American Pie

Don McLean

credits


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Don Mclean
album: Track 1 in album American Pie
release date: 1971-10
popularity : 3553 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Acoustic/Classic Rock
length: 8:34
producer: Ed Freeman
performer: Don McLean
composer: Don McLean
lyricist: Don McLean

Album Information

label: United Artists
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Don McLean American Pie cover art

Lyrics

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A long long time ago
That music used to make me smile
That I could make those people dance

With every paper I'd deliver
I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried
Something touched me deep inside
So
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
This'll be the day that I die
Did you write the book of love
If the Bible tells you so?
Can music save your mortal soul?

'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
But I knew I was out of luck
I started singin'
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
This'll be the day that I die
Now, for ten years we've been on our own
But, that's not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
And a voice that came from you and me
Oh and while the king was looking down
The courtroom was adjourned

The quartet practiced in the park
The day the music died

Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And singin' this'll be the day that I die

The birds flew off with a fallout shelter

The players tried for a forward pass

While sergeants played a marching tune
Oh, but we never got the chance
'Cause the players tried to take the field
Do you recall what was revealed
We started singin'
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
This'll be the day that I die
Oh, and there we were all in one place
With no time left to start again
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend
Oh and as I watched him on the stage
No angel born in Hell

To light the sacrificial rite
The day the music died

Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Singin' this'll be the day that I die

And I asked her for some happy news

Where I'd heard the music years before

The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
They caught the last train for the coast
And they were singing
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
This'll be the day that I die
They were singing
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Singin' this'll be the day that I die

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Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 American Pie
  • 2 Till Tomorrow
  • 3 Vincent
  • 4 Crossroads
  • 5 Winterwood
  • 6 Empty Chairs
  • 7 Everybody Loves Me, Baby
  • 8 Sister Fatima
  • 9 The Grave
  • 10 Babylon