American Pie
Don McLean (1971)



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A [C↓] long [G↓] long [Am7↓] time ago...
[Dm↓] I can still re- [F↓]member
How that [Am↓] music used to make me [G↓] smile
And [C↓] I knew [G↓] if I had [Am7↓] my chance
That [Dm↓] I could make those [F↓] people dance
And [Am↓] maybe they'd be [F↓] happy for a [G↓] while

[Am] But February [Dm] made me shiver
[Am] With every paper [Dm] I'd deliver
[F] Bad news [C] on the [Dm] doorstep;
I [F] couldn't take one [G] more step

I [C] can't re- [G] member if I [Am] cried
When I [Dm7] read about his [G] widowed bride,
But [C] something [G] touched me [Am] deep inside
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died [F]     [C], so...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C] merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

Strumming Picks Up
[C] Did you write the [Dm] book of love
And do [F] you have faith in [Dm] God above?
[Am] If the Bible [G] tells you so [G]
Do [C] you be- [G] lieve in [Am] Rock 'n Roll?  
Can [Dm7] music save your [F] mortal soul?
And [Am] can you teach me [D7] how to dance [G] real slow?

Well, I [Am] know that you're in [G] love with him
'cause I [Am] saw you dancin' [G] in the gym
You [F] both kicked [C] off your [G] shoes,
Man, I [F] dig those [C] rhythm and [G7] blues  

I was a [C] lonely [G] teenage [Am] broncin' buck
With a [Dm] pink carnation and a [F] pickup truck
But [C] I knew [G] I was [Am] out of luck
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died [F]      [C]
I started [G7] singin' ....

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C] merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

Now for [C] ten years we've been [Dm] on our own
And [F] moss grows fat on a [Dm] rollin' stone,
[Am]  But that's not how it [G] used to be [G]
When the [C] jester [G] sang for the [Am] King and Queen,
In a [Dm7] coat he borrowed [F] from James Dean
And a [Am] voice that [D7] came from you and [G] me [G]
  
Oh, and [Am] while the King was [G] looking down,
The [Am] jester stole his [G] thorny crown,
The [F] courtroom [C] was ad- [G] journed;
No [F] verdict was re- [G7]turned,
And while [C] Lennon [G] read a [Am] book of Marx,
The [Dm] court kept practice [F] in the park,  
And [C] we sang [G] dirges [Am] in the dark
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died [F]... [C]...We were [G7] singin'...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

[C] Helter-Skelter [Dm] in the summer swelter,
The [F] Byrds flew off with a [Dm] fallout shelter,
[Am] Eight Miles High and [G] falling fast [G]
It [C] landed [G] foul out [Am] on the grass,
The [Dm7] players tried for a [F] forward pass,
With the [Am] jester on the [D7] sidelines in a [G] cast [G]

Now the [Am] half-time air was [G] sweet perfume
While the [Am] sergeants played a [G] marching tune,
[F] We all got [C] up to [G] dance,
But we [F] never got the [G7] chance!
'Cause the [C] players [G] tried to [Am] take the field;
The [Dm] marching band re- [F]fused to yield,
Do [C] you re- [G]call what [Am] was revealed,
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died? [F]      [C]
We started [G7] singin' ...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

Oh, and [C] there we were all [Dm] in one place,
[F] A generation [Dm] Lost in Space
With [Am] no time left to [G] start again. [G]
So come on: [C] Jack be nimble, [Am] Jack be quick!
[Dm7] Jack Flash sat on a [F] candlestick
'Cause [Am] fire is the [D7] Devil's only [G] friend

Oh, and [Am] as I watched him [G] on the stage
My [Am] hands were clenched in [G] fists of rage,
[F] No angel [C] born in [G] hell
Could [F] break that Satan's [G7] spell,
And as the [C] flames climbed [G] high in- [Am] to the night
[Dm] To light the sacri- [F]ficial rite,
I saw [C] Satan [G] laughing [Am] with delight
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died [F] [C]... He was [G7] singin' ...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

I [C↓] met a [G↓] girl who sang the [Am↓] blues
And I [Dm↓] asked her for some [F↓] happy news,
But [Am↓] she just smiled and turned [G↓] away,
I [C↓] went down [G↓] to the sacred [Am7↓] store
Where I'd [Dm↓] heard the music [F↓] years before,
But the [Am↓] man there said the [D7↓] music wouldn't [G↓] play

[Am] And in the streets children screamed,
The [Am] lovers cried, and the [Dm] poets dreamed  
But [F] not a [C] word was [Dm] spoken;
The [F] church bells all were [G7] broken,
And the [C] three men [G] I ad- [Am]mire most:
The [Dm7] Father, Son and the [F] Holy Ghost,
Why, they [C] caught the [G] last train [Am] for the coast
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died... And they were singing...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

They were singing
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy, but the [C] levy was [G] dry,
And [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye
Singin' [F] this'll be the [G] day that I [C↓] die [F↓] [C↓]


#Last Updated 7/6/17 JJ
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