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American Pie  by Don Mclean

American Pie chords by Don Mclean (Ver. 2)

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American Pie by Don McLean
Tabbed by: Brian Jenkins

Chord diagramG+G	320033
Chord diagramD MajorD	xx0232
Chord diagramD7D7	xx0121
Chord diagramE minorEm	022000
Chord diagramA minorAm	x02210
Chord diagramAm7Am7	x02010

1st Verse:

  Chord diagramE minorEm
Chord diagramA augmentedA long, long time ago,
Chord diagramD MajorD
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
    Chord diagramE minorEm
And I know if I had my chance,
     Chord diagramD MajorD
that I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while
    Chord diagramA minorAm
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
Chord diagramD MajorD
Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
  Chord diagramD MajorD
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride,
Chord diagramE minorEm
something touched me deep inside,
    Chord diagramG+G
the day the music died
Chorus:

   Chord diagramD MajorD
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Chord diagramD MajorD
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Chord diagramD MajorD
and them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Chord diagramD7D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die

2nd Verse:

Chord diagramA minorAm
Did you write the book of love
       Chord diagramD MajorD
and do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so
Chord diagramE minorEm
Do you believe in rock and roll,
    Chord diagramD MajorD
can music save your mortal soul and can you teach me how to dance real slow
       Chord diagramD MajorD
Well I know that you're in love with him 'cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
    Chord diagramD7D7
You both kicked off your shoes, man I dig those rhythm and blues
        Chord diagramC majorC
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck
    Chord diagramG+G
but I knew I was out of luck the day the music died

I started singin'
Chorus:

   Chord diagramD MajorD
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Chord diagramD MajorD
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Chord diagramD MajorD
and them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Chord diagramD7D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die

3rd Verse:

        Chord diagramA minorAm
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
    Chord diagramD MajorD
and moss grows fat on a rolling stone but that's not how it used to be
         Chord diagramE minorEm
When the jester sang for the king and queen
     Chord diagramD MajorD
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in a voice that came from you and me
    Chord diagramD MajorD
And while the king was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown
    Chord diagramD7D7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          Chord diagramC majorC
And while Lenin read a book on Marx, the quartet practiced in the park
    Chord diagramG+G
and we sang dirges in the dark the day the music died

We were singin'


Chorus:

   Chord diagramD MajorD
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Chord diagramD MajorD
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Chord diagramD MajorD
and them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Chord diagramD7D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die

4th Verse:

Chord diagramA minorAm
Helter skelter in a summer swelter,
Chord diagramD MajorD
the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, eight miles high and fallin' fast,
   Chord diagramE minorEm
it landed foul on the grass
    Chord diagramD MajorD
the players tried for a forward pass, with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
       Chord diagramD MajorD
Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, while sergeants played a marching tune
Chord diagramD7D7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
           Chord diagramC majorC
'cause the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield
   Chord diagramG+G
Do you recall what was the feel the day the music died

We started singin'


Chorus:

   Chord diagramD MajorD
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Chord diagramD MajorD
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Chord diagramD MajorD
and them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Chord diagramD7D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die

5th Verse:

    Chord diagramA minorAm
And there we were all in one place,
  Chord diagramD MajorD
a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
           Chord diagramC majorC
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candlestick,
       Chord diagramD MajorD
'cause fire is the devil's only friend
    Chord diagramD MajorD
And as I watched him on the stage, my hands were clenched in fists of rage
   Chord diagramD7D7
No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
           Chord diagramC majorC
And as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite
      Chord diagramG+G
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died

He was singin'


Chorus:

   Chord diagramD MajorD
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Chord diagramD MajorD
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Chord diagramD MajorD
and them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Chord diagramD7D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die

6th Verse:

  Chord diagramE minorEm
I met a girl who sang the blues
      Chord diagramD MajorD
and I asked her for some happy news, but she just smiled and turned away
  Chord diagramE minorEm
I went down to the sacred store
          Chord diagramC majorC
where I'd heard the music years before, but the man there said the music
         Chord diagramD MajorD
wouldn't play
    Chord diagramA minorAm
But in the streets the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
    Chord diagramD MajorD
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken
        Chord diagramD7D7
And the three men I admire most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
Chord diagramG+G
They caught the last train for the coast the day the music died,

And they were singin'


Chorus/Outro:

   Chord diagramD MajorD
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Chord diagramD MajorD
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Chord diagramD MajorD
and them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Chord diagramG+G

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