Mothers Of The Disappeared tab with lyrics by U2 - Easy chords and tabs for guitar

U2 – Mothers Of The Disappeared tab

Notation:
s - sixteenth note
e - eighth note
q - quarter note
h - half note
w - whole note
. - play note for one and a half times the value before it (just like a dot in standard notation)
^ - ties two note lengths together
NOTE LENGTHS IN CAPITAL LETTERS MEAN REST FOR THAT VALUE OF TIME!
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
h - hammer-on
p - pull-off

"Mothers of the Disappeared" as performed by U2, from The Joshua Tree
Words by Bono, Music by U2

(Acoustic guitar - let ring) A5 A A5 A (Asus9) e e e q q. e e q. q. q. e e e q q. e e h Q e e e q q. e eE---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------|B---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------|G---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------|D---11-12-|-12/14-14-14-12-|-11--11---11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11----11/12-|-11\9-9----9-11---|A-0-------|-0--------------|-(0)----0-------|-(0)---0----0-------|-(0)-0-------|-(0)-----0--------|E---------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|-------------|------------------| q. w h^e q. q q. q. h^e q. h^e q.
(Asus4) (A) A5 A e q q e e e s e^e. s s^q s s e Q e e Q e e e q q. e e h^e q eE--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------|B--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------|G--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------|D-11/12---12-12-11-9-|-9\7----7-7---7/9\7-|-----7-7---11-12-|-12/14-14---14-12-|-11---11---12-----|A-(0)---0------------|-0------0-0---------|-(0)-----0-------|-(0)------0-------|-0--0----0--------|E--------------------|--------------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------| q h. q. s s^h h E q. h^e q. q. q. q
A5 A (Asus9) (Asus4) (A) e q q. e e q. q. e e e q q. e e e q q. e e s e.e q. q e q. hE------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|-------------|B------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|-------------|G------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|-------------|D-12/14-14---14-12-|-11--11---11h12-|-11\9-9---9-11-|-11h12---12---11-9-|-9\7-7-7---7-|-(7)-7---7---|A-(0)------0-------|-(0)----0-------|--------0------|-(0)---0----0------|-(0)-----0---|-(0)---0---0-|E------------------|----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------|-------------| h^e q. h^e q. (h^e) q. q q. q. h^e q. q Q q q.
A5 E5Midnight, our sons and daughters were cut down taken from us hear their heartbeat, E q q. q e q e e e s s e e q. q. e q q. e q E q. q qE------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|--------------|B------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|--------------|G---9-9---9--|-(9)-9-9-9-9-9/11\9-|-(9)-9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9-9------------|--------------|D------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|---9---9---9\-|A-0-----0----|--0----0------------|--0----0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0------------|--------------|E------------|--------------------|---------------|--------------------------|-0---0---0----| h^e q. q. h^e q. q. q e q. q q q. q q.
(F#m) (D) A5 you hear their heartbeat. In the wind you hear their laughter, e e e e e e e e E q. q. e q q. q e e q. q. e q q. q eE-----------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|B-----------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|G-----------7---7-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9---9-|-(9)-9---9---9---|-(9)---9---9---9-|D---4---4---------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|A---------5---5---|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0---|-0-----0---0-----|-(0)-0---0---0---|E-2---2-----------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| q. q. q e q. q q q. q. q e q. q q
E5 (F#m) (D) A5 in the rain we see their tears, hear their heartbeat, we hear their heartbeat. e q e q. e q q. q e E q. q q e e q e e e e E q. q. e q h e eE---------------|-----------------|--------------|---------------|-------------|-------------------|B---------------|-----------------|--------------|---------------|-------------|-------------------|G-(9)-9-9-9---9-|-(9)---9---9---9-|--------------|---------7---7-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---10-9----|D---------------|-----------------|---9---9---9\-|---4-----------|-------------|-------------------|A-0-----0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0---|--------------|-------5---5---|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---------|E---------------|-----------------|-0---0---0----|-2---2---------|-------------|-------------------| q. q. q e q. q q q. q q. q. q. q e q. h
D A5 D D5 Whoo whoo whoo whoo E q. q e e e e q. q e E q. q e e e e h e e q. q. q e q q. e eE------------|------------------|---------------|--------------|-----------|--------------------|B---7--7---7-|-(7)---7---10---7-|---------------|--------------|-7---7---7-|-(7)-10---10---10-7-|G--------7---|-(7)-7------------|---9--9---9/11\|\9-9-9---10-9-|-----------|--------------------|D-0----------|-0-------0----0---|---------------|--------------|---0-0-0---|-(0)----0----0------|A------------|------------------|-0------0------|---0---0------|-----------|--------------------|E------------|------------------|---------------|--------------|-----------|--------------------| w h q q h^e q. E h q. E q q q. q q. q.
A5 E h q. q. e q q E q q. q e q q. s s e e q e q e e e e q e e s s eE---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|--------------------|B---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|--------------------|G---9-9---|-(9)---9-9---9-|---9---9---9-|-(9)-9---9-----9/11\9-|-(9)-9-9-9---9-|-(9)---9---9-9/11\9-|D---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|-----------7---|-----7---7----------|A-0-----0-|-(0)-0-----0---|-0---0---0---|-0-----0---0-0--------|-0-----0-------|-0-------0----------|E---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|--------------------|| h. q q q. q. q q. q. q q e q. q. h^e h h
| |(2nd guitar) |
