Don McLean - American Pie Lyrics and Chords

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G0 D1 Em72 1a long, long time ago,
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Am3 C4 Em5 D6 3I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
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G7 D8 Em79 5And I know if I had my chance,
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Am10 C11 Em12 C13 D14 7That I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while
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Em15 Am16 Em17 Am18 9But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
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C19 G20 Am21 C22 D23 11Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
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G24 D25 Em26 Am727 D28 13I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
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G29 D30 Em31 15Something touched me deep inside
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C32 D733 G34 C35 G36 17The day the music died
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G37 C38 G39 D40 19So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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G41 C42 G43 D44 21Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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G45 C46 G47 D48 23And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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Em49 A750 Em51 D752 25Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
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G53 Am54 27Did you write the book of love
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C55 Am56 Em57 D58 29And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
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G59 D60 Em61 31Do you believe in rock and roll
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Am762 C63 Em64 A765 D66 33Can music save your mortal soul and can you teach me how to dance real slow?
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Em67 D68 Em69 D70 35Well I know that you're in love with him 'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
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C71 G72 A773 C74 D775 37You both kicked off your shoes, man I dig those rhythm and blues
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G76 D77 Em78 Am79 C80 39I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck
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G81 D82 Em83 C84 D785 G86 C87 G88 41But I knew I was out of luck the day the music died, I started singin'
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G89 C90 G91 D92 43So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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G93 C94 G95 D96 45Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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G97 C98 G99 D100 47And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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Em101 A7102 Em103 D7104 49Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
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G105 Am106 51Now for ten years we've been on our own,
C107 Am108 Em109 D110 52and moss grows fat on a rolling stone but that's not how it used to be
G111 D112 Em113 53When the jester sang for the king and queen
Am7114 C115 Em116 A7117 D118 54in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in a voice that came from you and me
Em119 D120 Em121 D122 55And while the king was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown
C123 G124 A7125 C126 D7127 56The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
G128 D129 Em130 Am131 C132 57And while Lenin read a book on Marx, the quartet practiced in the park
G133 D134 Em135 C136 D7137 G138 C139 G140 58And we sang dirges in the dark the day the music died, we were singin'
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G141 C142 G143 D144 60So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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G145 C146 G147 D148 62Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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G149 C150 G151 D152 64And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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Em153 A7154 Em155 D7156 66Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
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G157 Am158 68Helter skelter in a summer swelter
C159 Am160 Em161 D162 69the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, eight miles high and fallin' fast
G163 D164 Em165 70It landed foul on the grass
Am7166 C167 Em168 A7169 D170 71the players tried for a forward pass, with the jester on the sidelines in
A171 cast Em172 D173 Em174 D175 72Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, while sergeants played a marching
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C176 G177 A7178 C179 D7180 74We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
G181 D182 Em183 Am184 C185 75'Cuz the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield
G186 D187 Em188 C189 D7190 G191 C192 G193 76Do you recall what was the feel the day the music died, we started singin'
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G194 C195 G196 D197 78So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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G198 C199 G200 D201 80Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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G202 C203 G204 D205 82And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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Em206 A7207 Em208 D7209 84Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
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G210 Am211 86And there we were all in one place,
C212 Am213 Em214 D215 87a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
G216 D217 Em218 Am7219 C220 88So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candle
Em221 A7222 D223 89stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
Em224 D225 Em226 D227 90And as I watched him on the stage, my hands were clenched in fists of rage
C228 G229 A7230 C231 D7232 91No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
G233 D234 Em235 Am236 C237 92And as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite
G238 D239 Em240 C241 D7242 G243 C244 G245 93I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died, he was singin'
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G246 C247 G248 D249 95So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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G250 C251 G252 D253 97Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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G254 C255 G256 D257 99And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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Em258 A7259 Em260 D7261 101Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
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G262 D263 Em264 103I met a girl who sang the blues
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Am265 C266 Em267 D268 105And I asked her for some happy news, but she just smiled and turned away
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G269 D270 Em271 107I went down to the sacred store
Am272 C273 Em274 C275 108Where I'd heard the music years before, but the man there said the music
D276 109wouldn't play
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Em277 Am278 Em279 Am280 111But in the streets the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets
112dreamed
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C281 G282 Am283 C284 D285 114But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken
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G286 D287 Em288 Am7289 C290 D7291 116And the three men I admire most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
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G292 D293 Em294 Am7295 D7296 G297 118They caught the last train for the coast the day the music died,
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D7298 120And they were singin'
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G299 C300 G301 D302 122So bye, bye Miss American Pie
G303 C304 G305 D306 123Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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G307 C308 G309 D310 125And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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C311 D7312 G313 C314 G315 127Singin' this will be the day that I die.

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