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American Pie  Don McLean

A [G]long [D]long [Em7]time ago [Am]I can still re[C]member
how that [Em]music used to make me [D]smile And [G]I knew [D]if I had [Em7]my chance
that [Am]I could make those [C]people dance and [Em]maybe they'd be [C]happy for a [D]while.[Em]
But February [Am]made me shiver [Em]With every paper [Am]I'd deliver
[C]Bad news [G]on the [Am]doorstep I c[C]ouldn't take one [D]more step
I [G]can't re[D]member if I [Em]cried When I [Am7]read about his [D]widowed bride
But [G]something [D]touched me deep [Em]inside The [C]day the [D7]Music [G]Died     [C]    [G]      So

[G]bye [C]bye Miss A[G]merican [D]Pie Drove my [G]chevy to the [C]levy But the [G]levy was [D]dry
And them [G]good old [C]boys were drinking [G]whiskey and [D]rye
Singin' [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die [Em]this'll be the day that I [D7]die.

[G]Did you write the [Am]book of love And do [C]you have faith in [Am]God above?
[Em]  If the Bible [D]tells you so.  Do [G]you be[D]lieve in [Em]Rock 'n Roll?
Can [Am7]music save your [C]mortal soul? And [Em]can you teach me [A7]how to dance [D]real slow?
Well, I [Em]know that you're in [D]love with him 'cause I [Em]saw you dancin' [D]in the gym
You [C]both kicked [G]off your [A7]shoes Man, I [C]dig those rythmny [D7]blues
I was a [G]lonely [D]teenage [Em]broncin' buck With a [Am]pink carnation and a [C]pickup truck.
But [G]I knew [D]I was [Em]out of luck The [C]day the [D7]music [G]died [C]    [G]  I started singin'  
[G]bye [C]bye Miss A[G]merican [D]Pie Drove my [G]chevy to the [C]levy But the [G]levy was [D]dry
And them [G]good old [C]boys were drinking [G]whiskey and [D]rye
Singin' [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die [Em]this'll be the day that I [D7]die.
[G]Now for ten years we've been [Am]on our own And [C]moss grows fat on a [Am]rollin' stone
[Em]  But that's not how it [D]used to be When the [G]jester [D]sang for the [Em]King and Queen
In a [Am7]coat he borrowed [C]from James Dean And a [Em]voice that [A7]came from [D]you and me
Oh, and [Em]while the King was [D]looking down The [Em]jester stole his [D]thorny crown
The [C]courtroom [G]was ad[A7]journed No [C]verdict was re[D7]turned
And while [G]Lennon [D]read a [Em]book of Marx The [Am]court kept practice [C]in the park
And [G]we sang [D]dirges [Em]in the dark The [C]day the [D7]Music [G]Died.[C]    [G]   We were singing
[G]bye [C]bye Miss A[G]merican [D]Pie Drove my [G]chevy to the [C]levy But the [G]levy was [D]dry
And them [G]good old [C]boys were drinking [G]whiskey and [D]rye
Singin' [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die [Em]this'll be the day that I [D7]die.
[G]Helter-Skelter in a [Am]summer [Am]swelter The [C]Byrds flew off with a [Am]fallout shelter
[Em]Eight Miles High and [D]falling fast It [G]landed [D]foul out [Em]on the grass
The [Am7]players tried [C]for a forward pass But the [Em]jester's [A7]on the sidelines [D]in a cast
Now the [Em]half-time air was [D]sweet perfume While the [Em]sargeants played a [D]marching tune
[C]We all [G]got up to [A7]dance But we [C]never got [D7]the chance
'cause the [G]players [D]tried to [Em]take the field The [Am]marching band re[C]fused to yield
[G]Do you [D]recall [Em]what was reveiled the [C]day the [D7]Music [G]Died?[C]      [G]   We stared singing
[G]bye [C]bye Miss A[G]merican [D]Pie Drove my [G]chevy to the [C]levy But the [G]levy was [D]dry
And them [G]good old [C]boys were drinking [G]whiskey and [D]rye
Singin' [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die [Em]this'll be the day that I [D7]die.
[G]Oh, and there we were all [Am]in one place a [C]generation [Am]Lost in Space
[Em]With no time left to [D]start again So come on, [G]Jack be nimble
[Em]Jack be quick Jack [Am7]Flash sat on a [C]candlestick 'cause [Em]fire is the [A7]Devil's only [D]friend
Oh, and [Em]as I watched him [D]on the stage My [Em]hands were clenched in [D]fists of rage
[C]No angel [G]born in [A7]hell Could [C]break that Satan's [D7]spell
And as the [G]flames climbed [D]high in[Em]to the night To [Am]light the sacri[C]fical rite
I saw [G]Satan [D]laughing [Em]with delight The [C]day the [D7]Music [G]Died [C]     [G]    He was singing
[G]bye [C]bye Miss A[G]merican [D]Pie Drove my [G]chevy to the [C]levy But the [G]levy was [D]dry
And them [G]good old [C]boys were drinking [G]whiskey and [D]rye
Singin' [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die [Em]this'll be the day that I [D7]die.
I [G]met a girl who sang the [Am]blues And I [C]asked her for some [Am]happy news
But [Em]she just smiled and turned [D]away I [G]went down to the sacred [D]store
Where I'd [Em]heard the music [Am7]years before But the [Em]man there said the [A7]music woudn't [D]play
And in the [Em]streets the children [D]screamed The [Em]lovers cried, and the poets [D]dreamed
[C]But not a [G]word was [A7]spoken The [C]Church bells all were [D7]broken
And [G]three men I [D]admire most The [Em]Father, [Am]Son and the [C]Holy Ghost
They [G]caught the [D]last train [Em]for the coast The [C]Day the [D7]Music [G]Died.[C]    [G]     And they were singing
[G]bye [C]bye Miss A[G]merican [D]Pie Drove my [G]chevy to the [C]levy But the [G]levy was [D]dry
And them [G]good old [C]boys were drinking [G]whiskey and [D]rye
Singin' [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die [Em]this'll be the day that I [D7]die.
[G]bye [C]bye Miss A[G]merican [D]Pie Drove my [G]chevy to the [C]levy But the [G]levy was [D]dry
And them [G]good old [C]boys were drinking [G]whiskey and [D]rye
Singin' [C]this'll be the [A7] day that I [G]die. [C] [G]

