American Pie Chords

//American Pie Chords

American Pie Chords

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“American Pie” Chords are displayed here. The song was released in 1971 by Don McLean on the “American Pie” album.  Let’s see the chords:

American Pie Chords

Standard Tuning

Chords:
   D/F#  Dsus4  Dsus2   D7     A7     Am7
e---2------3------0------2------0------0---
B---3------2------3------1------2------1---
G---2------2------2------2------0------0---
D---0------0------0------0------2------2---
A---x------x------x------x------0------0---
E---2------x------x------x------x------x---

Intro:
  G     D/F#       Em7
A long, long time ago, 
Am               C                 Em                    D Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
       G        D/F#     Em7
And I knew if I had my chance,
     Am                 C                Em                 C              D Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
That I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while
Em                   Am              Em            Am
   But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
C        G/B     Am                C                     D
Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
  G       D/F#      Em                Am7            D
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
G         D          Em
Something touched me deep inside
    C       D7    G  
The day the music died

Chorus 1:
   G    C        G        D
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         G            C            G        D
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
         G        C                  G           D
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
        Em                          A7   Em                          D7 D7sus4 D7 D7sus2 D7
Singing this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die

Verse 1:
G                   Am      
  Did you write the book of love
       C                 Am       Em              D             Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
And do you have faith in God above, if the bible tells you so?
G                   Em
Ah do you believe in rock and roll
    Am7            C                    Em                  A7         D     Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
Can music save your mortal soul and can you teach me how to dance real slow?
       Em                  D                     Em              D
Well I know that you're in love with him  'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
    C           G        A7           C                    D7
You both kicked off your shoes, man I dig those rhythm and blues
        G      D       Em                   Am                   C
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck
    G      D     Em              C       D7    G    C  G
But I knew I was out of luck the day the music died,      I started singin'

Chorus 2:
   G    C        G        D
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         G            C            G        D
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
         G        C                  G           D
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
        Em                          A7   Em                          D7 D7sus4 D7 D7sus2 D7
Singing this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die

Verse 2:
        G                    Am              
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
    C            Am                    Em                       D  Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
And moss grows fat on a rolling stone but that's not how it used to be
          G      D           Em
When the jester sang for the king and queen 
     Am7              C                    Em         A7                 D Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean in a voice that came from you and me
    Em                D                  Em               D
And while the king was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown
    C         G     A7       C              D7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          G     D      Em                Am               C
And while Lenin read a book on Marx, the quartet practiced in the park
    G        D   Em                C         D7     G  C  G
And we sang dirges in the dark the day the music died,       we were singing

Chorus 3:
   G    C        G        D
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         G            C            G        D
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
         G        C                  G           D
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
        Em                          A7   Em                          D7 D7sus4 D7 D7sus2 D7
Singing this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die

Verse 3:
G              Am
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
    C                     Am              Em                   D               Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter,   eight miles high and fallin' fast
   G      D    Em
It landed foul on the grass
    Am7                 C             Em                     A7             D  Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
the players tried for a forward pass, with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
       Em                  D                    Em                 D
Now at half-time there was sweet perfume, while sergeants played a marching Tune
C          G        A7      C                D7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
         G       D        Em                  Am              C
'Cuz the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield
    G    D         Em               C       D7    G    C  G
Do you recall what was the feel the day the music died,      we started singing

Chorus 4:
   G    C        G        D
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         G            C            G        D
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
         G        C                  G           D
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
        Em                          A7   Em                          D7 D7sus4 D7 D7sus2 D7
Singing this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die
Verse 4:
    G                 Am
And there we were all in one place,
  C          Am             Em                   D           Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
A generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
         G         D        Em             Am7                 C
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candle stick,
Em               A7           D      Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
'Cuz fire is the devil's only friend

     Em              D                Em                     D
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      Em              Am             C
And as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite
      G     D        Em               C       D7    G    C  G
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died,     he was singing

Chorus 5:
G    C        G        D
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
         G            C            G        D
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
         G        C                  G           D
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
        Em                          A7   Em                          D7 
Singing this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die

Bridge:
  G     D        Em
I met a girl who sang the blues
    Am               C                   Em                          D  Dsus 4 D Dsus2 D
And I asked her for some happy news, but she just smiled and turned away
  G         D      Em
I went down to the sacred store
          Am           C                     Em                       C
Where I'd heard the music years before, but the man there said the music
           D  D Dsus 4 D Dsus2 D
wouldn't play
    Em                           Am           Em                   Am
But in the streets the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
      C     G        Am           C                      D
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken                                     
        G         D    Em             Am7     C            D7
And the three men I admire most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
     G          D          Em                Am7     D7    G
They caught the last train for the coast the day the music died,

And they were singing

Chorus 6:
   G    C        G        D
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
         G            C            G        D
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
         G        C                  G           D
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
        Em                          A7   Em                          D7 D7sus4 D7 D7sus2 D7
Singing this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die

They were singing
   G    C        G        D
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
         G            C            G        D
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
         G        C                  G           D
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
        Em              D7         G  D G         
Singing this'll be the day that I die, 

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By |2018-06-27T21:13:38+00:00November 6th, 2017|Guitar Tabs|4 Comments

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  1. Colleen June 11, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    What a clever idea! My daughter who plays the trumpet also loves to fiddle with the guitar and ukulele. I just asked her if she could play but looking only at chords, and she said yes. I have printed it out for her to try out today. Thank you for taking the time to do this!

    • Ben June 11, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Colleen. I hope your daughter will enjoy playing this song!

  2. Melinda June 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    That’s really helpful to have the chords written out for the kids who don’t read music yet. Sometimes learning to read music and figuring out the fingering at the same time can be quite confusing. Thanks!

    • Ben June 11, 2018 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Yes Melinda, for kids, it’s really useful. Even for adults who don’t know how to read music as well (I met a lot of people like that). You’re welcome!

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