Artist Don McLean
Album American Pie single
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  Eb     Bb    Cm7
a long, long time ago, 
Fm            Ab                Cm                   Bb
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
    Eb      Bb    Cm7
And I know if I had my chance,
     Fm                 Ab            
That I could make those people dance 
    Cm              Ab           Bb
and maybe they'd be happy for a while               
    Cm       Fm                   Cm          Fm
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
Ab        Eb      Fm          Ab                      Bb
Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
  Eb          Bb        Cm           Fm7            Bb
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
Eb         Bb          Cm
Something touched me deep inside
    Ab       Bb7    Eb   Ab   Eb
The day the music died



Chorus
   Eb    Ab        Eb        Bb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Eb            Ab            Eb        Bb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Eb        Ab                  Eb           Bb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Cm                          F7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Cm                          Bb7
this will be the day that I die

 
Verse
Eb                 Fm      
Did you write the book of love
       Ab                 Fm         Cm           Bb
And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
Eb      Bb          Cm
Do you believe in rock and roll
    Fm7            Ab                    
Can music save your mortal soul and can 
 Cm                      F7        Bb
you teach me how to dance real slow?
       Cm                  Bb              
Well I know that you're in love with him  
       Cm              Bb
'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
    Ab           Eb        F7     
You both kicked off your shoes, 
      Ab                    Bb7
man I dig those rhythm and blues
        Eb      Bb       Cm                   
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a 
Fm                   Ab
pink carnation and a pickup truck
    Eb      Bb     Cm              Ab   
But I knew I was out of luck the day 
    Bb7    Eb  Ab  Eb
the music died, I started singin'


Chorus
   Eb    Ab        Eb        Bb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Eb            Ab            Eb        Bb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Eb        Ab                  Eb           Bb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Cm                          F7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Cm                          Bb7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
         Eb                   Fm              
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
      Ab                   Fm          
and moss grows fat on a rolling stone 
Cm                      Bb
but that's not how it used to be
          Eb      Bb             Cm
When the jester sang for the king and queen 
     Fm7                Ab                
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in 
   Cm                      F7     Bb
a voice that came from you and me
     Cm                  Bb           
And while the king was looking down, 
    Cm                 Bb
the jester stole his thorny crown
     Ab        Eb          F7    Ab             Bb7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          Eb        Bb    Cm           
And while Lenin read a book on Marx, 
    Fm                Ab
the quartet practiced in the park
    Eb        Bb      Cm             
And we sang dirges in the dark the 
Ab         Bb7     Eb  Ab  Eb
day the music died, we were singin'


Chorus
   Eb    Ab        Eb        Bb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Eb            Ab            Eb        Bb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Eb        Ab                  Eb           Bb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Cm                          F7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Cm                          Bb7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
Eb                   Fm
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
Ab                      Fm                  
the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, 
Cm                   Bb
eight miles high and fallin' fast
      Eb   Bb     Cm
It landed foul on the grass
      Fm7                Ab            
the players tried for a forward pass, 
Cm                             F7    Bb
with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
         Cm                Bb             
Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, 
      Cm                  Bb
while sergeants played a marching tune
Ab          Eb        F7      Ab                  Bb7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
          Eb      Bb         Cm             
'Cuz the players tried to take the field, 
    Fm              Ab
the marching band refused to yield
    Eb    Bb          Cm              
Do you recall what was the feel the 
Ab        Bb7       Eb  Ab  Eb
day the music died, we started singin'


Chorus
   Eb    Ab        Eb        Bb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Eb            Ab            Eb        Bb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Eb        Ab                  Eb           Bb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Cm                          F7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Cm                          Bb7
this will be the day that I die


Verse
     Eb                Fm
And there we were all in one place,
    Ab        Fm            Cm                   Bb
a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
            Eb        Bb    Cm              
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, 
 Fm7                 Ab
Jack Flash sat on a candle 
       Cm                            F7     Bb
stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
     Cm               Bb            
And as I watched him on the stage, 
    Cm                     Bb
my hands were clenched in fists of rage
   Ab      Eb       F7         Ab                 Bb7
No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
           Eb               Bb      Cm             
And as the flames climbed high into the night to 
Fm              Ab
light the sacrificial rite
       Eb     Bb           Cm            Ab      
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the 
Bb7     Eb  Ab  Eb
music died, he was singin'


Chorus
   Eb    Ab        Eb        Bb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Eb            Ab            Eb        Bb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Eb        Ab                  Eb           Bb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Cm                          F7   
Singin' this will be the day that I die, 
Cm                          Bb7
this will be the day that I die


LAST Verse
  Eb     Bb        Cm
I met a girl who sang the blues
      Fm                 Ab           
And I asked her for some happy news, 
    Cm                          Bb
but she just smiled and turned away
  Eb         Bb      Cm
I went down to the sacred store
          Fm              Ab             
Where I'd heard the music years before, 
        Cm                 Ab
but the man there said the music
         Bb
wouldn't play
    Cm                 Fm                 
But in the streets the children screamed, 
    Cm                   Fm
the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
    Ab     Eb        Fm          Ab                     Bb
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken                                    
        Eb         Bb   Cm         
And the three men I admire most, 
    Fm7     Ab            Bb7
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
Eb               Bb          Cm                
They caught the last train for the coast the 
Fm7     Bb7    Eb
day the music died,
Bb7
And they were singin'


FINAL Chorus
   Eb    Ab        Eb        Bb
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         Eb            Ab            Eb        Bb
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
         Eb        Ab                  Eb           Bb
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
        Ab                Bb7         Eb   Ab   Eb
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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