A long, long time ago...a million dollars was still too much money to spend for a piece of paper with words on it.
(screengrab via BBC News)
Today, some rich idiot bought the original lyrics to Don McLean's 'American Pie' for $1.2 million. I guess this moron has never heard of a little website called RapGenius.com. In fact, the words to every song can be found by merely Googling a few misheard lyrics. You don't need to spend any money on the process at all.
Recently, I searched "Awawwww myyy myyy [unintelligible] + indie music" and was able to find all the lyrics to my favorite Bon Iver songs, free of charge.
Some music historians will tell you that this original manuscript could help discern what McLean's long-debated lyrics are actually about, but how are you going to feel about the song then? Knowing exactly what it's about could ruin it. Leave a little mystery for us, please. I don't want this to end up like that time I found out the first draft of the Mona Lisa was actually a self-portrait of the painter Leonardo da Vinci after I spent years masturbating to it.