'American Pie' singer Don McLean talks true meaning of his 50-year song

"American Pie" singer Don McLean has been belting out his classic for the last 50 years.

McLean recently spoke to Fox News Digital, and shared the compliment he received from

country music legend Garth Brooks, who is featured in a new documentary "The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie.'"

The project, which premieres on Paramount+ Tuesday, focuses on McLean and his verse "the day the music died."

He said it's probably one of the greatest songs in music history," McLean shared.

And he says a lot of wonderful things in the movie. And it's a very personal expression of his love

for the song, going back to when he was a little boy. He feels the song in some way is a

parallel to his career and his life in music that somehow the song brought him into that.

Of the expression, McLean said, "Well, the day the music died, is metaphor for death, of course, but for the death of the spirit, music is the equivalent to spiritual life."