Artist Don McLean
Album American Pie single
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  F     C    Dm7
a long, long time ago, 
Gm            Bb                Dm                   C
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
    F      C    Dm7
And I know if I had my chance,
     Gm                 Bb            
That I could make those people dance 
    Dm              Bb           C
and maybe they'd be happy for a while               
    Dm       Gm                   Dm          Gm
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
Bb        F      Gm          Bb                      C
Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
  F          C        Dm           Gm7            C
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
F         C          Dm
Something touched me deep inside
    Bb       C7    F   Bb   F
The day the music died



Chorus
   F    Bb        F        C
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         F            Bb            F        C
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         F        Bb                  F           C
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Dm                          G7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Dm                          C7
this will be the day that I die

 
Verse
F                 Gm      
Did you write the book of love
       Bb                 Gm         Dm           C
And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
F      C          Dm
Do you believe in rock and roll
    Gm7            Bb                    
Can music save your mortal soul and can 
 Dm                      G7        C
you teach me how to dance real slow?
       Dm                  C              
Well I know that you're in love with him  
       Dm              C
'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
    Bb           F        G7     
You both kicked off your shoes, 
      Bb                    C7
man I dig those rhythm and blues
        F      C       Dm                   
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a 
Gm                   Bb
pink carnation and a pickup truck
    F      C     Dm              Bb   
But I knew I was out of luck the day 
    C7    F  Bb  F
the music died, I started singin'


Chorus
   F    Bb        F        C
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         F            Bb            F        C
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         F        Bb                  F           C
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Dm                          G7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Dm                          C7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
         F                   Gm              
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
      Bb                   Gm          
and moss grows fat on a rolling stone 
Dm                      C
but that's not how it used to be
          F      C             Dm
When the jester sang for the king and queen 
     Gm7                Bb                
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in 
   Dm                      G7     C
a voice that came from you and me
     Dm                  C           
And while the king was looking down, 
    Dm                 C
the jester stole his thorny crown
     Bb        F          G7    Bb             C7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          F        C    Dm           
And while Lenin read a book on Marx, 
    Gm                Bb
the quartet practiced in the park
    F        C      Dm             
And we sang dirges in the dark the 
Bb         C7     F  Bb  F
day the music died, we were singin'


Chorus
   F    Bb        F        C
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         F            Bb            F        C
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         F        Bb                  F           C
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Dm                          G7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Dm                          C7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
F                   Gm
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
Bb                      Gm                  
the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, 
Dm                   C
eight miles high and fallin' fast
      F   C     Dm
It landed foul on the grass
      Gm7                Bb            
the players tried for a forward pass, 
Dm                             G7    C
with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
         Dm                C             
Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, 
      Dm                  C
while sergeants played a marching tune
Bb          F        G7      Bb                  C7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
          F      C         Dm             
'Cuz the players tried to take the field, 
    Gm              Bb
the marching band refused to yield
    F    C          Dm              
Do you recall what was the feel the 
Bb        C7       F  Bb  F
day the music died, we started singin'


Chorus
   F    Bb        F        C
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         F            Bb            F        C
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         F        Bb                  F           C
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Dm                          G7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Dm                          C7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
     F                Gm
And there we were all in one place,
    Bb        Gm            Dm                   C
a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
            F        C    Dm              
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, 
 Gm7                 Bb
Jack Flash sat on a candle 
       Dm                            G7     C
stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
     Dm               C            
And as I watched him on the stage, 
    Dm                     C
my hands were clenched in fists of rage
   Bb      F       G7         Bb                 C7
No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
           F               C      Dm             
And as the flames climbed high into the night to 
Gm              Bb
light the sacrificial rite
       F     C           Dm            Bb      
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the 
C7     F  Bb  F
music died, he was singin'


Chorus
   F    Bb        F        C
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         F            Bb            F        C
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         F        Bb                  F           C
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Dm                          G7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Dm                          C7
this will be the day that I die


LAST Verse
  F     C        Dm
I met a girl who sang the blues
      Gm                 Bb           
And I asked her for some happy news, 
    Dm                          C
but she just smiled and turned away
  F         C      Dm
I went down to the sacred store
          Gm              Bb             
Where I'd heard the music years before, 
        Dm                 Bb
but the man there said the music
         C
wouldn't play
    Dm                 Gm                 
But in the streets the children screamed, 
    Dm                   Gm
the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
    Bb     F        Gm          Bb                     C
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken                                    
        F         C   Dm         
And the three men I admire most, 
    Gm7     Bb            C7
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
F               C          Dm                
They caught the last train for the coast the 
Gm7     C7    F
day the music died,
C7
And they were singin'


FINAL Chorus
   F    Bb        F        C
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         F            Bb            F        C
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         F        Bb                  F           C
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Bb                C7         F   Bb   F
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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