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The Grave
by Don McLean

Taken from the album "American Pie" by Don McLean
This song isn't too hard to play I think. A chord diagramA augmentedA nice combination of fingerpicking
and strumming. Listen to album "American Pie" otherwise you haven't a chance.
Comments and corrections are always welcome. The lyrics follow after the TAB.

Good luck

Lee Francis


The Grave (Don McLean)


Intro:
                          A chord diagramC majorC                                A chord diagramE7E7
e|-1p0-----------0-------------------------0-------------------------------0--
b|------3-----------3--------------0h1--3-----3-------0-----------------3-----
g|---------2-----------2--------0----------------0h2-----2-----------1--------
A chord diagramD MajorD|------------0--------------2------------------------------------0-----------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|------------------------3------------------------------------2--------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------------------------------------------------0-----------------


Verse:

   When the wars of our nation...              A chord diagramA augmentedA man barely...
   A chord diagramA minorAm                    A chord diagramG+G                     A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramBB        A chord diagramE MajorE
e|--------------------------------3-------------------------------------------
b|----------1--1/3\1-p0--------------0/1\0------------------------------------
g|-------2-----2/4\2-p0--------0-----	0/2\0--2--------0-----------0-----1------
A chord diagramD MajorD|----2---------------------0---------------------2-----------0--------2------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0-------------------------------------------3-----------2------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------3------------------------------------------0---------

   Proud of the trust...      nation.          He's gone.
   A chord diagramA minorAm       A chord diagramG+G        A chord diagramC majorC        A chord diagramE MajorE                     A chord diagramA augmentedA
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------
b|----------------------------------------------------------------------------
g|-------0--------0--------0--------1-----------------------------------------
A chord diagramD MajorD|----2--------0--------2-----------2-----------------------------------------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0-----------------3-----------2------------------0-------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------3-----------------0-----------------------------------------------

   But eternity knows...           And it knows what we've done.
                                                           A chord diagramE7E7
e|------1p0-----0h1-----------------------1-----3----5--------------------0---
b|-----------3----------------------------3-----5----6-----------------3------
g|------------------------------------------------------------------1---------
A chord diagramD MajorD|---------------------------------------------------------------0------------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|------------------------------------------------------------2---------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|---------------------------------------------------------0------------------

[Strumming part begins]

   And the rain fell like pearls on ...
           A chord diagramA minorAm             A chord diagramBm/ABm/A          D?            A chord diagramE7E7
e|---------0--------------0-------------0-------------0-----------------------
b|-strum---1--------------3-------------0-------------3-----------------------
g|---------2--------------4-------------7-------------1------ Repeat this ----
A chord diagramD MajorD|---------2--------------4-------------7-------------0------ sentence 3  ----
A chord diagramA augmentedA|---------0--------------0-------------5-------------2------ times       ----
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------------------------------------------0-----------------------
		.
		.

    As he held to his rifle and ...
          A chord diagramC majorC                     A chord diagramDmDm            A chord diagramE7E7
e|--------0---------------------5-------------0-------------------------------
b|-strum--1---------------------6-------------3-------------------------------
g|--------0---------------------7-------------1-------------------------------
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------2---------------------7-------------0-------------------------------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--------3---------------------5-------------2-------------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------3-----------------------------------0-------------------------------

    But the silence of night     was ....
            A chord diagramDmDm                A chord diagramA minorAm                     Asus2...Am...
e|----------1-----------------0----------------------0--0--0------------------
b|-strum----3-----------------1----------------------0--1--0------------------
g|----------2-----------------2----------------------2--2--2- Repeat this ----
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------0-----------------2----------------------2--2--2- sentence 3  ----
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------------------------0----------------------0--0--0- times       ----
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------------------------------------------------------------------
		.
		.

    In a morgue of marines ...
          A chord diagramC majorC                A chord diagramDmDm             A chord diagramE7E7
e|--------0----------------5--------------0-----------------------------------
b|-strum--1----------------6--------------3-----------------------------------
g|--------0----------------7--------------1-----------------------------------
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------2----------------7--------------0-----------------------------------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--------3----------------5--------------2-----------------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------3-------------------------------0-----------------------------------

       He crouched ever lower, ...
          A chord diagramFF                                  A chord diagramA minorAm
e|--------1----------------------------------0--------------------------------
b|-strum--1----------------------------------1--------------------------------
g|--------2----------------------------------2--------------- Repeat this ----
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------3----------------------------------2--------------- sentence 3  ----
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--------3----------------------------------0--------------- times       ----
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------1-------------------------------------------------------------------
		.
		.

     I'll cover myself - I know I'm not ...
          A chord diagramFF                             A chord diagramE7E7                  A chord diagramC majorC          A chord diagramDmDm
e|--------1-----------------------------0-------------------0-----------------
b|-strum--1-----------------------------3-------------------1----------6------
g|--------2-----------------------------1-------------------0----------7------
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------3-----------------------------0-------------------2----------7------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--------3-----------------------------2-------------------3----------5------
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------1-----------------------------0-------------------3-----------------

     The earth is my grave.
         A chord diagramE7E7
e|-------0--------------------------------------------------------------------
b|-------3--------------------------------------------------------------------
g|-------1--------------------------------------------------------------------
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------0--------------------------------------------------------------------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------2--------------------------------------------------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------0--------------------------------------------------------------------

[Strumming part ends]


Solo:
(Hint: Barre in 5 position, beware of tricky rythme)

          A chord diagramAm7Am7                                    A chord diagramG+G
e|--5--5--5--------------5--7-----5--------5--5--3----------------------------
b|--------------------5-----------------------------------0--1-----0----------
g|-----------------5-----------------5-----------------0--------0-----0h2-----
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------------5--------------5--------------------0--------2-----0----------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-----------7----------------------------------------------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------5-----------------5-----------5-------\3----------------------------

    A chord diagramC majorC
e|--3-----------3--3--5-----3--------------------3--------------0-----0--0----
b|-----------1--------------------6-----6-----6-----6-----6-------------------
g|--------0--------------0-----3-----3--3--3-----------3-----3-----0----------
A chord diagramD MajorD|-----2--------------5-----------------0-------------------------------------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--3-------------------------------------------------------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                                         A chord diagramE7E7
e|--0---------------3-----1-----0--0-------------0-----------------------0----
b|--1------------1-----------------1----3-----------3-----0-----------0-------
g|--2---------2--------2-----2-----2-------2-----------2--1--------1----------
A chord diagramD MajorD|--3------3-----------------------3----------3-----------2-----2-------------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--0---0--------------------------0------------------------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------------------------------------------0----------------

[Repeat 1st verse picking pattern]


Lyrics:

The Grave (Don McLean)

[Without guitar]

	The grave that they dug him had ....


[Intro - guitar]

	When the wars of our nation ....

[Strumming begins]

	And the rain fell like pearls on the ....


[Solo]

	The grave that they dug him had ...

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