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When the Music Died in Me

Updated on October 14, 2014

I chose "American Pie" by Don McLean as my inspiration.

Don McLean - American Pie Lyrics

Artist: Don McLean

Album: American Pie

Genre: Folk

I looked, but could not find: The sun. The shine. The ray.

Once upon a time ago
First thing I did
Turned on radio or
Put in the CD

Played it over and over again

‘til tears floated away

But something happened along the way

No more fireflies did I see

Night became darker

Music died in me

Left my mind

My soul

Lots of doctors tried

still, my music died

Did I care anymore?

Nothing seemed worth living for

All were better off without me

No more use could I be

I know what you’re thinking

‘Cause I see

I see it in your eyes

Days can’t always be grey


Desperately depressed

Each step like all the rest

Music died in me

Oh see

See my fireflies fly away

Pistols are real my friend

Traumatic thrills

Rides into space

No longer able to run the race

After all this time

Weights too heavy

All the songs sound the same to me

Oh see, see my fireflies fly away

No air to breathe

Doorways blocked

Two of you – one of me

When my music died inside of me

Hell is in the heat

Children backpacking

Only to be turned back

Twine the wire

Even tighter

Now the pundits

Smell a story

Someone falling from grace

Oh, when the fireflies fly away

The music dies in me

And in you, too

Pain and suffering

Ebola and another in need

Connected via nets and space

‘Cause media sales

Sweep through

Wall Street

Under baggy eyes

There is no sleep

And as technicians went to work

To wi-fi the world

I saw my fireflies had flown away

Leaving darkness behind every day

I looked

But could not find

The sun, the shine, the ray

The day the music died in me

© 2014 ocfireflies


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    • mylindaelliott profile image


      3 years ago from Louisiana

      Very nice piece. 'Pistols are my real friend.' I know some people like that.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      I love how you always pick my favorite parts. It is always nice to share a wavelength : )

      Thank You for support. I really appreciate the vote and share.


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you so much for reading my poem and leaving kind comments.


      Your kindness is so much appreciated. Thank you so much for saying I did the song justice. That means the world to me. I hope all is well with you and yours as well.


      Thank you for using the word creative in describing my piece. I really appreciate the support.


      "American Pie" is one of my favorites. And I knew I was taking on something rather epic with this one. Thank you for calling it "breathtaking" and for being so supportive. There are just some songs that are timeless, and I believe "American Pie" is certainly one of them.

      I keep thinking how it would be nice to follow up with a Buddy Holly song that is celebratory rather than so sad, but still waiting on the right one to fall into place.

      Here's to keeping the music alive,


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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      This was breathtaking Kim, Don McLean was one of my favorite singers and I loved "American Pie". I use to sing it all of the time. I knew the words and understood why he sang it. I voted this+++, shared and pinned it.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      American Pie has always made me think about what really is important in life. Your use of it here for inspiration is really good. You have creative talent and use it well to inspire and challenge readers.

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      4 years ago

      Not only did you do the song justice by it being your inspiration to use your creativity as a poet, you spun a very visual, sad and sensitive piece here ocfireflies. It's a brilliant write, you shone your light and I hope all is well with you and yours.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “As technicians work to wi-fi the world…”

      This is brilliant work, Kim. Sad, deeply profound and a tribute to the poetry in “American Pie,” the plane crash, and what else was lost. Voted up and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem based on the song, sad but expressed so well in your poem.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for supportive comments and actions.



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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and truly incredible. Got the shivers from this. Pearled and passing on.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You. You are also beautiful and loved.



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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Superb writing, dearest Kim. I have always loved that song too, and your poem ... so sad that I felt sharp pangs in my heart, for I know you are all about those little fireflies and their little light shining in those dark places. I do hope they return soon to bring a little light, precious heart.

      You are beautiful and loved.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Greetings K. Burns Darling,

      Thank you for leaving such a beautiful response that in itself: poetry.

      A Kindred Spirit,


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      Kristen Burns-Darling 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I am coming out of a deep bout of depression that has left me struggling to find the words that once came to me so easily, and so I felt a very personal connection to this piece, for what are words but the music of life?

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      You know how big a fan I am of your work, and so to get a "Bravo" from you really means a lot. I read the poem to a friend and she asked me why I always write such sad pieces. For me, I just go where the words take me, but I promised I would try to write another one that is "happier."


      Good to see you. Thankfully, music is still going strong and only dies sometimes in the metaphorical world.


      If I am able to bring forth an emotional response, then I am pleased for art is only art when someone "feels" the piece whether a poem or a painting. I am so incredibly blessed to have such support from the hub community.

      Many Blessings to All,


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Oh Kim! this brought tears to my eyes, and I'm not a crying kind of girl. :) Beautiful and poignant. The music, like the fire flies will return as sure as night follows day. I agree with Mr. Bill and Suzette, you do have an amazing talent. Stay well, keep writing my friend.

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      4 years ago

      Hi Kim, what a wonderful poem. I can't imagine music dying. Thanks for sharing!

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Really magnificent poem, Kim. I can feel the pain and suffering! Glad to hear you are well. I have always loved the song American Pie and your poem of when the music dies and the fireflies are gone is just as good. You are so talented - another clever and honest write! Bravo!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Jackie,

      Hope all is well. Thanks for reading mine. This is the first time I have responded to one of the challenges. The process is indeed cathartic.

      Thanks for reading mine.



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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It is very good Kim and it thrills me to read a poem based on a song; I use to do that and just loved it. Still love to read it!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Greetings. Hope to visit the Jersey Shore very soon. Thank you for your encouragement.



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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Oh my- the feeling and sadness captured me - nicely done and I'll look for more.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      One can't really talk the talk unless s/he have walked the walk. Smiles.

      I am truly blessed to have friends who are as beautiful as you.

      And I am there for you, too.




      Thank you for your keen eye. I hope folks will find a treasure or two...

      This was a big challenge, and I truly enjoyed the exercise. The hardest part was choosing the song. Smiles.


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      Incredible poetry Kim, honest and profound. I will be returning, I feel I will find treasures in every read. Thank you for your poetry Kim. Jamie

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I have been anxiously awaiting a new hub from you My Beautiful Friend, and you didn't disappoint. You chose an amazing song and one of my all time favourites Kim. It is a sad song and in an earlier comment you said it isn't personal and you are ok. I hope that is true and it is your commentary on the state of the world, but fact that you mentioned "my fireflies flew away" makes me feel it is personal because I know how you love fireflies.

      You did a wonderful job..the poem is amazing, but if you need someone to talk to..anytime...just email me. God Bless,


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      juneaukid and shanmarie,

      Appreciate the feedback.



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      Shannon Henry 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Sad just like the song, but seems more personal. Glad to read you are okay in another comment.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for these realistically sad lyrics.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      THANK YOU! I never felt like I could do such an epic song justice, so I kept trying. Today, I decided to go ahead and put it out there. Thanks for waiting.



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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well aren't you one talented writer? Yes indeed you are, Kim, and this may be sad, but it is also very, very good. Nice job my friend. It was worth waiting for.


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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      It is a sad song---I forget that sometimes

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      I am fine. Thank You. "American Pie" is a sad, sad song.



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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Hi Kim--sad sad write really--hope you are ok and this is not a personal write


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