American Pie

Don McLean

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

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 bye bye Miss American Pie Drove my chevy to the levy But the levy was dry
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And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
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Singin' this'll be the day that I die this'll be the day that I die.

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 Did you write the book of love And do you have faith in God above?
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   If the Bible tells you so.  Do you believe in Rock 'n Roll?
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Can music save your mortal soul? And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
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Well, I know that you're in love with him 'cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
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You both kicked off your shoes Man, I dig those rythmny blues
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I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck With a pink carnation and a pickup truck.
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But I knew I was out of luck The day the music died       I started singin'  

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 bye bye Miss American Pie Drove my chevy to the levy But the levy was dry
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And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
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Singin' this'll be the day that I die this'll be the day that I die.

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 Now for ten years we've been on our own And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone
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   But that's not how it used to be When the jester sang for the King and Queen
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In a coat he borrowed from James Dean And a voice that came from you and me
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Oh, and while the King was looking down The jester stole his thorny crown
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The courtroom was adjourned No verdict was returned
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And while Lennon read a book of Marx The court kept practice in the park
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And we sang dirges in the dark The day the Music Died.       We were singing

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 bye bye Miss American Pie Drove my chevy to the levy But the levy was dry
 GCGD
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
 EmA7EmD7
Singin' this'll be the day that I die this'll be the day that I die.

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 Helter-Skelter in a summer swelter The Byrds flew off with a fallout shelter
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 Eight Miles High and falling fast It landed foul out on the grass
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The players tried for a forward pass But the jester's on the sidelines in a cast
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Now the half-time air was sweet perfume While the sargeants played a marching tune
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 We all got up to dance But we never got the chance
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'cause the players tried to take the field The marching band refused to yield
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 Do you recall what was reveiled the day the Music Died?         We stared singing

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 bye bye Miss American Pie Drove my chevy to the levy But the levy was dry
 GCGD
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
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Singin' this'll be the day that I die this'll be the day that I die.

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 Oh, and there we were all in one place a generation Lost in Space
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 With no time left to start again So come on, Jack be nimble
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 Jack be quick Jack Flash sat on a candlestick 'cause fire is the Devil's only friend
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Oh, and as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists of rage
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 No angel born in hell Could break that Satan's spell
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And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrifical rite
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I saw Satan laughing with delight The day the Music Died          He was singing

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 bye bye Miss American Pie Drove my chevy to the levy But the levy was dry
 GCGD
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
 EmA7EmD7
Singin' this'll be the day that I die this'll be the day that I die.

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met a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news
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But she just smiled and turned away I went down to the sacred store
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Where I'd heard the music years before But the man there said the music woudn't play
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And in the streets the children screamed The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
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 But not a word was spoken The Church bells all were broken
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And three men I admire most The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
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They caught the last train for the coast The Day the Music Died.         And they were singing

 GCGDGCGD
 bye bye Miss American Pie Drove my chevy to the levy But the levy was dry
 GCGD
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
 EmA7EmD7
Singin' this'll be the day that I die this'll be the day that I die.

 GCGDGCGD
 bye bye Miss American Pie Drove my chevy to the levy But the levy was dry
 GCGD
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
 CA7GCG
Singin' this'll be the  day that I die.   



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netzcoyote (report comment to admin):
As described ba Jamie Humphries on LickLibrary
jackshadbolt (report comment to admin):
surely its Lenin as in V.I Lenin not John Lennon who read a book on Marx see 4th verse. ta, Jack
bonedaddy (report comment to admin):
great song, not too hard to play but it is "lenin read a book on marx, the quartet practised in the park"
pomroy (report comment to admin):
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
tantumonium (report comment to admin):
No more scrolling for the Chorus, and the "Lenin" line is fixed as well. Enjoy!
tkb94 (report comment to admin):
http://www.russell-lawson.com/music/chordpro/DonMcLean_AmericanPie.cpm

needs all the verses

64.6.6.13
lukebass (report comment to admin):
Should be all set now. Happy Playing! :)
jester987 (report comment to admin):
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 comment to admin):
O well. Can't make everyone happy. :)
Meltah (report comment to admin):
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.
DMV523 (report comment to admin):
Sorry I could never spell to well
scosio (report comment to admin):
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.
headstock48 (report comment to admin):
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.
headstock48 (report comment to admin):
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. 
rgold711 (report comment to admin):
also, its "the quartet practiced in the park"
Quotelawrence (report comment to admin):
I totally enjoyed it as it is, thanks