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/ U2 / Achtung Baby (1991) / Love Is Blindness guitar tab

"Love Is Blindness"

tabbed by: Harry C. Nye, hcnyeiv@esu.edu


         Bm                 A
Love is blindness, I don't want to see
           G               Em
Won't you wrap the night around me
Bm          F#          Bm
Take my heart, love is blindness

In a parked car, in a crowded street
You see your love made complete
Thread is ripping, the knot is slipping, love is blindness

Love is clockworks, and cold steel
Fingers too numb to feel 
Squeeze the handle, blow out the candle, love is blindness

Love is blindness, I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night around me
Oh my love, blindness

          C               G/B
A little death, without mourning
    F#           Bm
No call, and no warning
           C          G/B
Baby... a dangerous idea
        F#
That almost makes sense

Solo: Bm A  G  Em  Bm  F#  Bm
U2: Love is blindness (live solo)

Tabbed by Lars Barstad (lapba@grm.hia.no)

This is what I could make out from the video of the sydney show...

The first part is played with a delay (of course), and The Edge picks each
note quite a few times before SLIDING to the next note... To get the timing
right, listen to the version on Achtung Baby (note that the ending of the first
part is different from what is played live, and the second part is faint on
the album version). The transcription of the first part in particular shows you
which notes to play rather than HOW to play them...


1st part
                        repeat this twice..

E-|-------------------|------------------------|------------------------------|
B-|-------------------|------------------------|------------------------------|
G-|-------------------|------------------------|------------------------------|
D-|-------------------|------------------------|------------------------------|
A-|--14--6--13--14--13|-6--13--14--6--14--13---|--16--13--14--13--14--16--14--|
E-|-------------------|------------------------|------------------------------|

               2nd part of solo starts here!

               repeat this for a while...    then repeat this a few times

E-|-----------|----------------------|-----------------|
B-|-----------|----------------------|-----------------|
G-|-----------|--15--15--13--15--13--|---------13--15--|
D-|-----------|----------------------|-----------------|
A-|--16--18---|----------------------|-----------------|
E-|-----------|----------------------|-----------------|



Love is drowning in a deep well
All the secrets and no one to tell
Take the money, honey, blindness

Love is blindness, I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night around me
Oh my love, blindness

End: Bm A  G  Em  Bm  F#  Bm


Love is Blindness(live version) by U2

Transcribed by Richard Zangoli. 
This is a transcription (as complete as I can make it) of the version that
U2 of this song that U2 played during the Zoo TV tour. I transcribed it from
the version on the U2 Live in Sydney video version but other versions,
except perhaps in some parts of the solo, are quite similar. It is to be
used in conjunction with the previous chord transcription by H Nye which is
on the Archive. Tune down half a step.(note that I haven't tabbed all the
strings all the time)

Organ intro arranged for guitar-
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D----16---14---12---11----11h12s/14--16--14--12--11--11h12s/14--16--14--12--11--
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D---11h12s/14--16(hold)---------------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Edge then comes in with his guitar. The verse chords in the previous
transcription sound right but Edge plays it differently live. He bars the
7th fret, forms a Bm chord and then plays the chords arpeggio style, keeping
his index finger barring the 7th fret. These sound like the chords that he
uses-(I don't know their real names-apart from Bm which is just a Bm- so
I'll use the standard names used in the previous transcription)-
Bm (799777), A(xx7777), G(x107777), Em(x77777), F#(x911777). Play these 
arpeggioed chords in the manner and order as in Nye's transcription for the
verses (ie. Bm,A, G, Em, Bm,F#,Bm). When the arpeggio is played, make sure
that you initially sound the first or first couple of notes of the chord so
that the chord change can clearly be heard.For the bit that goes "a little
death.." do the same type of thing using these  chords(they sound OK but you
may want to try some thing slightly different)- C(877777), G/B(x107777),
F#(x911777) and Bm(799777). Play them in the same progression as in the
previous transcription. (ie C, G/B, F#, Bm, C,G/B,F#).For the arpeggio parts
you may wish to capo the 7th fret to make playing them easier. If you do
though you might want to change where you play the solo on the fretboard.

Now to what you might call Edge's mini solo-

E-10--9--------------------------10--9-------9h10--10------10--9h10p9----------
B--------12--12--12--12 -12---------------------------------------------12--12--
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--12---10--10--10-------------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------12--12--12--11--11--11--12--12--12--11--11--11--12--12--12--

After this go back to the arpeggio chords but this time play them a bit
louder and let the notes ring out a bit more.Now for the main guitar
solo(listen to the song for the timing)-

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B----15--15--15--15--15--15s/7--7--7--7--7--7--14--15--14-14-14s/--7--7--7--7--7
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--14--14s/15--15--15--15--15--15s/7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7s/15--14--14--14s/--7-7
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--7--7--7s/14-15--15--15--7--7-7-7--7--7--7s/15--14--14--14--14--14--14s/17-17
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--14--14--15--15--14--14--15--15--15--17-17-15--17--17--19--19--19--19--19-----
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Then play this (or something similar)-
E----------------------- 12-----------------------------12-----
B---s/14--15--15--14--15---------14--15--15--14----15--------
G-------------------------------------------------------------------

Play it a few times gradually more aggressively, starting to bent the B
string towards the end when you play it. In the middle of repeating this
riff Edge also plays this once(listen out for it)-
E----------------12----------12--12------------------
B---14--15--14---15---14-----15--15--14---------------
G------------------------------------------------16--------

After playing it quite a few times he goes to this-
E--------17-------------17-----------17-----------------------19------------19--
B-s/19------------19-----------19------------19-------17---------------17-------
G------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-------19-----------------------------------17--------------17---------------17
B-17-----------17s/--------------------s/19--------------19--------------19-----
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-------17-----------------19-----------------19---------21--21--21--21s/19--19-
B-19---------------17------------------17---------------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E----------17---------17--------------17---------------------19-----------19----
B-s/19-----------19-------------19---------------17------17----------17---------
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

And then play something similar to the riff that Edge already played, for
example,-

E----------------------------------------------------12------------------
B------14--14--15--15--14--15--14--15--15-----------------15-------  etc.. etc..
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------

And now this is the final bit (I'll only tab the last 3 strings)-

D---s/9(hold)-----(9)s/11s/12s/14s/16(hold)----16h17p16--16(hold)s/17s/19(hold)-
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

D------21--21--21---19--17--16h17--16--14--12h14--------12h14p12--11------------
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

D---11h12p11---9(hold)-------------
A-------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------

It was a bit hard to tab the last bit of the solo but it should give you the
general idea. Also, the whole song, especially the solo sounds much better
which some delay.Am I wrong or is that a fantastic solo?. Have fun 
Richard Zangoli (ahowden@magna.com.au)






U2 albums
2004 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
2000 All That You Can't Leave Behind
1997 Pop
1993 Zooropa
1991 Achtung Baby
1988 Rattle And Hum
1987 The Joshua Tree
1984 The Unforgettable Fire
1983 Under A Blood Red Sky
1983 War
1981 October
1980 Boy
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