Don McLean- American Pie (with Lyrics)

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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 lennon read a book of 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!
    `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 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."
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Comments • 34 074

  • Caden Grossman
    Caden Grossman 2 hours ago

    One of the greatest songs of all time

  • Guilherme Antônio
    Guilherme Antônio 7 hours ago

    Jesus te ama gringo! :D

  • bersa888
    bersa888 8 hours ago

    What the hell is this song about?! Make up your mind already...!

  • WiseRock Man
    WiseRock Man 15 hours ago

    Wow, looks like 16K people don't have a soul.

  • Potato Potato
    Potato Potato 17 hours ago

    I miss CTY

  • Brian Schumacher
    Brian Schumacher 22 hours ago

    Didn’t capitalize Lennon??

  • Bruno BRF3
    Bruno BRF3 2 days ago +1

    Brasil 🇧🇷👍

  • Dan Neighbors
    Dan Neighbors 2 days ago

    Real poetry

  • TJ Calhoun
    TJ Calhoun 2 days ago

    ~ Something touched me deep inside
    The day that Hyde...... lied.
    So bye-bye Mr. Steven Hyde
    I'm a hottie and you're a nottie
    Jackie's gonna be mine
    She likes my brunette locks, not your curly ass twine
    Oh Jackie Burkehart, you are so.... fiiiine. ~

  • magical Weaver
    magical Weaver 3 days ago

    Wow I can't stop hearing weird al

  • GMAIL REVIEWER
    GMAIL REVIEWER 3 days ago

    Thumbs up if still listening in 2018

  • Gary Clouse
    Gary Clouse 3 days ago

    After all these years I still can't get through this without tears!

  • ivy ivy
    ivy ivy 3 days ago

    they both die at the end. im still crying. im so dehydrated. send help.

  • Dew Right
    Dew Right 4 days ago

    Nothing's changed!

  • Dew Right
    Dew Right 4 days ago

    Y 2 k ,your twentienth cent your E 8/ate if for 10 years now! Those fucls

  • Dew Right
    Dew Right 4 days ago

    May real what you stole!

  • Dew Right
    Dew Right 4 days ago

    Lisa

  • SouthPaw
    SouthPaw 4 days ago

    A very underestimated song!!

  • Riley Butcher
    Riley Butcher 4 days ago

    I went down to the sacred store... (TURKEY HILL!)

  • Scott Day
    Scott Day 4 days ago

    Who watching in 2018

  • Megan Julie
    Megan Julie 4 days ago

    Who loves this song?

  • Shaun Sanderson
    Shaun Sanderson 4 days ago

    best song ever

  • Mehul Mehta
    Mehul Mehta 4 days ago

    I am from India..something about this song which keeps me listening to it all over again...listening to this since madonna made her version..bt nothing compared to the soul of the don McLean version..beautiful lyrics ...soulful

  • tom philbrook
    tom philbrook 4 days ago

    I guess he is as good at beating his wife as he is writing music

  • Armin Freimark
    Armin Freimark 5 days ago

    Great song I just wish the subs weren t so dark!

    • Crushed Luminary
      Crushed Luminary 4 days ago

      To be fair... this video was rendered with an early version of Windows Movie Maker, on a computer that by today's standards, would be considered a relic. :-)

  • teppolundgren
    teppolundgren 5 days ago

    The perfect blend of uncontrollable joy and doomsday sadness. And it never gets old or any less obscure. - An extraordinary song.

  • Victuuri x Malec shipper Anime otaku!

    THIS WAS PLAYED AT HARRYS STYLES PRESHOW PLAYLIST

  • Carl Tapnio
    Carl Tapnio 5 days ago

    Adam silvera book brought me here. ❤

  • Emy Does stuff
    Emy Does stuff 6 days ago

    I just realized this is 8 goddamn mins long

  • Tony Salmaso
    Tony Salmaso 6 days ago

    Me OLDMATE

  • Caroline Johnson
    Caroline Johnson 6 days ago +2

    This was one of those songs I had a vague recollection of listening to while at the jetty with my dad when I was like 7. It took me 7 YEARS to find it cause I wasn’t even sure it was real, and had some of the lyrics wrong so searches weren’t showing up anything.

  • Doritos 912
    Doritos 912 6 days ago +3

    When i was 6 years old i heard this music but i don't know the title is? The in 2018 im 14 i now found it. Old times.

