American Pie lyrics could bring $1.5 million at Christie's
The Christie's Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on April 7 will include Don McLean's original handwritten lyrics to 'American Pie'.
Described as "arguably the most iconic and recognizable American song of the Twentieth Century", 'American Pie' has sold millions of copies worldwide, and remains the longest single to ever reach #1 on the U.S chart at over eight minutes.
The song has become an anthem which captured the energy and spirit of America during the 1950s and 60s.
"In the span of just six verses, McLean managed to depict with poetic authority the turbulent upheavals of the latter half of the twentieth century. In doing so, he created an emblem that stands alongside the work of post-war figures such as Andy Warhol, J.D. Salinger, and Bob Dylan in its importance to the American cultural canon."
Until now, McLean has famously refused to say what the song is about, and many attempts have been made to decipher its lyrics. He once stated "You will find many interpretations of my lyrics but none of them by me ... Sorry to leave you all on your own like this but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence."
However, with the original working manuscript set to cross the auction block, McLean has admitted the answers are in sight – as it features extensive notes and annotations which allegedly explain many of the cryptic references.
In total, the manuscript comprises 16 pages, containing 237 handwritten lines of manuscript and 26 lines of typed text. Experts believe it could sell for up to $1.5 million when it goes up for sale in New York.
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