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American Pie

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playA long, long time ago
playI can still remember how that music used to
playmake me smile
playAnd I knew that if I had my chance
playI could make those people dance
playAnd maybe they'd be happy for a while

playDid you write the book of love
playAnd do you have faith in God above
playIf the Bible tells you so
playNow do you believe in Rock 'n' roll
playAnd can music save your mortal soul
playAnd can you teach me how to dance real slow

playWell, I know that you're in love with him
play'Cos I saw you dancin' in the gym
playYou both kicked off your shoes
playMan, I dig those rhythm and blues

playI was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
playWith a pink carnation and a pick-up truck
playBut I knew that I was out of luck
playThe day the music died
playI started singing

playBye, bye, Miss American Pie
playDrove my Chevy to the levee
playBut the levee was dry
playAnd good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
playSinging this'll be the day that I die
playThis'll be the day that I die

playI met a girl who sang the blues
playAnd I asked her for some happy news
playBut she just smiled and turned away
playI went down to the sacred store
playWhere I'd heard the music years before
playBut the man there said the music wouldn't play

playWell now, in the streets the children screamed
playThe lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
playBut not a word was spoken
playThe church bells all were broken
playAnd the three men I admire the most
playThe Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
playThey caught the last train for the coast
playThe day the music died

playWe started singin'

playBye, bye, Miss American Pie
playDrove my Chevy to the levee
playBut the levee was dry
playAnd good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
playSinging this'll be the day that I die
playThis'll be the day that I die

playBye, bye, Miss American Pie
playDrove my Chevy to the levee
playBut the levee was dry
playAnd good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
playSinging this'll be the day that I die
playThis'll be the day that I die

playWe started singin'
playWe started singin'
playWe started singin'
playWe started singin'

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meaningMeaning

American Pie is about music throughout the 1950s, 60s and early 70s. He begins by talking about "the day the music died," February 3, 1959, when three musical stars died in a plane crash: rock pioneer Buddy Holly, the DJ known as the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens, author of "La Bamba. Elvis Presley was drafted and Chuck Berry was arrested for messing with a prostitute.

"Day the Music Died" = Plane crash (buddy holley)
"Girl who sang the blues" = Janis Joplin
"Father, Son & The Holy Ghost" = John Kennedy, Robt. Kennedy & Martin Luther King.

http://www.whrc-wi.org/americanpie.htm

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Broncin' buck

The "broncin' buck" expression originates from "bucking bronco", a wild horse that is vicious and difficult or impossible to break in, where "bronco" means an unbroken or imperfectly broken mustang and to buck means to resist. (A bronco is an untamed horse)

  1. "I was a teenage broncin' buck" - He was a wild and aggresive hormone driven teenager.

kick off your shoes

To make your shoes come off by shaking your feet. To remove one's shoes by making a kicking motion

  1. We want you to relax, kick off your shoes, and just get down-home comfortable.

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