  • Tristen Ingram
    Tristen Ingram 7 days ago

    I know when the music died:
    The creation of TMZ.

  • Karmatic 2144
    Karmatic 2144 7 days ago +1

    An all time classic

  • oakteeth buckshart
    oakteeth buckshart 7 days ago

    But I knew i was really fucked
    The day
    The music died

  • Joever Orillosa
    Joever Orillosa 7 days ago

    RIP chair model lady

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    When people say "I love you so much I could eat you", that's how I feel about booze.

  • Michael Rivera
    Michael Rivera 7 days ago

    We can all agree modern music sucks ass right?

  • Anonymous Goat
    Anonymous Goat 7 days ago +1

    considering all the pop and rap garbege today, mabye the music really died.

  • Yuwell Astacaan
    Yuwell Astacaan 7 days ago

    My first time to listen to this song. 2018. Why did it took me this long to discover this AMAZING song. I hate you self 😜😜😂😂😂

  • Nate Great
    Nate Great 7 days ago

    When was this song made?

  • jo ayalla
    jo ayalla 8 days ago

    July 2018

  • YuNg BrAtz
    YuNg BrAtz 8 days ago

    Good song 👌🔥

  • confusecian
    confusecian 8 days ago

    this must be the most american song in existence, of course side from star spangled banner

  • Ross Malone
    Ross Malone 8 days ago

    Dude, it's spelt Lenin, not Lennon, like John Lennon😂😂😂😂

  • inofensive display name

    Pretty sure it’s Lenin not lennon

  • Vaetrid
    Vaetrid 8 days ago

    I still cant believe Madonna did an awful cover of this song

  • Martha Gregson
    Martha Gregson 8 days ago

    When we were young we guys used to pile into a morris 1000 and head down the pub singing this song all the way happy days long gone sadly now we are split up all over the world.

  • E3Racer1
    E3Racer1 8 days ago

    Yeah.... don't need the lyrics. LOL. This was my favorite song, putting it mildly, back when I was about 10-12 yrs old. ;)

  • Mozart 9
    Mozart 9 9 days ago

    I’ve listened to Al Yancovic’s “The Saga Begins” for months without knowing it was actually a parody of this song. I feel stupid af

  • Carlos Lagunas
    Carlos Lagunas 9 days ago

    IT'S JULY 2018!
    YOU ROCK,
    YOU RULE!
    GREETINGS FROM CUERNAVACA, MEXICO!
    I LOVE THE USA! BIG TIME!
    I WANNA GO BACK!

  • Cian McCabe
    Cian McCabe 9 days ago

    I heard this song when I was a child and I really enjoyed it then but 'twas not till I was reaching maturity that I learned the lyrics. And frankly yes I do think music can save your mortal/immortal soul.

  • Parsley Basil
    Parsley Basil 9 days ago

    RIP Rufus and Mateo

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    Easy song to listen to

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    Would you just lukutiss?

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    Man I dig those rhythmy blues!

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    Do you recall how to dance?

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    4:20 8 mile high

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    So catchey, no?

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    Do you recall how to dance?

  • Yuanyuan Qu
    Yuanyuan Qu 10 days ago +1

    this is my cty camp's traditional ending song and every chorus we scream DIE DIE DIE DIE LIVE LIVE LIVE LIVE SEX SEX SEX SEX ORGYYYYYY!
    and it's great.

  • Even Steven
    Even Steven 10 days ago

    shut up faggot

  • Silvana Cantelmi
    Silvana Cantelmi 10 days ago

    They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera...
    💕 RIP Mateo 💕 RIP Rufus 💕

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    About how evil triumphed over good. All around macabre song.

  • Graceful Words Of Smooth

    The way the questions were framed, my answer is no.

  • Jim Wilkes
    Jim Wilkes 10 days ago

    Not a video, just a recorrded song. Blah Blah

  • S Tho
    S Tho 10 days ago +39

    McLean said he could write a better song than Dylan without being stoned. He did, and this was his THIRD best song.

    • S Tho
      S Tho 7 days ago +2

      riku souleater. That's in your eye, the beholder. Listen to them all and decide. Time well spent.

    • riku souleater
      riku souleater 7 days ago +1

      what where his two best?

  • Angela Kenny
    Angela Kenny 10 days ago

    SUPERB!

