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“One” is a song by the Irish rock band U2, released in 1991 as the third single from their album Achtung Baby. It is widely considered one of their most popular and influential songs, as well as one of the greatest songs of all time . The song features a simple but powerful chord progression that creates a sense of emotion and drama. In this article, we will show you how to play “One” by U2 on guitar, using the original key of A minor and the standard tuning of EADGBE.

The Chords

The main chords used in “One” are A minor (Am), D major (D), F major (F), G major (G), and C major ©. These are all common chords that you can find in many songs, so they should not be too difficult to learn. Here are the diagrams for each chord, showing the finger positions and the notes on the fretboard:

Chord shapes (relative to capo):
D     [0,0,0,11,x,x]
A     [7x06xx]  /  [7x765x]
Bm    [9x07xx]  /  [9x977x]
G     [5x04xx]  /  [5x543x]
D/C#  [11,0,0,11,x,x] 
Em    [222000]
 
In the bridge, the D is played [0002xx]
 
[Intro]
D
 
[Verse]
D
Tell me that you turned down the man 
             A     Bm
Who asks for your hand
                      G    D
Caus' you're waiting for me
D
And I know, you're gonna be away a while,
              A   Bm          G    D
But I've got no plans at all to leave
 
[Pre-Chorus]
               A            G
And would you take away my hopes and dreams 
          Em         G        A
And just stay with me
 
[Chorus]
D
All my senses come to life
            D/C#
While I am stumbling home as drunk as I
      Bm                  G            A
Have ever been, and I'll never leave again
       G                A
Cause you are the only one
D
And all my friends have gone to find
         D/C#
Another place to let their hearts collide
Bm                     G             A
Just promise me you'll always be a friend
     G               A
Cause you are the only one
 
[Verse]
D
Take my hand and my
               A  Bm
heart and soul I will
                 G       D
Only have these eyes for you
D
You know everything changes
                  A     Bm
But we'll be strangers
           G      D
If we see this through.
 
[Pre-Chorus]
                A                 G
And you could stay within these walls and bleed
          Em        G    A
But just stay with me
 
[Chorus]
D
All my senses come to life
            D/C#
While I am stumbling home as drunk as I
      Bm                  G            A
Have ever been, and I'll never leave again
       G                A
Cause you are the only one
D
And all my friends have gone to find
         D/C#
Another place to let their hearts collide
Bm                     G             A
Just promise me you'll always be a friend
     G               A
Cause you are the only one
 
[Bridge]
G                  D
I'm stumbling off drunk
               A
Getting myself lost
       Bm
I am so gone,
        A           G
So tell me the way home
                 D                    A
I listen to sad songs, singing about love
 
And where it goes wrong
 
[Interlude]
Bm   A   G
Bm   A   G
Bm   A   G
D
 
[Chorus]
D
All my senses come to life
            D/C#
While I am stumbling home as drunk as I
      Bm                  G            A
Have ever been, and I'll never leave again
       G                A
Cause you are the only one
D
And all my friends have gone to find
         D/C#
Another place to let their hearts collide
Bm                     G             A
Just promise me you'll always be a friend
     G               A
Cause you are the only one

The Strumming Pattern

The strumming pattern for “One” is fairly simple and consistent throughout the song. You can use a basic down-up-down-up pattern for each chord, with some accents on certain beats to create some rhythm and groove. Here is an example of how to strum the first four chords of the verse:

![Strumming]

You can also add some palm muting or percussive strums to create some dynamics and contrast between the sections of the song. For example, you can mute the strings with your palm on the bridge of the guitar and strum lightly for the verses, and then release the palm and strum louder for the choruses.

