One chords by U2


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One | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |

Verse 1

| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
Is it getting better?
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |
Or do you feel the same?
| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
Will it make it easier on you, now?
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |
You’ve got someone to blame, you’ll say:

Chorus 1

| C | Am |
One love, one life.
| Fmaj7 | C |
When it’s one need, in the night.
| C | Am |
One love, we get to share it.
| Fmaj7 | C |
Leaves you baby if you, don’t care for it.

Instrumental 1

| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |

Verse 2

| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
Did I disappoint you?
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
You act like you never had love.
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |
And you want me to go without, well it’s:

Chorus 2

| C | Am |
Too late, tonight.
| Fmaj7 | C |
To drag the past out into the light.
| C | Am |
We’re one, but we’re not the same, we get to:
| Fmaj7 | C |
Carry each other, carry each other, one.

Instrumental 2

| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |

Verse 3

| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
Have you come here for forgiveness?
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |
Have you come to raise the dead?
| Amadd4 | D7omit3 |
Have you come here to play Jesus?
| Fmaj13 | Gadd4 |
To the lepers in your head.

Chorus 3

| C | Am |
Did I ask too much? More than a lot.
| Fmaj7 | C |
You gave me nothin’ now it’s all I’ve got.
| C | Am |
We’re one but we’re not the same.
| Fmaj7 | C |
Well we, hurt each other then we do it again, you say:

Middle 8

| C | Am |
Love is a temple, love a higher law.
| C | Am |
Love is a temple, love the higher law.
| C | G |
You ask me to enter but then you make me crawl.
| G | F | F |
And I can’t be holdin’ on, to what you got, when all you got is hurt.

Chorus 4

| C | Am |
One love, one blood.
| Fmaj7 | C |
One life, you got to do what you should.
| C | Am |
One life, with each other.
| Fmaj7 | C |
Sisters, brothers.

Chorus 5

| C | Am |
One life but we’re not the same, We get to:
| Fmaj7 | C |
Carry each other, carry each other.
| C | Am |
One.
| Fmaj7 | C |
One.

Instrumental 3 (chorus chords)

| C | Am | Fmaj7 | C |

Outro

| C | Am | Fmaj7 | C |
Oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, yeah. Baby, baby, baby.
| C | Am | Fmaj7 | C |
Higher. Baby, higher. Yeah, yeah, baby.
| C | Am | Fmaj7 | C |
Higher. Baby, higher.



One Chords: Learn the progressions


One guitar lesson + TAB

As one of U2‘s most loved tunes, One is a masterpiece in layering guitars.

As great as this is to listen to, it makes it very difficult to play live if you are the only guitarist.

The chords for the intro, verse, and instrumental sections can be defined using different extensions, although exactly how you play them will always be up for debate since you have to choose which of the different layers you want to highlight/combine.

A dumbed-down version of the verse chords would be just Am (VI) Dm (II) F (IV) and G (V). But without the extensions and little licks, it just doesn’t sound right, here’s how I would best describe the verse chords with extensions:

||: Amadd4 (VI) | D7omit3 (II) | Fmaj13 (IV) | Gadd4 (IV) :||

The chorus is so much simpler which feels like a relief after all those big chords as it goes I – VI – IV – I, or:

| C (I) | Am (VI) | Fmaj7 (IV) | C (I) |

To play it right, you simply must work out how to combine the many parts and put it into TAB, then memorize it, come back to the chords, and use the extensions as a reminder.

Members get TAB for how this could be done on both the acoustic guitar, as well as if you are the only electric guitarist in the band.

Here’s a preview, this is how I would suggest you play the verse on just one acoustic guitar.

One chords and TAB intro, verse, instrumental. Acoustic.

We also analyze the chords and work out why the extensions are called what they are. Here’s a link to the complete lesson: One (U2) – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Achtung Baby was U2’s masterpiece!

Four years after the minimalistic triumph that is The Joshua Tree (1987), U2 released, in my opinion, their best album.

Before they went too far with the production and missed out on the songwriting on Zooropa (1993), Achtung Baby (1991) sits in between, representing the perfect balance of songwriting, playing as a band, and exciting production.

Tunes like Mysterious Ways, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, and Acrobat are all proper gems.

But the best tune on Achtung Baby, the jewel in the crown, is definitely One. Even people who dislike U2 can’t deny this is a proper tune.

I clearly remember living with this album for months on end, perplexed with how they could have so much going on, but still sound so focused. To this day I still put on Achtung Baby and marvel at U2’s masterpiece.



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