1 drmilktruck 8 months ago Don McLean sold the original manuscript of American Pie for $1.2 million. He stated the song is about:“Basically in ‘American Pie,’ things are heading in the wrong direction. It is becoming less idyllic. I don’t know whether you consider that wrong or right but it is a morality song in a sense."The world today is even worse, "There is no poetry and very little romance in anything anymore, so it is really like the last phase of ‘American Pie."https://www.washingtonpost....A friend of mine saw him in concert years ago. At that concert, McLean said the song meant he never had to work again.