The Song Structure

The song structure for “One” is composed of four main sections: verse, chorus, bridge, and outro. Each section has a different chord progression and a different mood. Here is a breakdown of each section, along with the lyrics and the chords:

Verse

The verse is the first section of the song, where the singer introduces the theme of love and conflict. The verse has two parts: A and B. The chord progression for part A is Am-D-F-G-Am-D-F-G-C. The chord progression for part B is Am-D-F-G-Am-D-F-G-C-Am-D-F-G-C. Here are the lyrics and the chords for the verse:

[Verse 1] Am D F G Is it getting better? Or do you feel the same? Am D F G C Will it make it easier on you now? You got someone to blame [Verse 2] Am D F G You say one love, one life When it’s one need Am D F G C In the night One love, we get to share it Am D F G C Leaves you baby if you don’t care for it

Chorus

The chorus is the second section of the song, where the singer expresses his frustration and confusion about the relationship. The chorus has two parts: A and B. The chord progression for part A is Am-D-Fmaj7-G-Am-D-Fmaj7-G-C. The chord progression for part B is Am-D-Fmaj7-G-Am-D-Fmaj7-G-C-Am-D-Fmaj7-G-C. Here are the lyrics and the chords for the chorus:

[Chorus 1] Am D Fmaj7 G Did I disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth? Am D Fmaj7 G C You act like you never had love And you want me to go without [Chorus 2] Am D Fmaj7 G Well it’s too late Tonight To drag the past out into the light Am D Fmaj7 G C We’re one but we’re not the same We get to carry each other Carry each other Am D Fmaj7 G C One

Bridge

The bridge is the third section of the song, where the singer reflects on the past and the future of the relationship. The bridge has two parts: A and B. The chord progression for part A is Am-Dsus2-Fmaj7-Gsus4-Am-Dsus2-Fmaj7-Gsus4-Cadd9. The chord progression for part B is Am-Dsus2-Fmaj7-Gsus4-Am-Dsus2-Fmaj7-Gsus4-Cadd9-Am-Dsus2-Fmaj7-Gsus4-Cadd9. Here are the lyrics and the chords for the bridge:

[Bridge 1] Am Dsus2 Fmaj7 Gsus4 Have you come here for forgiveness? Have you come to raise the dead? Am Dsus2 Fmaj7 Gsus4 Cadd9 Have you come here to play Jesus To the lepers in your head? [Bridge 2] Am Dsus2 Fmaj7 Gsus4 Did I ask too much? More than a lot You gave me nothing Am Dsus2 Fmaj7 Gsus4 Cadd9 Now it’s all I got We’re one but we’re not the same Am Dsus2 Fmaj7 Gsus4 Cadd9 Well we hurt each other Then we do it again

Outro

The outro is the final section of the song, where the singer repeats the chorus with some variations and ends with a powerful statement. The outro has two parts: A and B. The chord progression for part A is Am-D-Fmaj7-G-Am-D-Fmaj7-G-C. The chord progression for part B is Am-D-Fmaj7-G-Am-D-Fmaj7-G-C-Am-D-Fmaj7-G-C. Here are the lyrics and the chords for the outro:

[Outro 1] Am D Fmaj7 G You say love is a temple Love a higher law Am D Fmaj7 G C Love is a temple Love the higher law [Outro 2] Am D Fmaj7 G You ask me to enter But then you make me crawl Am D Fmaj7 G C And I can’t be holding on To what you got When all you got is hurt [Outro 3] Am D Fmaj7 G C One love One blood One life You got to do what you should Am D Fmaj7 G C One life With each other Sisters Brothers Am D Fmaj7 G C One life But we’re not the same We get to carry each other Carry each other [Outro 4] Am D Fmaj7 G C One One

Conclusion

In this article, we have shown you how to play “One” by U2 on guitar, using the original key of A minor and the standard tuning of EADGBE. We have also explained the chords, the strumming pattern, and the song structure of this iconic song. We hope you have enjoyed learning this song and playing it along with your guitar. If you want to learn more songs by U2 or other artists, you can use Bing to search for guitar tabs, chords, lyrics, and videos. Happy playing!

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