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American Pie by Don Mclean DON MCLEAN - American Pie guitar tab From: Vincent Vega <[email protected]> AMERICAN PIE submitted by: Don McLean Dave Waite INTRO: G D/F# Em7 Am C A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that Em D music used to make me smile. G D/F# Em7 Am C I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance and Em C D maybe they'd be happy for a while. Em Am Em Am But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver. C G/B Am C D Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step. G D/F# Em Am7 D I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride, G D/F# Em C D7 G C G Something touched me deep inside, the day, the music, died. G C G D So bye - bye, Miss American Pie, G C G D Drove my chevy to the levee but the levee was dry, G C G D Them good ole' boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye, singin' Em A7 Em D7 This'll be the day that I die, This'll be the day that I die. VERSE: G Am C Am Did you write the book of love and do you have faith in God above? Em D If the Bible tells you so. G D/F# Em Now do you believe in rock and roll Am7 C Can music save your mortal soul and Em A7 D 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 dancing in the gym, C G A7 You both kicked off your shoes, C D7 Man I dig those rhythm and blues. G D/F# Em I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a Am C Pink carnation and a pick up truck, G D/F# Em C D7 G C But I knew I was out of luck the day, the music, died. G D7 D7 I started singing, Bye - bye..........die VERSE:2 Now for ten years we've been on our own, And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone But that's not how it used to be. When the jester sang for the King and Queen In a coat he borrowed from James Dean And a voice that came from you and me. Oh and while the King was looking down, The jester stole his thorny crown. The courtroom was adjourned, No verdict was returned. And while Lenin read a book on Marx The quartet practiced in the park And we sang dirges in the dark The day, the music, died. We were singin' Bye - bye.....die. VERSE:3 Helter-skelter in the summer swelter, The birds flew off with a fallout shelter. Eight miles high and fallin' fast, It landed foul on the grass. The players tried for a forward pass, With the jester on the sidelines in a cast. Now that halftime air was sweet perfume, While the sergeants played a marching tune. We all got up to dance, but we Never got the chance Cause the players tried to take the field, The marching band refused to yield, Do you recall what was revealed, The day, the music, died. We started singin'...........die. VERSE:4 And there we were all in one place, A generation lost in space. So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candlestick. Cause fire is the devil's only friend. And as I watched him on the stage my Hands were clenched in fists of rage. No angel born in hell, Could break that Satan's spell And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrificial rite I saw Satan laughing with delight The day, the music, died. He was singin'....................die. OUTRO: G D/F# Em I met a girl who sang the blues and I Am C Asked her for some happy news, Em D But she just smiled and turned away. G D/F# Em G I went down to the sacred store where I Am G/B C Heard the music years before, but the Em C D man there said the music wouldn't play. Em Am And in the streets the children screamed, Em Am The lovers cried and the poets dreamed. C G/B Am But not a word was spoken, C D The church bells all were broken. G D/F# Em G/B And the three men I admire most, C D7 The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, G D/F# Em They caught the last train for the coast, C Am7 D7 G The day, the music, died. D7 And they were singin'............... C D7 G C G This'll be the day that I die________. END (finally!) I'm _not_ going back through that to check the spelling, so I hope it's okay. If you're a beginner, try playing the D/F# as just a D for now, but that's the only chord that could possibly be a problem. Other than that, a pretty easy song! enjoy! -- *************************************************************************** DAVE S. WAITE # "Watch out where the huskies go [email protected] # And don't you eat that yellow snow." GO LEAFS # Frank Zappa *************************************************************************** -- *************************************************************************** DAVE S. WAITE # "Watch out where the huskies go [email protected] # And don't you eat that yellow snow." GO LEAFS # Frank Zappa *************************************************************************** From: [email protected] (Justin T Huang) Please note that even when I used your lines, I shuffled some of them around! I included the chords as I know them... there are three sets... the one for the first and last verses, the one for the others, and the one for the chorus. The chords aren't definitive, but the lyrics pretty much are. I also interspersed the references that I know of, and included some commentary on the lyric content at the end. Have fun! >A long, long time ago G D Em >I can still remember C Am >How that music used to make me smile Em D >And I knew if I had my chance G D Em >I could make those people dance, and C Am >maybe they'd be happy for awhile Em A7 D >But February made me shiver Em Am >with every paper I'd deliver Em Am >bad news on the doorstep C G Am >I couldn't take one more step C D >I can't remember if I cried when I G D Em >read about his widowed bride [buddy holly] C D >but something touched me deep inside G D Em >the day the music died. C D GCG >(Chorus) GCGD GCGD GCGD EmAm EmDDDDCDGDCD (some other verses Em D D7) >So bye bye, Miss American Pie >Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry >and them good ol' boys was drinkin' whiskey and rye >singing "This'll be the day that I die, >This'll be the day that I die" >Did you write the book of love? G Am >and do you have faith in God above C Am >If the Bible tells you so? Em D >Now do you believe in rock and roll G D Em >can music save your (im)mortal soul [sounds like mortal, but I've seen lyrics C Am with immortal, and makes sense if you catch the drift of the song. You can also hear it once you know it.] >and can you teach me how to dance real slow? Em A7 D >Well I know that you're in love with him Em D >cause I saw you dancing in the gym Em D >You both kicked off your shoes C G Am >Lord I dig them rhythm and blues, Ooo Em D >I was a lonely teenage bronkin' buck G D Em >with a pink carnation and a pickup truck C Am >but I knew I was out of luck G D Em >the day the music died C D G >I started singing >(Chorus) >Now for ten years we've been on our own, and >moss grows fat on a rolling stone [Rolling stones...] >but that's not how it used to be >When The Jester played for the King and Queen [Dylan, Elvis?] >in a coat he