American Pie – Don Maclean

Naar aanleiding van het overlijden van Tommy Douglas Allsup (1931-2017), de man van wie werd verondersteld dat hij samen met onder andere Buddy Holly was verongelukt. Zijn in memoriam en natuurlijk de tekst van het prachtige nummer van Don Maclean dat deels over die crash gaat.

“Uiteindelijk kreeg hij er dankzij zijn opgeworpen muntje bijna 58 jaar bij, en kon hij met meer dan zevenduizend studiosessies als veelzijdig gitarist uitgroeien tot misschien wel wereldrecordhouder.
Op die bewuste derde februaridag in 1959 stierf hij even mee met de popmuziek, tot bleek dat sprake was van een pijnlijk misverstand. Na de befaamde vliegtuigcrash waarbij naast rock ’n roll sensatie Buddy Holly ook de artiesten Ritchie Valens en J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson omkwamen, werden tussen de wrakstukken de papieren gevonden van Tommy Allsup. Via persbureau Associated Press ging zijn naam als slachtoffer de wereld over. De Cherokee Nation-indiaan had echter slechts zijn portefeuille meegegeven, zodat Holly zijn post op de plaats van bestemming kon ophalen.

‘The day the music died’, zoals Don McLean dat in zijn hit ‘American Pie’ verwoordde, werd ingeleid door de barre omstandigheden waaronder de tour The Winter Dance Party zich voltrok. In het middenwesten van de VS in drie weken 24 steden bezoeken bleek in een onverwarmde bus een onmogelijke opgave. Nadat drummer Carl Bunch vanwege een bevroren voet was afgehaakt, charterde Holly een vliegtuig om van Mason City, Iowa naar Fargo, Noord-Dakota te vliegen.
Het voertuigje bood plaats aan drie passagiers. Toen Valens bleef zeuren dat hij mee wilde, pakte Allsup in een opwelling een halve dollar en gooide die op. Valens koos kop, dat werd hem fataal. Ook Waylon Jennings ontsprong de dans, hij had zijn stoel aan de zieke Richardson gegeven. Alltrup heeft de munt altijd bewaard. Hij ontmoette Valens’ familieleden pas in 1994, zich al die jaren afvragend of ze hem zouden haten vanwege die fatale toss. Het tegendeel bleek waar. Ze bleken ‘als enige link met Ritchie’ altijd naar contact met hem te hebben verlangd, en vroegen hem om zich als hun broeder te beschouwen.”

 Bron: Trouw

 American Pie – Don Maclean

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

But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ’n rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

[Verse 1]
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

[Chorus:]
I started singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ’n rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

[Verse 2]
Now for ten years we’ve been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin’ stone
But that’s not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

[Chorus:]
We were singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ’n rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

[Verse 3]
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

‘Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

[Chorus:]
We started singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ’n rye
And singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

[Verse 4]
Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
‘Cause fire is the devil’s only friend

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

[Chorus:]
He was singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ’n rye
And singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

[Outro]
I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
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

And 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

[Chorus:]
And they were singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ’n rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

[Chorus:]
They were singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ’n rye
And singin’ this’ll be the day that I die

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