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American Pie

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By: Don McLean, 1971[1][2]


G D Em7 Am C Em D
A long long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
G D Em7 Am C
And I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance
Em C D
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
 
Em Am Em Am
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
C G Am C D
bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
G D Em Am7 D
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
G D Em C D7 G
But something touched me deep inside The day the music died
 
Chorus
G C G D G C G D
Bye bye Miss American Pie drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
G C G D
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Em Am Em D7
Singing this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die
 
G Am C Am
Did you write the book of love and do you have faith in God above?
Em D
If the Bible tells you so
G D Em Am7 C
Do you believe in Rock 'n Roll? Can music save your mortal soul?
Em A7 D
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
 
Em D Em D
Well, I know that you're in love with him cause I saw you dancing in the gym
C G D C G D7
You both kicked off your shoes, Man I dig those rhythm and blues
G D Em Am C
I was a lonely teenage broncing buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck
G D Em C D7 G C G
But I knew I was out of luck The day the music died
D7
I started singing
 
Chorus
 
G Am C Am
Now for ten years we've been on our own And moss grows fat on a rolling stone
Em D
But that's not how it used to be
D G D Em Am7 C
When the jester sang for the King and Queen in a coat he borrowed from James Dean
Em A7 D D
And a voice that came from you and me
 
Em D Em D
Oh, and while the King was looking down the jester stole his thorny crown
C G D C D7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
G D Em Am C
And while Lennon read a book of Marx the court kept practice in the park
G D Em C D7 G C G
And we sang dirges in the dark the day the Music Died.
D7
We were singing
 
Chorus
 
G Am C Am
Helter-Skelter in a summer swelter The Byrds flew off with a fallout shelter
Em D
Eight Miles High and falling fast
G D Em Am7 C
It landed foul out on the grass, the players tried for a forward pass
Em A7 D D
But the jester's on the sidelines in a cast
 
Em D Em D C
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume while the sergeants played a marching tune
G D C D7 G D Em
We all got up to dance but we never got the chance cause the players tried to take the field
Am C
The marching band refused to yield
G D Em C D7 G C G
Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?
D7
We started singing
 
Chorus
 
G Am C Am
Oh, and there we were all in one place A generation Lost in space
Em D
With no time left to start again
G Em Am7 C
So come on, Jack be nimble Jack be quick Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
Em A7 D
Cause fire is the Devil's only friend
 
Em D Em D C
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in fists of rage
G D C D7
No angel born in hell Could break that Satan's spell
G D Em Am C
And as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrifical rite
G D Em C D7 G C G
I saw Satan laughing with delight The day the music died
D7
He was singing
 
Chorus
 
G D Em Am C
I met a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news but
Em D
she just smiled and turned away
G D Em7 Am C
I went down to the sacred store where I'd heard the music years before
Em A7 D
But the man there said the music wouldn't play
 
Em Am Em Am
And in the streets the children screamed The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
C G Am C D7
but not a word was spoken The Church bells all were broken
G D Em Am7 C
And three men I admire most The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
G D Em C D7 G C
They caught the last train for the coast The Day the music died
D7
And they were singing
 
Chorus

Created 2009 Nov 10 00:42

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