Artist Don McLean
Album American Pie single
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  Db     Ab    Bbm7
a long, long time ago, 
Ebm            Gb                Bbm                   Ab
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
    Db      Ab    Bbm7
And I know if I had my chance,
     Ebm                 Gb            
That I could make those people dance 
    Bbm              Gb           Ab
and maybe they'd be happy for a while               
    Bbm       Ebm                   Bbm          Ebm
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
Gb        Db      Ebm          Gb                      Ab
Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
  Db          Ab        Bbm           Ebm7            Ab
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
Db         Ab          Bbm
Something touched me deep inside
    Gb       Ab7    Db   Gb   Db
The day the music died



Chorus
   Db    Gb        Db        Ab
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Db            Gb            Db        Ab
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Db        Gb                  Db           Ab
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Bbm                          Eb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Bbm                          Ab7
this will be the day that I die

 
Verse
Db                 Ebm      
Did you write the book of love
       Gb                 Ebm         Bbm           Ab
And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
Db      Ab          Bbm
Do you believe in rock and roll
    Ebm7            Gb                    
Can music save your mortal soul and can 
 Bbm                      Eb7        Ab
you teach me how to dance real slow?
       Bbm                  Ab              
Well I know that you're in love with him  
       Bbm              Ab
'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
    Gb           Db        Eb7     
You both kicked off your shoes, 
      Gb                    Ab7
man I dig those rhythm and blues
        Db      Ab       Bbm                   
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a 
Ebm                   Gb
pink carnation and a pickup truck
    Db      Ab     Bbm              Gb   
But I knew I was out of luck the day 
    Ab7    Db  Gb  Db
the music died, I started singin'


Chorus
   Db    Gb        Db        Ab
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Db            Gb            Db        Ab
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Db        Gb                  Db           Ab
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Bbm                          Eb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Bbm                          Ab7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
         Db                   Ebm              
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
      Gb                   Ebm          
and moss grows fat on a rolling stone 
Bbm                      Ab
but that's not how it used to be
          Db      Ab             Bbm
When the jester sang for the king and queen 
     Ebm7                Gb                
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in 
   Bbm                      Eb7     Ab
a voice that came from you and me
     Bbm                  Ab           
And while the king was looking down, 
    Bbm                 Ab
the jester stole his thorny crown
     Gb        Db          Eb7    Gb             Ab7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          Db        Ab    Bbm           
And while Lenin read a book on Marx, 
    Ebm                Gb
the quartet practiced in the park
    Db        Ab      Bbm             
And we sang dirges in the dark the 
Gb         Ab7     Db  Gb  Db
day the music died, we were singin'


Chorus
   Db    Gb        Db        Ab
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Db            Gb            Db        Ab
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Db        Gb                  Db           Ab
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Bbm                          Eb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Bbm                          Ab7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
Db                   Ebm
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
Gb                      Ebm                  
the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, 
Bbm                   Ab
eight miles high and fallin' fast
      Db   Ab     Bbm
It landed foul on the grass
      Ebm7                Gb            
the players tried for a forward pass, 
Bbm                             Eb7    Ab
with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
         Bbm                Ab             
Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, 
      Bbm                  Ab
while sergeants played a marching tune
Gb          Db        Eb7      Gb                  Ab7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
          Db      Ab         Bbm             
'Cuz the players tried to take the field, 
    Ebm              Gb
the marching band refused to yield
    Db    Ab          Bbm              
Do you recall what was the feel the 
Gb        Ab7       Db  Gb  Db
day the music died, we started singin'


Chorus
   Db    Gb        Db        Ab
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Db            Gb            Db        Ab
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Db        Gb                  Db           Ab
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Bbm                          Eb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Bbm                          Ab7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
     Db                Ebm
And there we were all in one place,
    Gb        Ebm            Bbm                   Ab
a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
            Db        Ab    Bbm              
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, 
 Ebm7                 Gb
Jack Flash sat on a candle 
       Bbm                            Eb7     Ab
stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
     Bbm               Ab            
And as I watched him on the stage, 
    Bbm                     Ab
my hands were clenched in fists of rage
   Gb      Db       Eb7         Gb                 Ab7
No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
           Db               Ab      Bbm             
And as the flames climbed high into the night to 
Ebm              Gb
light the sacrificial rite
       Db     Ab           Bbm            Gb      
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the 
Ab7     Db  Gb  Db
music died, he was singin'


Chorus
   Db    Gb        Db        Ab
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Db            Gb            Db        Ab
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Db        Gb                  Db           Ab
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Bbm                          Eb7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Bbm                          Ab7
this will be the day that I die


LAST Verse
  Db     Ab        Bbm
I met a girl who sang the blues
      Ebm                 Gb           
And I asked her for some happy news, 
    Bbm                          Ab
but she just smiled and turned away
  Db         Ab      Bbm
I went down to the sacred store
          Ebm              Gb             
Where I'd heard the music years before, 
        Bbm                 Gb
but the man there said the music
         Ab
wouldn't play
    Bbm                 Ebm                 
But in the streets the children screamed, 
    Bbm                   Ebm
the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
    Gb     Db        Ebm          Gb                     Ab
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken                                    
        Db         Ab   Bbm         
And the three men I admire most, 
    Ebm7     Gb            Ab7
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
Db               Ab          Bbm                
They caught the last train for the coast the 
Ebm7     Ab7    Db
day the music died,
Ab7
And they were singin'


FINAL Chorus
   Db    Gb        Db        Ab
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Db            Gb            Db        Ab
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Db        Gb                  Db           Ab
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Gb                Ab7         Db   Gb   Db
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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