Iconic Song “American Pie” Inspires Children’s Book “Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable”

🎶 bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing, “This’ll be the day that I die”
This will be the day that I die 🎶

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hit “American Pie.”

He recently released a children’s book “American Pie: A Fable” inspired by the hit song. “American Pie: A Fable” tells the story of a young boy’s journey to uncover his passion for music.

“Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable” weaves themes from the iconic song with experiences from McLean’s early life.

“As ‘American Pie’ celebrates 50 years, I’m very happy to have a children’s book based on the premise of the song,” McLean said. “Everyone has a different interpretation of it. Releasing this fable brings another perspective to the lyrics, along with some backstory for when I wrote it. I hope every child gets to imagine in their own mind what ‘American Pie’ means to them and know that dreams can become reality.”

“Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable” is the story of a newspaper delivery boy in the late 1950s who discovers the joy of friendship and music, eventually learning that when you recognize what makes you happy, you are never truly alone.


Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century. A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. TO learn more, go to DonMcLean.com