‘American Pie’ lyrics by Don McLean’s sell for $1.2 million

The “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean’s sold his original manuscript and notes for $1.2 million at an auction sale Tuesday, reported CBS.

The 16-page package which includes typed drafts that went into creating the 8-minute-long song and was considered an anthem for a generation was owned by an anonymous bidder.

“American Pie” muses about “the day the music died” and contains subtle references to 1950s innocence and the troubled 1960s. In 1972 the song became a No. 1 hit in the United States.

Christie’s said two people competed for the lyrics, one in the room and  the other one on the phone. Bidding started at $500,000 and climbed up to $1.2 million in just 4 minutes. And the winning bid went to the collector in the room.With the sale, BBC asks if some of the mysteries surrounding the song’s inspirations and meaning will come to light. However, fans have created websites dedicated to solving these mysteries, where detectives focus over on the clues, line by line.

Tom Lecky of Christie’s told BBC, “From the beginning to end” the unedited drafts that reveal McLean’s creative process.

“You see great moments of inspiration, you see him attempting things that did not work out. The direction that he was going in that he did not want to follow. Those words that we all know so well were not fixed in the beginning.”

Hmm. The plot thickens.

McLean, 69-year-old, he has never been very helpful in satisfying fans’ curiosity. When asked what “American Pie” means, he’ll oftentimes quote: “It means I never have to work again.”

 

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