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By Don McLean

1. A long long time ago

2. I can still remember how that music used to make me smile

3. And I knew if I had my chance

4. That I could make those people dance

5. And maybe they'd be happy for a while.

[two stanzas cut from prologue]

6. Did you write the book of love

7. And do you have faith in god above

8. If the bible tells you so

9. Do you believe in rock 'n' roll

10. Can music save your mortal soul

11. And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

12. Well, I know that you're in love with him

13. 'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym

14. You both kicked off your shoes

15. Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

16. I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck

17. With a pink carnation and a pickup truck

18. But I knew I was out of luck

19. The day the music died

20. We were singing ... bye-bye, Miss American Pie

21. Drove my Chevy to the levee

22. But the levee was dry

23. And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

24. Singin' this'll be the day that I die

25. This'll be the day that I die

[7 verses cut]

26. I met a girl who sang the blues

27. And I asked her for some happy news

28. But she just smiled and turned away

29. I went down to the sacred store

30. Where I'd heard the music years before

31. But the man there said the music wouldn't play

32. And in the streets the children screamed

33. The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed

34. But not a word was spoken

35. The church bells all were broken

36. And the three men I admire most

37. The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost

38. They caught the last train for the coast

39. The day the music died

40. And they were singing ... bye-bye, Miss American Pie

41. Drove my Chevy to the levee

42. But the levee was dry

43. And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

44. Singin' this'll be the day that I die

45. This'll be the day that I die

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From the April 3, 2000 issue of the Metropolitan.

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