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
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 singin'
[Chorus] Bye, bye Miss American Pie Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye Singin' this'll be the day that I die This'll be the day that I die
I meet a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news But she just smiled and turned away Then 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 Well now 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 We started singing