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Original "American Pie" Song Lyrics Bring $1.2 Million at Auction

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    American singer-songwriter Don McLean poses in a London park in April 1982. McLean's original manuscript for his best-known song "American Pie" is going up for auction.

     

    Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" have been sold at auction for $1.2 million.

     

    McLean offered the wistful anthem that asks "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?" at Christie's on Tuesday.

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    The name of the buyer was not released.

    The 16 pages include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song.

    The eight-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."