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Quotelawrence (report)

I totally enjoyed it as it is, thanks

rgold711 (report)

also, its "the quartet practiced in the park"

headstock48 (report)

To Jester987, yes, the lyrics read "Lennon" but it's certainly a double reference, both to John Lennon, as you said, and to Vladimir Lennon, who DID read the book of Karl Marx.

headstock48 (report)

Hi. I think the official lyrics DO read "Lennon." However, perhaps McLean was making a play on words. He was obviously pairing Lenin and Marx, but like many of his lyrics, they are cryptic and/or filled with double meaning.

scosio (report)

re: The Verses go G to G/F# then...


It actually sounds better if you go G to D/F# then... as D and F# complement each other.

As well as C to G/B to Am.

DMV523 (report)

Sorry I could never spell to well

Meltah (report)

The Verses go G to G/F# than Em Am C Em D After playing that twice you play Em Am Em Am G G/F# Em Am D G to G/F# than Em Am C G/F# Em Am D Than to the chorus.

lukebass (report)

O well. Can't make everyone happy. :)

jester987 (report)

Re: Lenin/Lennon...
It's Lennon, as in John Lennon, as in the former Beatle who turned communist as is evident in the song 'Imagine', and who subsequently got a bullet in his head for the effort.

Furthermore, American Pie is about the feeling of a whole generation, you know, around the fifties and sixties... In that sense, a single line about a Russian dictator who died at the end of World War II doesn't make much sense.

lukebass (report)

Should be all set now. Happy Playing! :)

tkb94 (report)

http://www.russell-lawson.com/music/chordpro/DonMcLean_AmericanPie.cpm

needs all the verses

64.6.6.13

tantumonium (report)

No more scrolling for the Chorus, and the "Lenin" line is fixed as well. Enjoy!

pomroy (report)

http://www.russell-lawson.com/music/chordpro/DonMcLean_AmericanPie.cpm

Keep having to scroll up and down the page to find the chorus.

72.139.56.116

bonedaddy (report)

great song, not too hard to play but it is "lenin read a book on marx, the quartet practised in the park"

jackshadbolt (report)

surely its Lenin as in V.I Lenin not John Lennon who read a book on Marx see 4th verse. ta, Jack

netzcoyote (report)

As described ba Jamie Humphries on LickLibrary