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American Pie

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play A long, long time  
play I can still remember how that music   to
play make me  
play And I   that if I had my  
play I could make those people  
play And maybe they'd be   for a  

play Did you write the book of  
play And do you have faith in God  
play If the Bible tells you so
play Now do you believe in Rock 'n' roll
play And can music   your   soul
play And can you teach me how to dance real  

play Well, I know that you're in love with him
play 'Cos I saw you dancin' in the  
play You both   off your shoes
play Man, I   those rhythm and blues

play I was a lonely teenage broncin'  
play With a   carnation and a pick-up  
play But I knew that I was out of  
play The day the music  
play I started singing

play Bye, bye, Miss American Pie
play Drove my Chevy to the levee
play But the levee was  
play And good   boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
play Singing this'll be the day that I  
play This'll be the day that I die

play I met a   who sang the blues
play And I asked her for some happy news
play But she just smiled and   away
play I went   to the sacred  
play Where I'd heard the music   before
play But the man there said the music wouldn't  

play Well now, in the streets the children  
play The lovers   , and the   dreamed
play But not a word was  
play The   bells all were broken
play And the   men I admire the most
play The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
play They caught the last train for the  
play The day the music died

play We started singin'

play Bye, bye, Miss American Pie
play Drove my Chevy to the levee
play But the levee was dry
play And good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
play Singing this'll be the day that I die
play This'll be the day that I die

play Bye, bye, Miss American Pie
play Drove my Chevy to the levee
play But the levee was dry
play And good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
play Singing this'll be the day that I die
play This'll be the day that I die

play We started singin'
play We started singin'
play We started singin'
play We started singin'

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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.