of an E chord
and then slides up from the 15th fret on the big E string. This is similar
to what I play for this part but feel free to ad lib as I don't exactly know
what he plays-

RIFF 2-
E--------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------------------------
G---------------------------------------------------------   etc..
D----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------2--0-------------------------------------------
E---0--0----------0--0--0--------------15s/---------------

It then goes back to C#m E and A synthesiser chords then to RIFF 1. From
watching Edge play the next bit I think he hits a B bar chord(799877),
presses and then releases the tremolo bar. However, because I don't have a
tremolo bar I play this which sounds quite similar-

E---------------------------------------
B---12--12s/11s/12-------x--x--x--x--x---
G---11--11s/10s/11-------x--x--x--x--x---
D----9---9s/-8s/9--------x--x--x--x--x---     x3
A------------------------x--x--x--x--x---
E------------------------0--0--0--0--0---

Now for the solo (I wont tab all the strings here)-

E-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B--20--20--19--15--17(hold)s/---------------20--20--19--15--12(hold)s/--
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------

E------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---20--19--15--17--20--20--19--15--------15--15--14--14--12--12--10--10-
G------------------------------------------------------------------------

E------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--8--8--7--7--5--5--3--3s/5----------s/10--9--7--5------s/10--9--7--9---
G------------------------------------------------------------------------

E------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-13b(14)-13b(14)--13b(14)--13b(14)--s/14--14-12-12-12s/10--10s/9--9h10--9-7-
G----------------------------------------------------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--5---5h7---s/9--7--5--7--7s/9--7--5--5h7--7s/9--7--5h7-----5--5--7--7--9--9
G----------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-----------------------------------------------
B--10--10--12--12--14--14--15--15--17--17-------
G-----------------------------------------------

Then for the next bit Edge ad libs a lot but this will give you an idea of
what he plays-

E----------12-----------12------------------12----------12---------12--------12
B-s/9----------9--10----------10----s/9-----------10----------s/9--------10----
G------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E------------------16--------16--------16----------------------------12-------
B10--------s/12----------12--------12--------12--------------s/9----------10-9
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

E--------------------12----------------------------------12-------------------
B------------s/9----------10--9------------------s/9---------10--9------------
G11--9------------------------------11--9--------------------------------11---

E------------16----------16-----------16-----------
B----s/12----------12-----------12-----------12----
G---------------------------------------------------

After this just ad lib using the same structures as above. Then it goes back
to RIFF 2 and then to the main riff. Then Edge plays this- (where the is an
"x" in brackets you can either play a mute string or the note before it as
either sound OK)-

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---20--20--20--20b---17(x)----20b------17--17--17---17b--15(x)--17b------  x 2
G--------------------------------------------------------------------------

and then-

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-20--20--20--20b--20b---20--17--15--17s/--------s/12---------12----------------
G------------------------------------------------------14----------14--12--11-9-

For the little jam right at the end this is my best approximation-

E----0--------0-----0-------0------0------0---------0------0----------------
Bs/5----3h5------5-----3h5------5-----5--------3h5------5-----3----2----0---  x 2
G---------------------------------------------------------------------------

and end on-
E------------------------------
B---5(hold)-------------5s/----
G-----------------------4s/----

And that's it. If there are any comments e-mail me.

Richard Zangoli (ahowden@magna.com.au)




 "The Fly"
  -------

tabbed by: Sergio Lucero, slucero@cipres.cec.uchile.cl

-corrections- *The Fly--This one is in Em.  The chords seemed to 
be putting the song in E major.  Actually, Edge probably 
used power chords, which would hide the key's tonality.  
The main riff seems right, just don't put it in E major.
(from Leniart, Brandon K (leniarbk@jmu.edu))

Intro goes like this:

E-------------------|-------------------|
B-------------------|-------------------|
G-------------------|-------------------|
D-------------------|-------------------|
A---7-7-5-7-5-7-7-5-|---7-7-5-7-5-7-7-5-|
E-0------h---h------|-0------h---h------|

         E
It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
It's no secret that our world is in darkness tonight
              A                 D
They say the sun is sometimes eclipsed by a moon
                E
You know I don't see you when she walks in the room

It's no secret that a friend is someone who lets you help
It's no secret that a liar won't believe anyone else
They say a secret is something you tell one other person
So I'm telling you, child

  C#m  E
(Love, we shine like a             A man will beg
  A
Burning star                       A man will crawl
We're fallin' from                 On the sheer face of love
    C#m  E     A                   Like a fly from the wall
The sky... tonight)                It's no secret at all

It's no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
It's no secret that ambition bites the nails of success
Every artist is a cannibal Every poet is a thief
All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief

Solo: B    E-A-D-E-B-C#m-E-A


E-15--14--10-12|(HOLD)---|-15--14--10-12--10-- 7----|---|--15--14--10--12-|

E-15-14-10--9-10-9-|-7-9-7-5-7-5-3-5|-3-1-3-1-0-1---0-|-5--4--1--0-|
B-----------------------|--------------------|---------------3----|----|

E -5--4-1-3-7-|--9----|---9---|--9-7-7-5-7-5-4-5|-4-2-4-2-0-0-0|-2--4--2--0--2|

E -4-2-0-2-4-2-2-0-2-2-4-4-5-4-5-7-7-9-9-11-11-12-11-12-16--|
Solo tabbed by: Daniel Maher DJMAH1@PFS01.cc.monash.edu.au 

(Love, we shine like a              A man will rise
Burning star                        A man will fall
We're falling from                  From the sheer face of love
The sky... tonight)                 Like a fly from the wall
                                    It's no secret at all
        E
It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
The universe exploding 'cosa one man's lie
Look I gotta go, yeah I'm running out of change
There's a lot of things if I could I'd rearrange

E |-------15-15-|-15--17--14--15--17---12--12-|-12--14--10--12--14--10--

E -15--15-|--15-17-14-15-17---12-12-|--12--14-10--12--14--10--15-15-|

E |--15--17--15--17--15--14--10--12--|-(12)-----12------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------|-------12-----12--10--12-----12--|
G|------------------------------------------|-----------------------------12------|

E|---------------|---------------|
B|--12----------|---------------|
G|--------9-----|--(9)----------

TABBED BY:Daniel Maher 


The Fly
jewatson@tardis.svsu.edu

    1.Turn your amp's frequency's all as low as possible except for the 
first knob closest to the distortion knob, just so you have to turn up 
your volume knob a couple notches more.

    2."the song"

        (create echo sound by picking right on the fretboard throughout 
the song)

                   The Fly

33333  3  3  3   (Slight palm mute)  
33333  3  3  3   (let ring)    Drums come in here
11111  1  1  1 
  

x
x
x                     (No palm mute here)
x         
x       777777777 5 0        (Repeat this 12 times)
15____7 777777777 5 0      
 

"It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky =      x
                                                               x
                       (palm mute)                             0
                                                               2
                                                               2
                                                               0


It's no secret that our world is in darkness tonight=          x
                                                               x
                                                               2 
                                                               0
                                                               0
                                                               2
                     Palm mute this also

Nathan, It's just these two chords through the whole song except for the 
chorus which is very simple.

        THE CHOURS=
       F                 c                     G    
       Love... ya shine like a falling star falling from the sky...oooohh

       (Repeat)    (palm mute while picking on the fretboard)

 and that's it.

I hope these directions of mine are easy to understand.

If you get confused just listen to the song and you'll figure it out.

     Hope to hear from ya soon.

                 Jeff
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