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Don Mclean chords for American pie

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American Pie

Don McLean
"American Pie"
    Performance Notes:
  Acoustic guitar, with open position chords.

  Chords
A chord diagramG+G   320033
A chord diagramD MajorD   xx0232
A chord diagramE minor 7Em7 022030
A chord diagramA minorAm  x02210
A chord diagramC majorC   x32010
A chord diagramE minorEm  022000
A chord diagramD7D7  xx0212
A chord diagramAm7Am7 x02010 or x02213
A chord diagramA7A7  x02020 or x02223


    Prologue  (Strum Freely / Slowly  usu. only the once per chord)
   A chord diagramG+G      A chord diagramD MajorD    A chord diagramE minor 7Em7       A chord diagramA minorAm               A chord diagramC majorC
A chord diagramA augmentedA | long, long time ago | I can ...

 A chord diagramE minorEm                      A chord diagramD MajorD                A chord diagramG+G         A chord diagramD MajorD      A chord diagramE minor 7Em7     (A chord diagramG+G)
| music used to make me smile |      And | I ...

 A chord diagramA minorAm       (A chord diagramG+G)        A chord diagramC majorC                 A chord diagramE minorEm               A chord diagramC majorC
| I could make those people dance and | ...

 A chord diagramD MajorD         A chord diagramE minorEm             A chord diagramA minorAm             A chord diagramE minorEm                    A chord diagramA minorAm
| while   | But February made me shiver ...|

 A chord diagramC majorC        A chord diagramG+G      A chord diagramA minorAm           A chord diagramC majorC                  A chord diagramD MajorD
| Bad news on the doorstep I | ...

                                    (A chord diagramC majorC)             (A chord diagramD7D7)
 A chord diagramG+G        A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramE minorEm   (A chord diagramG+G)     A chord diagramAm7Am7             A chord diagramD MajorD
| can't remember if I cried when I | ...

 A chord diagramG+G            A chord diagramD MajorD        A chord diagramE minorEm                A chord diagramC majorC  (A chord diagramAm7Am7) A chord diagramD7D7      A chord diagramG+G    A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramG+G  (A chord diagramD7D7)
| something touched me deep in-...|        |
                                                           Del Segna al Coda
                    (Play from Segna till it says to go to the Coda)

    Chorus ( in a slightly faster tempo )
   (SEGNA)

   |*G    A chord diagramC majorC            A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramD MajorD                A chord diagramG+G        A chord diagramC majorC
So |* bye-bye, Miss A_|_merican Pie ...

 A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramD MajorD         A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramC majorC                A chord diagramG+G             A chord diagramD MajorD  TO CODA
| levee was dry. Them |good ole boys were ...

  A chord diagramE minorEm                         A chord diagramA7A7       A chord diagramE minorEm                          A chord diagramD7D7
| this'll be the day that I | die    | This'll ...|


    Verses 1,2,3,4.

|A chord diagramG+G   |A chord diagramA minorAm  |A chord diagramC majorC    |A chord diagramA minorAm   |A chord diagramE minorEm    |A chord diagramD MajorD    |  %  |A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramD MajorD  |A chord diagramE minorEm   |A chord diagramAm7Am7   |A chord diagramC majorC   |A chord diagramE minorEm    |

|A chord diagramA7A7  |A chord diagramD MajorD   |  %  |A chord diagramE minorEm   |A chord diagramD MajorD     |A chord diagramE minorEm   |A chord diagramD MajorD    |A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramG+G  |A chord diagramA7A7   |A chord diagramC majorC     |A chord diagramD7D7  |A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramD MajorD  |
                                                 _______
                                                | 1.2.3.
                                                       *|
|A chord diagramE minorEm  |A chord diagramA minorAm  |A chord diagramC majorC    |A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramD MajorD |A chord diagramE minorEm    |A chord diagramC majorC    |A chord diagramD7D7   |A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramC majorC  |A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramD7D7 *|
 ______
| 4.

|A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramD MajorD       |A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramC majorC   |A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramD MajorD   |A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramC majorC   |A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramD MajorD   |A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramC majorC   |A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramD MajorD   |
| He was singing | etc.

|A chord diagramE minorEm     |A chord diagramA7A7     |A chord diagramE minorEm     |A chord diagramD7D7     |

    For the 5th verse, play the prologue, adding the chords in (x) in and
substituting a chord for a previousey written one when you see   (A chord diagramC majorC)
                                                                 A chord diagramAm7Am7
(Ie: play a A chord diagramC majorC instaid of, not as well as, the A chord diagramAm7Am7)

Also remember to go back to the slow strumming for the 5th verse.

    Coda

 A chord diagramC majorC                  A chord diagramD7D7           A chord diagramG+G    A chord diagramC majorC     A chord diagramG+G
| This'll be the day that ...|
.

Written out by The Loan Arranger       c9609436@alinga.newcastle.edu.au
20/11/96 (rev 11/97)

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