''The opening part of the song was born in one piece. I wrote it remembering how it was the day I saw the newspaper, and the article that said my favourite artist, Buddy Holly, had been killed. That got me started.'' - Don McLean
''It was really funny to me that after the song became famous people started becoming so interested in the lyrics. I was trying to write about America, not Elvis or The Beatles. It was about an America that was coming apart at the seams. The song represents a shift from the naïve and innocent ‘50s to the darker decade of the ‘60s. They were missing the point really by trying to say who’s this and who’s that in the song.'' - Don McLean
''It is a gift for Madonna to have recorded American Pie. I think it is sensual and mystical. I also feel that she’s chosen autobiographical verses that reflect her career and personal history. I have received many gifts from God but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess.'' - Don McLean
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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