American Pie


  G    D    Em7	      Ami	     C		
A long long time ago I can still remember
	 Emi			D	   G	  D	    Em7
how that music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance
     Ami		 C		   Emi		    C		
that I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a 
D     Emi

	     Am		     Emi	       Ami
But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver
C	 G-B    Ami	     C		       D 
Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step
  G	  D	       Emi	    Am7		    D  
I can't remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride
    G	      D				   C	   D7    G    C-G  G	
But something touched me deep inside The day the Music Died      

G   C	      G	       D	    G		  C	        G   	 D
bye bye Miss American Pie Drove my chevy to the levy But the levy was
	 G	   C		      G		   D 
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
	Emi			   A7  Emi			   D7  
Singin' this'll be the day that I die this'll be the day that I die.
G		   Ami			C		   Ami
Did you write the book of love And do you have faith in God above?
Emi	     D			G      D	Emi  
If the Bible tells you so.  Do you believe in Rock 'n Roll?
   Am7		     C		       Emi		A7	      D		
Can music save your mortal soul? And can you teach me how to dance
real slow?

	Emi		     D			     Emi	      D 
Well, I know that you're in love with him 'cause I saw you dancin' in
the gym
    C		 G-B	  A7		C		  D7  
You both kicked off your shoes Man, I dig those rythmny blues
	G      D	Emi		      Ami		    C 
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck With a pink carnation and a
pickup truck.
    G	   D     Emi		  C	   D7    G   C   
But I knew I was out of luck The day the music died

I started singin'
{c: chorus}

G			      Ami	      C			   Ami
Now for ten years we've been on our own And moss grows fat on a
rollin' stone
Emi		       D		    G	   D		 Emi 
But that's not how it used to be When the jester sang for the King
and Queen
     Am7	       C		      Em	  A7	    D  
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean And a voice that came from you
and me

	Emi		    D		      Emi		D	  
Oh, and while the King was looking down The jester stole his thorny
    C	      G-B   A7		C	       D7   	
The courtroom was adjourned No verdict was returned
	  G	  D	 Emi		   Ami		        C 
And while Lennon read a book of Marx The court kept practice in the
    G	    D	    Emi		    C	     D7	   G	 C   
And we sang dirges in the dark The day the Music Died.

We were singing
G		     Ami    Ami         C                     Ami
Helter-Skelter in a summer swelter The Byrds flew off with a fallout
Emi		      D		       G     D		Emi  
Eight Miles High and falling fast It landed foul out on the grass
    Am7		   C				Emi     A7		  D
The players tried for a forward pass But the jester's on the
sidelines in a cast

	Emi 		   D			    Emi			   
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume While the sargeants played a 
marching tune
C      G-B	  A7		C	  D7 
We all got up to dance But we never got the chance
	   G	    D	     Emi	         Ami		  C  
'cause the players tried to take the field The marching band refused
to yield
G      D      Emi		     C	      D7    G	  C  G 
Do you recall what was reveiled the day the Music Died?   

We stared singing

G			   Ami		   C	      Ami
Oh, and there we were all in one place A generation Lost in Space
Emi		      D				G	
With no time left to start again So come on, Jack be nimble
Emi		    Am7		   C			Emi 	    A7
Jack be quick Jack Flash sat on a candlestick 'cause fire is the
only friend

	Emi		  D		   Emi			   D 
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists
of rage
C	 G       A7	     C 			 D7  
No angel born in hell Could break that Satan's spell
	   G		   D	  Emi		   Ami		   C  
And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrifical
      G	    D	      Emi		C	D7    G    C  G  
I saw Satan laughing with delight The day the Music Died    

He was singing

  G		           Ami		C		    Ami
I met a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news
    Emi				D	G			 D 
But she just smiled and turned away I went down to the sacred store
	  Emi		   Am7		         Emi		     A7 
Where I'd heard the music years before But the man there said the
woudn't play

	   Emi			 D	       Emi			  
And in the streets the children screamed The lovers cried, and the
C	  G	    A7		C		      D7  
But not a word was spoken The Church bells all were broken
    G	  	 D		 Emi	  Ami	      C  
And three men I admire most The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
     G		 D	    Emi		       C       D7    G    C  G
They caught the last train for the coast The Day the Music Died.   

And they were singing

They were singing