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The meaning behind Don McLean's 'American Pie' will finally be revealed

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Don McLean is auctioning off his notes for “American Pie” April 7 at Christie’s in New York, meaning we might find out what he really means when he says “Bye, bye Miss American Pie.”

The highest bidder will receive 16 pages of hand-written and typed drafts of the song, originally released in 1971. “The writing and the lyrics will divulge everything there is to divulge,” McLean told Reuters.

Most of the song has been shrouded in secrecy, except for the lyric “the day the music died,” which references the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson and Ritchie Valens.

Notes for the eight-minute track could fetch up to $1.5 million, which wouldn’t surpass the record of $2 million for Bob Dylan’s lyrics to “Like A Rolling Stone,” but would still beat the $1.2 million bid for John Lennon’s lyrics to “A Day in the Life.”