Play Vertigo!

Here it is - the world's first known transcription of the new U2 single Vertigo. This is not a complete version, but it is a enough for you to get your guitar out of the closet and try to play it like The Edge does.

Chords

The song is quite easy to play. The intro is a repeated groove in bass and guitar. It's played like this on the low E-string:

E||--10h-12--12h-10--12--12--10--12--|----5--5--5--5--4--4--3--||

And now to the chorus. The Edge is playing power chords here:

E            D
Hello, Hello       (Hola!)
G                     A
I'm at a place called vertigo (Donde esta)
E                        D
It's everything I wish I didn't know
G                  A
Except you give me something I can feel
[Intro again]
Feel

In the second part of the second verse, The Edge is playing a typical Edge-lick with ringing tones:


E||--12--------10----10--10------|--12--------10----10--10------||
B||--------12----------------12--|--------12----------------12--||

Karl Otto Emanuelsson
otto@u2.se

Vertigo

Unos, dos, tres, catorce
(Turn it up loud, captain!)

Lights go down
It's dark
The jungle is your head
Can't rule your heart
I'm feeling so much stronger
Than I thought
Your eyes are wide
And though your soul
It can't be bought
Your mind can wander

Hello, Hello (Hola!)
I'm at a place called vertigo (Donde está?)
It's everything I wish I didn't know
Except you give me something
I can feel, feel

The night is full of holes
As bullets rip the sky
Of ink with gold
They twinkle as the boys
Play rock and roll
They know that they can't dance
At least they know

I can stand the beat
I'm asking for the check
The girl with crimson nails
Has Jesus 'round her neck
Swinging to the music
Swinging to the music

Hello, Hello (Hola!)
I'm at a place called Vertigo (Donde está?)
It's everything I wish I didn't know
But you give me something
I can feel, feel

(Check it)
(Shots fall)
(She'll make it)

All this, all this can be yours
All of this, all of this can be yours
All this, all of this can be yours
Just give me what I want
And no one gets hurt

Hello, Hello (Hola!)
We're at a place called Vertigo (Donde está?)
Lights go down and all I know
Is that you give me something
I can feel your love teaching me how
Your love is teaching me how
How to kneel, kneel

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

The lyrics is published with kind permisson of u2wanderer.org. They are still working on it, so please check the link for updates.

Review: U2 - Vertigo (single)
"All the talk about U2 being inspired by bands like The Who and The Hives wasn't just talk. 'Vertigo' is rock'n'roll in its most direct and sparkling form. The sound is raw, edgy and extremely heavy."

Music journalist and u2.se co-worker Olov Baudin was first in Sweden with a review of the new U2 single. Read it in English here.

Update (Nov 22nd, 2004):
Review of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb in English here.

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