Bye, Bye American News (American Pie Revision)

Bye Bye American News
Cook County Sheriff’s Police with the wry eye [wry: (of a person’s face or features) twisted into an expression of disgust, disappointment, or annoyance. synonyms: unimpressed, displeased, annoyed, irritated, irked, vexed, piqued, disgruntled, dissatisfied; informal peeved].

Bye, Bye American News

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how some news used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people know
And maybe they’d feel informed for a while

But February made me shiver
With every article I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
Maybe this Spring it would be better

I can’t remember what story broke
Maybe I wrote about a child that died
But something touched me deep inside
The day the news died

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Mr American News
Drove my Chevy to the story, but the cop was wry
And them good ole boys were giving me the eye
Singin’ I can’t wait ’til I retire
That’ll be the day that I live

[Verse 1]
Did you write the rules of freedom?
Do you believe that God inspired them?
Your oath? Does it have meaning?
Now do you believe in the Constitution?
Can freedom save our mortal souls?
And liberty AND justice? Can you offer it all?

Well, I know that you are tired
‘Cause I saw them treat you badly
You wanted to kick their ass
But, that camera could mean your job

But don’t take it out on me
I only want to show the truth
So Powers can make it better
Before we lose it all

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Mr American News
Drove my Chevy to the story, but the cop was wry
And them good ole boys were giving me the eye
Singin’ I can’t wait ’til I retire
That’ll be the day that I live

[Verse 2]
Now for years things have been cookin’
Blue lives, black lives; they all matter
But is that the way it will ever be?
The jester sings for the king and queen
While their Power ignores what’s real
Ignoring the voices that come from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking away
Liberty became restrained
Justice became favored
And “No justice, no peace” replied the voices

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
Money was spent to influence the Dark
And the Dark moved to spread their Influence
The day the news died

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Mr American News
Drove my Chevy to the story, but the cop was wry
And them good ole boys were giving me the eye
Singin’ I can’t wait ’til I retire
That’ll be the day that I live

[Verse 3]
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
How many more murders in Chicago?
Englewood, downtown and suburbs, too
Pepper spray, Tasers and Bullets are tools
When Justice and Liberty fail in schools
The Powers just don’t know what to do

Now the protest air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
The voices all got up to dance
Oh, but they never got the chance

The players tried to take the field
The jesters and band refused to yield
Oppression won, and nothing was revealed
The day the news died

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Mr American News
Drove my Chevy to the story, but the cop was wry
And them good ole boys were giving me the eye
Singin’ I can’t wait ’til I retire
That’ll be the day that I live

[Verse 4]
Final destiny, we were all in one place
Generations and ideologies face-to-face
With no time, no smarts to find the Ace
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 the glass about to break
My feet were ready to run
Hell was coming quickly my way
This was not the time to break Satan’s spell

As the flames rose behind me
My symbolic shadow grew as I left
Satan laughing with delight
The day the news died

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Mr American News
Drove my Chevy to the story, but the cop was wry
And them good ole boys were giving me the eye
Singin’ I can’t wait ’til I retire
That’ll be the day that I live

[Outro]
I met a girl who never sang the blues
So I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and took my hand
We went away to escape the fray
Where two lives that mattered
Went on their own way

And in the streets, the children screamed
Mother’s cried and crooks schemed
But not a word was spoken
The cameras all were broken

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They saw the voices had failed
The day the news died

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Mr American News
Drove my Chevy to the story, but the cop was wry
And them good ole boys were giving me the eye
Singin’ I can’t wait ’til I retire
That’ll be the day that I live

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Mr American News
Drove my Chevy to the story, but the cop was wry
And them good ole boys were giving me the eye
Singin’ I can’t wait ’til I retire
That’ll be the day that I live

— American Pie revised by Mark Bostrom and inspired by multiple experiences


American Pie by Don McLean (Full Length 1989 Video from Original 1971/72 Song).




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