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A Sort Of Homecoming  U2

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A Sort of Homecoming (live)
Transcribed by Richard Zangoli(rzangoli@magna.com.au)
This is a transcription of the live version of the song that appears on the
Wide Awake in America CD and on the Unforgettable Fire video. Most of
the song involves playing chords arpeggio, so this leaves a lot of room
to ad lib, but I think my transcription is reasonably close to the money.
As always with U2 live versions, tune down 1/2 a step.
Intro riff-
E------------0---------------0-----------0---
B-------3---------------3-------------------
G---4--------------4--------------4-----------
E--------------0----------------0------------0----
B---------3---------------3------------------------
G---2----------------2----------------2----------

Play the intro riff over and over again for the first verse and
then when Bono starts to sing "ohhh, ohhhh, on borderland..."
play Riff 2 (involves some finger stretching!)
Riff 2-
E-------------3-----------3------------5(hold)-----7p5---
B--------3---------------------3-------------------------
G---0----------------0------------------------------------
E-----------5---------
B-----------------3---  This is played twice.
G---0-----------------

The next riff that is played I will call Riff 3.
Riff 3-
E----------------10----------------10-------------10--
B----------7-----------------7------------------------
G-----7-----------------7------------------7-----------
E--------------10-------------------10------------10--
B--------8-------------------8------------------------
G---7------------------7--------------------7---------

This is also played twice.
Riff 2 and Riff 3 are then played again.
Then for the next verse Edge strums the intro chords
loudly, letting then ring. That is G(?) (XX0430) and Dsus2
(XX0320). Listen to the song for when and how they are played.
After this there isn't really anything new, except for a
Cmaj7 (X3545X) that is played a couple of times when Bono
sings "I'll be there tonight....".
For the ending, play the intro riff and then at the very end
ad lib with it.
If there are any questions don't hesitate to e-mail me,
at rzangoli@magna.com.au
A Sort of Homecoming
Music by U2
Lyrics by Bono
Transcribed by Andy Aledort, sent in by Brandon Leniart
This is the song that Rolling Stone #443 called "fussy and unfocused", yet it
keeps in the U2 tradition of the first-song-on-the-album-setting-the-mood.  

This is in D major, and there was nothing wrong with Scott Yanoff's version,
it just didn't have any tabs. If it makes it easier, learn these chords then
apply them to the previous version. Tune down 1/2 step for the LIVE version
on "Wide Awake In America".
Intro (with delay):
1-----------|---------------------|-------------------------|--<12>-<12>-<12>------|
2---3-------|----------/15----17--|-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X--/20----|------------------<7>-|
3--------4--|--(4)----------------|-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X---------|----------------------|
4-----------|---------------------|-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X------19-|----------------------|
5-----------|---------------------|-------------------------|----------------------|
6-----------|---------------------|-------------------------|----------------------|

Verse (with delay):
1-0---------------------0--0--0-|------0--0--0--0--0------------0--0----|
2-3---------------------3--0--0-|--3---3--3--3--3--3---3--3--3----------|
3-------0---2--2--2-----0--0--0-|--2-------------------2--2--2----------|
4-------------------------------|--0------------------------------------|
5-------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
6-------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
1-0-----------------------0--0---|---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---------|
2-3-----------------------3--3---|---3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------|
3-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0--0---|---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---------|
4--------------------------------|---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---------|
5--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
6--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|

(with sliding up and down neck, hitting muted strings, etc.)
And you know it's time to go through the sleet and driving snow
Across the fields of mourning to a light's in the distance
And you hunger for the time: time to heal, desire time
And your earth moves beneath your own dream landscape
Chorus:
1---10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--|
2---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---|
3---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---|
4-------------------------------------------------------|
5-------------------------------------------------------|
6-------------------------------------------------------|
1---10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10---|
2---8---8---8---8---8---8---8---8---8---8---8---8---8----|
3---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7----|
4--------------------------------------------------------|
5--------------------------------------------------------|
6--------------------------------------------------------|

Oh, ho ho, on borderland we run
1---7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--10-|---------------------------------------|
2---8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8---7-|--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|
3---7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7---7-|--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7---|
4---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
5---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
6---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|

I'll be there, I'll be there tonight
(3 bars) (1 bar)
1-----------------------------------|-------------------------|
2---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|--x---x---x---x---x---x--|
3---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---|--x---x---x---x---x---x--|
4---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|--x---x---x---x---x---x--|
5-----------------------------------|-------------------------|
6-----------------------------------|-------------------------|

A high road, a high road out of here
1---10---|------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0----------|--0---------------------|
2---10---|------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|--3---3------|--------3------------3--|
3----9---|--2------------------------------|--0-------0--|--------2-----2---------|
4--------|--0------------------------------|-------------|------------------------|
5--------|---------------------------------|-------------|------------------------|
6--------|---------------------------------|-------------|------------------------|

