Don Mclean – American Pie Live chords

Chords
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Song:   American Pie (Live).
Artist: Don McLean
Album:  American Pie (1971).
Tempo:  Allegro.
Time:   4/4
Tabbed: rikigo
URL's:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr-BYVeCv6U;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_McLean
Tuning: Standard.

Chords:
                EADGBe
G       ===     320003
D/F#    ===     200232
Em7     ===     020000
Am      ===     X02210
C       ===     332010
Em      ===     022000
D       ===     XX0232
Dsus4   ===     XX0233
Dsus2   ===     XX0230
G/B     ===     X20003
Am7     ===     X02010
D7      ===     XX0212
A7      ===     X02020


Intro (Sung with Piano only):
NC G D/F# Em7A long, long time ago,
Am C Em D Dsus4 D Dsus2 D I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.
G D/F# Em7And I knew if I had my chance,
Am C That I could make those people dance,
Em C D Dsus4 D Dsus2 DAnd maybe they'd be happy for a while.
Em Am Em AmBut February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver.
C G/B Am C DBad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step.
G D/F# Em Am7 DI can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride,
G D EmSomething touched me deep inside.
C D7 G C The day the music died.
"Sing it for us, loud and clear" Chorus 1:
G C G DSo bye, bye Miss American Pie,
G C G DDrove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.
G C G D/F#And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye,
Em A7 Singin' "This will be the day that I die,
Em D7This will be the day that I die."
Verse 1:
G Am Did you write the book of love,
C Am And do you have faith in God above,
Em DIf the Bible tells you so?
G D/F# EmNow do you believe in rock and roll?
Am7 C Can music save your mortal soul?
Em A7 D D7And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
Em D Well I know that you're in love with him,
Em D'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym.
C G A7 C D7You both kicked off your shoes, man I dig those rhythm and blues.
G D/F# Em Am CI was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck.
G D/F# Em C D7 G C G D7But I knew I was out of luck the day the music died, I started singing'...
Chorus 2:
G C G DSo bye, bye Miss American Pie.
G C G DDrove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.
G C G DAnd them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye.
Em A7 Singin' "This will be the day that I die,
Em D7This will be the day that I die."
Verse 2:
G Am Now for ten years we've been on our own,
C Am And moss grows fat on a rolling stone,
Em DBut that's not how it used to be.
G D EmWhen the jester sang for the king and queen.
Am7 C Em A7 Din a coat he borrowed from James Dean, in a voice that came from you and me.
Em D Em DAnd while the king was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown.
C G A7 C D7The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned.
G D Em Am CAnd while Lenin read a book on Marx, the quartet practiced in the park.
G D Em C D7 G C G D7And we sang dirges in the dark, the day the music died, we were singing'...
Chorus 3:
G C G DSo bye, bye Miss American Pie,
G C G DDrove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.
G C G DAnd them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye.
Em A7 Singin' "This will be the day that I die,
Em D7This will be the day that I die."
Verse 3:
G AmHelter skelter in a summer swelter,
C Am The birds flew off with a fallout shelter,
Em DEight miles high and fallin' fast.
G D EmIt landed foul on the grass,
Am7 C Em A7 Dthe players tried for a forward pass, with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
Em D Em DNow at halftime there was sweet perfume, while sergeants played a marching tune
C G A7 C D7We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance,
G D Em Am C'Cause the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield.
G D Em C D7 G C G D7Do you recall what was the feel the day the music died, we started singing'...
Chorus 4:
G C G DSo bye, bye Miss American Pie,
G C G DDrove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.
G C G DAnd them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye.
Em A7 Singin' "This will be the day that I die,
Em D7This will be the day that I die."
Verse 4:
G AmAnd there we were all in one place,
C Am A generation lost in space,
Em DWith no time left to start again.
G D Em Am7 CSo come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candlestick,
Em A7 D'Cause fire is the devil's only friend.
Em D Em DAnd as I watched him on the stage, my hands were clenched in fists of rage,
C G A7 C D7No angel born in Hell could break that Satan's spell.
G D Em Am CAnd as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite,
G D Em C D7 G C G D7I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died, he was singing'...
Chorus 5:
G C G DSo bye, bye Miss American Pie,
G C G DDrove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.
G C G DAnd them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye,
Em A7 Singin' "This will be the day that I die,
Em D7This will be the day that I die."
Outro (Sung with Piano only):
G D/F# EmI met a girl who sang the blues,
Am C And I asked her for some happy news,
Em D Dsus4 D Dsus2 DBut she just smiled and turned away.
G D/F# Em I went down to the sacred store,
G Am C Em C DWhere I'd heard the music years before, but the man there said the music wouldn't play.
Em Am Em AmAnd in the streets the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets dreamed.
C G/B Am C D But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken.
G D/F# Em G C D7And the three men I admire most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost,
G D/F# Em C Am7 D7 GThey caught the last train for the coast the day the music died.
D7And they were singing'...
"Sing it for me now" Coda:
G C G DBye, bye, bye Miss American Pie,
G C G DDrove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry. "Everybody"
G C G DAnd them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Em A7 Singin' "This will be the day that I die,
Em D7This will be the day that I die."
D7And they were singing'...
G C G DBye, bye, bye Miss American Pie,
G C G DDrove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry. "Everybody"
G C G DAnd them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
C D7 G C GSingin' "This will be the day that I die."
(End) Notes: 1. This version was borne out frustration to get this to match the Live performance. 2. In 2001 "American Pie" was voted No. 5 in a poll of the 365 Songs of the Century compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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