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I Miss American Life, An American Pie Song Parody for the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated: Sep 6

--by Melanie Wilson


(with apologies to Don McLean)


Well, this took off. So far, this YouTube video has had over 43,000 views. It was written in the early days of the virus, before the numbers got really scary. Back in March and April everyone had a great sense of kinship and community. I tried to capture that in the lyrics.

Performed by Zach Kessel, Northwestern University freshman Editing by Matt Wilson

I hope a little humor might help to lighten our load...at least for eight minutes and 22 seconds. It’s long, but I wanted to stay true to the original version. Enjoy!


A long, long time ago, I can still remember going outside used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance, that I could learn to wash my hands and maybe they’d be germ free for a while.


But February hit on Wuhan Worse than just a crazy flu can. Bad news on the doorstep Please do not take one more step.


I can’t remember if I cried When they cancelled every Disney ride Please don’t touch me, stay inside These days we all must hide


So bye, bye Miss American Life No more school and no more Broadway and it’s making me cry And them pretty brides aren’t drinking champagne so dry Everybody must stay inside. Everybody must stay inside.


Did you buy tickets for a show Because now you can not go And they won’t hold it anyway


Now do you want to see rock ‘n roll? Can music save your mortal soul? And can you hear the radio instead?


Well I know you feel bad for Tom Hanks One of the best in LA ranks Prince Charles is not immune Let’s hope they get well soon.


And for each lonely teenage girl and boy Who must stay home with little joy Your parents can not provide your toys These days we all must hide


We were singing bye, bye Miss American Life No more school and no more Broadway and it’s making me cry And them pretty brides aren’t drinking champagne so dry Everybody must stay inside. Everybody must stay inside.


How much toilet paper do you own? To buy more, please take out a loan But that’s not how it used to be When the shopper found shelves not so lean And Lysol was more easily seen Purell was there for you and me


Oh, and while we all were out in town The virus sadly made it rounds The courtrooms were adjourned No verdicts were returned


And while Congress helped to make a mark The towns and Cities closed their parks And we watched Netflix in the dark These days we stay inside.

We were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Life No more school and no more Broadway and it’s making me cry And them pretty brides aren’t drinking champagne so dry Because everyone must not go outside. Everyone must stay inside.


Helter skelter bring the summer swelter Does Corona die or just take shelter Hundreds of thousands and growing fast Will it land foul upon the grass How many weeks til this is past With the virus on the sidelines in a cast


Now the country’s air lacks sweet perfume Stock markets crash and then resume We all just lost our cash Oh, the markets fell too fast


And the NBA won’t play their ball We won’t see players til next fall Do you recall goin’ to the mall Before we stayed inside

We started singing

Bye, bye Miss American Life No more school and no more Broadway and it’s making me cry And them pretty brides aren’t drinking champagne so dry Everybody must stay inside. Everybody must stay inside.


Here we are not in one place All generations slowing down their pace With lots of time to clean the den So come on, back to family, back real quick I hope your loved ones won’t get sick Because contact is Corona’s only friend.

Oh, and as I read the newspaper page My hands were clenched in fists of rage Could vaccines keep us well? Could it break this virus hell?

And as the cases climb high it gives us fright Will all our parents be alright? We’ve just begun to fight the fight We all must stay inside.

We were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Life No more school and no more Broadway and it’s making me cry And them pretty brides aren’t drinking champagne so dry Everybody must stay inside. Everybody must stay inside.


I met a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news But she just smiled and turned away

I went down to the grocery store Hand sanitizer, wipes, and more The cashier there said the shelves weren’t stocked today


And in the streets, no children screamed No lovers cried no poets dreamed But lots of words were spoken On social media they were hoping

And the seniors we admire most The ones who will not read this post Protect them all from coast to coast These days we all must hide.


Bye, bye Miss American Life No more school and no more Broadway and it’s making me cry And them pretty brides aren’t drinking champagne so dry Everybody must stay inside. Everybody must stay inside.




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