Don Mclean - American Pie Live Chords

 
         
         
         
         
         
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Standard guitar tuning:
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No capo
                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): N.C.A loGng, loD/Fng tiEm7me ago, AmI can still reCmember how that Emmusic used to make me Dsmile.Dsus4 D Dsus2 D And GI knew if D/FI had my chaEm7nce, That AmI could make those Cpeople dance, And Emmaybe they'd be Chappy for a Dwhile.Dsus4 D Dsus2 D EmBut February Ammade me shiver, Emwith every paper AmI'd deliver. CBad news G/Bon the Amdoorstep, I Ccouldn't take one more Dstep. I Gcan't reD/Fmember if I Emcried when I Am7read about his wiDdowed bride, GSomething Dtouched me Emdeep inside. The Cday the D7music Gdied.C "Sing it for us, loud and clear"

Chorus 1

So Gbye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie, Drove my GChevy to the Clevy but the Glevy was Ddry. And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and D/Frye, Singin' "EmThis will be the day that I A7die, EmThis will be the day that I D7die."

Verse 1

Did Gyou write the Ambook of love, And do Cyou have faith in AmGod above, EmIf the Bible tells Dyou so? Now do Gyou belD/Fieve in Emrock and roll? Can Am7music save your Cmortal soul? EmAnd can you teach me how to dA7ance real Dslow?D7 Well I Emknow that you're in Dlove with him, Em'Cause I saw you Ddancin' in the gym. You Cboth kicked Goff your A7shoes, man I Cdig those rhythm and D7blues. I was a Glonely D/Fteenage Embroncin' buck with a Ampink carnation and a Cpickup truck. But GI knew D/FI was Emout of luck the Cday the D7music GdieCd, GI started D7singing'...

Chorus 2

So Gbye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie. Drove my GChevy to the Clevy but the Glevy was Ddry. And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye. Singin' "EmThis will be the day that I A7die, EmThis will be the day that I D7die."

Verse 2

Now for Gten years we've been Amon our own, And Cmoss grows fat on a Amrolling stone, EmBut that's not how it Dused to be. When the Gjester Dsang for the Emking and queen. in a Am7coat he borrowed fCrom James Dean, in a Emvoice that came from A7you and Dme. And Emwhile the king was Dlooking down, the Emjester stole his Dthorny crown. The cCourtroom Gwas adjourA7ned, Cno verdict was D7returned. And while GLenin Dread Ema book on Marx, Amthe quartet practiced Cin the park. And Gwe sang Ddirges Emin the dark, the Cday the D7music GdieCd, Gwe were D7singing'...

Chorus 3

So Gbye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie, Drove my GChevy to the Clevy but the Glevy was Ddry. And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye. Singin' "EmThis will be the day that I A7die, EmThis will be the day that I D7die."

Verse 3

GHelter skelter in a Amsummer swelter, CThe birds flew off withAm a fallout shelter, EmEight miles high and Dfallin' fast. It lanGded Dfoul on Emthe grass, the plAm7ayers tried for a fCorward pass, Emwith the jester on the A7sidelines in Da cast Now at haEmlftime there was sDweet perfume, while Emsergeants played a mDarching tune CWe all got Gup to A7dance, but Cwe never got the D7chance, 'Cause the Gplayers Dtried to Emtake the field, the Ammarching band Crefused to yield. Do Gyou reDcall what Emwas the feel the Cday the D7music GdieCd, Gwe started D7singing'...

Chorus 4

So Gbye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie, Drove my GChevy to the Clevy but the Glevy was Ddry. And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye. Singin' "EmThis will be the day that I A7die, EmThis will be the day that I D7die."

Verse 4

And tGhere we were all Amin one place, A Cgeneration Amlost in space, EmWith no time left to Dstart again. So come on GJack be Dnimble, EmJack be quick, Am7Jack Flash sat on a Ccandlestick, Em'Cause fire is the devil's A7only friDend. And Emas I watched him Don the stage, my Emhands were clenched in Dfists of rage, No Cangel Gborn in A7Hell could Cbreak that Satan's D7spell. And as the Gflames climbed Dhigh inEmto the night Amto light the Csacrificial rite, I saw GSatan Dlaughing with deEmlight the Cday the D7music GdieCd, Ghe was D7singing'...

Chorus 5

So Gbye, Cbye Miss GAmerican DPie, Drove my GChevy to the Clevy but the Glevy was Ddry. And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye, Singin' "EmThis will be the day that I A7die, EmThis will be the day that I D7die."

Outro

Sung with Piano only): I Gmet a D/Fgirl who Emsang the blues, And AmI asked her for some Chappy news, But Emshe just smiled and Dturned away.Dsus4 D Dsus2 D I Gwent D/Fdown to the Emsacred store, GWhere I'd Amheard the music Cyears before, but the Emman there said the Cmusic wouldn't Dplay. And Emin the streets the Amchildren screamed, the Emlovers cried and the Ampoets dreamed. But Cnot a G/Bword was Amspoken, the Cchurch bells all were Dbroken. And the Gthree men D/FI admEmire Gmost, the CFather, Son, and the D7Holy Ghost, They Gcaught the D/Flast train Emfor the coast the Cday the Am7musiD7c Gdied. And they were D7singing'... "Sing it for me now"

Coda

ByeG, byeC, bye MisGs AmericaDn Pie, Drove my GChevy to the Clevy but the Glevy was Ddry. "Everybody" And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye Singin' "EmThis will be the day that I A7die, EmThis will be the day that I D7die." And they wereD7 singing'... ByGe, byCe, bye MiGss AmericDan Pie, Drove my GChevy to the Clevy but the Glevy was Ddry. "Everybody" And them Ggood old Cboys were drinkin' Gwhiskey and Drye Singin' "CThis will be the D7day that I Gdie.C" G

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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