Don McLean “American Pie” play along with scrolling guitar chords and lyrics

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Chords and Lyrics:

A (G) long (D) long (Em) time ago
(Am)I can still re(C)member how that (Em) music used to make me (D) smile
And (G) I knew that (D) if I had (Em) my chance
That (Am) I could make those (C) people dance
and (Em) maybe they’d be (C) happy for a (D) while
But (Em) February (Am) made me shiver
(Em) with every paper I’d (Am) deliver
(C) Bad news (G) on the (Am) doorstep
I (C) couldn’t take one more (D) step
I (G) can’t reme(D)mber if I (Em) 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

So (G) bye (C) bye Miss (G) American (D) Pie
Drove my (G) Chevy to the (C) levy but the (G) levy was (D) dry
And them (G) good old (C) boys were drinkin’ (G) whiskey and (D) rye
Singin’ (Em) this will be the day that I (A7) die
(Em) this will 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?
(G) Do you be(D)lieve in (Em) rock and roll
Can (Am) music save your (C) mortal soul and
(Em) can you teach me (A7) how to dance (D) real slow?
Well I (Em) know that you’re in (D) love with him
‘cuz I (Em) saw you dancin’ (D) 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 (D) teenage (Em)broncin’ buck
with a (Am) pink carnation and a pi(C)ckup truck
But (G) I knew (D) I was (Em) out of luck
the (C) day the (D7) music (G) died (C) (G)
I started si(D7)ngin’


Now for (G) ten years we’ve been (Am) on our own
and (C) moss grows fat on a ro(Am)lling stone
but (Em) that’s not how it (D) used to be
When the (G) jester (D) sang for the (Em) king and queen
in a (Am7) coat he borrowed (C) from James Dean
in a (Em) voice that (A7) came from you and (D) me
And (Em) while the king was (D) looking down
the (Em)jester stole his (D) thorny crown
The (C) courtroom (G)was adjou(A7)rned
no (C) verdict was (D7) returned
And while (G) Lenin (D) read a (Em) book on Marx
the (Am) quartet practiced (C) in the park
And (G) we sang (D) dirges (Em) in the dark
the (C) day the (D7) music (G) died (C) (G)
we were sing(D)in’


(G) Helter skelter in (Am) a summer swelter
(C) the birds flew off with a (Am) fallout shelter
(Em) eight miles high and (D) fallin’ fast
(G) It landed (D) foul (Em) on the grass
the (Am7) players tried for a (C) forward pass
with the (Em) jester on the (A7) sidelines n a (D) cast
Now the (Em) halftime air was (D) sweet perfume
while (Em) sergeants played a (D) marching tune
We (D) all got (G) up to (A7)dance, but (C) we never got the (D7) chance
‘Cuz the (G) players (D) tried to (Em)take the field
the (Am) marching band re(C)fused to yield
Do (G) you (D) recall what (Em) was the feel
the (C) day the (D7) music (G) died (C) (G)
we started sing(D)in’


And (G) there we were all (Am) in one place
a (C) generation (Am) lost in space
with (Em) no time left to (D) start again
So come on (G) Jack be (D) nimble (Em) Jack be quick
(Am7) Jack Flash sat on a (C) candle stick
‘cuz (Em) fire is the (A7) devil’s only (D) friend
And (Em) as I watched him (D) on the stage
my (Em) hands were clenched in (D) fists of rage
No (C) angel (G) born in (A7) Hell
could (C) break that Satan’s (D7) spell
And as the (G) flames climbed (D) high into (Em) the night
to (Am) light the sacrif(C)icial rite
I saw (G) Satan (D) laughing with de(Em)light
the (C) day the (D7) music (G) died (C) (G)
He was sing(D)in’


I (G)met a (D) girl who (Em) sang the blues
And I (Am) asked her for some (C) happy news
but (Em) she just smiled and (D) turned away
I (G) went (D) down to the (Em) sacred store
Where (Am) I’d heard the music (C) years before
but (Em) the man there said the (C) music
wouldn’t (D) play
But (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 (D) I adm(Em) ire (G) most
the (Am7) Father, (C) Son, and the (D7) Holy Ghost
(G) They caught the (D) last train (Em) for the coast
the (Am7) day the (D7) music (G) died,
And they were singin’

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