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AMERICAN PIE. EASY  Don McLean



[Am]I can still rem[C]ember how that [Em]music used to make me s[D]mile.__
. G D Em Am C
And I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance
. Em C D
and maybe they'd by happy for a while.
[Em]But February m[Am]ade me shiver w[Em]ith every paper [Am]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]Something to[D]uched me d[Em]eep inside the d[C]ay_ the [D7]music  di[G]ed._[C]___[G]_
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Chorus:
. G C G D G C
. So bye-bye, Miss American Pie.Drove my Chevy to the levee but the
. G D G C G D
. levee was dry, them good ole boys were drinkin' whiskey and Rye, singing
. Em A7 Em D7
. this'll be the day that I die, This'll be the day that I die.__
verse:
G Am, C Am
Did you write the book of love and do you have faith in God above?__
. Em D G D Em
If the Bible tells you so__ Now do you believe in rock and roll?
. Am C Em A7 D7
Can music save your mortal soul? and can you teach me how to dance_ real slow?
. Em Am Em Am
Well I know that you're in love with him 'cause I saw you dancing in the gym,
_ C G A7 C D7
You both kicked off your shoes, Man I dig those rhythm and blues!
. G D Em Am C
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck, with a pink carnation and a pick-up truck.
. G D Em C D7 G C G
But I knew I was out of luck the day, the music died.___
[G]I started si[D7]nging....     (chorus)
.
. G Am, C Am
Now for ten years, we've been on our own and moss grows fat on a rolling stone,
[Em]But that's not how it used to [D]be.Cause when the je[G]ster s[D]ang for the K[Em]ing &
Queen
. Am C Em A7 D7
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean and a voice that came from you and me__
. Em Am Em Am
Oh and while the king was looking down the jester stole his thorny crown
_ C G A7 C D7
the court room was adjourned no verdict was returned.
. G D Em Am C
And while Lennon read a book on Marx the quartet practiced in the park
[G]and we sang d[D]irges [Em]in the dark the [C]day__    the [D7]music  d[G]ied[C]__[G]
[G]I started si[D7]ngin'      (chorus)
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Chord fingering chart:
. E A D G B E E A D G B E E A D G B E
A 0 0 2 2 2 0 Am7 0 0 2 0 1 0 D7 x x 0 2 1 2
Am 0 0 2 2 1 0 C x 3 2 0 1 0 Em 0 2 2 0 0 0
A7 0 0 2 0 2 0 D x x 0 2 3 2 G 3 2 0 0 0 3
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Chorus:
. G C G D G C
. So bye-bye, Miss American Pie.Drove my Chevy to the levee but the
. G D G C G D
. levee was dry, them good ole boys were drinkin' whiskey and Rye, singing
. Em A7 Em D7
. this'll be the day that I die, This'll be the day that I die.__
.
G Am, C Am
Helter skelter in the summer swelter_ the birds flew off with a fallout shelter
[Em]Eight miles high and falling [D]fast__  it l[G]anded foul [D]on the g[Em]rass
. Am C Em A7 D7
The players tried for a forward pass with the jester on the sidelines in a cast_
. Em Am Em Am
The half time air was sweet perfume while the seargeants played a marching tune
_ C G A7 C D7
we all got up to dance___ but we never got the chance. 'Cause
. G D Em Am C
the players tried to take the field, but 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.
[G]I started [D7]singin'      (chorus)
.
. G Am, C Am
And there we were all in one place, A generation lost in space.
. Em D G D Em
With no time left, to start again. So come on, Jack be nimble, jack be quick,
[Am]Jack flash sat on a [C]candlestick.   'Cause [Em]fire is the [A7]devil's only f[D7]riend.
. Em Am Em Am
And as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in fists of rage.
. C G A7 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 sacrificial rite
[G]I_ saw [D]Satan laughing [Em]with delight,  the [C]day the m[D7]usic di[G]ed.[C] [G]
[G]we were sin[D7]gin'     (chorus)
.
. G D Em
I met a girl who sang the blues so
. Am C Em D
I asked her for some happy news but she just smiled__ and turned away.
. G D Em Am C
I went down to the sacred store. Where I heard the music years before.__
. Em C D
But the man there said the music wouldn't play.__ And
[Em]in the streets the c[Am]hildren screamed, the [Em]lovers cried and the [Am]poets dreamed.
. C G Am C D
But not a word was spoken.__ The church__ bells_ all_ were_ broken.
. G D Em Am7 D
And the three men I admire most: the father, Son and the Holy Ghost__
. G D Em C D7 G C G
They caught the last train for the coast the day, the music died.
[G]And they were [D7]singing:(chorus twice, ending: t[C]his'll be the [D7]day that I [G]di[C]e)[G]
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Chord fingering chart:
. E A D G B E E A D G B E E A D G B E
A 0 0 2 2 2 0 Am7 0 0 2 0 1 0 D7 x x 0 2 1 2
Am 0 0 2 2 1 0 C x 3 2 0 1 0 Em 0 2 2 0 0 0
A7 0 0 2 0 2 0 D x x 0 2 3 2 G 3 2 0 0 0 3
.
Are there a lot of chord changes or what?
(some people play this song with the intro and the end having the same
chords. If you figure it out, could you send me a copy?
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SIMP format:. If you also need chords with every verse and like the printout
for this song, check out the following "But I Might Die Tonight" post.
I have a fair number of other songs in this format and am interested in
exchanging them.
Most wanted:
Old Cheap Trick hits, and Cat Stevens from "Harold and Maude"
.
. . Hope you enjoy the song!
.
.
Humor break:
A- "The Education President"
B- "No New Taxes"
C- "The Environmental" (that's a good one) "President"
. Hmmm, batting three for three.
Read my lips: Somebody will SAY ANYTHING to get elected.
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. "Happiness is a learned condition" --Tom Robbins
.
. Sennet@OCF.berkeley.EDU

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musicalfox68 (report)

ace pal total ace

Dalixam (report)

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Very poor setup

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zwlehman (report)

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the chords are all bunched up in the beginning of the line and are very hard to figure out where to go

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most of the chords are coming up as text

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It's completely out of order and indecipherible.

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mentalsandcastles (report)

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I don't know if its Chordie or the original material, but the chord letters are in the wrong spot except for 2 lines... They're all bunched together at the beginning of the line

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