American Pie chords
Don McLean

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Verse 1
A Glong, Dlong timEm7e ago
AmI can still reCmember how that musEmic used to make me sDmile
And GI knew Dif I haEm7d my chance
That AmI could make those Cpeople dance
And Emmaybe they'd be Chappy for a wDhile
But EmFebruary Ammade me shiver, Emwith every paper I'Amd deliver
CBad news Gon the Amdoorstep, I couCldn't take one more stDep
I Gcan't rememDber if I Emcried
When I Am7read about his Dwidowed bride
GSomething Dtouched me Emdeep inside
The Cday theD7 music dGied
Chorus
So Gbye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye
Singin' Emthis will be the day that I A7die
TEmhis will be the day that I dD7ie
Verse 2
GDid you write the Ambook of love
And do Cyou have faith in AmGod above
EmIf the bible Dtells you so?
GDo you Dbelieve in rEmock and roll
Can Am7music save yourC mortal soul
I saw GSatan Dlaughing D7with delight the dGay the mEmusic dCiedC
AnEmd can you teach me A7how to dance Dreal slow?
Well I Emknow that you're in lDove with him
Cuz I sEmaw you dancin' iDn the gym
You Cboth kicked Goff your Amshoes
Man I Cdig those rhythm and D7blues
I was a Glonely Dteenage bEmronckin' buck
With a Ampink carnation and a Cpickup truck
But GI knewD I was oEmut of luck the dCay the mD7usic dGiedC
GI started Dsingin'
Chorus
GBye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
Singin' Emthis will be the day that I A7die
TEmhis will be the day that I dD7ie
Verse 3
Now for tGen years we've been Amon our own
And moCss grows fat on a roAmlling stone
EmBut that's not how it uDsed to be
When the jGester Dsang for the kinEmg and queen
In a Am7coat he borrowed frCom James Dean
In a vEmoice that came A7from you andD me
Oh, and wEmhile the king was loDoking down
The jEmester stole his thorDny crown
The cCourtroom Gwas adA7journed, Cno verdict was reD7turned
And while GLennin reaDd a boEmok on Marx
And them Ggood old Dboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Crye
TheAm quartet pracCticed in the park
And Gwe sang Ddirges Emin the dark the dCay the mD7usic dGiedC
GWe were sDingin'
Chorus
GBye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye
Singin' Emthis will be the day that I A7die
TEmhis will be the day that I dD7ie
Verse 4
GHelter skelter in a Amsummer swelter
CThe birds flew off withAm a fallout shelter
EmEight miles high and faDllin' fast
GBye, Dbye Miss GAmerican CPie
It lanGded Dfoul oEmn the grass
The plAm7ayers tried for a fCorward pass
EmWith the jester on the sidelineA7s in a Dcast
Now the hEmalf-time air was sDweet perfume
While Emsergeants played a mDarching tune
CWe all got Gup to danA7ce, but Cwe never got the chD7ance
Cuz the Gplayers tDried to tEmake the field
AmThe marching band reCmfused to yCield
GDo you recDall what wEmas revealed the dCay the mD7usic dGiedC
GWe started sDingin'
Chorus
GBye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye
Singin' Emthis will be the day that I A7die
Well I Emknow that you're in lDove with him
TEmhis will be the day that I dD7ie
Verse 5
And tGhere we were all Amin one place
A geCneration Amlost in spaceEm with no time left toD start again
So come on JGack be DnimbleEm, Jack be quick
Am7Jack Flash sat on a Ccandle stick,
It lanDded Gfoul oEmn the grass
EmCuz fire is the devilA7's only friend D
And aEms I watched him oDn the stage
My hEmands were clenched in fDists of rage
No Cangel bGorn in A7Hell could Cbreak that Satan's D7spell
And as the Gflames climbeDd high intEmo the night
To Amlight the sacrifCicial rite
I saw GSatan Dlaughing Emwith delight the dCay the mD7usic dGiedC
GHe was sDingin'
Chorus
GBye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye
And Gwe sang Ddirges D7in the dark the dCay the mEmusic dGiedC
Singin' Emthis will be the day that I A7die
TEmhis will be the day that I dD7ie
Verse 6
I Gmet aD girl who sEmang the blues
And I Amasked her for some Chappy news
But Emshe just smiled and turnDed away
I Gwent dowDn to the sEmacred store
Where IAm'd heard the musCic years before
But tEmhe man there said tChe music wDouldn't play
But Emin the streets the Amchildren screamed
The Emlovers cried and the Ampoets dreamed
But Cnot a Gword was Amspoken, the Cchurch bells all were Dbroken
And the Gthree meDn I admEmire most
Drove my DChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Gdry
The Am7Father, CSon, and the HD7oly Ghost
GThey caught thDe last train fEmor the coast
The Cday the D7music Gdied
And they were singin'
Chorus
GBye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye
Singin' Emthis will be the day that I A7die
TEmhis will be the day that I dD7ie
But Emshe just smiled and turnDed away
They were singin' Gbye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie
Drove my GChevy to the Clevee but the Glevee was Ddry
And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye
Singin' Cthis will be the D7day that I Gdie C G
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