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Don Mclean bass tabs for American pie

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Bass tablature for Don Mcleans American Pie

American Pie: Second verse (typical of all verses...slight differences)

(Verse)  G          Am       C          Am
G------------------------------------------4---5----------5-----4------------
D----------5-------5-5----------7-----7-7-----------5--------------7---------
A----------------------------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------
...Now for ten years we've been on our own and moss grows fat on a rollin'

 Em             D
-----------------9------------7----7-------7-5-4-----------------------------
----7-5------7/9---9------------------7----------7-5-4-----------------------
-7------7--7-------------------------------------------7----5----------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 stone but that's not how it used to be...      When the

 G   D      Em         Am7        C
------------------------------------------------------------4-5-------------5
--5---5--4--------------------------------7---------7--------------------5---
----------------------7--------7---------------7-----------------------------
---------------------------7-----7---5---------------------------------------
 Jester sang for the King and Queen in a coat he'd borrowed from James Dean

    Em       A7      D
--4--------------------------------------------------4-7-------4-7-4---4-----
----7-5-----------------7-------7-5-4------------4-7-------4-7-------7-------
--------7-----7-7-------------7-------7-------5----------5-------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 and a voice   that came   from you and me           Oh and

 Em         D         Em        D
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
--7------------------5-----------------7----------------5--------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 While the King was looking down, the Jester stole his thorny crown

   C     G  A7          C       D7
--5---5-----5--4---4-----------------------------2-5-2---2-------4-7---------
---------------------7----------7--5---5-----2-5-------5-----4-7-------------
------------------------------7------7-----3---------------5-----------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 The court room was adjourned...     no verdict was returned...

      G   D   Em           Am        C
-------------------------------------7-9p7-----------------------4--5----5-4-
--------4---5-----5-4--4---------7/9-------9---7-------7-7-------------5-----
--5---7------------------7----7----------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 And while Lenin read a book of Marx   the quartet practiced in the park

   G    D   Em         C
-------------------------------7-9p7-----5--5-5---5---6/7-7-6/7-7-6/7-7-6/7-7
--7---5-----5-4----4-------7/9-------9---------------------------------------
---------------------7--7----------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 and we sang dirges in the dark   The day   the music

 G    C     G    D   (Chorus) G    C    G    D
-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------
--5-5-5-5-----2-5---5-5-5-5-----2-4------|-5-5-5-5-----2---5-5-5-5-5---------
----------3-3---------------5-5----------|---------3-3---------------5-5-----
-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------
 died...        We were singing... Bye   bye Miss American pie

     G      C      G    D     G    C
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-2-----4--5-5---5--5--------2---5---5-5-5-5------2-4----5-5-5-5--------------
-----------------------3-3-------------------5-5-----------------3----3------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 drove my chevy to the levy but the levy was dry  them good old boys were

     G       D      Em            A7
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-2---5---5---5---5---5------4---7-----------------------------7--------------
------------------------5-5---------7----------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 drinkin whiskey and rye -- singin' this'll be the day that I die...

 Em            D7           (Start Of Verse)
-------------------------------------7-7--5-5--4-4-------|-------------------
----------------------------------------------------7-7--|---5---------------
-7-------------------------5-----5-5---------------------|-------------------
---------------------------------------------------------|-------------------
 this'll be the day that I die...

Notes: Timing is approximate, you'll need to listen to the recording.
    p = pull, / = slide up. Other verses follow a similar although
    slightly different pattern but this one is representative of
    them all.

    Drop me a line at maclark@texhoma.net if you have any questions
    or comments. Enjoy!

-- Mark

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