  • Юнес Шаккур
    Юнес Шаккур 10 days ago

    " *bye to the brazilian who dives* "

  • Darren Gandy
    Darren Gandy 11 days ago

    I'll go out on a limb and suggest more people know the lyrics to this than ANY other song in the western world. Lo.

  • Darren Mark Horton
    Darren Mark Horton 11 days ago

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_levee_failures_in_Greater_New_Orleans

  • bug one
    bug one 11 days ago

    I grew up with this song,and now my dad is gone to heaven he always said Love America Love God's People!!In the End all You have is LOVE..It is TRUTH.

  • Avis Swope
    Avis Swope 11 days ago

    GREW UP IN THE ROCK N ROLL ERA I WAS BORN IN 1949 GREW UP WITH ALL OF THE ROCK N ROLL ARTISTS

  • Oliveira Oli
    Oliveira Oli 11 days ago +1

    This is good music

  • Angelo Munoz
    Angelo Munoz 11 days ago

    July 2018?

  • alltower
    alltower 12 days ago

    I like this song, but back in the day they beat it to death playing it so much

  • Daniel Green
    Daniel Green 12 days ago

    this is the story of Johny Rotten he may be gone but not forgotten...

  • Cyber -Wolf-Gaming
    Cyber -Wolf-Gaming 12 days ago

    Memories

  • MrsCreepyPasta
    MrsCreepyPasta 12 days ago

    This always gets stuck in my head, no matter what.

  • El Rey
    El Rey 12 days ago

    Thanks for the Post!

  • Jericho Perez
    Jericho Perez 12 days ago +1

    Who else is listening in 2064?

  • CandyKaneJuan
    CandyKaneJuan 12 days ago

    Duke Tip sad boi hours

  • Allie Blosser
    Allie Blosser 12 days ago

    My whole family loves this song😍

  • Fred Thomson
    Fred Thomson 12 days ago

    Think song was about assination otpresident Kennedy....the day the music died

  • Zatiel.D LaBrie
    Zatiel.D LaBrie 12 days ago

    Ever lost something to a coin toss? Well, if you are answering you didn't lose that much.

  • William Cohen
    William Cohen 12 days ago

    coaches had us turn this song off. track team to radical

  • Lou Smith
    Lou Smith 12 days ago

    Wow! Been a long time since I've heard Eve of Destruction! A SHAME is as reverent as it was in the day it first came out!!!

  • Bonnie Conlon
    Bonnie Conlon 12 days ago +1

    CTYI nevermores ❤🕯👞

  • 3Vimages
    3Vimages 12 days ago

    I know every word I just don't have a clue what they mean ..... something about the death of Buddy Holly I believe.

  • bailey carpenter
    bailey carpenter 12 days ago

    COOL MAN

  • Alex Cole
    Alex Cole 13 days ago

    This song makes me hate the movies even more

  • kyle mossi
    kyle mossi 13 days ago +1

    Who wouldn't like this? It's not offensive, it's not divisive, not political. What's not to like?

  • SKY Z
    SKY Z 13 days ago

    I love it now and forever

  • Trishia Kearns
    Trishia Kearns 13 days ago

    Say chevy

  • Demon Child
    Demon Child 13 days ago

    Tbh supernatural brought me here I remembered the song and I needed to hear it again probably just me but you never know.

  • Jolo Atlantis
    Jolo Atlantis 14 days ago +2

    This song has a special place in my heart. It was on one of my old music CD's and was once on my Dad's iPod. Perhaps most fittingly, I heard this song on the radio on April 29th, 2018. The words were never much truer as the "retro" music station I heard the song on died on May 26th, less than a full month later, only to be replaced by a radio station that plays songs from 1999-present, which were much worse than the 1971-1999 music played by the station that came before it. It perhaps isn't a coincidence that one of the last songs they played is about "the day the music died"

  • Matthew Mckwalrus
    Matthew Mckwalrus 14 days ago +1

    An amazing song that parallels the death of don McLean's childhood and the death of buddy holly with the death of the american dream and american morality while also going through the entirety of the 60s.

  • yoimalex
    yoimalex 14 days ago

    Somebody needs to make a version of this song for the last 4 decades. Kinda like that song “we didn’t start the fire “

  • Daniel Maverick
    Daniel Maverick 14 days ago

    Quero fazer a America

  • Sebastián Alesandro
    Sebastián Alesandro 14 days ago

    So much nostalgia