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"American Pie" Lyrics

Album:
American Pie [1971] track 1
Don Mclean - Greatest Hits: Live At The Dominion [2002] track 10
Band Hero [2009]
from the game Guitar Hero
track 3
101 Legends [2013]
from the compilation series 101 [2011]
track 1 on disc 2
Genre:Ethnic/Folk, Rock
Duration:00:08:30
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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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     MetalMike41 says:
    Like 002-08-2012 07:01
     
    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."
     bgfkjgfuktf says:
    Like 009-12-2011 22:24
     
    nice
     good_girl95 says:
    Like 030-05-2011 15:48
     
    great!
     Hypo says:
    Like 018-02-2011 00:53
     
    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
    Like 008-01-2011 18:07
     
     Tiiiger says:
    Like 020-09-2010 10:15
     
    Great song.
    Like 026-10-2009 22:46
     
    its awsome
     emack says:
    Like 017-07-2008 04:22
     
    fantastic song
     SmeagolG says:
    Like 026-02-2008 02:16
     
    I love this song! Freaking AWESOME!
     bludlust says:
    Like 019-02-2008 04:15
     
    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
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