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#1078675 - 04/06/15 03:41 PM Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript  
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Best Bar Song For Sale:
$1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript
April 3, 2015 • Bloomberg News

http://www.fa-mag.com/news/best-bar-song-for-sale---1-5-million--american-pie--manuscript-21295.html

Lyrics

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
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 ole boys were drinking 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 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 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
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


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

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 on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died
We were singin'

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

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 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 singin'

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

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 singin'

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

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 ole boys were drinking 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 ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die


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#1078676 - 04/06/15 03:45 PM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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American Pie broke every songwriting rule there is. I still dont know what its about, but the melody and music is fantastic, great to sing along with, and it sounds like he's saying something important, even if I dont know what it is.

And for people who think they know, if we haven't read books or articles telling us, we would have never guessed.

The Day the Music Died. The music died so many times, and has always come back, lets hope thats the case now!

#1078679 - 04/06/15 04:00 PM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: Charlie2015]  
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Well Shucks,
I have 2, count em, 2 original 45 EP Elvis record sleeves from 1956! Only 1/2 Million Fob! Sorry no records, just the sleeves. So what am I bid? Remember there are no more left. Get your orders in now, er, aw order, that is.


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#1078687 - 04/06/15 04:31 PM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: Ray E. Strode]  
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When the (short version) was being played, I remember being able to listen to WCFL (Chicago) late at night. They were top 40 radio at the time. One of their DJs had written an analysis of that song and you could write in and get it...which I did. About two pages long or so, it basically covered off the references made in the song...and Buddy Holly's death, along with The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens was the day the music died (now even a Wikipedia entry smile ). In between there were all kinds of references to songs and performing artists..the jester on the sidelines in a cast was Dylan after his motorcycle accident..."eight miles high", Jumping Jack Flash etc...The quartet (the Beatles)

Anyway...wish I'da kept it Would be cool to get that one back smile


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#1078690 - 04/06/15 05:25 PM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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I love the weird al remake of it The Saga Begins lol

#1078898 - 04/08/15 11:18 AM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: AaronAuthier]  
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"Best Bar Song For Sale:"



Yeah, right. grin

Which 'bars' would that be? Want to clear out a bar? Just start singing...


"A long long time ago
I can still remember how..."

#1078899 - 04/08/15 11:26 AM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: 90 dB]  
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Hmm... I always thought Proud Mary was the best bar song. Probably got the most plays in bars. grin

John smile

#1078903 - 04/08/15 12:00 PM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Best Bar song?
That would be A SIX PACK TO GO by none other than Hank Thompson!
Actually I have one, BUBBLES AND BREW in case anyone is looking for a good "Bar" song to record.


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#1079243 - 04/10/15 03:32 PM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: Ray E. Strode]  
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Jan 15 1972 the song with arguably the most catchy and interestingly developed lyrics in rock and roll history hits #1 on the Billbaord charts.
Don McLean’s epic poem set to music, “American Pie”.

The story of Don McLean's magnum opus begins almost 13 years before its release, on a date with significance well-known to any American who was alive and conscious at the time. The plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the J.P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson on Tue Feb 3, 1959 — a date that Don McLean called "the Day the Music Died."

"American Pie" wasn't written to be a generation-defining epic; it was written simply to capture McLean's view of
"America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become."

When asked to explain what exactly he was trying to say with some of his more ambiguous lyrics, McLean has generally declined. Many have attempted to interpret it's meaning and even today the Internet is full of interpretations of "American Pie" and its web of lyrical references to the youth culture of the 1950s and '60s. We all know "American Pie"s chorus and maybe our kids and their kids and their kids might too.

Not too bad for a song that was written and recorded by a struggling folk singer who merely hoped that it would "earn two or three thousand dollars and make survival for another year possible."

#1079246 - 04/10/15 03:45 PM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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Don McLean Opens Up About the Meaning of 'American Pie'
http://www.people.com/article/don-mclean-talks-american-pie-song-meaning


Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ manuscript sells for $1.2M at auction
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertai...pie-sells-1-2m-auction-article-1.2176818

"The auction house said two people vied for the 16-page manuscript, one in the room and one on the phone. The winning bid went to the collector in the room who wished to remain anonymous."


Gloomy Don McLean reveals meaning of ‘American Pie’ — and sells lyrics for $1.2 million

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...an-pie-and-sells-lyrics-for-1-2-million/

Ahead of the Christie’s auction, McLean did offer some advice to all the budding Don McLeans out here.

“I would say to young songwriters who are starting out to immerse yourself in beautiful music and beautiful lyrics and think about every word you say in a song,” he said.



“I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this work product on the song American Pie so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was not a parlor game,” McLean said in a Christie’s catalogue ahead of the sale. “It was an indescribable photograph of America that I tried to capture in words and music.”


“People ask me if I left the lyrics open to ambiguity,” McLean said in an early interview, as the Guardian reported. “Of course I did. I wanted to make a whole series of complex statements. The lyrics had to do with the state of society at the time.”

But what state was that? It seemed like the song’s cast of characters — which include a jester, a king, a queen, good ol’ boys drinking whiskey and rye as well as “Miss American Pie” herself — were meant to represent real people. The song includes references to Karl Marx; Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (or, more likely, John Lennon); the Fab Four; the Byrds; James Dean; Charles Manson; the Rolling Stones; the “widowed bride,” Jackie Kennedy; and the Vietnam War.


“Basically in ‘American Pie,’ things are heading in the wrong direction,” he told Christie’s, as the Newcastle Herald reported. “It is becoming less idyllic. I don’t know whether you consider that wrong or right but it is a morality song in a sense.”

“I’m going to be 70 this year,” he told Rolling Stone. “I have two children and a wife, and none of them seem to have the mercantile instinct. I want to get the best deal that I can for them. It’s time.”


#1079311 - 04/11/15 10:01 AM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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What if he needed the money and wrote a version of it just to make a buck? How would anyone know the difference? Just a thought. I always thought it would be fun to collect some signatures of famous people who have inspired me, but the amount of fraud in that sort of market is troubling. In the case of a living artist who could literally scribble out a version and sell it for big money to someone who didn't know better seems like a risk. What would someone pay for a new hand written version of any number of famous songs by their writers?

He's clearly indicating he needs to raise money. I would say buyer beware.

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#1079320 - 04/11/15 11:03 AM Re: Best Bar Song For Sale: $1.5 Million 'American Pie' Manuscript [Re: Brian Austin Whitney]  
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I'm sure Rick Harrison has an expert that could tell the difference. or not, probably not.


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