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As recorded by U2
(From the 1991 Album ACHTUNG BABY)
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T 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
A 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
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1991 Blue Mountain Music LTD
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B Verse
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A 5 (5) (9) (9) 9 (9) (12)
B 5 (5) 5 9 (9) (9) 9 (9) 9 12 (12)
3 (3) 3 7 (7) (7) 7 (7) 7 10 (10)
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C Chorus
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