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American Pie

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1* - strum once
2
3[Verse 1]
4
5 G D/F# Em7
6A long, long time ago,
7Am C Em D
8I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
9 G D/F# Em7
10And I knew if I had my chance,
11 Am C Em C D
12That I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while
13 Em Am Em Am
14But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
15C G/B Am C D
16Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
17 G D/F# Em Am7 D
18I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
19G D/F# Em
20Something touched me deep inside
21 C D7 G
22The day the music died
23
24
25[Chorus]
26
27 G C G D
28So bye, bye Miss American Pie
29 G C G D
30Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
31 G C G D
32And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
33 Em* A7* Em* D7
34Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
35
36
37[Verse 2]
38
39G Am
40Did you write the book of love
41 C Am Em D
42And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
43G D/F# Em
44Do you believe in rock and roll
45 Am7 C Em A7 D
46Can music save your mortal soul and can you teach me how to dance real slow?
47 Em* D* Em* D*
48Well I know that you're in love with him 'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
49 C G/B A7 C D7
50You both kicked off your shoes, man I dig those rhythm and blues
51 G D/F# Em Am C
52I was a lonely teenage bronckin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck
53 G D/F# Em C D7 G C G
54But I knew I was out of luck the day the music died, I started singin'
55
56
57[Chorus]
58
59G C G D
60Bye, bye Miss American Pie
61 G C G D
62Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
63 G C G D
64And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
65 Em* A7* Em* D7
66Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
67
68
69[Verse 3]
70
71 G Am
72Now for ten years we've been on our own,
73 C Am Em D
74and moss grows fat on a rolling stone but that's not how it used to be
75 G D/F# Em
76When the jester sang for the king and queen
77 Am7 C Em A7 D
78in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in a voice that came from you and me
79 Em* D* Em* D*
80Oh, and while the king was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown
81 C G/B A7 C D7
82The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
83 G D/F# Em Am C
84And while Lennon read a book on Marx, the quartet practiced in the park
85 G D/F# Em C D7 G C G
86And we sang dirges in the dark the day the music died, we were singin'
87
88
89[Chorus]
90
91G C G D
92Bye, bye Miss American Pie
93 G C G D
94Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
95 G C G D
96And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
97 Em* A7* Em* D7
98Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
99
100
101[Verse 4]
102
103G Am
104Helter skelter in a summer swelter
105C Am Em D
106the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, eight miles high and fallin' fast
107 G D/F# Em
108It landed foul on the grass
109 Am7 C Em A7 D
110the players tried for a forward pass, with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
111 Em* D* Em* D*
112Now the half-time air was sweet perfume, while sergeants played a marching tune
113C G/B A7 C D7
114We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
115 G D/F# Em Am Cm
116'Cuz the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield
117 G D/F# Em C D7 G C G
118Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died, we started singin'
119
120
121[Chorus]
122
123G C G D
124Bye, bye Miss American Pie
125 G C G D
126Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
127 G C G D
128And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
129 Em* A7* Em* D7
130Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
131
132
133[Verse 5]
134
135 G Am
136And there we were all in one place,
137 C Am Em D
138a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
139 G D/F# Em Am7 C
140So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candle
141 Em A7 D
142stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
143 Em* D* Em* D*
144And as I watched him on the stage, my hands were clenched in fists of rage
145 C G/B A7 C D7
146No angel born in Hell could break that Satan's spell
147 G D/F# Em Am C
148And as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite
149 G D/F# Em C D7 G C G
150I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died, he was singin'
151
152
153[Chorus]
154
155G C G D
156Bye, bye Miss American Pie
157 G C G D
158Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
159 G C G D
160And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
161 Em* A7* Em* D7
162Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
163
164
165[Verse 6]
166
167 G D/F# Em
168I met a girl who sang the blues
169 Am C Em D
170And I asked her for some happy news, but she just smiled and turned away
171 G D/F# Em
172I went down to the sacred store
173 Am C Em C
174Where I'd heard the music years before, but the man there said the music
175 D
176wouldn't play
177 Em* Am* Em* Am*
178But in the streets the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
179 C G/B Am C D
180But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken
181 G D/F# Em Am7 C D7
182And the three men I admire most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
183G D/F# Em C D7 G
184They caught the last train for the coast the day the music died,
185N.C.
186And they were singin'
187
188
189[Chorus]
190
191G C G D
192Bye, bye Miss American Pie
193 G C G D
194Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
195 G C G D
196And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
197 Em* A7* Em* D7
198Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
199 G C G D
200They were singin' bye, bye Miss American Pie
201 G C G D
202Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
203 G C G D
204And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
205 C D7 G C G
206Singin' this will be the day that I die.
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