The city walls are all come down, the dust a smoke-screen all around
See faces ploughed like fields that once gave no resistance
And we live by the side of the road, on the side of a hill, as the valleys explode
Dislocated, suffocated, the land grows weary of its own
O comaway, o comaway, o com, o comaway, I say, I, hmmm, hmmm
O comaway, o comaway, o com, o comaway, I say I
Oh, ho, ho, on borderland we run, and still we run, we run and don't look back
I'll be there, I'll be there tonight, I believe
1--------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|
2--------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|
3--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--5-5-2-4-4-4-4--|-x-x-4-4-4-4-x-x-|-x-x--------------x--|
4--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--5-5---5-5-5-5--|-x-x-5-5-5-5-x-x-|-x-x--5--5--5--5--x--|
5--------------|--------3-3-3-3--|-----------------|------3--3--3--3-----|
6--------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|

I'll be there so high, I'll be there tonight, tonight
O comaway, I sing I say, um ha, o comaway o say
The wind will crack in wintertime, this bomb blast lightning waltz
No spoken words, just a scream, yeah, oh, tonight
We'll build a bridge across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain, she will die and live again, tonight
And your heart beats so slow through the rain and fallen snow
Across the fields of mourning light's in the distance
Oh don't sorrow, no don't weep for tonight at last
I am coming home, I am coming home
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2---3--|
3---2--|
4---4--|
5---5--|
6------|

A Sort of Homecoming
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tabbed by: Scott Yanoff, yanoff@csd4.csd.uwm.edu
Intro G6 D2 G6 D2 G6 D2 G6 D2
And you know it's time to go
through [G6]the sleet and driving[D2] snow
across the fields[G6] of mourning to a[D2]
light's in [G6]the distance
[D2]               [G6]         [D4]   [D2]   And you hunger for the time
time to heal, 'Desire', time
and your earth moves beneath
your own dream landscape
[G]Oh, ho,[G2] ho[G] on [G2]borderland we [D2]run[D4]___[D]__[Gii]___
[G]I'll be there,[G2] I'll[G] be there[G2]
tonight[D2], a [D4]high road, a [D]high road out of [Gii]here
the city walls are all come down
the dust a smoke screen all around to see
faces ploughed like fields that once
gave no resistance
And we live by the side of the road
on the side of a hill as the valleys explode
dislocated, suffocated
the land grows weary of it's own
[G6]O come away, o come[D2] away, o come[G6], o come away I say[D2] I  hmm hmm
[G6]O come away, o come[D2] away, o come[G6], o come away I say[D2] I
[G]Oh, ho,[G2] ho[G] on [G2]borderland we [D2]run, and [D4]still we run, we [D]run and don't look bac[G]k
[G]I'll be there,[G2] I'll[G] be there[G2] tonight    tonigh[D2]t   [D4]   to[D]night[D4]
I'll be [C7]there tonight, I believe.  I'll be there so high (land),
I'll be there tonight, to[D]night_[D2]_______[G6]____[D2]
[G6]O come away, I sin[D2]g  I say, um ha,  [G6]o come away oh say.[D2]
[G6]                  [D2]                  [G6] [D2]The wind will crack[G6] in wintertime
[D2]this bomb-blast [G6]lightning waltz
[D2]no spoken [G6]words, just a [D2]scre[G6]am . . . y[D4]eah.[D]... [G]oh..[G2]...... [G]oh..[G2]...
to[D2]night we'll [D4]build a bridge a[D]cross the sea and land[Gii]
[G]see the sky bur[G2]ning rain
she[G] will die and [G2]live again to[D2]nigh[D4]t__[D]__[Gii]___[G6] [D2] [G6] [D4] [D] [G6] [D2] [G6] [D4] [D]
And you heart beats so slow
through the rain and fallen snow
across the fields of morning
to a light that's in the distance
Oh don't sorrow, no don't weep
for tonight, at last
I am coming home
I am coming home
CHORD FORMATIONS (This might make a nice acoustic version with these)
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G6 x x 0 0 3 0
D2 x x 0 2 3 0
D4/A x 0 0 0 3 x
G 3 x 0 0 0 x
G2 3 0 0 0 0 3
D4 x x 0 2 3 3
D x x 0 2 3 2
Gii x x 0 0 3 3 (G, type 2)
C7 x 3 2 3 1 x
But The Edge is probably playing the chorus this way
(esp. for intro of live version where it is arpeggio)
G x x x 7 8 7
G2 x x x 7 10 x
D2,D x x x 7 7 10
D4,Gii x x x 7 8 10

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