Don McLean - American Pie 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
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 ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Verse 1]
Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now 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 singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Verse 2]
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 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 ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Verse 3]
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 halftime 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 ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
And singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Verse 4]
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 ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n 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 ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n 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 'n rye
And singin' this'll be the day that I die

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Don McLean American Pie Comments
  1. Ruben Vazquez

    Why is Dylans photo being used???

  2. Julieanne Carthy

    Beautiful array of songs.excellent utubers well done🏆✌🌹🙃🦆

  3. Simon Ngai

    I still dun understand the lyrics but I love this song.

  4. Ted

    as to the bob dylan thing,

    he a little confused, but he got the spirit.

  5. Gods own Drunk

    McLean Zimmerman?

  6. A,BC,D,E Wight

    Yep. Fox News.

  7. Emily Christine

    Why is there a picture of bob dylan lol

  8. jessica grace

    i come here when i think of my childhood. i’m 17 but my dad would drive me in his 98 chevy truck (idk what is called and i’m sure that’s the year and brand) but he would put this in on and jam out driving down the road. i love him so much. always. no, he hasn’t passed away so don’t think i’m hunting for likes or anything.

  9. Lilli pod

    What a great version :)

  10. Zanye East

    This song is eight minutes long, and I know every word.

  11. Reid Weittenhiller

    Weird al’s version is better

  12. Juliana Brito

    Sensacional! Isso é uma canção 👏👏👏

  13. YooToob Moderator

    This always takes me somewhere I love, just don't remember where..

  14. LaGrange Is Alive

    This Don McClean guy has a passing resemblance to Bob Dylan

  15. Carl Greisheimer


  16. chuck johnson

    I like this kind of pie

  17. Joanne McHugh

    I love how this is like a worshiping temple to any damn fool who post a good music vid. P.S. props to Don- he’s a damn good musician


  18. Aytac Altiparmak

    I hate this shit egghh

  19. Thomas Coyle

    This song was popular when I did my last tour in Vietnam with the USN in 1972. The ship's store had a copy of this album jacket right up front at the front of the store. I will never forget this song!

  20. milfordmkt

    A "Theory" about America, Don? - No wonder the song makes no sense -- it was created by a reactionary fuck up.  "A big song about America" losing "it's way" but no reference to Vietnam or the Military Industrial complex.  Just hippies "corrupting" the American fabric of society, I suppose.  I guess it makes sense for someone who refers, in his obtuse pretentious song to money grubbing ponce Mick Jagger as "Satan" (ha ha) and Elvis as God -- yeah real deep Don!  -- "America Crap" is more like it.  Don even abases himself further by calling mother fucker Tucker Carlson on his show below "a well thought out... Socratic" interviewer.   From one asshole to another asshole kisser.

  21. Carlos E Hernandez

    nyc subway graffitti 1 line graffitti writer im the real share 37 i was a kid 1975 n dad played this im 49 now n still listen to this hit

  22. Omar Daryl Posadas

    Who came here from Tucker's interview with Don McLean?

  23. Mike Denzel

    12-27-2019 😰🌟

  24. Jeff Ambrose

    I just watched an interview with Don Mclean. He didn't mention Buddy Holly in the interview. He said the song is about how American music reflects the politics of the time.

  25. Steve Hutchins

    Greatest song ever timeless

  26. Patton Kirkpatrick

    Why the Bob Dillon photo?


    I'm hear because of Fox News hmm anyone else?


    Thought the whole time that Tucker was going to jump in. Glad he let Don McLean tell the story. Feel like I witnessed something!

    Pete hort

    Yep me to


    Tucker Carlson.


    same haha

    colleen browne

    You know, it isn't necessary to watch fox noise to hear Don McLean?

  28. Philip Dressler

    Eat my absest Christian caral

  29. Philip Dressler

    Murder Guam murder Guam

  30. Philip Dressler

    Murder Guam murder Guam

  31. 1sourgirl

    This was the last song that Campbell Street Station, in Sarnia Ontario Canada played. Everytime. We American would go to Canada to drink bc the drinking age was 19

  32. DKDC

    i don't know how the hell i managed to live without knowing this song

  33. Needfulldzithings

    We learned this song in music class in the ninth grade. Took us all year and we did a concert.  

  34. FRED BOI Tonks

    Heard this so on stranger things
    Looked it up
    Can’t stop listening

  35. Tom Wagner

    There's a reason every radio station in America has played the crap out of this song.

  36. Harrow Pal

    When he came to Australia,back in the 80s,most of his concerts he was suffering from alcohol abuse,goodbye stranger.


    And he overcame he addictions.

  37. jersey tattie

    met my first girlfriend when this was released ,in early 70s still evokes such memories of puberty awkwardness lol i had this on 7 inch single and had to turn over to b side to hear full version , always be classic hope your well liz

  38. Drey Frye

    There's a good documentary on this's deep

    Tyler Cole

    Drey Frye do you have a link??

