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American Pie [Original Version]
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American Pie [Original Version] Lyrics

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Verse 1
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
Verse 2
But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
Verse 3
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died
So
Verse 4
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
Verse 5
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 and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
Verse 6
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
Verse 7
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'
Verse 8
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
Verse 9
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
Verse 10
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
Verse 11
Oh and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned
Verse 12
And while Lennon 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 singin'
Verse 13
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
And singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
Verse 14
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
Verse 15
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast
Verse 16
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance
Verse 17
'Cause 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 singin'
Verse 18
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
And singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
Verse 19
Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
Verse 20
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend
Verse 21
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
Verse 22
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'
Verse 23
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
Verse 24
I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
Verse 25
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
Verse 26
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
Verse 27
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
Verse 28
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
Verse 29
They were singing
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die

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