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Don McLean - American Pie Lyrics

Song details
TitleAmerican Pie
ArtistDon McLean
Album101 Legends [2013]
album from the compilation series 101 [2011], Track 1 Disc 2
Band Hero [2009]
album from the game Guitar Hero, Track 3
Don Mclean - Greatest Hits: Live At The Dominion [2002], Track 10
American Pie [1971], Track 1
GenreEthnic/Folk, Rock
Duration00:08:42
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Song lyrics
A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while.

But february made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn't take one more step.

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride,
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.

So bye-bye, miss american pie.
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Did you write the book of love,
And do you have faith in God above,
If the Bible tells you so?
Do you believe in rock 'n roll,
Can music save your mortal soul,
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you're in love with him
'cause I saw you dancin' in the gym.
You both kicked off your shoes.
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues.

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck,
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died.

I started singin',
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Now for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone,
But that's not how it used to be.
When the jester sang for the king and queen,
In a coat he borrowed from james dean
And a voice that came from you and me,

Oh, and while the king was looking down,
The jester stole his thorny crown.
The courtroom was adjourned;
No verdict was returned.
And while Lenin read a book on Marx,
The quartet practiced in the park,
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died.

We were singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Helter skelter in a summer swelter.
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter,
Eight miles high and falling fast.
It landed foul on the grass.
The players tried for a forward pass,
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast.

Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune.
We all got up to dance,
Oh, but we never got the chance!
As the players tried to take the field;
The marching band refused to yield.
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

We started singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Oh, and there we were all in one place,
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again.
So come on: jack be nimble, jack be quick!
Jack flash sat on a candlestick
Cause fire is the devil's only friend.

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage.
No angel born in hell
Could break that satan's spell.
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite,
I saw satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news,
But she just smiled and turned away.
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before,
But the man there said the music wouldn't play.

And in the streets: the children screamed,
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed.
But not a word was spoken;
The church bells all were broken.
And the three men I admire most:
The father, son, and the holy ghost,
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died.

And they were singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

They were singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "this'll be the day that I die."
submitted by Mance
corrected by Olivia_Ka on May 30th, 2014
written by Mclean, Don
copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group




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 Song comments
0 likes - like | 02-08-2012 07:01 MetalMike41 
MetalMike41
 
158 posts
i love this song. in the words of my uncle: "I think your dad is the only person in the western hemisphere to actually memorize the entire song."
0 likes - like | 09-12-2011 22:24 bgfkjgfuktf 
bgfkjgfuktf
 
73 posts
nice
0 likes - like | 30-05-2011 15:48 good_girl95 
good_girl95
 
988 posts
great!
0 likes - like | 18-02-2011 00:53 Hypo 
Hypo
 
71 posts
People and things mentioned in the song:

Ritchie Valens
The Big Bopper
Buddy Holly
The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost
María Elena Holly – his widowed bride
"(Who Wrote) The Book of Love" – The Monotones
"Lonely Teenager" – Dion
"A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)" – Marty Robbins
Bob Dylan – the jester on the sidelines in a cast.
Elvis Presley – the King
Connie Francis or Queen Elizabeth II – the queen
James Dean
Lenin – However, Official Lyrics show this to be John Lennon, a play on words
Karl Marx or Groucho Marx
Jerry Moss – "moss grows fat on a Rolling Stone"
The Beatles – The Quartet
"Helter Skelter" – a Beatles song used by Charles Manson
The Byrds – "Eight Miles High"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" – (The Marching Band) – The Beatles – (sergeants played a marching tune)
Woodstock Festival – "There we were, all in one place"
The Space Race – "A generation lost in space"
The Rolling Stones – Jack Flash and "moss grows fat on a Rolling Stone"
Mick Jagger – Satan laughing with delight
Hells Angels at the Altamont Free Concert – "No angel born in hell"
Janis Joplin or Billie Holiday – Girl Who Sang the Blues
Fillmore East or The Fillmore – the sacred store
0 likes - like | 08-01-2011 18:07 thekingchapman2 
thekingchapman2
 
161 posts
0 likes - like | 20-09-2010 10:15 Tiiiger 
Tiiiger
 
9 posts
Great song.
0 likes - like | 26-10-2009 22:46 Bbbobbberrrttt 
Bbbobbberrrttt
 
1 posts
its awsome
0 likes - like | 17-07-2008 04:22 emack 
emack
 
11 posts
fantastic song
0 likes - like | 26-02-2008 02:16 SmeagolG 
SmeagolG
 
59 posts
I love this song! Freaking AWESOME!
0 likes - like | 19-02-2008 04:15 bludlust 
bludlust
 
