On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & The Big Bopper died in a plane crash, inspiring Don McLean to write his epic song-poem “American Pie” 12 years later. 45 years after that, on Election Day 2016, I wrote “America Died,” my lyrics to McLean’s song:

A long long time ago
I can still remember how
The Sixties started with JFK’s
Assassination and cover up
The Warren Commission, so corrupt
The counterculture formed to seize the day

But war in Viet Nam was waged
Protests, sit-ins, Days of Rage
Then more assassinations
Tore apart our nation

I can remember when they died
For Martin and Bobby, tears I cried
Then Nixon won by no landslide
The day America died

So why, why, did America die?
Voted Hillary Clinton, but Trump won and I cried
The racist and bigot who grabbed pussy and lied
Is now President, I’m horrified
Trump’s President, America died

Do you remember Tricky Dick
Bigot, anti-semite and a hypocrite
His Guard killed students at Kent State

He went to China, climbed the Wall
But his pride went way before his fall
And Nixon’s Waterloo was Watergate

Well, you know Gerald Ford pardoned him
‘Cause all the time the fix was in
We still felt we had won
We kicked Nixon out, the bum

But Jimmy Carter was the booby prize
His failure fueled Reagan’s rise
And ever since we’ve paid the price
The day America died

I started singin’ why, why, did America die?
Voted Hillary Clinton, but Trump won and I cried
The racist and bigot who grabbed pussy and lied
Is now President, I’m horrified
Trump’s President, America died

For twenty-eight years we suffered through
Eight Years of Reagan, Bushes 1 and 2
With only Clinton in between

His two terms showed that he could lead
With peace and prosperity indeed
But he couldn’t keep control of all his needs

Oh and while Monica was going down
Republicans then went to town
Right up to Capitol Hill
And tried to impeach Bill

And while Al Gore valiantly tried
Without Bill campaigning to stem the tide
George W. Bush got a free ride
The day America died

We were singin’ why, why, did America die?
Voted Hillary Clinton, but Trump won and I cried
The racist and bigot who grabbed pussy and lied
Is now President, I’m horrified
Trump’s President, America died

Bush and Cheney, totally insanely
Started wars that proved to be ungainly
Lied to us with WMD’s

Their lies were just so plain to see
Still they succeeded and deceived
Both Right and Left in similar degree

Just when you thought it can’t get worse
They went and looted the nation’s purse
The crash of 2008
Sealed the Republicans’ fate

‘Cause that gave us the first black man
To be President of this great land
But that wasn’t in the Right Wing’s plan
The day America died

We started singin’ why, why, did America die?
Voted Hillary Clinton, but Trump won and I cried
The racist and bigot who grabbed pussy and lied
Is now President, I’m horrified
Trump’s President, America died

So all the Right did was obstruct
Anything Obama would construct
To try and clean the mess up that they made

Before long, they had their own Tea Party
And everyone could plainly see
The far-right turn the Party took to hate

Oh and as I watched them try to stoke
The flames of hatred they bespoke
The government shut down
So far from safe and sound

Ever since we’ve been in grim deadlock
Pandora’s box of sins unlocked
The country in a state of shock
The day America died

We were singin’ why, why, did America die?
Voted Hillary Clinton, but Trump won and I cried
The racist and bigot who grabbed pussy and lied
Is now President, I’m horrified
Trump’s President, America died

And so Hillary Clinton came
Armed with more than just her name
But she just could not win the day

She just could not overcome
Their needles and the damage done
And so we’re left with nothing more to say

And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most
Dylan, Young, Springsteen, the Boss
Bruce’s “Promised Land” is lost
Today America died

And they were singing why, why, did America die?
Voted Hillary Clinton, but Trump won and I cried
The racist and bigot who grabbed pussy and lied
Is now President, I’m horrified
Trump’s President, America died

They were singing why, why, did America die?
Voted Hillary Clinton, but Trump won and I cried
The racist and bigot who grabbed pussy and lied
Is now President…America died

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