Artist Don McLean
Album American Pie single
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  Bb     F    Gm7
a long, long time ago, 
Cm            Eb                Gm                   F
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
    Bb      F    Gm7
And I know if I had my chance,
     Cm                 Eb            
That I could make those people dance 
    Gm              Eb           F
and maybe they'd be happy for a while               
    Gm       Cm                   Gm          Cm
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
Eb        Bb      Cm          Eb                      F
Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
  Bb          F        Gm           Cm7            F
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
Bb         F          Gm
Something touched me deep inside
    Eb       F7    Bb   Eb   Bb
The day the music died



Chorus
   Bb    Eb        Bb        F
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Bb            Eb            Bb        F
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Bb        Eb                  Bb           F
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Gm                          C7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Gm                          F7
this will be the day that I die

 
Verse
Bb                 Cm      
Did you write the book of love
       Eb                 Cm         Gm           F
And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
Bb      F          Gm
Do you believe in rock and roll
    Cm7            Eb                    
Can music save your mortal soul and can 
 Gm                      C7        F
you teach me how to dance real slow?
       Gm                  F              
Well I know that you're in love with him  
       Gm              F
'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
    Eb           Bb        C7     
You both kicked off your shoes, 
      Eb                    F7
man I dig those rhythm and blues
        Bb      F       Gm                   
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a 
Cm                   Eb
pink carnation and a pickup truck
    Bb      F     Gm              Eb   
But I knew I was out of luck the day 
    F7    Bb  Eb  Bb
the music died, I started singin'


Chorus
   Bb    Eb        Bb        F
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Bb            Eb            Bb        F
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Bb        Eb                  Bb           F
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Gm                          C7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Gm                          F7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
         Bb                   Cm              
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
      Eb                   Cm          
and moss grows fat on a rolling stone 
Gm                      F
but that's not how it used to be
          Bb      F             Gm
When the jester sang for the king and queen 
     Cm7                Eb                
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in 
   Gm                      C7     F
a voice that came from you and me
     Gm                  F           
And while the king was looking down, 
    Gm                 F
the jester stole his thorny crown
     Eb        Bb          C7    Eb             F7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          Bb        F    Gm           
And while Lenin read a book on Marx, 
    Cm                Eb
the quartet practiced in the park
    Bb        F      Gm             
And we sang dirges in the dark the 
Eb         F7     Bb  Eb  Bb
day the music died, we were singin'


Chorus
   Bb    Eb        Bb        F
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Bb            Eb            Bb        F
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Bb        Eb                  Bb           F
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Gm                          C7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Gm                          F7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
Bb                   Cm
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
Eb                      Cm                  
the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, 
Gm                   F
eight miles high and fallin' fast
      Bb   F     Gm
It landed foul on the grass
      Cm7                Eb            
the players tried for a forward pass, 
Gm                             C7    F
with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
         Gm                F             
Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, 
      Gm                  F
while sergeants played a marching tune
Eb          Bb        C7      Eb                  F7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
          Bb      F         Gm             
'Cuz the players tried to take the field, 
    Cm              Eb
the marching band refused to yield
    Bb    F          Gm              
Do you recall what was the feel the 
Eb        F7       Bb  Eb  Bb
day the music died, we started singin'


Chorus
   Bb    Eb        Bb        F
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Bb            Eb            Bb        F
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Bb        Eb                  Bb           F
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Gm                          C7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Gm                          F7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
     Bb                Cm
And there we were all in one place,
    Eb        Cm            Gm                   F
a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
            Bb        F    Gm              
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, 
 Cm7                 Eb
Jack Flash sat on a candle 
       Gm                            C7     F
stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
     Gm               F            
And as I watched him on the stage, 
    Gm                     F
my hands were clenched in fists of rage
   Eb      Bb       C7         Eb                 F7
No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
           Bb               F      Gm             
And as the flames climbed high into the night to 
Cm              Eb
light the sacrificial rite
       Bb     F           Gm            Eb      
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the 
F7     Bb  Eb  Bb
music died, he was singin'


Chorus
   Bb    Eb        Bb        F
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Bb            Eb            Bb        F
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Bb        Eb                  Bb           F
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Gm                          C7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Gm                          F7
this will be the day that I die


LAST Verse
  Bb     F        Gm
I met a girl who sang the blues
      Cm                 Eb           
And I asked her for some happy news, 
    Gm                          F
but she just smiled and turned away
  Bb         F      Gm
I went down to the sacred store
          Cm              Eb             
Where I'd heard the music years before, 
        Gm                 Eb
but the man there said the music
         F
wouldn't play
    Gm                 Cm                 
But in the streets the children screamed, 
    Gm                   Cm
the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
    Eb     Bb        Cm          Eb                     F
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken                                    
        Bb         F   Gm         
And the three men I admire most, 
    Cm7     Eb            F7
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
Bb               F          Gm                
They caught the last train for the coast the 
Cm7     F7    Bb
day the music died,
F7
And they were singin'


FINAL Chorus
   Bb    Eb        Bb        F
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Bb            Eb            Bb        F
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Bb        Eb                  Bb           F
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Eb                F7         Bb   Eb   Bb
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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