Police reports that they’ve uncovered Don McLean’s original handwritten lyrics of American Pie in a house in Edinburgh have been hitting the headlines today but are wide of the mark:
The “discovery” was in fact the limited edition reproduction sold through his website a few years ago!
Don McLean was able to confirm to the Scottish Daily Record that the original lyrics are still safely in his ownership:
Singer Don McLean Rubbishes American Pie Lyrics Find In Edinburgh Flat
SONGWRITER Don McLean yesterday laughed off claims that his original lyrics for American Pie had been found in a drugs raid in Scotland.
Police said they had found rock memorabilia in a dealer’s Edinburgh flat – including what they believed to be the first draft of the classic song.
But they had missed a vital clue – inside the picture frame was a plaque with the words “reproduction of handwritten lyrics 188/1000”.
McLean, 62, said: “The original lyrics, on pages from a notebook, are in the library of Harvard University. I gave them to the university.
“This was something my record company put out for sale for a few hundred dollars.
“This was obviously 188 out of 1000 such sets.”