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Chords in this song

A7 chordAm chordAm7 chordC chordD chordD7 chordEm chordEm7 chordG chord

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  GG chord     DD chord    Em7Em7 chord
a long, long time ago, 
AmAm chord            CC chord                EmEm chord                   DD chord
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
    GG chord      DD chord    Em7Em7 chord
And I know if I had my chance,
     AmAm chord                 CC chord            
That I could make those people dance 
    EmEm chord              CC chord           DD chord
and maybe they'd be happy for a while               
    EmEm chord       AmAm chord                   EmEm chord          AmAm chord
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
CC chord        GG chord      AmAm chord          CC chord                      DD chord
Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
  GG chord          DD chord        EmEm chord           Am7Am7 chord            DD chord
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
GG chord         DD chord          EmEm chord
Something touched me deep inside
    CC chord       D7D7 chord    GG chord   CC chord   GG chord
The day the music died
 
 
 
Chorus
   GG chord    CC chord        GG chord        DD chord
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         GG chord            CC chord            GG chord        DD chord
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         GG chord        CC chord                  GG chord           DD chord
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        EmEm chord                          A7A7 chord   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
EmEm chord                          D7D7 chord
this will be the day that I die
 
 
Verse
GG chord                 AmAm chord      
Did you write the book of love
       CC chord                 AmAm chord         EmEm chord           DD chord
And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
GG chord      DD chord          EmEm chord
Do you believe in rock and roll
    Am7Am7 chord            CC chord                    
Can music save your mortal soul and can 
 EmEm chord                      A7A7 chord        DD chord
you teach me how to dance real slow?
       EmEm chord                  DD chord              
Well I know that you're in love with him  
       EmEm chord              DD chord
'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
    CC chord           GG chord        A7A7 chord     
You both kicked off your shoes, 
      CC chord                    D7D7 chord
man I dig those rhythm and blues
        GG chord      DD chord       EmEm chord                   
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a 
AmAm chord                   CC chord
pink carnation and a pickup truck
    GG chord      DD chord     EmEm chord              CC chord   
But I knew I was out of luck the day 
    D7D7 chord    GG chord  CC chord  GG chord
the music died, I started singin'
 
 
Chorus
   GG chord    CC chord        GG chord        DD chord
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         GG chord            CC chord            GG chord        DD chord
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         GG chord        CC chord                  GG chord           DD chord
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        EmEm chord                          A7A7 chord   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
EmEm chord                          D7D7 chord
this will be the day that I die
 
 
Verse
         GG chord                   AmAm chord              
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
      CC chord                   AmAm chord          
and moss grows fat on a rolling stone 
EmEm chord                      DD chord
but that's not how it used to be
          GG chord      DD chord             EmEm chord
When the jester sang for the king and queen 
     Am7Am7 chord                CC chord                
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in 
   EmEm chord                      A7A7 chord     DD chord
a voice that came from you and me
     EmEm chord                  DD chord           
And while the king was looking down, 
    EmEm chord                 DD chord
the jester stole his thorny crown
     CC chord        GG chord          A7A7 chord    CC chord             D7D7 chord
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          GG chord        DD chord    EmEm chord           
And while Lenin read a book on Marx, 
    AmAm chord                CC chord
the quartet practiced in the park
    GG chord        DD chord      EmEm chord             
And we sang dirges in the dark the 
CC chord         D7D7 chord     GG chord  CC chord  GG chord
day the music died, we were singin'
 
 
Chorus
   GG chord    CC chord        GG chord        DD chord
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         GG chord            CC chord            GG chord        DD chord
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         GG chord        CC chord                  GG chord           DD chord
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        EmEm chord                          A7A7 chord   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
EmEm chord                          D7D7 chord
this will be the day that I die
 
 
Verse
GG chord                   AmAm chord
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
CC chord                      AmAm chord                  
the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, 
EmEm chord                   DD chord
eight miles high and fallin' fast
      GG chord   DD chord     EmEm chord
It landed foul on the grass
      Am7Am7 chord                CC chord            
the players tried for a forward pass, 
EmEm chord                             A7A7 chord    DD chord
with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
         EmEm chord                DD chord             
Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, 
      EmEm chord                  DD chord
while sergeants played a marching tune
CC chord          GG chord        A7A7 chord      CC chord                  D7D7 chord
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
          GG chord      DD chord         EmEm chord             
'Cuz the players tried to take the field, 
    AmAm chord              CC chord
the marching band refused to yield
    GG chord    DD chord          EmEm chord              
Do you recall what was the feel the 
CC chord        D7D7 chord       GG chord  CC chord  GG chord
day the music died, we started singin'
 
 
Chorus
   GG chord    CC chord        GG chord        DD chord
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         GG chord            CC chord            GG chord        DD chord
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         GG chord        CC chord                  GG chord           DD chord
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        EmEm chord                          A7A7 chord   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
EmEm chord                          D7D7 chord
this will be the day that I die
 
 
Verse
     GG chord                AmAm chord
And there we were all in one place,
    CC chord        AmAm chord            EmEm chord                   DD chord
a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
            GG chord        DD chord    EmEm chord              
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, 
 Am7Am7 chord                 CC chord
Jack Flash sat on a candle 
       EmEm chord                            A7A7 chord     DD chord
stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
     EmEm chord               DD chord            
And as I watched him on the stage, 
    EmEm chord                     DD chord
my hands were clenched in fists of rage
   CC chord      GG chord       A7A7 chord         CC chord                 D7D7 chord
No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
           GG chord               DD chord      EmEm chord             
And as the flames climbed high into the night to 
AmAm chord              CC chord
light the sacrificial rite
       GG chord     DD chord           EmEm chord            CC chord      
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the 
D7D7 chord     GG chord  CC chord  GG chord
music died, he was singin'
 
 
Chorus
   GG chord    CC chord        GG chord        DD chord
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         GG chord            CC chord            GG chord        DD chord
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         GG chord        CC chord                  GG chord           DD chord
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        EmEm chord                          A7A7 chord   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
EmEm chord                          D7D7 chord
this will be the day that I die
 
 
LAST Verse
  GG chord     DD chord        EmEm chord
I met a girl who sang the blues
      AmAm chord                 CC chord           
And I asked her for some happy news, 
    EmEm chord                          DD chord
but she just smiled and turned away
  GG chord         DD chord      EmEm chord
I went down to the sacred store
          AmAm chord              CC chord             
Where I'd heard the music years before, 
        EmEm chord                 CC chord
but the man there said the music
         DD chord
wouldn't play
    EmEm chord                 AmAm chord                 
But in the streets the children screamed, 
    EmEm chord                   AmAm chord
the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
    CC chord     GG chord        AmAm chord          CC chord                     DD chord
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken                                    
        GG chord         DD chord   EmEm chord         
And the three men I admire most, 
    Am7Am7 chord     CC chord            D7D7 chord
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
GG chord               DD chord          EmEm chord                
They caught the last train for the coast the 
Am7Am7 chord     D7D7 chord    GG chord
day the music died,
D7D7 chord
And they were singin'
 
 
FINAL Chorus
   GG chord    CC chord        GG chord        DD chord
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         GG chord            CC chord            GG chord        DD chord
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         GG chord        CC chord                  GG chord           DD chord
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        CC chord                D7D7 chord         GG chord   CC chord   GG chord
Singin' this will be the day that I die.    

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.

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