Artist Don McLean
Album American Pie single
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  Ab     Eb    Fm7
a long, long time ago, 
Bbm            Db                Fm                   Eb
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
    Ab      Eb    Fm7
And I know if I had my chance,
     Bbm                 Db            
That I could make those people dance 
    Fm              Db           Eb
and maybe they'd be happy for a while               
    Fm       Bbm                   Fm          Bbm
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
Db        Ab      Bbm          Db                      Eb
Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
  Ab          Eb        Fm           Bbm7            Eb
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
Ab         Eb          Fm
Something touched me deep inside
    Db       Eb7    Ab   Db   Ab
The day the music died



Chorus
   Ab    Db        Ab        Eb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Ab            Db            Ab        Eb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Ab        Db                  Ab           Eb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Fm                          Bb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Fm                          Eb7
this will be the day that I die

 
Verse
Ab                 Bbm      
Did you write the book of love
       Db                 Bbm         Fm           Eb
And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
Ab      Eb          Fm
Do you believe in rock and roll
    Bbm7            Db                    
Can music save your mortal soul and can 
 Fm                      Bb7        Eb
you teach me how to dance real slow?
       Fm                  Eb              
Well I know that you're in love with him  
       Fm              Eb
'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
    Db           Ab        Bb7     
You both kicked off your shoes, 
      Db                    Eb7
man I dig those rhythm and blues
        Ab      Eb       Fm                   
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a 
Bbm                   Db
pink carnation and a pickup truck
    Ab      Eb     Fm              Db   
But I knew I was out of luck the day 
    Eb7    Ab  Db  Ab
the music died, I started singin'


Chorus
   Ab    Db        Ab        Eb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Ab            Db            Ab        Eb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Ab        Db                  Ab           Eb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Fm                          Bb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Fm                          Eb7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
         Ab                   Bbm              
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
      Db                   Bbm          
and moss grows fat on a rolling stone 
Fm                      Eb
but that's not how it used to be
          Ab      Eb             Fm
When the jester sang for the king and queen 
     Bbm7                Db                
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in 
   Fm                      Bb7     Eb
a voice that came from you and me
     Fm                  Eb           
And while the king was looking down, 
    Fm                 Eb
the jester stole his thorny crown
     Db        Ab          Bb7    Db             Eb7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          Ab        Eb    Fm           
And while Lenin read a book on Marx, 
    Bbm                Db
the quartet practiced in the park
    Ab        Eb      Fm             
And we sang dirges in the dark the 
Db         Eb7     Ab  Db  Ab
day the music died, we were singin'


Chorus
   Ab    Db        Ab        Eb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Ab            Db            Ab        Eb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Ab        Db                  Ab           Eb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Fm                          Bb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Fm                          Eb7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
Ab                   Bbm
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
Db                      Bbm                  
the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, 
Fm                   Eb
eight miles high and fallin' fast
      Ab   Eb     Fm
It landed foul on the grass
      Bbm7                Db            
the players tried for a forward pass, 
Fm                             Bb7    Eb
with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
         Fm                Eb             
Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, 
      Fm                  Eb
while sergeants played a marching tune
Db          Ab        Bb7      Db                  Eb7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
          Ab      Eb         Fm             
'Cuz the players tried to take the field, 
    Bbm              Db
the marching band refused to yield
    Ab    Eb          Fm              
Do you recall what was the feel the 
Db        Eb7       Ab  Db  Ab
day the music died, we started singin'


Chorus
   Ab    Db        Ab        Eb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Ab            Db            Ab        Eb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Ab        Db                  Ab           Eb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Fm                          Bb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Fm                          Eb7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
     Ab                Bbm
And there we were all in one place,
    Db        Bbm            Fm                   Eb
a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
            Ab        Eb    Fm              
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, 
 Bbm7                 Db
Jack Flash sat on a candle 
       Fm                            Bb7     Eb
stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
     Fm               Eb            
And as I watched him on the stage, 
    Fm                     Eb
my hands were clenched in fists of rage
   Db      Ab       Bb7         Db                 Eb7
No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
           Ab               Eb      Fm             
And as the flames climbed high into the night to 
Bbm              Db
light the sacrificial rite
       Ab     Eb           Fm            Db      
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the 
Eb7     Ab  Db  Ab
music died, he was singin'


Chorus
   Ab    Db        Ab        Eb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Ab            Db            Ab        Eb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Ab        Db                  Ab           Eb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Fm                          Bb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Fm                          Eb7
this will be the day that I die


LAST Verse
  Ab     Eb        Fm
I met a girl who sang the blues
      Bbm                 Db           
And I asked her for some happy news, 
    Fm                          Eb
but she just smiled and turned away
  Ab         Eb      Fm
I went down to the sacred store
          Bbm              Db             
Where I'd heard the music years before, 
        Fm                 Db
but the man there said the music
         Eb
wouldn't play
    Fm                 Bbm                 
But in the streets the children screamed, 
    Fm                   Bbm
the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
    Db     Ab        Bbm          Db                     Eb
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken                                    
        Ab         Eb   Fm         
And the three men I admire most, 
    Bbm7     Db            Eb7
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
Ab               Eb          Fm                
They caught the last train for the coast the 
Bbm7     Eb7    Ab
day the music died,
Eb7
And they were singin'


FINAL Chorus
   Ab    Db        Ab        Eb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Ab            Db            Ab        Eb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Ab        Db                  Ab           Eb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Db                Eb7         Ab   Db   Ab
Singin' this will be the day that I die.    
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JWolf88

Dang, Am7 is soooo hard to play

Supernatural1967

I know right! It’s just ridiculous.

guest

I know right:(
it was so hard for me

NotDaBest

Am7 is just strumming without holding down any parts of the strings

Dallin tucker

Yeah that’s the joke

ukulila

i’ve waited so long for this moment…

r/woooooshhh

beesw

There’s a subreddit for people like you :)

Bob

Wow. There is always one. I bet you are a blast at parties.

thatweirdkidintheback

I don’t know how people do it. It’s crazy man

lila williams

ahh such a sad somg!! >.<

Nimorid

Hi there! I’m new to ukulele (and music in general), but love this song, and soooo happy it’s not too complicated :)
But is it me, or is D7 as the last chord in the chorus is way too high? I feel like it should be something lower in tone, but don’t know enough yet to suggest what could sound better ^-^

Lillian Nguyen

when pctyd kicks in all you gotta do is go through this once everything gets worse you cry ten times harder but it’s all good ☺️

hkhaes

OMG what site(s)??

Caroline Vernon

bruv im doing this rn after cty was cancelled summer of 2020 and i am absolutely dying

Username*

Transpose to +5 for an easier version to play. :) I find it easier to sing in that key as well. Great version thanks! :)

Lady Di

Thanks for that suggestion. I really have trouble with Em. +5 works for me.

Abby_eva01

i only know the chorus wich is totaly sad because its SUCH a good song (O_O)
8D

NotDaBest

This is so fun and easy!

11gabbiani

Great song and great tab! I’m curious to know though: does anyone else also use this tab for Weird Al’s parody, “The Saga Begins?”

d_a_y_6_b_o_p

Yup!

Genna G

thats why im here haha

Sandra P.

Genna G
same lol

Rianna

Class

UkuGymnast

Yeah! It’s annoying! but besides that its really easy the only think is that it doesn’t really sound like the song :(

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