  39. Pieter Overbeek

    you're forgiven CRONICSAKE :)

  40. Melantha Jezek

    This song. I listen to it every year at Christmas and about 30 times in between. Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

    daniel hendry

    Marry Christmas friend

    Paris shangreaux

    Thx you too


    Happy Christas to you. from a friend you havnt met yet. x

  41. Phaedrus

    I remember my father singing this chorus so long ago when I was a child. I can't think of another time I ever heard him sing...

  42. Original_Rumpleforskinn

    This song is still going to live on in 2020 🙂👍

  43. Akasha Demon

    I wonder how many of you know that this song about the day that Buddy Holly, the big bopper, and Ritchie valens died.

    kav6 66

    I do,fantastic song.

    kav6 66


  44. Ralf Braun

    Krass , wie sie angehen

  45. Peter Smith

    You’re my miss American pie

  46. Steven May

    How the music made me smile the first time I listened to this song.

  47. Charles Smith

    I miss the American Pie

  48. Pommes128

    Are there other songs that sound exactly like 1:54 (- 2:02)? This particular part sounds so familiar

  49. Brianna Sadler

    This song is beautiful it reminds me of my dead uncle Brian rip beautiful and l am only 10 and l love this song

    Abel B

    To Brianna Sadler: Sorry about your loss. Click on this YouTube site to see the meanings of the lyrics to the song.

  50. Rene Dulnuan

    Calumet na Iyan ! ang Pizza Italian and a half malaysian humanda ka !

  51. T W

    I’m 36. I listened to this song so many times in high school. I hope all you mother fuckers are doing well. 🙌

  52. aaron tucker

    Bahahaha. Fuck 13. This for 18 n flip it

  53. ian swarbrick

    Oh yeah 🤜🤛

  54. อัจฉรา คำเมือง

    What a freaking Genius

  55. Flossie Lindsey

    this is the only song that My Daughter that is now in her 30's and I ad-lib the words without the music..... sometimes just walking down the street.. Good times....

  56. cornskid

    I saw Putin laughing with delight
    The day my country died.

    Carrie G

    Too soon.


    @Carrie G Ok.

  57. John K Lindgren

    *Helevetin hyvä piisi! Eix nii?*

  58. Scott Musgrave

    Why is there a pic of Bob Dylan?

    dizzy 01

    @AndreaDavidoni yeah but a good portion of the song he's shitting on bob (jester)

    Michael Graham

    AndreaDavidoni ok it was a mistake. But it’s not just about the crash. It’s a story man. It takes you from 1959 to the 1970s. Bob Dylan is a huge part of the story. Bob is the Jester.


    @Michael Graham Yes but he stated himself that most of the song is about the crash.

  59. Derek Monty

    Y'all know it ain't Don in the picture, right?

    Michael Graham

    Derek Monty lol if anybody doesn’t know that’s Dylan, they shouldn’t be listening to this song.

  60. steve wilson

    still singing..

  61. Adarsh Pathak

    This sounds like something kvothe from the kingkiller Chronicles would sing

  62. Daniel Laveaux

    Is that really Don McLean? He looks an awful like Bob Dylan lol

    V. Lalthazuala

    Read description

    kieran 13255

    @V. Lalthazuala he was making a joke (i think)

    Tony Oliveira

    Don just wanted to claim bob's nobel price after he didnt show up so he decided to pretend to be bob

  63. Rgodwin11 ツ

    i’m 13 years old and i can at this age appreciate this music it is truly great

    laura cooskey

    May you have many more great songs in your life! Think of the joys to come, in songs unheard or perhaps yet unwritten.

    Abel B

    To Rgodwin11: Click on this for the lyrics' meaning:

    payday videos

    Man i keep picking my brain over and i must need a brain inspection because i dont remember asking

  64. Robert Campbell-Lloyd

    Neil diamond

  65. JJAMES

    Great song with a great meaning

  66. Nvard Harutyunyan

    Because Ed Sheeran loves this song

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  68. Jericho Daymon

    The day the music die was the day i visit this song 😂 2020 soon ! Happy Holidays!

  69. Pat Taylor

    i remember the first time i heard this song when i was just a little kid growing up in Falbrook

    Abel B

    To Pat Taylor: Where is Falbrook?

    Pat Taylor

    @Abel B

    California ... Northern San Diego County

  70. Tim Wright

    Thank you

  71. Ashleigh Egan

    I'm 18 and I prefer the old stuff to the new... must be all those years jamming to it with my dad 😊😂

  72. codyjones109

    Hard to hear this anymore. Life has gone by so fast getting faster everyday. So many friends gone.

    Monica Driscoll

    codyjones109 😢

    Michael Graham

    Yea I get sad listening to certain songs now, like this one. I know what you mean. I couldn’t finish it.

  73. Wyll

    algum brasileiro?

  74. David Jean

    I love you Niehaimah

  75. ava2099

    Yo! Whats bob dylan have to dio with this?

  76. Damian Lund

    Someone should invent American pie flavor

    Abel B

    To Damian Lund: The pie should be colored red, white and blue. And of course, it has apples in it.