| h.. e q q Q. e h.. e q q Q. eE---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------|B---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------|G---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------|D---------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|---------------|-----------------|A---------|---------------|-------------|-12-12\---12\---------|---------------|-12-12\----12\---|E---------|---------------|----5----(5)/|----------------------|-----5-----(5)/|-----------------|
e q. q. e e e q e e s s e E q. q. e q q q e eE-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------|B-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------|G---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9-9/11\9-|---9---9---9-|-(9)---9---9---------|D-7-----------|-----7---7----------|-------------|---------------11-12-|A-0---0---0---|-(0)-----0----------|-0---0---0---|-(0)-0---0---0-------|E-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------|| q. q. q h h q. q. q e q q q.
| |(2nd guitar) |
| h.. e q q Q. e h.. e q q Q. eE-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------|B-------------|--------------------|-------------|---------------------|G-------------|----14\-------------|-------------|---------------------|D-------------|----14\-------------|-------------|---------------------|A-------------|-12-12\---------12\-|-------------|-12-12\-----12\------|E-5-------(5)/|--------------------|-5-------(5)/|---------------------|
A A5 A e q q. e e h. e e e q q. e e h. e eE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|B--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|G--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|D-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|A-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------| q q. q. q q. q. q q. q. q q. q.
(Asus9) (Asus4) (A) e q q. e e q. q e e e s e^e. q e s s s s e q. q e eE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|B-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|G-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|D-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-|A-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------|E-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------| q q. q. Q h. q. h^e q. q q.
A5 A A5 A Night hangs like a prisoner, stretched over black and blue, hear their e q q. e e h. e e e q q. e e h. e eE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|B--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|G--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|D-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|A-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------| q q. q. q q. q. q q. q. q q. q.
(Asus9) (Asus4) (A) heartbeats, we hear their heartbeats. e q q. e e q. q e e e s e^e. q e s s s s e q. q e eE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|B-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|G-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|D-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-|A-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------|E-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------| q q. q. Q h. q. h^e q. q q.
A5 A A5 A In the trees, our sons stand naked, through the walls, our daughters cry, see their e q q. e e h. e e e q q. e e h. e eE--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|B--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|G--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------|D-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|-12/14---14---14-12-|-11------11-12-|A-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|-0-----0----0-------|-0--0--0-------|E--------------------|---------------|--------------------|---------------| q q. q. q q. q. q q. q. q q. q.
(Asus9) (Asus4) (A) tears in the rain fall. e q q. e e q. q e e e s e^e. q e s s s s e q. q e eE-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|B-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|G-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------|D-11-9---9---9-11-|-12---12-12-11-9-|-9p7-----7-7-7h9p7\5-|-7-7---7---11-12-|A-0----0---0------|----0------------|-0-------0-----------|-0---0---0-------|E-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------| q q. q. Q h. q. h^e q. q q.
(Repeat next 4 bars 6 times) D D5 A5 Whoo Whoo e q q. q e q q. e e E q q e e e e e e e q e eE---------------|--------------------|----------------|--------------------|B-7-7-7-----7---|--7--10---10---10-7-|----------------|---------------10-9-|G---------------|--------------------|---9---9-9-9/11\|\9---9-9-9-9--------|D-0-----0-0---0-|-(0)----0----0------|----------------|--------------------|A---------------|--------------------|-0---0---0------|-(0)-0-------0------|E---------------|--------------------|----------------|--------------------| h e q e q q. q. q q. q. e h q.
(Repeat the next two bars and fade out) E e e e e e e e e e q e e e eE-------------------|---------------------|B-------10-----10---|-10-------10---------|G-----9------9----9-|----9--------9-9-----|D---7------7--------|------7----------7\--|A-0-----------------|--------0------------|E-------------------|---------------------|| w q. h^e
| |(2nd guitar) |
| h.. e q q Q. eE-------------------|---------------------|B-------------------|---------------------|G-------------------|---------------------|D-------------------|---------------------|A-------------------|-12-12\-----12\------|E-5-------------(5)/|---------------------|
The end. The book also gives this little fill, but for the life of me, I can't figure out where it is supposed to be played. The book never says. For completeness, however, I'm including it.
q. q e s s e e q. q qE------------------|-------------------------------------------|B------------------|-------------------------------------------|G------------------|-------------------------------------------|D-7----7-7-11h12-9-|-7-11---11---11----------------------------|A----0---0---------|-0----0----0-------------------------------|E------------------|-------------------------------------------| Q q. q. q. q q.
There may be discrepancies in the rhythm. Not all of the note values add up in the book, and where I could, I tried to correct them to the best of my ability. In any case, this should do you fairly well in terms of thoroughness. It may look like a mess, but trust me: just about everything you could need to play this song is in there. Dynamics and tempo, maybe, but that you should be able to get from just a single listen to the song. -- Marc Hirsh
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