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Don McLean - American Pie   

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A [G]long, [D]long [Em]time ago
[Am]I can still re[C]member how that [Em]music used to [D]make me smile.
And [G]I knew if I [D]had my [Em]chance that [Am]I could make those [C]people dance
and [Em]maybe they'd by [C]happy for a [D]while.

But [Em]February [Am]made me shiver with [Em]every paper [Am]I'd deliver.
[C]Bad news [G]on the [Am]doorstep. [C]I couldn't take [D]one more step
I [G]can't [D]remember [Em]if I cried when I [Am7]read about his [D]widowed bride,
[G]Something [D]touched me [Em]deep inside the [C]day the [D7]music [G]died.[C] [G]

So [G]bye [C]bye, Miss [G]American [D]Pie.
Drove my [G]Chevy to the [C]levee but the [G]levee was [D]dry,
the [G]good ole [C]boys were drinkin' [G]whiskey and [D]Rye,
singing [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die, [Em]This'll be the day that I [D7]die.

[G]Did you write the [Am]book of love
and do [C]you have faith in [Am]God above?
[Em]If the Bible [D]tells you so

Now do [G]you believe in [D]rock and [Em]roll?
Can [Am]music save your [C]mortal soul?
and [Em]can you teach me how to dance [A7]real [D7]slow?

Well I [Em]know that you're in [Am]love with him 'cause I
[Em]saw you dancing [Am]in the gym,
You [C]both kicked [G]off your [A7]shoes,
Man I [C]dig those rhythm and [D7]blues!

I was a [G]lonely teenage [D]broncin' [Em]buck,
with a [Am]pink carnation and a [C]pick-up truck.
But [G]I knew [D]I was [Em]out of luck
[C]the [D7]day, the music [G]died.[C] [G]

[G]I started [D7]singing

So [G]bye [C]bye, Miss [G]American [D]Pie.
Drove my [G]Chevy to the [C]levee but the [G]levee was [D]dry,
the [G]good ole [C]boys were drinkin' [G]whiskey and [D]Rye,
singing [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die, [Em]This'll be the day that I [D7]die.

Now for [G]ten years, we've been [Am]on our own
and [C]moss grows fat on a [Am]rolling stone,
But [Em]that's not how it [D]used to be.
Cause when the [G]jester [D]sang for the [Em]King & Queen

in a [Am]coat he borrowed [C]from James Dean and a [Em]voice that came from [A7]you and [D7]me
Oh and [Em]while the king was [Am]looking down the [Em]jester stole his [Am]thorny crown
the [C]court room was [G]adjourned [A7]no [C]verdict was [D7]returned.
And [G]while Lennon read a [D]book on [Em]Marx the [Am]quartet practiced [C]in the park
and [G]we sang [D]dirges in the [Em]dark the [C]day the [D7]music [G]died [C][G]

I [G]started [D7]singin'

So [G]bye [C]bye, Miss [G]American [D]Pie.
Drove my [G]Chevy to the [C]levee but the [G]levee was [D]dry,
the [G]good ole [C]boys were drinkin' [G]whiskey and [D]Rye,
singing [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die, [Em]This'll be the day that I [D7]die.

[G]Helter skelter [Am]in the summer swelter
the [C]birds flew off with a [Am]fallout shelter
[Em]Eight miles high and [D]falling fast it [G]landed foul [D]on the [Em]grass
The [Am]players tried for a [C]forward pass with the [Em]jester on the [A7]sidelines [D7]in a cast
The [Em]half time air was [Am]sweet perfume while the [Em]seargeants played a [Am]marching tune
[C]we all got [G]up to [A7]dance [C]but we never got the [D7]chance. 'Cause
the [G]players tried to [D]take the [Em]field, but the [Am]marching band re[C]fused to yield
[G]Do you re[D]call what [Em]was revealed [C]the day the [D7]music [G]died. [C][G]

I [G]started [D7]singin'

So [G]bye [C]bye, Miss [G]American [D]Pie.
Drove my [G]Chevy to the [C]levee but the [G]levee was [D]dry,
the [G]good ole [C]boys were drinkin' [G]whiskey and [D]Rye,
singing [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die, [Em]This'll be the day that I [D7]die.

And [G]there we were all in [Am]one place, A [C]generation [Am]lost in space.
With [Em]no time left, to [D]start again. [G]So come on, [D]Jack be nimble, [Em]jack be quick,
[Am]Jack flash sat on a [C]candlestick. [Em]'Cause fire is the [A7]devil's only [D7]friend.
And [Em]as I watched him [Am]on the stage my [Em]hands were clenched in [Am]fists of rage.

[C]no [G]angel born in [A7]hell could [C]break that satan's [D7]spell
And [G]as the flames climbed high [D]into the [Em]night to [Am]light the sacri[C]ficial rite
I [G]saw Satan laughing [D]with de[Em]light, the [C]day the [D7]music [G]died. [C][G]
[G]we were [D7]singin'

So [G]bye [C]bye, Miss [G]American [D]Pie.
Drove my [G]Chevy to the [C]levee but the [G]levee was [D]dry,
the [G]good ole [C]boys were drinkin' [G]whiskey and [D]Rye,
singing [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die, [Em]This'll be the day that I [D7]die.

I [G]met a girl who [D]sang the [Em]blues so
I [Am]asked her for some [C]happy news
but she just [Em]smiled and [D]turned away.

I [G]went [D]down to the [Em]sacred store.
Where I [Am]heard the music [C]years before.
But the [Em]man there said the [C]music wouldn't [D]play.

And [Em]in the streets the [Am]children screamed,
the [Em]lovers cried and the [Am]poets dreamed.
But [C]not a [G]word was [Am]spoken.
The [C]church bells all were [D]broken.

And the [G]three men I ad[D]mire [Em]most:
the [Am7]father, Son and the [D]Holy Ghost
They [G]caught the [D]last train for the [Em]coast the [C]day, the [D7]music [G]died.[C][G]
[G]And they were [D7]singing. [C][D7][G][C][G]

So [G]bye [C]bye, Miss [G]American [D]Pie.
Drove my [G]Chevy to the [C]levee but the [G]levee was [D]dry,
the [G]good ole [C]boys were drinkin' [G]whiskey and [D]Rye,
singing [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die, [Em]This'll be the day that I [D7]die.

So [G]bye [C]bye, Miss [G]American [D]Pie.
Drove my [G]Chevy to the [C]levee but the [G]levee was [D]dry,
the [G]good ole [C]boys were drinkin' [G]whiskey and [D]Rye,
singing [Em]this'll be the day that I [A7]die, [Em]This'll be the day that I [D7]die.

[Em]This'll be the day that I [D7]die.



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