CNBC - Singer-songwriter Don McLean sold his original manuscript and notes to “American Pie” for $1.2 million. The wistful anthem that asks “Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?” went on the auction block on Tuesday. Christie’s said McLean sold 16 pages that include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song. The 8-minute-long “American Pie” was released in 1971. It was a No. 1 U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972. “The day the music died” refers to the Feb. 3, 1959, deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash. McLean, a longtime Maine resident, says writing the song was “a mystical trip into his past.”
1.2 million dollars! Holy cow. That’s some fuck-you money right there. I get people buying stupid shit, but usually it’s just horses. And it kinda puts my life into perspective. When people come to my apartment it’s cool to be able to be like yep, we have real furniture. Yep, two working television, no big deal. When people go over rich people’s houses it’s like oh yea I was bored the other day so I bought the lyrics to American Pie for 1.2 million dollars. Probably just shoves the papers back into a drawer. That’s the rich people life. The whole point of a song is to be able to hear it, but when you’re rich you buy fucking hand written words just to say you own it. Can’t knock it though, if I was rich I’d have all sorts of stupid shit just so I could tell people I own it.
PS: I used to love the song until I took guitar class senior year of high school. Thought it’d just be an easy A. Woops! Turns out they expected you to actually practice and shit like that. I fucking suck at learning instruments and had already been accepted to college, so let’s guess how that class went for me. BRUTAL. So then the teacher pulls out motherfucking 9 minute long American Pie as the song we have to play for our final exam. Must have heard that song no less than 3,000 times over the course of 2 weeks. Couldn’t play it worth a baby shit at all. I think the teacher for some reason still passed me. But now every time I hear it it brings back memories of when my senior year of high school was almost ruined.