NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Singer-songwriter Don McLean’s original manuscript and notes to “American Pie” has sold at auction for $1.2 million.

McLean offered the wistful anthem that asks “Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?” at Christie’s on Tuesday.

The 16-page document features 237 handwritten lines and 26 lines of typed text, including some that didn’t make it into the final version of the song, CBS2 reported.

The 8-minute-long “American Pie” was released in 1971. It was a No. 1 U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972.

“The day the music died” refers to the Feb. 3, 1959, deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash.

McLean, a longtime Maine resident, said writing the song was “part of my process of self-awakening; a mystical trip into my past.”

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