borrowed from James Dean [in Rebel without a Cause] >and a voice that came from you and me >And while the King was looking down >the Jester stole his thorny crown >The courtroom was adjourned >No verdict was returned And while Lenin (Lennon?) read a book on Marx [possible "Imagine" reference] The quartet practiced in the parks [Beatles] And we sang dirges in the dark The day the music died We were singing >Helter Skelter in a summer swelter [Manson] the birds[Byrds] flew off for the fallout shelter >eight miles high and falling fast [and when you touch down...] to land foul on the grass >The players tried for a forward pass >with the Jester on the sidelines in cast [Dylan's cycle crash] Now the halftime air was sweet perfume [Summer of Love] >while the sergeants played a marchin tune [Pepper/Beatles done practicing] >We all got up to dance >Oh but we never got the chance [well, "good morning" rocked a little...] >The players tried to take the field >The marching band refused to yield >Do you recall what was the deal the day >the music died? They were singing... (chorus) And there we were all in one place a g-g-generation lost in space [Who song -- TV show with robot] with no time left to start again So come on >Jack be nimble, Jack be quick >Jack flash sat on candle stick [Stones --- in fact it's a gas] >Cause fire is the devil's only friend >And while I watched him on the stage >My hands were clenched in fists of rage >No angel born in hell >could break that Satan's spell And as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite I saw Satan laughing with delight The day the music died and he was singing (chorus) >I met a girl who sang the blues >and I asked her for some happy news but >she just smiled and turned away >I went down to the sacred store >where I'd heard the music years before >but the man there said the music wouldn't play >And in the streets the children screamed, >the lovers cried and the poets dreamed >But not a word was spoken >The church bells all were broken >And the three men I admired the most >the Father, Son and Holy Ghost >They caught the last plane for the coast >the day the Music Died >and they were singin' (Chorus) As far as I can get it, this is a fairly conservative song about how music used to be great in the fifties, then some interesting stuff started happening, but musicians got out of line -- preaching morality (Dylan with the thorny crown) preaching politics (the Beatles refusing to yeild the field to the "players" -- who, the politicians?) and preaching immorality (the Stones, who he REALLY rags on). All this religous stuff is not just allegorical, I got one of his albums and he's majorly religous. I don't know, I went to all the trouble learning this song then I found out it made a point I didn't agree with --- music shouldn't have serious content. As if the sixties started that trend anyway; only a baby boomer could have written this song! Still, it's a good song, and it's fun at parties. Joanna ===== Things are only impossible until they're not. ===== [email protected] ===== Star Trek: the Next Generation ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Justin T. Huang | [email protected] University of Pennsylvania | Kennett Track rules. Moore School of Electrical Engineering | "America first." Electrical Engineering '94 | S. O. D. elite ------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: [email protected] Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 13:00:58 -0500 Subject: CRD: American Pie - Don McClean AMERICAN PIE G Bm Em A long, long time ago C D I can still remember how that Em D Music used to make me smile G Bm Em And I knew if I had my chance C D That I could make those people dance Em C D And maybe they'd be happy for awhile Em C But February made me shiver Em C With every paper I'd deliver C Bm Am Bad news on the doorstep C D I couldn't take one more step G Bm Em And I can't remember if I cried C D When I read about his widowed bride G Bm Em But something touched me deep inside C D G The day the music died CHORUS: G C G D So bye, bye Miss American Pie G C G D Drove my chevy to the levy but the levy was dry G C G D Them good ol' boys was drinkin whiskey and rye Em A And singin' this'll be the day that I die Em D This'll be the day that I die. Did you write the book of love And do you have faith in God above? If the Bible tells you so Now do you believe in rock and roll Can music save your mortal soul And cay you teach me how to dance real slow? Well I know that you're in love with him 'Cause I saw you dancing in the gym. You both kicked off your shoes. Well I dig those rhythm and blues. I was a lonely teenage bronkin' buck With a pink Carnation and a pickup truck But I knew that I was out of luck The day the music died. And I was singin' CHORUS Now for ten years we've been on our own And moss grows fat on a rolling stone, but That's not how it used to be. When the jester sang for the king and queen In a coat he borrowed from James Dean and a voice that came from you and me. Oh and while the king was looking down, The jester stole his thorny crown The courtroom was adjourned No verdict was returned. And while Lennin read a book on Marx The quartet practiced in the park And we sang dirges in the dark The day the music died. And we were singin' CHORUS Helter skelter in the summer swelter The birds flew off the fallout shelter Eight miles high and fallin' fast It landed foul on the grass The players tried for a forward pass With the jester on the sidelines in a cast Now the halftime air was sweet perfume While the sergents played a marching tune We all got up to dance But we never got the chance. 'Cause the players tried to take the field, The marching band refused to yield Do you recall what was revealed The day the music died. And we were singin' Chorus And in there we were all in one place A generation Lost in Space With no time left to start again. So come on Jack be nimble Jack be quick Jack flash sat on a candlestick because Fire is the devil's only friend Oh and as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists of rage No angel born in hell Could break that Satan's spell And as the flames climed high into the night To light the sacrificial rite I saw Satan laughing with delight The day the music died. And he was singin' CHORUS I met a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news. She just smiled and turned away. So I went down to the sacred store Where I'd heard the music once before But the man there said the music wouldn't play And in the streets the children screamed. The lovers cried and the poets dreamed. but not a word was spoken. The church bells all were broken. And the three men I admire the most-- The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost-- Well they took the last train for the coast The day the music died. And they were singin' CHORUS (slowly) CHORUS (build up to full speed)

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