American Pie


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
Them good ol’ boys were drinking whisky and rye
singing 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 and 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 dancing 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




This will 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 thats not how it use 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


Now for ten years we’ve been on our own
And moss grows f a t on a rollin’ stone,
But that’s not how it used to be.


But 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