All Along The Watchtower

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All Along The Watchtower, Transcribed by Collin Burgemeestre The Rattle and Hum version didn't do much for me, but the Lovetown live version blew me away. I remember seeing a live version of this song from an Australian show on TV and when I heard the solo I thought, man, now he's really starting to play some mean guitar! I've transcribed this from one of the point depot bootlegs, but not the new year concert. U2 playswith 2 guitars. Bono's part is straithforward, Dm, C and A# s/ slide up s\slide down h hammer on ^ p pull off ^ * bend up 1 step Here we go with the Edge, remember to tune down half a step! Segue in from desire, tremolo with feedback E--0-------------------------------------------------------------------- B--0-------------------------------------------------------------------- G--1-------------------------------------------------------------------- D--2-------------------------------------------------------------------- A--2-------------------------------------------------------------------- E--0------------s/12s\0------------------------------------------------- Then Edge starts to play, 2 times E------------------------ B-5-5---5--5-6-6---5--5-- This works best for me but feel free to improvise G-6-6---5--5-7-7---5--5-- D-7-7---5--5-8-8---5--5-- A------------------------ E------------------------ Now Bono and Adam enter in, Edge plays riff 1 4 times h p B-5----5-----5^6^5---- G---7----7-7-------7-- Bono sings the 1st verse, Dm, C and A# during the 1st verse after which comes riff 1 again, 4 times Bono sings verse 2, Edge toys around D power chord for the first 2 lines Then he plays riff 2 over the latter 2 lines, 4 times G-7-|-10-9-7---7--7-7--7-------- D-0-|------0---0----0--0-------- Here comes Edge's killer solo E-----------------------------h-----h--------p------ B--s/17bend to 18 & back-15-13^15-13^15-13-15^13---- G------------------------------------------------14- E-----------------------------------------------15-13- B-13*-13*-13-10-13-10---p--------13----------13------- G---------------------12^10---14----14-12-14---------- tremelo picking for each note E-10--12--13--13--15--13-12-8-10--10--12--13--15--17--17-- tr tr tr tr tr tr tr tr tr tr tr tr E-22-22-22-22-22\s--------22-22-22-22-22\s p p All along the watchtower, D------2/s^0--2/s3\s2^0--------------------------- A-3^5--------------------------------------------- the princes kept the views D--------------------------h-p-h-p----- A-------------------------3^5^3^5^3---5 Outside.... 4 times E-----5-----3-----1-----3--- B---6-----5-----3-----5----- G-7-----5-----3-----5------- Howl....... 4 times E-5-5--3-3-3-3-3--1-1--3-3-3-3-3- B-6-6--5-5-5-5-5--3-3--5-5-5-5-5- G-7-7--5-5-5-5-5--3-3--5-5-5-5-5- E-5-5--7-7--8-8--10-10--12-12-12--13-13-13--15-15-15-15-15- B-6-6--8-8-1010--12-12--13-13-13--15-15-15--17-17-17-17-17- G-7-7--9-9-1010--12-12--14-14-14--15-15-15--17-17-17-17-17- E-17----17-17-------17----17-17------- B----18-------18-------18-------18---- G----------------19----------------19- Shred your axe with the main chord progression, Dm, C, A#, for 5 times on my bootleg, I favour the higher strings but anything goes. End with a D powerchord. That's the song basicaly. I hope you like it, it's my first try at tablature. Collin Burgemeestre (collinburg@freemail.nl) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER ------------------------ U2 This version I have transcribed was from the excellent New Year's Eve radio broadcast in 1989/90. It was also played at lots of concerts around 1989 and is a far better version cover version from the one that was on Rattle and Hum, in my opinion. It's available on many bootlegs. Tune down a semitone. Edge leaves the big E string ringing from the end of 'Desire' then starts playing the INTRO chords, Dm C and Bb. INTRO Dm C Bb etc. E----------------5--5----3----1--1----3--------------------------------- B----------------6--6----5----3--3----5--------------------------------- G----------------7--7----5----3--3----5--------------------------------- D----------------7--7----5----3--3----5--------------------------------- A----------------5--5----3----1--1----3--------------------------------- E---0------------------------------------------------------------------- After Bono sings "Rock and roll, that's all folks..." Edge starts RIFF 1. RIFF 1 E----------------------------------------------------------------------- B----5--3------5--3------3--5b(6)r---------5--3------5--3------3--5b(6)r G----------------------------------------------------------------------- As Bono sings "There must be some way outta here.." Edge plays a muted Dm chord. For the "Business men they drink my wine.." play the INTRO in a muted fashion. Then back to RIFF 1. For the second verse "No