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[Verse]
            G                    Am             C                   Am
G|------------------------------------------4---5----------5-----4------------|
D|----------5-------5-5----------7-----7-7-----------5--------------7---------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
...Now for ten years we've been on our own and moss grows fat on a rollin'

    Em                          D            
G|-----------------9------------7----7-------7-5-4-----------------------------|
D|----7-5------7/9---9------------------7----------7-5-4-----------------------|
A|-7------7--7-------------------------------------------7----5----------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  stone but that's not how it used to be...            When the

    G      D            Em                  Am7                C
G|------------------------------------------------------------4-5-------------5|
D|--5---5--4--------------------------------7---------7--------------------5---|
A|----------------------7--------7---------------7-----------------------------|
E|---------------------------7-----7---5---------------------------------------|
  Jester sang for the King and Queen in a coat he'd borrowed from James Dean

          Em              A7            D
G|--4--------------------------------------------------4-7-------4-7-4---4-----|
D|----7-5-----------------7-------7-5-4------------4-7-------4-7-------7-------|
A|--------7-----7-7-------------7-------7-------5----------5-------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  and a voice      that came     from you and me                     Oh and

  Em                 D                 Em               D
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--7------------------5-----------------7----------------5--------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  While the King was looking down, the Jester stole his thorny crown    

        C          G   A7                    C              D7
G|--5---5-----5--4---4-----------------------------2-5-2---2-------4-7---------|
D|---------------------7----------7--5---5-----2-5-------5-----4-7-------------|
A|------------------------------7------7-----3---------------5-----------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  The court room was adjourned...          no verdict was returned...

              G     D     Em                     Am               C
G|-------------------------------------7-9p7-----------------------4--5----5-4-|
D|--------4---5-----5-4--4---------7/9-------9---7-------7-7-------------5-----|
A|--5---7------------------7----7----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  And while Lenin read a book of Marx      the quartet practiced in the park

        G       D      Em                  C
G|-------------------------------7-9p7-----5--5-5---5---6/7-7-6/7-7-6/7-7-6/7-7|
D|--7---5-----5-4----4-------7/9-------9---------------------------------------|
A|---------------------7--7----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  and we sang dirges in the dark     The day      the music 

    G       C         G       D     (Chorus) G       C        G        D
G|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D|--5-5-5-5-----2-5---5-5-5-5-----2-4------|-5-5-5-5-----2---5-5-5-5-5---------|
A|----------3-3---------------5-5----------|---------3-3---------------5-5-----|
E|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
  died...               We were singing... Bye     bye Miss American pie

          G            C            G        D          G       C
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-2-----4--5-5---5--5--------2---5---5-5-5-5------2-4----5-5-5-5--------------|
A|-----------------------3-3-------------------5-5-----------------3----3------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 drove my chevy to the levy but the levy was dry   them good old boys were

         G              D           Em                        A7
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-2---5---5---5---5---5------4---7-----------------------------7--------------|
A|------------------------5-5---------7----------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 drinkin whiskey and rye -- singin' this'll be the day that I die...

   Em                        D7                     (Start Of Verse)
G|-------------------------------------7-7--5-5--4-4-------|-------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------7-7--|---5---------------|
A|-7-------------------------5-----5-5---------------------|-------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|-------------------|
 this'll be the day that I die...


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corgan_06 60 Aug 17, 2003 08:00 PM

great tab, awesome song, and never forget those three guys that died on the plane(big bopper, buddy holly, and richie valens i think) really emotional song.

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parkere 63 Feb 14, 2009 05:01 PM

i think this song has a great bass part, but it is so underrated because of the great lyrics this song has about that unfortunate plane crash...

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