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American Pie

Don McLean

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A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.
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And I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance
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and maybe they'd be happy for a while. But February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver.
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Bad news on the doorstep. I couldn't take one more step. I can't remember if I cried,
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when I read about his widowed bride, but something touched me deep inside the
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day the music died.
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So bye bye Miss American Pie. Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry,
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them good ole boys were drinkin' whiskey and Rye, singing this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die.
 
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Did you write the book of love and do you have faith in God above?
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If the Bible tells you so, now do you believe in rock and roll?
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Can music save your mortal soul, and can you teach me how to dance real slow?
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Well I know that you're in love with him. 'Cause I saw you dancing in the gym.
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You both kicked off your shoes, man I dig those rhythm and blues!
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I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck, with a pink carnation and a pick up truck.
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But I knew I was out of luck! The day the music died.
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I started singing
Bye bye Miss American Pie... 
 
Now for ten years, we've been on our own and moss grows fat on a rolling stone, 
but that's not how it used to be when the jester sang for King and Queen 
in a coat he'd 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 of Marx the quartett practiced in the park 
and we sang dirges in the dark the day the music died. 
We were singin' 
Bye bye Miss American Pie... 
Helter skelter in the summer swelter the birds flew off with a fallout shelter 
eight miles high and falling fast as it landed 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. 
Oh as the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield. 
Do you recall what was revealed, the day the musik died. 
We started singin' 
Bye bye Miss American Pie... 
 
And there we were all in one a place, the 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 candle stick, 'cos fire is the devils only friend. 
Oh and as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in first of rage. 
No angel born in hell could break that satan 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 singin' 
Bye bye Miss American Pie... 
 
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 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 are well 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 singin' 
Bye bye Miss American Pie... (repeat) 


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