reason to get excited.." play a muted Dm again. For the "You and I have been through that.." play RIFF 2. RIFF 2 etc. E----------------------------------------------------------------------- B-----6--5--3--------6--5--3-------------------------------------------- G----------------------------------------------------------------------- After "The hour is getting late.." play the following. Not 100% sure about some of it since the delay makes it hard to figure exactly whats being played. E---12b(13)---12b(13.5)r--12--10--12--12--12p10/(8)------10b(11)r--10--8 B----------------------------------------------------------------------- G----------------------------------------------------------------------- start tremolo pick E--10p8/(6)--3--5--6---5--6--8---6--8--10---|-10-10-12-12-13--13--13- B-------------------------------------------|------------------------ G-------------------------------------------|------------------------ E15--15--13--12--13--8--10----10--10--12--12--13--13--15--15--17--17--17 B----------------------------------------------------------------------- G----------------------------------------------------------------------- E---22----------22------------------------------------------------------ B----------------------------------------------------------------------- G--------5-X------------------------------------------------------------ D--------5-X------------------------------------------------------------ A--------3-X---------3h5--5--(5)---------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------- Next there's some quiet stuff etc E----12----------------------------------------------------------------- B--------10--10--8h10---8--8--8h10----10p8/(6)----3--5--3--5--3--5------ G----------------------------------------------------------------------- For "All along the watchtower, princes kept the view.." bit play G----------------------------------------------------------------------- D----------------------------------------------------------------------- A---3h5---3h5---3h5----------------------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------- "Outside in the distance..." repeat E----------------------------------------------------------------------- B-----------6---------5---------3---------5----------------------------- G-------7----------5---------3---------5-------------------------------- D----7----------5---------3---------5----------------------------------- A----------------------------------------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------- Near the end Bono adds some extra word to the song and the Edge plays something like: E--1--1--3--3--5--5--6--6--8--8--10--10--12--12-13--12--13-12-15--13--12 B----------------------------------------------------------------------- G----------------------------------------------------------------------- It ends with the INTRO chords and the final chord is Dm. Enjoy. Send any corrections to the archive, cheers. jules. "All Along The Watchtower" [Bob Dylan] ------------------------ chords by: Sergio Lucero, slucero@cipres.cec.uchile.cl INTRO: C#m-B-A-B-C#m-B-A C#m B A B C#m B A B "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief, C#m B A B C#m B A B "There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief. C#m B A B C#m B A B Businessmen they drink my wine, plowman dig my earth, C#m B A B C#m B A B None of them along the line know what any of it is worth." "No need to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who think that life is but a joke. But you and I, we've been through that, and that is not our fate, So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late." All along the watchtower, princes kept the view While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too. Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl, Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl. "All Along The Watchtower" [Bob Dylan] ------------------------ chords by: Sergio Lucero, slucero@cipres.cec.uchile.cl INTRO: C#m-B-A-B-C#m-B-A C#m B A B C#m B A B "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief, C#m B A B C#m B A B "There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief. C#m B A B C#m B A B Businessmen they drink my wine, plowman dig my earth, C#m B A B C#m B A B None of them along the line know what any of it is worth." "No need to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who think that life is but a joke. But you and I, we've been through that, and that is not our fate, So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late." All along the watchtower, princes kept the view While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too. Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl, Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

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