No Clues: What Are These Song Lyrics #5

What are the lyrics to this song, a number one hit in 1972, and famous ever since?
In this series: #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5
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Intro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
good
old
boys
were
drinking
whisky
and
rye
 
 
 
Singin'
this'll
be
the
day
that
I
die
 
 
 
 
this'll
be
the
day
that
I
die
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Verse One
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
dancing
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Verse Two
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Verse Three
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
take
the
field
 
 
 
 
 
the
marching
band
refused
to
yield
 
 
 
 
 
 
do
you
recall
what
was
revealed
 
 
 
 
 
 
the
day
the
music
died
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Verse Four
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Level 74
Feb 7, 2016
Great quiz.
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Level 82
Feb 7, 2016
Thanks!
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Level 60
Feb 8, 2016
Nearly passed this one by, but delighted I didn't. Great quiz.
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2016
Glad you enjoyed it :)
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Level 59
May 15, 2016
Also its "Lennon" as in John Lennon the musician not "Lenin" as in Vladimir Lenin the Bolshevik leader of Russia. Although to be fair Lenin definitely did read a book of Karl Marx at some point I'm sure.
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Level 75
May 15, 2016
I did a google search and I see both possibilities listed, though Lenin seems much more obvious to me. Both work as type-ins now.
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Level 82
Aug 22, 2017
Well done! One thing I noticed, though, is that them good old boys were not drinking "whisky and rye", they were drinking "whisky in Rye".

Rye is whisky. So saying they were drinking whisky and rye would make no sense. That would be like saying they were drinking soda and Pepsi.

Rye, NY is only a few miles from where McLean grew up and was the location of a favorite watering hole of McLean and his friends. It's the name of the town where them good old boys drank their whisky.

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Level 75
Aug 22, 2017
Interesting story, but unfortunately not true! Look half way down this article and you will see McLean's original manuscript, complete with the words "whisky and rye". For the difference between whisky and rye, see here.
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Level 38
Mar 5, 2020
100%! great quiz. it took a while to get some of the words in but it was really fun!