122 posts
This is a masterpiece of a song, a complete song with all elements mixed together perfectly. The lyrics are amazing, and the melody is very original
0 likes - like | 02-07-2007 05:26 music4life2007 
music4life2007
 
5 posts
Love this song! It's got such amazing meaning.
My mom and dad have talked about "The Day the Music Died" ever since I was a little girl, mainly because that's the time they lived in.
Yes, it is about the death of Buddy Holly, but you must also remember the other two in the plane that fateful day. "The Day the Music Died" refers to the plane crash which killed Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. Not just Buddy Holly.
0 likes - like | 18-03-2007 19:06 Whatsername1992 
Whatsername1992
 
105 posts
Wow! I love this song ! It's so memorable because of the amazing rhymes and different ways of understanding the lyrics to mean different things. Lets all bow down and worship the song... I am not worthy
0 likes - like | 17-02-2007 02:52 ben_yo_24 
ben_yo_24
 
62 posts
OMg killer song!
0 likes - like | 12-12-2006 13:25 leftie 
leftie
 
21 posts
Love this song,,think it refers to Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan as the jester,,,whatever,,,i think just as Dylan would say draw yer own conclusions...Madonna wishes she could write like this...the rest of Don Mcleans stuff sucks though...hes got a song about Vincent Van G. go figure
0 likes - like | 06-12-2006 20:01 siggaelsa 
siggaelsa
 
6 posts
yeah really the music died the same day as buddy holly and the ather 2 guys on the plain, well it's freaking amazing that he wrote a song about buddy holly. and when i talks about his widow wife i think he is meaning like when buddy holly's wife miscared hear baby when she heard the news of his death. so sad
well this song is amazing
this is my favorite song
0 likes - like | 04-10-2006 20:53 dark_knight86 
dark_knight86
 
4,992 posts
I love this song!
0 likes - like | 27-08-2006 03:03 just_a_hoaxxx 
just_a_hoaxxx
 
2 posts
this song is incredible.
lyrically, musically, its just so so so so good.
0 likes - like | 22-08-2006 12:47 Joaqsgurl 
Joaqsgurl
 
45 posts
Fantastic song, has been my favorite for a long time its one of those classic that have withstood the test of time and is still standing and going strong!!
0 likes - like | 24-06-2006 16:08 heshford 
heshford
 
6 posts
mint song with such moving lyrics.
well it is fairly well known that the song is about the death of buddy holly, the big bopper and Richie Valens who all died in the same plane crush on the 3rd febuary 1959, these infulential singers death was conciderd the day when the music died.

but
the song get more interesting as it gose on.
when he sings "helter sketer in a sumer swelter" he refers to the death of Tate in the hot sumer of 69 by charles mansons followers who rote "helter skelter on the wall of the murder scene.

if there is something that u would like to know about american pie lyrics that i have not already mentioned i would be happy to do my best to help u understand


also whe don mclean sings "And as I watched him on the stage, my hands were clenched in fists of rage; No angel born in hell, could break that Satan's spell" this oviously refers to the Altamont concert when the stones hired the hells angels to do the security, and while mick jagger sang about satan on the stage the now drunk hells angels were brutily killing members of the audience.
0 likes - like | 22-06-2006 14:37 _AdreNaliN_ 
_AdreNaliN_
 
2,670 posts
Hmm, nice..

Anyhow, this song is pretty cool
0 likes - like | 22-06-2006 14:27 nastradami 
nastradami
 
7 posts
the day the music died was the day that kennedy was assassinated
0 likes - like | 18-06-2006 19:25 PerfectByNature 
PerfectByNature
 
287 posts
I love this song.
0 likes - like | 24-05-2006 21:27 deej462 
deej462
 
17 posts
One of the best songs ever written. There's so much symbolism in it that everytime I hear it, I interpret it in a new way. It's like, 582746 minutes long, but not a minute too long. Amazing.

Oh, and to answer the question about Lennon/Lenin, I'm pretty sure it's Lenin. It's probably a reference to the Soviet Union's Marxism.
0 likes - like | 14-04-2006 21:00 litjens999 
litjens999
 
2,191 posts
Love this song stands in my personal top 10
only the Madonna version she could better
0 likes - like | 14-04-2006 20:58 mferris25 
mferris25
 
28 posts
THE BEST SONG ON THE PLANET EARTH!

THERE IS NO DOUBT. FROM THE WORDS TO THE VOCALS THERE IS NO COMPARISON. YOU CANT HELP BUT KNOW THE LYRICS!

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