    Nathan Waddy

    What apple and knob cheese flavour as in the film?

    Me We

    Oh I know so like cherry and berry filling and whip cream.

    Me We

    @les harris cherries

  77. hal payne

    When I was a kid about 100 years ago it seems my lil sweetheart crush ask me Whats A Levy?I replied it rhymes with chevy so the song writer put it in the song.In other words I didnt have a clue what a Levy was at the time.We call them DAMS.LOL

    Abel B

    To hal payne: Levy was the place the songwriter used to go to drink with his buddies. It was dry, meaning it was closed when they went to it. Click on this for the meaning of the lyrics:

  78. remil kumar

    this song is more than eight minutes and you still cant get enough of it. just beautiful.

  79. Universe axiom

    NO we dont, hehe its all good

  80. Tine

    Love the description.

  81. Johnry Sins

    Adam Silvera brought me here and I never regretted it thanks Rufus and Mateo ❣️

  82. Louis Connors

    This song still gets me

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  84. Tony Stone

    Elstone Gun?

  85. FortniteLoverBoy76

    The first picture is of bob dylan

  86. Liam Moore

    a long long time ago, in a galaxy far away..
    Naboo was under an attack

  87. Matt Weiss

    I was in first grade when a friend of mine sang it to me after hearing it on the radio...

  88. Michael Collins

    As soon as I saw Bob no talent whining Dylan off it went

  89. clifford ward

    one of the greatest rock songs of the last 65 years

  90. Kyra Blackburn

    Why is there a picture of bob dylan?

    Manly Men

    Because the "joker" is bob in the song....

    Michael Graham

    Manly Men the Jester. But close😁

    Bucky Mowery

    Wondering same thing !

  91. David Delgado

    After polishing a bottle of whiskey and rye that sure does look like Don! What do you think??

  92. Dope Sleeper

    Why is the picture of Bob Dylan?

    James Dent

    Dope Sleeper he might’ve confused him and don mclean or it’s a reference to him being in the song

    Matheo Kesar

    You have the answer to your question in the description

  93. Pwecko

    What an amazing year 1972 was for singles. I was 14 and I remember hearing this and being blown away by it. But there was also The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack, Layla by Derek and the Dominoes (Eric Clapton and Duane Allman), Get It On by T Rex, School's Out by Alice Cooper, Without You by Nilsson (if that doesn't make you cry, nothing will), Let's Stay Together by Al Green, Heart Of Gold by Neil Young, I'll Take You There by The Staples Singers, Vincent by Don McLean, Witch Queen Of New Orleans by Redbone, Family Affair by Sly and the Family Stone, Mother And Child Reunion by Paul Simon, Everything I Own by Bread, Hold Your Head Up by Argent, I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash, Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues (for the second time - it was originally a hit in 1967), A Horse With No Name by America, Lean On Me by Bill Withers, Silver Machine by Hawkwind, In A Broken Dream by Python Lee Jackson (Rod Stewart's best performance, in my opinion), All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople, Run, Run, Run by Jo Jo Gunne, Virginia Plain by Roxy Music, Goodbye To Love by The Carpenters (great guitar solo), Standing In The Road by Blackfoot Sue, American Trilogy by Elvis Presley, Changes/Starman/John, I'm Only Dancing/The Jean Genie by David Bowie and quite a few more. How many of 2019's records will stand the test of time like these? Little did I know that I was living through a golden age.

  94. Kevin Shaw

    Thanks for the apology, the words however, I'm hoping, are probably unnesessary for most people visiting this site and over 50.

    Kevin Shaw

    I have a hard time remembering my phone number, but this song is def imbedded.

  95. A B

    Doctor: You have 8 minutes to live
    Me: No U
    Doctor: ...

  96. nugget does gaming #NDG

    Surly im not the only 13 year old who listens to this

    Oliver Kickl

    No, I know someone who is older than 13 and listens to this!!! (He told me about this song)

    FinallyChanged MyName

    Lol I just turned 15 so sort of not?

    Jacob Laughlin

    Your not bro trust me one of my fav songs

    Katja Hansen

    Me tooo, my friends doesn’t understand me

    dianne naude

    13 here pal

  97. erinpostal12

    My sister asked me when I was 5 or so what my favorite song was and I said it was this one, proud of that moment.

  98. Negan

    Just wondering. How many people discovered this song after watching "Stranger Things"

    Michael Graham

    Not me. It’s one of the most famous songs ever man, I’ve watched Stranger Things too, I don’t remember it ever being played in that show. Maybe I’m wrong


    @Michael Graham Wouldnt want to spoil it for you but its in Season 3. When Billy meets Heathers family.


    @Michael Graham *SPOILER ALERT*

    Michael Graham

    Negan ok now I remember that scene it’s been awhile I just didn’t remember that song was playing guess I forgot

    Michael Graham

    Negan you are fine I’ve already seen it

  99. Bruce Ceazer

    It’s the Jester