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Verse 1 62 bpm
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Chorus 96 bpm
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Verse 2 onwards 142 bpm
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American Pie

Don McLean
"American Pie"


    Performance Notes:
  Acoustic guitar, with open position chords.


  Chords
G   320033
D   xx0232
Em7 022030
Am  x02210
C   x32010
Em  022000
D7  xx0212
Am7 x02010 or x02213
A7  x02020 or x02223


    [Prologue]  (Strum Freely / Slowly  usu. only the once per chord) 
   G      D    Em7       Am               C
A   long, long time ago   I can ...
 Em                      D                G         D      Em7     (G)
  music used to make me smile        And   I ...
 Am       (G)        C                 Em               C
  I could make those people dance and   ...
 D         Em             Am             Em                    Am  
  while     But February made me shiver ... 
 C        G      Am           C                  D
  Bad news on the doorstep I   ...
                                    (C)             (D7)
 G        D            Em   (G)     Am7             D
  can't remember if I cried when I   ...                                                
 G            D        Em                C  (Am7) D7      G    C    G  (D7)
  something touched me deep in-...          
                                                           Del Segna al Coda
                    (Play from Segna till it says to go to the Coda)


   [Chorus] ( in a slightly faster tempo )
   (SEGNA)
   
    *G    C            G           D                G        C
So  * bye-bye, Miss A_ _merican Pie ...
 G           D         G           C                G             D  TO CODA
  levee was dry. Them  good ole boys were ...
  Em                         A7       Em                          D7
  this'll be the day that I   die      This'll ...   


[Verses 1,2,3,4.]

 G    Am   C     Am    Em     D       %   G  D   Em    Am7    C    Em          

 A7   D      %   Em    D      Em    D     C  G   A7    C      D7   G  D    
                                                 _______
                                                  1.2.3.
                                                       * 
 Em   Am   C     G  D  Em     C     D7    G  C   G  D7 *        
 ______
  4.

 G       D        D   C    G   D    G   C    G   D    G   C    G   D    
  He was singing   etc.

 Em      A7      Em      D7             

    For the 5th verse, play the prologue, adding the chords in (x) in and
substituting a chord for a previousey written one when you see   (C)
                                                                 Am7
(Ie: play a C instaid of, not as well as, the Am7)

Also remember to go back to the slow strumming for the 5th verse.

    Coda

 C                  D7           G    C     G
  This'll be the day that ...

            
            
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AcousticJ 10 May 08, 2002 08:00 PM

is there any way you could tab sister fatima?? it is also on the american pie album. thanks

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AcousticJ 10 May 08, 2002 08:00 PM

is there any way you could tab sister fatima?? it is also on the american pie album.

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TheGoldenNugget 10 Nov 01, 2003 07:00 PM

You left out the words for most of the song. You put for Verses 1, 2, 3, 4 and put the chords there. It is almost impossible to follow a song if you don't have the words to go along with it and you left them out in the most crucial parts of the song. This a good tab, but you should to redo it with the lyrics there to accompany the chords.

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